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Americans and Paris

by Judith Clark | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris." This quote is attributed to Thomas Gold Appleton of Boston who spent many years in 19th Century Paris... read more

Spring Cleaning @ Your Library

by Galina Chernykh | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The snow has melted, the spring flowers are blooming, and it's time to bring a feeling of openness and renewal back into your life...and onto your more

Global Parenting

by Jennie Yang | Monday, April 6, 2015

April is National Poetry Month. One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost's "Devotion".

The heart can think of no devotion
Greater than being shore to ocean - 
Holding the curve of one position,
Counting an endless repetition. more

Spring Is Here! Children's Books That Celebrate Springtime.

by Bonnie Tjomstol | Monday, March 2, 2015

Although some of us might still have snow on the ground, the coming of Daylight Saving Time means that SPRING is finally headed our way. Lighter jackets, blooming flowers, the smell of freshly cut grass - it's all more

Harlem Renaissance

by Carole Meehan | Thursday, February 5, 2015

Strolling past the Apollo Theater on a wintery day early in the new year, I could hear a refrain of the sounds long ago. The voices of Billie, Ella, and Lena resonated in the air. Were they calling my name? Intrigued, I wanted to learn more

Getting to Know the Ancestors

by Marilyn Horton | Monday, January 5, 2015

January is a time to look forwards - and backwards. Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings and transitions, has two faces, one looking to the future and one to the past.

If you are interested in looking back, way back, I highly recommend the site This is an online resource that is free through our more

Mark Twain: The First All-American Author

by Judith Clark | Thursday, December 4, 2014

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn."

This quote by Ernest Hemingway, one of the most famous American authors of the 20th Century and the winner of the Noble Prize in Literature describes in a nutshell the importance and the continuing importance of Mark Twain as both an American author and also an American more

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

by Jennie Yang | Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Q: Help! I just moved here from Japan and need to learn English fast!

You are not alone. Millions of people worldwide learn English as a foreign language using various methods. There are many different English language learning programs available on the Internet. There are just as many English learning course DVDs, CDs, and books for you to choose from. So, where do you more

The Drama and Spice of Modern Italian Writing

by Galina Chernykh | Monday, October 6, 2014

Italian literature. What immediately comes to mind is classical literature. Cicero's rhetoric and philosophy. Virgil's Aenid. Ovid's Metamorphoses. Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. Petrarch's poetry. This takes us all the way up to the first third of the sixteenth more

Fun & Funny Series Books for the Intermediate Reader

by Bonnie Tjomstol | Monday, September 15, 2014

Why so glum? Well, summer's over! School is in session! Yikes! Homework and grades are front and center. School books are heavy! But...the good news is...reading can still be fun!

Sure, kids will be assigned things to read and their comprehension will be tested and their assignments graded, but reading for fun is still possible, and -- more to the point, important for their personal more

What to Read When You Don't Know What to Read

by Carole Meehan | Friday, August 1, 2014

It's been around for ages. We do it every day. It starts in our earliest years and continues throughout our lives. It teaches, it transports, it transforms. You're doing it more

True Crime

by Marilyn Horton | Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Our society seems fascinated by crime. We have, of course, a legal system to deal with criminals, but we also have an odd interest in them. We watch television shows about them, read books about their lives and their crimes, and even have nicknames for the worst of them—Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer, Son of Sam, BTK, Black Dahlia, The Freeway Killer, the Night Stalker, to name a more

World War One AKA The Great War AKA The War To End All Wars

by Judith L. Clark | Tuesday, June 3, 2014

One hundred years ago on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Serb nationalist while they were visiting the Austrian-Hungarian province of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Their assassination was the catalyst that set in motion a series of events that led to the outbreak of World War One in August of more

Ten Japanese Authors to Get Hooked On...

by Galina Chernykh | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The idea of reading Japanese literature might seem intimidating at first: most of what we celebrate in the U.S. about Japanese culture is its strangeness, foreignness. We seem to think that Japan begins with Zen and ends with wacky game shows. However, Japanese literature is very accessible and has an extremely broad range--from the sublime to the sumblimely creepy (as lovers of horror movies have picked up on lately). This spring, you could check out some of the well-known classics of Japanese literature, like The Tale of Genji or The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon or even some haiku...or you could try some of these extremely turn-worthy page-turning more

Poetry in Movies

by Jennie Yang | Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When was the last time you listened to someone reciting a poem? Was it at the movie theatre? Poems have been the means used by filmmakers to add a magical and intoxicating effect in memorable and emotional scenes in movies. April, the National Poetry Month, is the perfect time to share some of your favorite poems with your family and friends and watch a movie that contains more

Celebrating National Women's History Month with Your Children and with Books

by Bonnie Tjomstol | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Did you know that as recently as thirty years ago women's history was almost non-existent in many schools' curricula? For example, many stories depicted girls and women passively watching the boys play or simply waiting to be noticed by them. Many textbooks at that time left out a majority of women's contributions or limited them to those women in more traditional, nurturing more

Books to Love

by Deanna Smith | Saturday, January 8, 2014

Express your love for books at West Harrison Library. It is important to encourage children to express this emotion about the people and things they cherish most.

Love provides a foundation for a child's positive growth and development. An understanding of love helps a child develop meaningful friendships. It also helps them to overcome obstacles in their daily lives. After embracing the concept of love a child will be more likely to appreciate diversity and the unique qualities, personalities, talents and interests that they and others more


by Carole Meehan | Friday, January 3, 2014

The library is fluid. The flow of items into and out of the library is ongoing as materials are borrowed from and returned to the library constantly. Each time this occurs, the collection has been altered. The book or movie sitting on the shelf one day could be checked out at a moment's notice and may not return for weeks. New materials are added to our collection on a daily basis. We want all of our patrons to know about the many new, enticing, important additions to our collection. We want our library users to be aware of the depth and breadth of our collections. How can this be more

Witness Literature

by Marilyn Horton | Monday, December 2, 2013

Here it is, that time of year again. We pause to be so very thankful in November, and then we hustle to be so very giving. We give to our loved ones. But we are aware that there is a world beyond our loved ones, and that there is suffering, great suffering-- that could be lessened. The average person makes 24% of their annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year's, according to research from the Center on Philanthropy. Network for Good has reported that the average donation amount is much higher during the Holiday Season. According to many of the Spiritually Enlightened, giving, and helping others, may be the most significant of human missions. If we cannot give, at least we may more

"So may books be always with you." - Lisa Bu

by Galina Chernykh | Monday, November 4, 2013

I love TED talks. TED, which is an acronym for Technology, Education and Design, is a nonprofit organization whose slogan is "Ideas Worth Spreading." The speaker series was launched in 1984. There are now more than 1,500 TED talks available! For those who have never seen a TED talk, I highly recommend visiting and taking a more

Surprise! Many of the Most Popular Literary Classics Were Originally Not Written in the English Language.

by Judith Clark | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

When many of us think of a "Literary Classic" we probably think of books written by an English author such as Charles Dickens during the 19th Century or books written by an American author such as Ernest Hemingway during the 20th Century; we probably do not think or perhaps realize that some of the most popular literary classics were actually translations of books originally written in a foreign language such as more

Knitting and Crocheting - One Stitch at a Time

by Jennie Yang | Monday, September 16, 2013

If you think that knitting and crocheting are only for grandmas, you are way behind the times. Knitting and crocheting are hot! People of all ages – men and women – are learning how to knit because it's fun, relaxing, and truly therapeutic. Knitters gather together to knit socially in parks and town squares, on the National Mall, and in libraries, among other more

Best Children's Chapter Books for Reluctant Readers

by Bonnie Tjomstol | Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Our Summer Reading Game was a great success this year and the participants read many books and spent a lot of time reading for pleasure this Summer. Congratulations to all of them, I am very proud of you!

Along with many avid readers, there are also many children who did not pick up a single book this Summer, and really don't want more

Forgotten Treasures

by Carole Meehan | Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Perhaps forgotten but certainly not gone is the reference collection at the Harrison Public Library. Reference books can be expensive and voluminous. Purchasing these sets for a home library is unaffordable and unrealistic, and fortunately, unnecessary. For research or for browsing, for the scholar and the intellectually curious, isn't it nice to know that access to the tremendous wealth of research, which is the purpose and nature of these works, is possible, attainable, unrestricted. You don't have to own these works because your library does. We have made sure to preserve these more

"Help, my child is suffering from Summer Brain Drain!"

by Liz Karkoff | Monday, July 22, 2013

Are your worried your child's reading ability and math skills are melting away in the summer heat? Studies show that the average student loses at least one month of instruction during the summer break. The children's room at the library has everything you need to keep your child's brain active during the summer in a fun and engaging more

The Gender Flow in Young Adult Fiction

by Marilyn Horton | Monday, July 8, 2013

I recently met up with a friend in a city. Two slim, long-legged kids with shocks of short blonde and green dyed hair trailed behind her and kept their distance. I asked if one was her son. She informed me that, no, one was her daughter.

As I tried to apologize for my mistake, she let me know that no apology was needed; the two 14 year-old girls would be pleased that they were perceived as boys. We spoke about them a bit more after they went off on their own. Turns out that that day they were posing as boys, though at home they wore their "girl clothes" and had more

Is the Movie Better (Sometimes) Than the Book? You Be the Judge.

by Judith Clark | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Going to the Movies has been a popular American past time for over 100 years. However, the Westchester Library System only began to circulate movies as video tapes in the mid 1980s. Movies, both video tapes, DVDs and Blu-ray's are now an integral part of the Westchester Library System's collection and consequently the Harrison Public Library's more

Download Your Dinner

by Galina Chernykh | Friday, June 7, 2013

Oh, Summer! As you begin thinking about picnics, family and friends gatherings stop by to browse our cooking selection. If you are too busy in the hustle and bustle, look through our online catalog and request us to hold your books for easy pick up and check out. If that takes you a little more out of your way than you like, you can't beat looking for free e-cookbooks to download from our website, Just click on "OverDrive Advantage Download" and then search "Cooking & Food" - now you'll have new recipes without even leaving the comfort of home. I bet you did not know that we have a feast of recipes, food memoirs, healthy living, and food related travel information — online? Check it out. You will love our e-cookbook more

The Battle of Gettysburg

by Jennie Yang | Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg and President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. It is considered the turning point of the Civil more

WHEELS! Children's Picture Books about Cars, Trucks, Diggers & More.

by Bonnie Tjomstol | Thursday, May 2, 2013

May 12-18, 2013 is National Transportation Week. I thought this was a good time to recommend some of my favorite books about cars, trucks, fire engines, and other equipment that seem to particularly appeal to young children. Some of these books are classics, some are more recent, but all these picture books are sure to please your truck loving more

Departures, Destinations

by Carole Meehan | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The weather is warming up, the leaves are budding, and the breeze is pleasant. It's the time of year when thoughts turn to vacation planning. Before deciding where to go to get away from it all, or perhaps in lieu of it, why not immerse yourself in an experience. Tucked among the Frommer's, Fodor's and Eyewitness travel guides in the 900's section of the library and scattered throughout the fiction area are travel books of a different sort, the Travelogue. What separates a travelogue from a travel guide is the personal narrative. Homer's Odyssey, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Cervantes' Don Quixote can all be considered a form of more

Children's Cookbooks

by Liz Karkoff | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

From mashed potato monster heads to spaghetti with eyeballs to green eggs and ham to math homework on a plate, the library's cookbook collection carries everything. Whether you want a fun activity for your toddler, a gross-out snack for your 7 year-old's birthday party or want your fourth grader to learn something about how that food got on his plate, or a new idea for family dinner, you'll find something in one of the great books more

Young Adult Males....What they can't keep their eyes off!

by Marilyn Horton | Monday, March 18, 2013

Books with adventure!

Go directly to the Series in the Young Adult section and you will find numerous chronicles with characters that go through dangerous exploits ending in fantastic results (saving the world, etc.). Bravery and honor is found deep in the hearts of the heroes of these contemporary more

Eternal Shakespeare: A Playwright and Poet for All Seasons

by Judith Clark | Monday, March 4, 2013

When the best and brightest playwrights and poets of the 20th century are long forgotten, William Shakespeare will still be remembered as the greatest playwright in the English language and one of the best poets in the English language. How did the son of a middle-class family from Stratford-upon-Avon in England become the greatest playwright of the English language? We really do not know but we do know he was a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness and a coiner of phrases still in use such as "much ado about nothing"; "vanish into thin air; "all's well that ends well"; "foregone conclusion"; "one fell swoop" and so much more

After Downton Abbey

by Galina Chernykh | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Are you already suffering form Downton withdrawal?

Are you craving for more books and movies illustrating life in England during the Edwardian era, World War I, and the Roaring 20s?

Check this reading list. Hopefully, this will keep you busy until the next Downton Abbey more

Ed Young: Renowned Chinese American Writer and Illustrator

by Jennie Yang | Monday, February 4, 2013

Ed Young is an award winning writer and illustrator of more than eighty children's books, seventeen of which he has also written. His books have been nominated and have won many prestigious awards. He will be our guest of honor at the Chinese New Year Celebration in West Harrison Library on Chinese New Year Eve, Sat. Feb. 9th at 2 pm... read more

2012 Notable Children's Fiction

by Bonnie Tjomstol | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What is fiction? Fiction is invented stories, which may seem real or may be completely unrealistic. Whether read to you or by you, stories allow you to go places you've never been. Fiction sparks our imaginations. I have listed some notable 2012 fiction for middle readers to inspire not only our avid readers (of which we have many!) but encourage the reluctant readers, who may have stopped reading just for the fun of it... read more

Diet? Live It!

by Carole Meehan | Monday, January 7, 2013

It's a new year and as usual the most common resolution is "Lose Weight".

If you are considering making a change to your eating habits, the library has the books to help you navigate the ever popular and always growing genre encompassing diet, weight loss and health. What exactly is a vegan diet? Is vegetarianism more your speed? Would you really feel cleaner after a 3 day cleanse? Did cavemen really know better... read more

Enjoying Winter Sports

by Margaret Lorusso | Monday, December 24, 2012

There are many ways to enjoy the winter weather. You can go downhill or cross-country skiing. Many states, such as New York, Maine and Vermont, have ski slopes; or you can combine a European vacation with skiing in countries such as Switzerland, France and Italy... read more

Visiting Museums through Books and in Person

by Liz Karkoff | Monday, December 3, 2012

Reading books about museums can be fun preparation for your little ones before actually stepping foot in the eclectic Museum of Natural History or the hallowed halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or perhaps you are looking for an unusually beautifully illustrated book or simply an exciting story about museums. Books about museums are as varied as museums themselves... read more

Essays in the Real World

by Marilyn Horton | Monday, November 19, 2012

Do you remember having to write an essay to get into college? How about that English Composition class everyone had to take at one time or another, where we learned about the introduction, body, and conclusion? In these classes common assignments are descriptive, narrative, expository and argumentative essays. This torture is passed down through generations, and the damage done to essays as a genre is unmeasured... read more

The War of 1812; The War Nobody Won; The War Nobody Lost and The War Nobody Remembers

by Judith Clark | Monday, November 5, 2012

Over two hundred years ago on June 18, 1812 the young republic of the United States of America declared war on Great Britain, then the World's greatest power. Congress had declared war at the request of President James Madison. His reasons for going to war were the impressment of American sailors by the British and the interference in American trade by the British. Impressment was the removal of American citizens of British birth serving in the American navy. However... read more

What to Read After 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

by Galina Chernykh | October 15, 2012

The 50 Shades of Grey series may be wildly popular, but even its most diehard fans would likely admit that it doesn't present readers with the most realistic view of relationships and sex. Of course, there's nothing wrong with a little fantasizing now and then, but at some point you'll likely find yourself wanting to read something a bit more down-to-earth... read more

Hayao Miyazaki - the Living Walt Disney of Japan

by Jennie Yang | October 1, 2012

What would you say if I asked you to name a few of the greatest living animation film makers? Would Hayao Miyazaki be one of them?

Hayao Miyazaki is considered one of the greatest living directors and animated film makers of our time. The Jacob Burns Film Center in Mount Pleasant, which presents the best of independent, documentary, and international cinema, showcased many of his films in August. If you missed the chance to watch his movies there, don't fret. You can borrow the DVDs from your library and view them in your own home... read more

Easy Reader Children's Books

by Bonnie Tjomstol | September 17, 2012

Fall is here, children are going back to school, or perhaps starting Kindergarten. For these kids, books will be a big part of their school day and those that are just beginning to read have so many books available to them that help them practice their reading. Many teachers want their students to read 15-20 minutes at home every day. We have a wonderful area in the library dedicated to beginning readers. These books provide a basic introduction to reading and vary in reading levels. These stories are told with few words, repeated over and over. Simple sight words and phonics are introduced. I have recently purchased many new titles to our already popular collection... read more

Politicians to Pundits

by Carole Meehan | September 4, 2012

Politics. Love it. Hate it. It can be divisive. It can be inclusive. Political issues always make for dynamic discourse.

In 2012, the Publishing industry is bursting with titles exploring the many issues, economic, social and philosophical, encompassing the political spectrum... read more

Selecting Books by Genre

by Margaret Lorusso | August 20, 2012

Sometimes one of the most important features of a children's picture book isn't the writing or the artwork, it's the shape of the page itself! As book production has become less costly more and more lift-the-flap books and gatefold books as well as slide-out books are being published. When done well these books really enhance the stories they are telling. Occasionally they even expound on a classic; what child hasn't wondered what exactly is actually in those train cars of Donald Crews' classic Freight Train?... read more

Here a flap, there a flap, everywhere a flap flap

by Liz Karkoff | August 7, 2012

Genre - A class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, or technique. Books can be divided into various genres and readers often use genre as a way to select books to read... read more

Young Adult Literature Provides Insight and Hope During Difficult Times

by Marilyn Horton | July 23, 2012

When we are faced with harrowing real-life events, we struggle to find words to help us understand.... An example of this is the latest shooting rampage in a movie theatre in Colorado. It is completely inexplicable. We are able to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehensible with the help of the words of others. We gain much-needed insight through the experiences of others, both real and fictional. I have found my own understanding of humanity and the world in which we all live enriched through my many years of reading as well as living. We read in search of ourselves and in search of understanding... read more

Harrison Public Library Job Information Center

by Judith Clark | July 9, 2012

With unemployment still high in the United States, the prospects for people looking for employment is discouraging. The Harrison Public Library is not an employment center but it does have the Job Information Center which is located between the Young Adult Fiction area and part of the Adult Biography area. The Job Information Center consists mostly of books but it also has some dvds along civil service job flyers... read more

Summer Reading - Something for Everyone

by Galina Chernykh | June 20, 2012

School may be almost out, but learning doesn't have to be! Summer is a great time to kick back and relax with a good book; you can read whatever sounds interesting and fun, without any worries about deadlines or homework. So if you're looking for something to do, or if you just need a break from the summer heat, why not head over to the Harrison Public Library? With programs for all ages, friendly staff happy to point you in the right direction, and air conditioning to help you beat the heat, our library has a little something for everyone... read more

Reading Books with Your Ears

by Jennie Yang | June 5, 2012

Do you feel that it is getting harder and harder to find time to read? You are not alone. There is so much to do in so little time. Yet, you can't suppress the little voice that is constantly urging you to pick up that best-seller. What should you do? Check out audiobooks from your libraries and read with your ears... read more

Children's Books with Environmental Themes

by Bonnie Tjomstol | May 21, 2012

Empower and inspire kids with books that target the environment, pollution, ecology, endangered habitats. Kids often study these topics at school and are inquisitive already. This is their world. Make nature studies fun! Taking the time to read about these themes now might pique their interests and help them understand a bit more about the world we all live in... read more


by Carole Meehan | May 7, 2012

2044. That's how many music CD's are owned by the Harrison Public Library, with an additional 905 owned by West Harrison Library, all available for you to check out or reserve with your library more

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

by Marge Lorusso | April 30, 2012

Baseball is known by many as "America's Pastime."

Throughout the 18th century, amateurs played a game similar to the baseball of today using various objects for bats and other equipment. Years later, it was found that the original layout for playing baseball was created by Union General Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. However, many historians referred to the Doubleday theory as a myth, pointing out that the general, while a fan and even player of the game, had made no reference whatsoever to inventing the more

Mommies Mommies Everywhere!

by Liz Karkoff | April 23, 2012

The pink on the trees is at its brightest and tulips are putting on a show everywhere you look. It can only mean one thing… it's almost time for Mother's Day! Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, whether they be tall or short, red-haired or brunette. One thing they all have in common is unwavering love for their children. The library has lots of books about mothers, moms, mommies, and grandmas so come check them more

The World of Words

by Marilyn Horton | April 16, 2012

If you are a lover of words—a lexiphile, you will find plenty of fun reading in the library. Take a look in the 420 section (the call number, in library lingo). And while you are there, you might as well see if you can find the meaning for the slang 420 (hint: it is illegal!). The 420 call number leads you to books about words and about the use of words in the English language. Many of the books are quite humorous as well as more

Poetry is meant to be shared

by Galina Chernykh | April 9, 2012

April is National Poetry Month. Libraries and poems share something in common. Both offer worlds of discovery that challenge us to view our lives from a different perspective.

Poetry is meant to be shared. I'd like to share some poems and public performances that have touched me more

The Titanic

by Judith Clark | April 2, 2012

The “Unsinkable” TITANIC sank in the North Atlantic at 11:40PM on April 14, 1912. For many years, people believed that an iceberg had cut a huge gash in the Titanic's hull but a study of steel samples from the TITANIC in 1985 concluded that the hull was made of a steel that became brittle in the frigid North Atlantic waters and fractured easily during the collision with the more

Top Ten eBooks Checked Out by Harrison Cardholders

by Jennie Yang | March 26, 2012

In the last two months, the amount of downloads from our digital media catalog has grown three times more than the same period last year. One of the questions that our patrons often ask is why some of the most popular eBooks are available on the Barnes and Noble website or, but not on our Digital Catalog. This is because a few of the big publishers have not yet found the right business model of selling eBooks to more

Reading Aloud to Children

by Bonnie Tjomstol | March 19, 2012

You don't have to wait for your baby to be a certain age to begin reading to them. You can start anytime. Start now! Don't stop until they are at least 10 years old. Do it often and make it an enjoyable experience for both of you. They will benefit from listening to you read long after they have learned to read themselves. Babies feel comforted not just by snuggle time. They also enjoy the colored, simple images that are featured in more

Check Out Our Professors

by Carole Meehan | March 12, 2012

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey

What better place to begin and continue your learning journey than at the library?

The highlight of the library's diverse, lifelong learning collection is our selection of The Great Courses. Remember when the adventure of more

Women's History Month

by Marge Lorusso | March 5, 2012

The public celebration of women's history in this country began in 1978 as "Women's History Week" in Sonoma County, California. The week included March 8th, which was called "International Women's Day". In 1981, a Congressional resolution proclaimed a national Women's History Week and in 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a more

Drug Abuse

by Judith Clark | February 27, 2012

There has always been a history of Drug Abuse in the United States. From the time of the settlement of Virginia where the cultivation of tobacco saved the colony in the early 1600's to the distillation of rum in the New England colonies, tobacco and alcohol were part of the average American's diet. Just about everyone drank and smoke; both adults and more

Living Through It

by Marilyn Horton | February 21, 2012

A good memoir stays with me as the memory of a good friend. The hours spent involved in the reading of the memories of someone's life creates a feeling of intimacy that fiction does not. A real person is sharing his or her life, and the reader shares his or her joys and pains. A good memoir makes me wish I knew the author, and usually makes me feel deep down I more

Celebrate All Kinds of Love on Valentine's Day

February 13, 2012

Aaahh, Valentine's Day! 'Tis the season for Conversation Hearts, flowers, chocolates wrapped in red and pink foil, and Valentine's Day cards. Valentine's Day is a celebration of love, whether that be romantic, platonic, or familial. It is also a day to honor friendships, both in the human world and beyond. There is a little something for everyone at the library when it comes to Valentine's Day more

A Nation Divided: The American Civil War

February 7, 2012

The American Civil War began over 150 years ago when Confederate Troops under the command of General Pierre Beauregard attacked Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina in April of 1861. No soldiers were killed but at the end of the American Civil War in April of 1865, the United States had lost more soliders and sailors than any other war in American history. The main reasons for the American Civil War more

"No Regrets" Education

January 30, 2012

According to Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, the top regret experienced by most people in their lives is their education (followed by issues related to their careers, romance, and parenting). However, just because you regret your choice of education, that doesn't mean that, you're stuck for the rest of your life. While having a piece of paper with a degree is important, there's no reason to stop learning, and there are more resources for learning than ever more

It's 10 PM, do you know your digital library is still open?

January 23, 2012

Yes, your digital library is open anytime and anywhere where there is access to the Internet. Just connect to the Internet; click on OverDrive Advantage on the left side of our home more

Large Print Books

January 17, 2012

Sometimes it's just easier on the eyes to read a large print book. Sometimes I take a book off the regular shelf, and open it up to find that it has tiniest print I've ever seen. I get tired of squinting, so I turn to our large print collection. I never have to worry about finding something I like because it is jam packed with the hottest best sellers, sizzling romances, mysterious mysteries, engrossing biographies and hundreds of non-fiction titles on all kinds of subjects. We regularly add to our already terrific collection to meet everyone's more

Modern Families

January 9, 2012

Families are flawed. Spouses disappoint. Children make bad choices. Contemporary family life comes with challenges, stresses and expectations that must be navigated with great care. In the frenzy of everyday living, attention to the most important relationships can suffer. In a crisis, even the most solid bonds can crack; a tenuous bond can more

Crafty Vacation Tips

December 27, 2011

After the kids (and you!) have played with your new gizmos and gadgets and are looking for something else to do during school vacation come to the library and get crafty! The library has shelves of books dedicated to crafts, magic, cooking, baking, science experiments, drawing and other hands-on more

Brave New Novels

December 19, 2011

It's 2012 (almost). Do you know what your teenager is reading? If you guessed vampire love stories, you'd be behind the times. Pushing them out of their prominence are dystopian novels. Out with Twilight, in with The Hunger Games. Remember reading 1984 for school? Well, the future has evolved into mind-blowing all-out, survivor episodes from H-E-double hockey sticks like you would not believe! more

Redcoats and Rebels

December 12, 2011

Most Americans would agree that Great Britain and the United States of America have had an especially close relationship and indeed enjoy a "special relationship." However, as we all know the United States won its independence from Great Britain in 1783 after years of fighting for its independence. What many of us probably do not know is that there were many Americans, probably a third of the population who supported King George III rather than George more

A Bedtime Story for the Digital Natives

December 5, 2011

In Margaret Wise Brown's beloved Good Night Moon the bunny falls asleep to the sound of a little old woman whispering "hush" and the soft glow of the moon. (It was first published in 1947).The last more