https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/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
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. http://www.texshare.net 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
Did you know the first e-Book was created fifty years ago? Use your Rockwall County Library card to access Overdrive's collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, The Overdrive collection can be easily access through the Libbyapp. Access the e-Read Texas collection from Biblioboard by going to http://www.texshare.net. Access EBSCOhost's ebook collection by going to http://www.texshare.net.
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) (ala.org) Use these tools & others in website (Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning) to help students with news literacy, critical thinking and … Continue reading Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning
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
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
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
What can you do for Plastic Free July? Join the challenge:https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/ Read these titles about sustainable living at Rockwall County Library: Cameron, Lily. Simply Sustainable: Moving Toward Plastic-Free, Low Waste Living. Johnson, Bea. Zero Waste Home. Korst, Amy. The Zero-Waste Lifestyle. Sheldrake, Merlin. Entangled Life.
If you didn't have a chance to join us at the July 6 teen event @ Rockwall County Library, why not read one of these exciting books on chemistry? Brown, Cynthia. Kitchen Chemistry: Cool Crystals, Rockin' Reactions, and Magical Mixtures. (2020). Eldridge, Alison. Beakers, Burner's and Balance Scales! (2021). Faust, Daniel. Fizz, Gurgle, Pop! Chemical … Continue reading A&M Chemistry Road Show
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.
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.
Rockwall County Library will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021, in celebration of Independence Day. Enjoy these recipes from NewsBank for your festive occasion: http://ow.ly/xeYh50FaMnK
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 Libbyapp.com. 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
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.
Come create a vase with us! There's still time to sign up for a spot in the stained glass vase program on June 29, 2021 at Rockwall County Library. Stained Glass Vases with Barbara Dybala, June 29, 2021 6-8PM Free! All supplies provided. Large meeting room Rockwall County Library Call 972-204-7700 to register or visit … Continue reading Stained glass vase program
Overdrive has a marvelous big read this month. The "Big Library Read" allows users to download an online book and discuss it via their platform. This summer's "Big Library Read": The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa. Readers have access to the ebook until July 12 with no waitlists or holds. The Quiet Girl is S.F. … Continue reading The Big Library Read
https://www.pollinator.org/pollinator-week What can you do for Pollinator Week? Many schools and organizations start a pollinator garden, https://www.saveourmonarchs.org/pollinator-garden-program.html 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
Tuesday June 29: Stained Glass Mosaic VasesCreate a stained glass mosaic vase from 6-8pm foryour summer flowers. Class will be taught byrenowned artist, Barbara Dybala(www.barbaradybala.com). Space is limited. Free. All supplies will be provided. Registration begins Tuesday 6/22 in-person at theReference Desk.
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.
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
Starting a book club this summer? Try NoveList's Book Club Resources from the Quick Links tab to find resources. Find book discussion guides with "conversation guides," "reading notes," and "suggested reading." To access NoveList go to http://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/library, Choose "Resources" and then "Databases and Downloads." Choose NoveList and type in your Rockwall County Library card #.
Two women, one of whom is just sixteen, form an unlikely bond as they try to understand why numerous women have disappeared in Atlantic City. Ava, who goes by Clara Voyant, is a teenaged psychic who tries to solve the missing cases with the help of Lily Louten, an aspiring art gallery owner. Ava who … Continue reading Book Review: Please See Us by by Caitlin Mullen
One of the options for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge is to choose a "staff pick." Here are some books highly recommended by library staff.
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
Rockwall County Library has three summer reading programs--one for youth, teens, and adults. June 7th--August 7th. Win prizes and have fun! Photo by Oliver Sjöström from Pexels
In a novel that's sweetness served up with a side of realism, Walsh explores a small town's inhabitants desire to live the best version of themselves. When a simply plywood cubicle with the word DNAMIX shows up at Johnson's grocery story, it causes the good people of Deerfield to behave in outlandish ways. The machine, … Continue reading Book Review: The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh
Do you know about Goodreads.com? 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, https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2054 Author recommendations is a list of beach reads recommended by published authors, https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2074 … Continue reading Coming Soon–Summer.
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
Stop in and see the teen mural in the Young adult area that was completed in 2019 under the direction of librarian Stephanie Milberger and artist and RISD educator, Jim Hastings. Intermediate and advanced teen artists were hand selected for this project. Work began in November 2018 and was completed in August 2019. Teens who … Continue reading Teen Mural
Did you know that each year the Mystery Writers of America nominate and award the best works of mystery writing? This year's Edgar for best novel goes to Deepa Anappara for Djinn Patron on the Purple Line. To watch the complete ceremony for 2021 Edgar Allan Awards, see https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg704Luzy4EKA85E9vv2toQ
Children's Book Week is May 3-9, 2021. This year's poster was illustrated by Bryan Collier who illustrated Trombone Shorty and Dave the Potter. Here are a selection of children's biographies that focus on individuals who have shown extraordinary knowledge, strength, or compassion--real life super heroes. Griffith, Evan. Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne … Continue reading Reading is a Superpower
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.
Enjoy these Star Wars themed titles! Carson, Rae. The Rise of Skywalker. In a novelization of the 2019 film, Carson includes expanded scenes and additional content. Dickinson, Seth. From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back (eBook). New perspectives on the film from forty well-known authors. Krosoczka, Jarrett. Jedi Academy #9. At Last, … Continue reading May the Fourth Be With You!
For car repairs, you can find books on the shelves and searchable information on Gale's Chilton Library on Texshare. If you have a Rockwall County Library card, ask a librarian or library assistant for a password to use Texshare. Just search via Gale's easy-to-use Chilton Library menus for the vehicle's year, make, and model. Maintenance … Continue reading Car Repairs?
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
Sustainability Reference Center is available on Texhshare.net If you need articles about recycling, renewable energy, conservation, you may want to use Texshare.net 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
Celebrate Earth Day with these reads! Bratskeir, Kate. A Pocket Guide to Sustainable Food Shopping (2020). Brockovich, Erin. Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis (2020). The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2019). DK Publishing. The Ecology Book (2019). Gates, Bill. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions and Breakthroughs (2021). Hyman, Mark. … Continue reading Earth Day Reads
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?
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, https://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/library 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
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
Did you know? As a Rockwall County Library card holder, you have access to over 500 digital magazines? Use the the Libby App. https://www.libbyapp.com 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
These books can increase you understanding of autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder, that affects 1 in every 54 children. Donahue, Karen. Right From the Start: A Practical Guide. Dundon, Raelene. The Parent's Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children With Autism. The book aims to help children who have an autism diagnosis with their anxiety, a frequently … Continue reading Autism Awareness Month
Angelo, Megan. Followers. Clarke, Susanna. Piranesi. Crouch, Blake. Dark Matter. Gonzales, Manuel. The Regional Office is Under Attack. Johnson, Micaiah. The Space Between Worlds. Murakami, Haruki. 1Q84. Palmer, Dexter. Version Control. VanderMeer, Jeff. Annihilation. Walschots, Natalie Zina. Hench.
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
Everyone calls Kate by her nickname "Plain Kate." As a female woodcarver, she's an outsider. After her father dies, Kate becomes even more of an outcast. To make matters worst, an albino witch convinces Kate to give him her shadow. Kate foolishly agrees to give Linay her shadow in exchange for fish hooks and supplies. She does … Continue reading Book Review: Plain Kate by Erin Bow.