One of the many delightful aspects of working in a library is discovering the readily accessible research ready and waiting for just the right reader or researcher. Often, this presents itself as an encyclopedia on just the right topic, such as the Encyclopedia of Privacy, published by Greenwood Press. And what better time to give a shout out to this two-volume encyclopedia than during The American Library Association’s “Choose Privacy Week,” an annual event to raise awareness about privacy rights and issues in the United States.
Kids and teens have a new place to go online! We’re thrilled to launch the Kids and Teens eReading Room, a portal for young people of all ages to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming videos. Whether you need a book for school or are waiting for the next installment in your favorite series, the Kids and Teens eReading Room will help you find it and download it quickly.
Starting a brand new book series can be really exciting and excruciating at the same time – you get to know new characters, discover new places and go on exhilarating new adventures. The downside to starting a brand new series is the part where you have to wait a whole year (sometimes more!) for the next installment of the marvelous new world you just dove into.
We're in the middle of book-ordering season--well, actually everything-ordering season. Do you have any suggestions? Know of something you'd like us to own? Book, magazine, movie, comic, downloadable, newspaper? Something crazy expensive, like Scientific American (just an example; we subscribe online), or something free like The Austin Chronicle (already get that, too)?
There’s no better place to get medical information than from a licensed physician. The Library and librarians know that of course. But we also know that people can gain a sense of empowerment and comfort from being able to find information on your own when it comes to health conditions and prescribed medications. Being in a doctor’s office can also be pretty overwhelming which makes it hard to take in all the information you’re given.
Eliot Ness, leader of the Untouchables, was born April 19, 1903. It seems appropriate, given the Twenty-First Amendment, to pour up a drink to celebrate the man who kept the nation sober and the gangsters in Chicago on the lam.
Biography at its best is a good read, it appeals to a natural human instinct for gossip, and it answers a real need within us to understand each other better. And it is a noticeable achievement of the new biographies on our catalog list - Recommended Biographies - that they all begin with the premise that human nature is complex, and as is true with everything else in the world, you have to take the good with the bad.
Parks and Recreation is not just a goofy workplace TV comedy starring Amy Poehler, it’s an argument for faith in government. In Parks and Recreation, the Parks Department contrasts sharply with the incompetent Pawnee City Council and the dilapidated other city agencies, including the library. What I enjoy most about the TV show, which is very funny, is how dedicated Poehler’s Leslie Knope is to her job.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed by President Johnson. To honor the anniversary, the LBJ Presidential Library hosts The Civil Rights Summit Tuesday, April 8 through Thursday, April 10.