Make it a Great School Year!

Parents: Azarchi, Lynne. The Empathy Advantage: Coaching Children to Be Kind, Respectful, and Successful. Behr, Gregg. When You Wonder, You're Learning: Mr. Roger's Enduring Lessons. Bogart, Julie. Raising Critical Thinkers. Powers, Keri. Social Skills For Kids. Siegel, Daniel J. The Power of Showing Up. Teens: Amen, Daniel. Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades. Shannon, Jennifer. … Continue reading Make it a Great School Year!

The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian [Book Review]

Growing up in the deeply segregated South of the 1920s, Ada and Matilda should never have been friends. They probably would not have crossed paths if Matilda had not seen an injustice she could not abide. Ada suffers at the hand of her brute like father and is isolated in a stilt house in the … Continue reading The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian [Book Review]

All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher [Book Review]

Quirky and off-beat, yet heart-felt, this novel will astound you. At times, its laugh-out-loud funny and other times profoundly moving. At the heart of this idiosyncratic novel are the Rockwells who lives in Ocean City, N.J. They love to tell people they bear no relation to the illustrator, Norman Rockwell. In fact, nothing about the … Continue reading All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher [Book Review]

Lasagna Day–July 29

Celebrate "Lasagna day" and "Culinary Arts Month" with these delicious titles. Flay, Bobby. Bobby Flay's Throwdown! Gerard, Tieghan. Half-Baked Harvest Every Day. Kimball, Christopher. Tuesday Nights Mediterranean. Krieger, Ellie. Comfort Food Fix. Oldwen, Woodier. The Pesto Cookbook. Tucci, Stanley. The Tucci Cookbook. Tucci, Stanley. Taste: My Life Through Food.

Shark Week (July 24-31, 2022)

Photo by Holger Wulschlaeger New non-fiction titles for International Shark Awareness Day (July 14) and Shark Week: Gordon, David George . Are You Smarter Than a Shark? (Juvenile collection). Hargrave, Kelly. Can't Get Enough Shark Stuff. (Juvenile collection). Jenkins, Steve. The Shark Book. (Juvenile collection). Keating, Jess. The Shark Lady. (Juvenile collection). Lopetz, Nicola. Sharks! … Continue reading Shark Week (July 24-31, 2022)

300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson [Book Review].

Taking some time off from a stalled journalism career, Joanna never expects to be chasing another story in Faro, Portugal. That is exactly what happens when she enrolls in a language course and meets Nathan. He alerts her to some underground activities that reignite her interest in investigative journalism. Joanna also realizes she has feelings … Continue reading 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson [Book Review].

Consumer Reports

Stores time sales to occur around holidays when shoppers have time to look for purchases. July 4th is no exception. Consumer reports online has even created a feature called "Best July Fourth Sales" on many products, e.g. cars, kitchen appliances, mattresses, grills. To find Consumer Reports online, Choose Resources Choose Databases & Downloads Choose … Continue reading Consumer Reports

June 30 is Asteroid Day!

Non-Fiction: Dillow, Gordon. Fire In The Sky: Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, and the Race to Defend Earth. (Adult Collection). Gardner, Jane. How Asteroids Shaped Earth. (Juvenile collection). Kilzer, Nicholas. Asteroids, Comets and Meteors. (Juvenile collection). Owings, Lisa. Asteroid Impact. (Juvenile collection). Regan, Lisa. Asteroids and Comets. (Juvenile collection). Tyson, Neil deGrasse. Cosmic Queries. (Adult collection). … Continue reading June 30 is Asteroid Day!

What is PTSD?

Foo, Stephanie. What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing From Complex Trauma. Morton, Kati. Traumatized: Identify, Understand, and Cope With PTSD. Naidoo, Uma. This Is Your Brain On Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods That Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD. Van Der Kolk, Bessel A. The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body.

Online STEM Comics

Latta, Sara. Smash: Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe With the Large Hadron Collider. Preece, Christopher. Fire--Salt--Slime! Ottaviani, Jim. Levitation: Physics and Psychology. Ottaviani, Jim. Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists. Shimizu, Akane. Cells at Work. Weakland, Mark. Zombies and Electricity. This graphic novel is part of the Monster Science series. Look for these and others … Continue reading Online STEM Comics

Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin [Book Review]

Sensible Alice always thought she would become a farmer. Even though she took a safe job in a county planning department, she always knew she would inherit the family orchard. After a series of losses, however, Alice finds herself alone and bereft of the family farm. In a chance encounter, Alice meets another troubled person, … Continue reading Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin [Book Review]

Juneteeth–Juvenile Books and Teaching Resources

Cunningham, Kevin. Emancipation Proclamation. (Juvenile collection). Johnson, Angela. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom. (Juvenile collection) Lyons, Kelly Starling. Kelly's Broom. (Juvenile collection). Nelson, Vaunda. Almost to Freedom. (eBook). Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad In The Sky. (Juvenile collection). Featured Documents --Featured documents from the National Archives. Juneteenth Celebration--Explores the origins … Continue reading Juneteeth–Juvenile Books and Teaching Resources

Celebrate Juneteenth

Rockwall County Library will be closed Monday, June 20th in celebration of Juneteenth. Take a look at these books related to Juneteenth at Rockwall County Library: Burke, Tarana, ed. You Are Your Best Thing. (Adult Collection) Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. (Adult Collection). Coates, Ta-Nehisi. The Water Dancer. (Adult Collection). Ellison, Ralph. Juneteenth. … Continue reading Celebrate Juneteenth

June is Audiobook Month

Did you know? Listening to an audiobook provides the same benefits as reading printed books. Photo by APRIL STUDIO: Audiobooks increase comprehension through visualization. If you're going on a summer trip, digital audiobooks are convenient and portable. Plus, you can count audiobooks on your summer reading log. Look for these audiobooks read by award-winning … Continue reading June is Audiobook Month

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg [Book Review]

A troubled girl and a widower strike up a friendship in Berg's heart felt novel, The Story of Aruthur Truluv. Unwed and pregnant, Maddie spends a lot of her time in cemeteries where widower Arthur Truluv has lunch everyday. Truluv has an uncanny of peering into the lives of the departed. Mostly, however, he goes … Continue reading The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg [Book Review]

Summer Reading Programs For All

We are so excited to have you reading with us this summer!  In addition to the Children's and Teen reading program, we are offering several events and activities for the Adult Summer Reading Program. You can visit this link to read all about it in our newsletter: To complete your reading challenge log for … Continue reading Summer Reading Programs For All

June is “Great Outdoors” Month

June is "Great Outdoors" month. Many kinds of outdoor activities offer mental health benefits, exercise, and enjoyment. Gooley, Tristan. The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs. (Overdrive eBook). Hopgood, Tim. My Big Book of Outdoors. (Juvenile collection). Knight, Eric M. Foraging Texas. (Adult collection). McDougall, Len. The Scouting Guide to Tracking. (Adult collection). Puglisi, Stephanie. … Continue reading June is “Great Outdoors” Month

World Reef Day

June 1, 2022 June 1 is World Reef Day. Possibly there's no better time to think about conserving coral reefs. Here are some titles from the Juvenile collection: Gibbons, Gail. Coral Reef (2019). Guillian, Charlotte. Deep Blue. (2020). Klatte, Kathleen. Reefs and Volcanoes: How Earth's Atolls Formed. (2020). Martin, Claudia. Coral Reefs (2020). Tzomaka, Vassilliki. … Continue reading World Reef Day

Manic: A Memoir by Terri Cheney [Book Review]

Continuing where The Dark Side of Innocence left off, Manic is is a harrowing account of a woman's struggle with bipolar depression. In this episodic memoir, Cheney explains how the disease helped her be an asset at her legal firm. During the hypomanic phase she could be charming and a fantastic entertainment lawyer. She could … Continue reading Manic: A Memoir by Terri Cheney [Book Review]

Happy World Oceans Day!

© Alexander Mustard World Ocean Day's focus is to protect 30% of our land, waters, and oceans by 2030. Read about the ocean and protecting these valuable resources: Baker, Kate. Secrets of the Sea. (Juvenile collection). Berwald, Juli. Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish. (Adult collection). Broad, William. The Universe Below. (Adult collection). French, Jess. Earth's … Continue reading Happy World Oceans Day!

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. [Book Review]

Elsa believes what her family tells her--that she is weak because she suffered scarlet fever as a child. Elsa, however, soon proves her strength by helping her family survive during the worst and bleakest time in American history, the dust bowl years. Even though Elsa loses everything she owns twice and her husband, Rafe, leaves … Continue reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. [Book Review]

More great reads for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Chan, Jessamine. The School For Good Mothers. In Chan's dystopian novel, "bad" mothers, women who exhibit bad parenting skills, are sent to rehabilitation centers. Some parents, like Frida Liu, have only minor infractions yet they are still sent. Hirahara, Naomi. Clark and Division. Winner of the Mary Higgins Clark award and Lefty for Best Historical … Continue reading More great reads for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Learn the KonMari Method with Us!

Rockwall County Library is having a special virtual program on decluttering this June. Don't miss Shannon Huneycutt, certified KonMari Consultant, Organizer, and Speaker's virtual program on the KonMari method on June 2, 2022 at 6:00 PM. Register here: If you need more ideas on how to declutter, look for these titles: Davidson, Jeffrey. Simpler … Continue reading Learn the KonMari Method with Us!

Mother’s Day

Bertinelli, Valerie. Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today. Bongiorno, Karen. The ABCs of Being Mom. Casares, Whitney. The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting Without Losing Yourself. Drummond, Ree. Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood. Falter, Suzanne. The Extremely Busy Woman's Guide To Self-Care. Taylor-Kabbaz, Amy. Mama Rising: Discovering the … Continue reading Mother’s Day

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Fifty percent of Americans experience a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their lives. Peruse these titles at Rockwall County Library that address mental health and social well-being. Amen, Daniel. You, Happier: The Seven Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good. Bock, Kenneth. Brain Inflamed: Uncovering the Hidden Causes of Anxiety. Brewer, Judson. Unwinding Anxiety: … Continue reading May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Heritage Month.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Chung, Catherine. The Tenth Muse. (Adult collection). Ho, Joanna. Eyes That Kiss in the Corners. (Juvenile collection). Hughes, Kiku. Displacement. (Young adult collection). Ozeki, Ruth. A Tale for the Time Being. (Adult collection) Ozeki, Ruth. The Book of Form and Emptiness. (Large print collection) Qu, Anna. Made in … Continue reading May is Asian American and Pacific Heritage Month.

May the 4th Be With You!

Photo by Craig Adderley: Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, "In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” The same could be said for George Lucas. This month marks the 45th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise premiere. Learn more by visiting Newsbank, one of Rockwall County Library's databases. To access Newsbank: Resources Databases … Continue reading May the 4th Be With You!

National DNA Day

Read these new works of fiction and non-fiction for National DNA Day. Fiction: Abrams, Stacey. While Justice Sleeps. (Adult Collection) Benedict, Marie. Her Hidden Genius. (Adult Collection) Reichs, Kathy. The Bone Code. (Adult Collection) Non-Fiction: Isaacson, Walter. The Code Breaker. (Adult Collection). Markel, Howard. The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick. (Adult … Continue reading National DNA Day

National Sky Awareness Week

What we're reading for National Sky Awareness Week (April 24-30): The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The Handy Science Answer Book. (Adult collection). Carson, Mary Kay. The Tornado Scientist. (Juvenile collection). Dewdney, Christopher. 18 Miles: the Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and its Weather. (Adult collection). Nickel, Sandra. Breaking Through the Clouds: The Sometimes Turbulent Life … Continue reading National Sky Awareness Week


April 18th is National Columnist Day. Try reading one of these books written by a newspaper or magazine columnist. Albom, Mitch. Finding Chika, a Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. Barry, Dave. Lessons From Lucy. Brooks, Arthur. From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose. Brooks, David. The Social … Continue reading Columnists

Books to Read for Earth Day

Bissonnette, Aimee. The Second Life of Trees. (Juvenile Collection). Foster, Craig. Underwater Wild: My Octopus Teacher's Extraordinary World. (Adult Collection). Goodall, Jane. Seeds of Hope. (Adult collection). Hayhoe, Katharine. Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing.(Adult Collection). Kassinger, Ruth. Garden of Marvels (Adult Collection). Lang, Heather. Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Discovered … Continue reading Books to Read for Earth Day

Great Reads for Money Smart Week

Christianson, John. The Wealth Creator's Playbook. De Leon, Paco. Finance For The People. Kotlikoff, Laurence J. Money Magic: An Economist's Secrets To More Money. Krueger, David. Your New Money Story. Lazaroff, Peter. Making Money Simple: The Complete Guide. Loftsgordon, Amy. Credit Repair. Ramsey, Dave. Baby Steps Millionnaires. Singletary, Michelle. What To Do With Your Money … Continue reading Great Reads for Money Smart Week

Novels in Verse

April is National Poetry Month. It's also a great time to read a novel in verse. Enjoy one of these novels in verse written for high school, middle and elementary grade readers. Acevedo, Elizabeth. Clap When You Land. (Young adult collection). Baron, Chris. The Magical Imperfect. (Juvenile collection). Fipps, Lisa. Starfish. (Juvenile collection). Guidroz, Rukhsanna. … Continue reading Novels in Verse

National Library Week (continued)

Libraries connect users to their past by providing genealogical information.Photo by Suzy Hazelwood: Even though libraries have faced challenges, they also have never been more vital. Libraries protect the freedom to read by collecting materials that reflect all viewpoints. Libraries fight misinformation by helping users find reliable sources of information. Libraries connect users to … Continue reading National Library Week (continued)

The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey. [Book Review]

by Chantal W. The novel opens with an unusual discovery--a boy field has been wounded and left for dead in a field. Three teenagers comes across his body by accident when they are out walking. The discovery has a ripple effect in the local community, altering everyone's life that intersects with his. The teenagers who … Continue reading The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey. [Book Review]

WordPress & Web Apps

Bair, Amy. Blogging for Dummies. Levinson, Deborah. Build Your First Web App. Messenlehner, Brian. Building Web Apps With WordPress. Niederst Robbins, Jennifer. Learning Web Design. Sabin-Wilson, Lisa. Word Press All-in-One For Dummies. Tracy, John A. Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies. Waters, Adam. Confident Digital Content. Tutorials: -- (WordPress) -- (WordPress, Web design) … Continue reading WordPress & Web Apps

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth. [Book Review]

Fraternal twin sisters, Fern and Rose, look nothing alike yet they are devoted to each other. Rose takes care of Fern whose autism spectrum disorder often leads to sensory overload. The two of them have had a difficult childhood -- their mother has not always provided a stable home. They emerge mostly unscathed except for … Continue reading The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth. [Book Review]

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. [Book Review]

For this month's 2022 Adult Reading challenge, I chose Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. In this humor-filled novel, the protagonist's sister enters a competition and tries to "Go the Distance." She attempts to break the world record for baking the greatest number of frosted rabbit cakes. Why rabbit cakes? Eva Babbitt who is Lizzie's mother, … Continue reading Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. [Book Review]

Digital Magazines

Digital Magazines are now available at Rockwall County Library. Ask how you can access CloudLibrary's newstand. cloudLibrary NewsStand Stay entertained and informed with the world’s largest catalogue of digital magazines and newspapers delivered directly to your devices. Instantly access 7,000 titles in more than 60 languages when you download cloudLibrary NewsStand. An easy-to-use standalone app … Continue reading Digital Magazines

Coming Soon to a Screen Near You

Adams, Taylor. No Exit. (Hulu). Beukes, Lauren. The Shining Girls. (Apple TV+) Christie, Agatha. Death on the Nile. (20th Century). Dahl, Roald. Matilda. (Sony Pictures). Donaghue, Emma. The Wonder. (Netflix). King, Stephen. 'Salem's Lot. (Warner Brothers). Knoll, Jessica. Luckiest Girl Alive. (Netflix). Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko. (Apple TV+). Nelson, Jandy. The Sky is Everywhere. (Apple … Continue reading Coming Soon to a Screen Near You

Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti [Book Review]

Set in the Italian alps, Flowers Over the Inferno, is fast-paced and chilling. Tuti comes from that region and she brings the fictional town of Traveni, a picturesque village that wants to protect its dark secrets, to life. Beneath the town's picturesque exterior there are dark forces--an evil doctor and a nefarious school conducting dark … Continue reading Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti [Book Review]

Data Privacy Week, January 24-28, 2020

Some works that discuss data privacy: Adam, Levin. Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers. Aschoff, Nicole Marie. The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance. Karle, Melody. A Social Media Guide. Kirtley, Jane. Privacy Rights in the Digital Age. (Reference). Yates, Chris. Share: How Organizations Can Thrive In An Age of … Continue reading Data Privacy Week, January 24-28, 2020

January is National Hobby Month

What's your hobby? Enhance your skills or organize your workshop with these hobby related books. Boyle, Carmae. Make it Modern Macrame the Boho Chic Guide. Cornog, Phoebe. Wonder Walls: How to Transform Your Space. DK. Woodworking: The Complete Step by Step Manual. Katsuji, Sueko. A Beginner's Guide to Terrarium Gardening. Locke, Bee. Creative Woodburning: Projects, … Continue reading January is National Hobby Month

January is Financial Wellness Month.

by Chantal W. If you've always wanted to manage your personal finances better, these resources may help you get started. Everyone, from millennials to retirees, can benefit from careful financial planning that these guides offer. Selected books and websites on this topic are listed below: Cagan, Michele. Budgeting 101: From Getting Out of Debt and … Continue reading January is Financial Wellness Month.

De-Stress Fest

Need some rest and relaxation during the hectic holiday season? Participate in the De-Stress Fest at Rockwall County Library. When: December 15-18, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evening and all afternoon on Saturday. Wed 4:30-5:30pm Thurs 4:30-7:30pm Fri 3:30-4:30pm Sat 10:30am-3:30pm Where: Look for stress-busting stations throughout the library, in the library patio, or balcony. How: Grab … Continue reading De-Stress Fest

New CloudLibrary Service

To access the CloudLibrary service, go to Login with location and library card # (no spaces). CloudLibrary apps available for android, Apple, or Kindle Fire. Titles can be read or listened to in a Windows browser. 21 day loans (can be returned early) To find additional digital books (Overdrive/Libby, E-Read Texas, and more)

More Inspiring Picture Book Biographies

Costanza, Stephen. King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. King of Ragtime profiles the legendary ragtime musician in a way that inspires the youngest readers. Hinrichs, Alexanra. The Traveling Camera: Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor. Kerbel, Deborah. Fred & Marjorie: A Doctor, a Dog, and the Discovery of Insulin. In … Continue reading More Inspiring Picture Book Biographies

Native American Heritage Month

Dimaline, Cherie. Empire of Wild. (fiction) Erdrich, Louise. The Night Watchman.(fiction) Ford, Kelli Jo. Crooked Hallelujah. (fiction) Hobson, Brandon. The Removed. (fiction) Hogan, Linda. The Woman Who Watches Over the World. (memoir) Harjo, Joy. Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First People's Poetry. (poetry) Jones, Stephen. The Only Good Indians. (fiction) Kimmerer, Robin Wall. … Continue reading Native American Heritage Month

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner [Book Review].

After learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Caroline goes on a trip to London by herself. Even though the trip was supposed to be an anniversary trip with her husband, Caroline goes alone and embarks on a personal quest. The novel is empowering because it features a character who wants to reshape her circumstances: … Continue reading The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner [Book Review].

Media Literacy Week

Media Literacy Week 2021 celebrates media literacy and the five components of media literacy. Media literacy encompasses the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act upon information found in media sources. Here are some titles available to you at Rockwall County Library on the subject. Grant, John. Debunk it. (Young Adult Collection). Luhtala, Michelle. … Continue reading Media Literacy Week

Fabulous Fungi

Have you seen the Netflix documentary, Fantastic Fungi? If so, maybe its awakened your interest in how these organisms and their mycelium provide connections among living things, especially trees. Some fantastic new titles about fungi: Boddy, Lynne. Humongous Fungus. (Juvenile Collection). Hawksworth, D.L. Fungarium. (Juvenile Collection). Owen, Ruth. Fungi: Colorful Clean-up Crews. (Juvenile Collection). Sheldrake, … Continue reading Fabulous Fungi

Career Transitions

These books and sites will help you if you're making a career transition: Bolles, Richard. What Color is Your Parachute? 2020. Dowling, Daisy. Workparent: the Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids. Enelow, Wendy. Modernize Your Resume: Get Noticed...Get Hired. Matthew, Louis. Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities. … Continue reading Career Transitions

All in a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World by Lori Alexander.

Written for young readers, Alexander's All in a Drop details the many accomplishments of Van Leeuwenhoek in an immensely enjoyable way. Without the benefit of any scientific training, Van Leeuwenhoek improved upon Robert Hooke's invention--the microscope. Van Leeuwenhoek was the first to observe living bacteria and protozoa. While Hooke and other scientists suspected a hoax, … Continue reading All in a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World by Lori Alexander.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Caine, Danny. How to Resist Amazon and Why. Frenkel, Sheera. An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination. Grubb, Sam. How Cybersecurity Really Works. Moschovitis, Christos J.P. Privacy, Regulations, and Cybersecurity: The Essential Business Guide. Rogers, Jeni. 200+ Ways to Protect Your Privacy: Simple Ways to Prevent Hacks. Schober, Scott. Cybersecurity Is Everybody's Business: Solve … Continue reading Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Ada Lovelace Day

October 12, 2021 is Ada Lovelace Day! For Adults: Chiaverini, Jennifer. Enchantress of Numbers. (Fiction) Essinger, James. Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age. Seymour, Miranda. In Byron's Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Byron's Wife and Daughter. For Kids: Hayes, Amy. Ada Lovelace: First Computer Programmer. McCulley, Emily. Dreaming in … Continue reading Ada Lovelace Day

Mental Health Awareness Month

Books on the subject of mental health and ADHD: Murthy, Vivek Hallegere. Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. Perlmutter, Kenneth. Freedom From Family Dysfunction. Perry, Bruce Duncan. What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. Ramsey, Drew. Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety. Scobie, Olive. Impossible Parenting: … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month

Staff Picks

Blackwell, Juliet. The Lost Carousel of Provence. Briggs, Patricia. Blood Bound.     Bryant, Chuck and Josh Clark. Stuff You Should Know.   Fowler, Karen Joy. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Gerard, Tieghan. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple.    Groff, Lauren. Fates and Furies Hastings, Reed. No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention.  Kamal, Soniah. Unmarriageable.   King, … Continue reading Staff Picks

The Book of Strange New Things by

NoveList calls The Book of Strange New Things "leisurely paced and lush." A husband and wife face huge challenges in this speculative novel. Hired by USIC, Peter is a Christian missionary who offers to bring the Christian faith to the planet's inhabitants. Their former pastor, Kurzberg, has mysteriously gone missing. While most of the company … Continue reading The Book of Strange New Things by

Upcoming book TV tie-ins & Films

Asimov, Isaac. Foundation. (Apple TV+) Duncan, Lois. I Know What You Did Last Summer (Amazon Prime) Gaiman, Neil. Anansi Boys. (Amazon Prime). Land, Stephanie. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will. (Netflix). Meyer, Philipp. American Rust. (Showtime). Moehringer, J.R. The Tender Bar. (feature film). McManus, Karen. One of Us is Lying. (Peacock TV). … Continue reading Upcoming book TV tie-ins & Films

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15th. Try these outstanding works of fiction and non-fiction written by notable Hispanic writers. Alvarez, Julia. Afterlife. (F ALV) Cordova, Zoraida. Incendiary. (YA F COR) Cornejo, Villavicencio Karla Undocumented Americans. (364.137 COR) Engel, Patricia. Infinite Country. (F ENG) Fajardo-Anstine, Kali. Sabrina & Corina. (eBook) … Continue reading Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

National Small Business Week

This week (September 13-September 17) is National Small Business Week. If you're a small business, you may want to contact the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce for their offerings. Rockwall County Library offers business magazines, journal articles, books, and digital resources that can also assist you. Many small business make use of business mailing lists … Continue reading National Small Business Week

September is Yoga Awareness Month

Barbira Freedman, Francoise. Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond. Brennand, Tyrone. Be The Fittest: Your Ultimate 12-Week Guide to Training Smart. Bondy, Dianne. Yoga For Everyone: 50 Poses. Ferguson, Kyle. Beyond Hot Yoga: On Patterns, Practice, and Movement. Payne, Larry. Yoga After 50 For Dummies. Many yoga magazines and titles are available digitally through … Continue reading September is Yoga Awareness Month

More New Stem Titles for Kids

Amstutz, Natalie. Mammal Mania. Carson, Mary Kay. Wildlife Ranger: Action Guide. DK. The Science of Goo! From Saliva and Slima to Frogspawn and Fungus. Huddleston, Emma. Saving Polar Bears. Smith-Llera, Danielle. First Look At a Black Hole: How a Photograph Solved a Space Mystery. Stevens, Alison Pearce. Rhinos in Nebraska. Taylor, Barbara. The Bird Atlas. … Continue reading More New Stem Titles for Kids

The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

by Chantal W. This narrative switches back and forth from the point of view of Cady, a contemporary woman from San Francisco who finds herself drawn to Provence; Maelle, a young woman from Bretagne who wants to carve carousel figures; and Patrice Clement, a young man from Paris whose family owns Chateau Clement. The stories … Continue reading The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

Looking back

For National Dog Day, we're posting photos of Rockwall County Library's Patriot Paws event. The Patriot Paw Demonstration was one of many summer reading events given at the library this past summer. A puppy raiser (Christine) develops a special relationship with puppy-in-training, Orion. Christine demonstrates how a Patriot Paw dog-in-training can pick up small objects … Continue reading Looking back

New Large Print Titles

Benjamin, Melanie. The Children's Blizzard. Bentley, Don. Tom Clancy. Target Acquired. Berry, Flynn. Northern Spy. Karon, Jan. Somewhere Safe With Someone Good. Keefe, Patrick. Empire of Pain. Louis, Lia. Dear Emmie Blue. Lupica, Mike. Robert B. Parker's Payback. Oyeyemi, Helen. Peaces. Swann, Stacey. Olympus, Texas. Thayne, RaeAnne. The Path to Sunshine Cove. Thor, Brad. Black … Continue reading New Large Print Titles

Library Cards Empower You

Photo by Vadim Bocharov from Pexels Library cards empower you to learn your family's story. Access Ancestry Library Edition by using your library card at Rockwall County Library. Search census, vital, military, and immigration records with Ancestry Library Edition or local newspapers via Digital Reel (in library only). Find reference and circulating genealogy books and … Continue reading Library Cards Empower You

National Wellness Month

Photo by Puwadon Sang-ngern from Pexels August is National Wellness Month. Here are some new titles that may help you achieve wellness. Brown, Blair Lauren. CBD: Self-Care Secrets to Hemp-Derived Wellness. De Laurentiis, Giada. Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness. DK Publishing. Essential Herbs: Treat Yourself Naturally. Dow, Dr. Mike. The Sugar Brain Fix. Falter, Suzanne. … Continue reading National Wellness Month

Science of the Summer Olympics Designing safety helmets, fluid mechanics of swimming, and more in this nine part video series (2012 games). Baseball will be a sport in Tokyo's Summer Olympics. Here are some books about the science of summer sports: Bazemore, Suzanne. Soccer: How It Works. Buckley, James Jr. It's a Numbers Game! Baseball: The Math Behind the … Continue reading Science of the Summer Olympics

Best Online Tutorials for Adults

Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash Texshare's Learning Express Library (available to those with a Rockwall County Library card). Ask for a Texshare password. Tests, tutorials, and eBooks. The Computer Skills Center has tutorials on computer basics, popular software tools, computer graphics and illustration (Adobe illustrator and Adobe photoshop), and tutorials on Windows operating … Continue reading Best Online Tutorials for Adults

Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

by Chantal W. According to the AASL (American Association of School Librarians), these are the best digital tools for teaching: Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) ( Use these tools & others in website (Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning) to help students with news literacy, … Continue reading Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

Book Review: The Language of the Butterflies by Wendy Williams

Though most people take butterflies for granted, Williams elevates the place of this tiny insect in the scientific community. She describes butterfly “addicts” and includes herself in the group. While most addicts are attracted to the butterflies’ color and beauty, a neural effect she describes in chapter 13, she proves there much more to be … Continue reading Book Review: The Language of the Butterflies by Wendy Williams

Coming Soon! PatriotPaws Demo

For books on service dogs:Ascher-Walsh, Rebecca. Devoted: 38 Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs. (adult collection). Charleson, Susannah. Scent of the Missing. (adult collection). Charleson, Susannah. Possibility Dogs. (adult collection). Hamilton, Kimberlie. Daring Dogs: 30 True Tales. (juvenile collection). Keagan, Grace. The Ultimate Service Dog Training Manual. (adult collection). Kisor, Henry. Traveling with … Continue reading Coming Soon! PatriotPaws Demo

Career information

If you're looking to reskill or upskill after the pandemic, ask how to use LearningExpress at Rockwall County Library. Learning Express Library offers many benefits to students and job seekers. Learning Express Library Career Center Plus (job search and workplace skills, prepare for civil service and vocational careers)Job & Career Accelerator (discover schools and scholarships, … Continue reading Career information

Book Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James.

Like most of St. James's novels, The Sun Down Motel invokes the supernatural. Strange events have been occurring at the Sun Down Motel since the eighties Carly, who just lost her mother to cancer, decides to find answers to questions her family have been dodging for years--what really happened to her Aunt Viv. The Sun … Continue reading Book Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James.

Book Review: Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor.

Everyone should read this true account of Eva Mozes Kor—how she and her twin survived deadly experiments in Auschwitz. Though this memoir is written for young adults, people of all ages will marvel at their story.  Separated from their parents, and place under Dr. Mengele’s program they are given some meager privileges. They are allowed for … Continue reading Book Review: Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor.

World Watercolor Month

July is World Watercolor Month. Try these books if you want to create outstanding watercolors, especially florals. Ask how to access digital magazines available through Artists Magazine, PleinAir Magazine, Artists & Illustrators are digitally available for checkout with a Rockwall County Library card. Books and DVDs: Ewing, Kateri. Watercolor is for Everyone: Simple Lessons … Continue reading World Watercolor Month

Book Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

Years after a horrific crime, Tessie, the only survivor in the "Black-eyed Susan" murders steps forward. She is beginning to doubt that the right person has been convicted for the heinous crime. Tessie was nearly killed and blinded by a "monster." After the  horrific attack, Tessie suffers memory loss and psychological blindess--a conversion disorder. Heaberlin … Continue reading Book Review: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

Pollinator Week What can you do for Pollinator Week? Many schools and organizations start a pollinator garden, Learn about pollinators by checking out these books from the Rockwall County Library. For young readers: Church, Dana. The Beekeepers: How Humans Changed the World of Bumblebees. Hirsch, Rebecca. Where Have All the Bees Gone? Larkin, Shabazz. The … Continue reading Pollinator Week

Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

Even if you’ve read this classic novel of mystery and suspense before, by re-reading it you will find new facets and nuances to admire. Ten people come to an island for different purposes but find themselves fighting for their lives. Among them is a murderer who wants his or her own type of justice. After … Continue reading Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

July is Graphic Novels In Libraries Month

Historical comics, biographical comics, or science comics provide information in an appealing way. Pictured above, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Freiheit: The White Rose Graphic Novel by Andrea Grosso Ciponte, Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill and The Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson. If you are … Continue reading July is Graphic Novels In Libraries Month

Adult Summer Reading — Tails and Tales

2021 Summer Reading Activities Learn about the 2021 reading challenge, crafts, movies, and events. Participants 18+ (for the adult club) can complete multiple reading challenge forms. Online Registration Form Register here for the 2021 Reading challenge "Tails and Tales" Complete a virtual reading log challenge form or ask for a printed copy at one of … Continue reading Adult Summer Reading — Tails and Tales

Coming Soon–Summer.

Do you know about Its a great way to create an electronic list of your favorite books, write reviews, and swap messages with fellow bibliophiles? They also have great lists like these below: Hottest new books for the summer season, Author recommendations is a list of beach reads recommended by published authors, reading Coming Soon–Summer.

June is Audiobook Month

June is an Audiobook month. No matter which format they come in, audiobooks are great for road trips. Audiobooks are an entertaining way to catch up on great reads. Audiobooks also supports literacy and improves comprehension. Look for these award winning audiobooks at Rockwall County Library: Anderson, Laurie Halse. Shout (YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young … Continue reading June is Audiobook Month

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Brina, Elizabeth Miki. Speak, Okinawa: a Memoir. Brina struggles to understand her parents and her unique heritage. Brina is a Japanese-American writer who currently lives and teaches in New Orleans. Chang, David. Eat a Peach. Chang writes about his fame as chef at Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious. David Chang is of Korean … Continue reading May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Shadow and Bone Readalikes

If you are enjoying Netflix's adaptation of Shadow and Bone, you may enjoy these other fantasy series: Aveyard, Victoria. Red Queen. (Red Queen series) Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. (Graceling Realm series). Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. (Seraphina series) LaFevers, R. L. Grave Mercy. (His Fair Assassin series). Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court … Continue reading Shadow and Bone Readalikes

Earth Day Databases

Sustainability Reference Center is available on If you need articles about recycling, renewable energy, conservation, you may want to use and Ebscohost's Sustainability Reference Center. Another great resource is GreenFILE, a free research database that draws connections between the environment and other disciplines, e.g. education, law, health, and technology. To access GreenFILE, go … Continue reading Earth Day Databases

What’s your favorite business/career book?

Bankert, Adrienne. Your Hidden Superpower. Bankert believes in living "authentically and wholeheartedly" with kindess. If you live this way, Bankert believes, you're unstoppable. Being kind changes everything, including cut-throat attitudes on the job and negativity. Schaffer, Neal. The Age of Influence. Schaffer, who named a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencer for the second time … Continue reading What’s your favorite business/career book?

Business/Career–Using Data Axle’s Reference Solutions

Use Data Axle's Business Solutions with your Rockwall County Library Card from home or in the library. To access Data Axle remotely go to the Rockwall County Library website, Choose "Resources" from the left hand column. Choose "Databases & Downloads." Choose "Reference Solutions." For access to the database, enter your Rockwall County library card … Continue reading Business/Career–Using Data Axle’s Reference Solutions

COVID 19 Resources for Job seekers and Employers

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels CareerOneStop Business Center Find local job centers. Use CareerOneStop for career exploration, training, jobs, unemployment insurance. CareerOneStop Employment Recovery Need a job right away? Information on remote jobs, remote interviews, unemployment. If you're an employer, you may want to look at this part of CareerOneStop: CareerOneStop: COVID 19 Resources for Employers The … Continue reading COVID 19 Resources for Job seekers and Employers

Digital Magazines

Did you know? As a Rockwall County Library card holder, you have access to over 500 digital magazines? Use the the Libby App. Enter your library name and choose "Northeast Texas Digital Consortium." Rockwall County Library is a part of this consortium. Enter your library card. Choose Preferences and choose Magazines as the format … Continue reading Digital Magazines

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture by Reed Hastings

One of this year's most discussed business books is Reed Hastings' No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. Instead of rules, Hastings believes in building an organization out of top performers. In his view, workplace rules deter innovation and experimentation. Consequently, Hastings based his entire company on F&R (Freedom and Responsibility). This meant … Continue reading No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture by Reed Hastings