Memoirist and poet Maya Angelou, whose landmark book of 1969, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, told an unsparing account of her harsh childhood in 1930s Arkansas, died yesterday. She was the daughter of a sharecropper family, and before she turned 40, Angelou had been a streetcar conductor, a teen mom, a fry cook, a professional dancer, an actress, a journalist and a playwright. Angelou defied all probability and category, becoming one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium.
Juxtapoz continues to break new ground with its expansive online and print magazine, and ongoing book series. The library has the books and Zinio has the print magazine online. I just looked at the latest book in the series, Juxtpoz New Contemporary, which has an exciting roster of contributors ranging from commercial illustrators to academic artists.
One of the lovely benefits of coming to a library nearly every day, is the ability to keep fresh, beautiful, educational books on my coffee table at home. A co-worker of mine checks out a new coffee table book about every two weeks so there’s always something new to page through during those lazy couch moments. If nothing else, it’s a nice break from staring at a screen.
Down the Rabbit Hole is one of the funniest (and most inventive) books I have read in years. The narrator, Tochtli, is the precocious son of a drug baron. Tochtli wants for nothing and wanders his palace admiring his extensive hat collection and his private zoo while his father plots to overtake a cartel. Amidst the cartel plotting, Tochtli demands a new acquisition for his zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus. So off to Liberia go Tochtli and his drug baron father to purchase the much desired pygmy hippopotamus.
Obama announced last December that income inequality constitutes the “defining challenge of our time.” Good timing for the French economist Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-first Century, a newly translated book that is an Amazon bestseller, a NYT bestseller, and we already have 108 holds on our 26 “On Order “ copies.
Behold, the fountain of chocolate! Would you like a chocolate fountain for your next party? May we at the library suggest to you that the "bowls" go upside down? The bowls don't catch the chocolate like a tiered water fountain catches water in graduated pools. One must invert the "bowls" of a chocolate fountain so that the chocolate washes over them convexly, coating the one above before falling to the one below. If you set the tiers concave side up so that they catch the chocolate, you're going to need a whooole lot of chocolate.
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)?