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

Book Review: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

After learning that her husband has been faithful, 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 Book Review: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

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

Happy “National Podcast Day”

National Podcast Day is September 30th. Unlike radio shows, podcasts can provide specific, specialized content. Podcasts can be listened to "on demand." Podcasts are easily produced and distributed via podcatchers. Listeners can subscribe via RSS feeds, notifying them when new episodes are available. Literary podcasts: New York Times Book Review LeVar Burton Reads Writer's League … Continue reading Happy “National Podcast Day”

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

Need career direction?

Gain work experience by finding work-based learning like apprenticeships, on-the-job training, internships, and mentorships. Find an internship, Find an apprenticeship, For more information, look for these titles at Rockwall County Library. Blanchard, Kenneth. One-Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor. Morgan, Genevieve. Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning After High School. … Continue reading Need career direction?