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Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:38am
Get the MakerLab Drawing Tablet Badge

Are you an artist or another creative type? If so, then come in and try CRRL’s new UG-2150 drawing tablet at Howell Branch's Makerlab.

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 9:00am
Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate

Byx does not want to be the last to live.

Byx is not a dog, she is a dairne - an endangered species that resembles dogs. The dairne walk upright, have opposable thumbs and marsupial pouches, and can glide from tree to tree. The dairne also have a unique gift - the ability to know when someone is lying.

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 8:17am
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka

How would you draw the warmth of the sun on your face? Would you draw the sun, high in the sky, lighting up your upturned face? Most people would. But not Niko. Niko isn’t interested in drawing the sun. He’s not trying to show a person. He wants to draw the warmth.

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 12:01am
Guest Picks: Student Volunteer Amrutha Obbineni

As my parents can most definitely testify, one of my greatest passions is reading. My mom fondly tells everyone, that the reason for my glasses is not video games or excessive TV watching as it may be for other kids, but rather excessive reading. Little six-year-old me who wasn’t willing to put down a book, sneakily reading in the middle of the night with a flashlight is, according to my mom, the culprit behind my less than amazing vision. Let’s face it: she’s probably right (although, when is she not?). Fast forward 10 years, and, as a now 16-year-old, that same anticipation for a good book still exists, and, if anything has been amplified over time. In order to keep up with my admittedly vociferous appetite for books, I can often be found at the library scanning the thousands of books - and trying very hard to not take home every single one.

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 12:01am
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Looking for that perfect book on serial murderers—but in non-fiction format? Check out these book titles. 

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 12:12pm

January 30, 1649, was chosen to be King Charles’ death day. Among the sober observers were tall, flaxen-haired Gideon Jukes, musketeer and spy for Cromwell’s New Army, and lovely Juliana Lovell, the still loyal though seemingly abandoned wife of a Cavalier officer.

Juliana has crisscrossed wartorn England and now lives in London on the brink of starvation with her two young boys. She has a lady’s manners but has had to develop cunning to survive her years alone while her husband serves in the King’s army. Her path crosses with Gideon’s when they both flee the Tower in the aftermath of the King's execution.
 
Their lives before the war were so very different. Gideon, rebellious son of a wealthy merchant, nonetheless was cheerfully apprenticed to a printer of many things, including seditious literature. When the call came to join Parliament’s cause with the London trained bands, he quickly volunteered, eager to get away from a strange and unpleasant marriage. Without family and in need of a protector, Juliana had wed a trickster, a lesser noble, who fascinated her and kept her true to him despite their years apart.
 
Rebels and Traitors is a massive novel—nearly 750 pages—set in a time most Americans know little about. But they should, and this story is an engrossing way to immerse oneself in a time every bit as exciting and compelling as the American Civil War or the French Revolution. Those who enjoy James Michener’s historical sagas and Bernard Cornwell’s military tales of the British past should find summer solace in this lengthy tale. The pacing fluctuates between battles and sackings of towns--punctuated with periods of domestic normality, friendships, love, and even humor.
Mon, 07/02/2018 - 7:49pm
Teetotalers and Moonshiners Exhibit at Howell

“Now the temp’rance army’s marching,
Wives and sisters in the throng,
Shouting ‘Total Prohibition’
As we bravely march along!” - from the Temperance Army song

Did you know it was never illegal to drink during Prohibition? The 18th Amendment to the Constitution, also known as the Volstead Act, made the production, sale, and transport of intoxicating beverages illegal but said nothing about actually drinking the stuff. It contained some exceptions, too. For example, a doctor could prescribe medicinal whiskey to his patients. The production and distribution of liquor, once handled by legitimate businesses, became the province of criminal gangs. Can you say Al Capone? Respectable folk patronized illegal speakeasies. New York City alone had an estimated 30,000 speakeasies! As organized crime grew, and drinking gained more social acceptance, support for Prohibition waned, and in 1933 the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th.  

Virginia was ahead of its time, banning alcoholic drinks more than three years before national prohibition was enacted in 1920. Learn more about this fascinating period in Virginia’s history, including the long-lasting effects still felt today. With support from the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the Virginia Distillers Association, Howell Branch will host the Library of Virginia's exhibit, "Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled," June 11 - July 21, during regular library operating hours.

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 9:24am
Be Safer and More Prepared for Emergencies

Emergencies can spring up when they are least expected - and at the worst possible moments. Quick thinking and action can minimize the damage an emergency could cause. You can become better prepared to handle almost any crisis from natural disasters to minor injuries. Salem Church Branch is hosting a series of information tables where you can pick up tips and techniques from safety experts. Stop by to chat with the friendly staff of local organizations on Tuesdays in July, beginning July 10, 11:00-2:00.

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 8:44am
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

As I'm 36,000 feet in the air working on writing my column, I thought that now would be a good time to write about the ways the library can travel with people on their summer vacations. Having eBooks and eAudio available to me 24/7 is so useful when I find that I am in need of something to read or listen to.

The great thing about traveling with the library on your phone or tablet is that wifi and a data connection are not necessary to read books or to listen to audiobooks that are already downloaded to your device. It also means that I don’t have to tote around the weight of lots of books; I'm one of those readers who has five or six books checked out at one time just in case I finish a book early or am not in the mood to read a book I started.

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:36am
Cover to Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Metro City’s very own superhero Captain Amazing is getting too old for his job, so he’s going to need some backup. Sidekicks is the journey of some die-hard hero wannabes who wish to join the captain for one very simple reason: They are his pets, and he hasn’t been paying them any attention lately.

It seems like a good idea, and Roscoe the dog (hero name Metal Mutt) seems like a shoe-in. Who would be a better superhero sidekick than man’s best friend? Unfortunately, ever since an incident with Amazing’s last animal sidekick, he’s adopted a strict no-pet policy.

Sure, all of these guys bring something to the table. Roscoe is big and strong; Shifty the Chameleon has powers of camouflage. Manny the cat has actual experience in the field. But what can tiny hamster Fluffy possibly do? At least he has a teeny, tiny Captain America costume.

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