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Summer's Last Great Reads

posted by: July 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

Cover Art for See What I Have Done August 4 marks the 125th anniversary of one of America’s most followed crimes, that of Lizzie Borden and her ax. In the debut novel See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, the lives of Lizzie, her sister, their maid and a mysterious fourth person unfold in the steamy heat of a Massachusetts summer, leading up to the murders, and right after. Publications ranging from Elle to Entertainment Weekly have put this on their list of Hot Summer Reads.

 

For something more light and escapist, turn to One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell. ThreCover Art for One Summer Day in Rome e generations of travelers are having their own experience on holiday in Rome. The youngest, 19-year-old Alice, is supposed to be travelling with her fiancé, but a handsome European on a scooter gives her life a huge distraction. Middle-aged marrieds Meg and Alec seem trapped in one of those bickering marriages that need to be put to sleepbut maybe there’s still love underneath the sniping. Meanwhile, elderly Constance wants to put her husband’s ashes in the Italian city. No matter your age, if you like a light, romantic, armchair vacation, try this one.

 

 

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Finally, author/computer scientist/robot fanatic Daniel Wilson’s latest novel,The Clockwork Dynasty , introduces a secret society of robots, or “avtomats.” June had heard tales from her grandfather of mechanical soldiers during the war, and she goes off in search of them, but is unprepared for what she discovers. Ready Player One author Ernest Cline has called this, “Steampunk on steroids.”
 


 
 

Cover Art for Amelia Earhart the thrill of it July 24th is celebrated annually as National Amelia Earhart Day, a day to honor the famous aviation pioneer and remember her birth. Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 and was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  Earhart disappeared in July of 1937 over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe.

 

Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues today. A recently discovered photograph has renewed interest in her disappearance. Whether or not the mystery will ever be solved remains to be seen. Read and watch more about this fascinating pioneer with these books and DVDs for all ages.

 


 
 

Celebrating Jane Austen

posted by: July 18, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for Pride and PrejudiceTwo hundred years ago today, Jane Austen died and the world lost a beloved author. An English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, Austen wrote of the world she knew in a witty, critical style that resonates today. All of her major novels have been adapted for the big and small screen, including Pride & Prejudice, which has had numerous incarnations with the inimitable Mr. Darcy played by notable actors including Laurence Olivier, Matthew Macfadyen and Colin Firth. Who’s your favorite onscreen Darcy?


 
 

Solar Eclipse Coming Soon!

posted by: July 10, 2017 - 7:00am

According to NASA, the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years is happening on August 21st! Get ready for the excitement with these astronomy titles for all ages. Baltimore County Public Library will be hosting events for the eclipse — be sure to check out our event calendar for details. And did you know you can check out telescopes from the library? Well you can! Check one out to get a jump on your backyard stargazing.

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The Streak

posted by: July 6, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for  The Streak Award-winning sports journalist John Eisenberg takes on two of baseball’s iron men in The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr. and Baseball's Most Historic Record. This profile of two legendary Hall of Famers examines the seemingly impossible. It was on May 2, 1939 that Yankees manager Joe McCarthy benched Lou Gehrig who was slumping and unbeknownst to the team and fans, also mortally ill. This ended his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, a record for the ages. Over 50 years later, Cal Ripken Jr., of our own beloved Orioles, proved that all records can be broken and subsequently played in 2,632 consecutive games.

 

This is a story of endurance and willpower. Eisenberg’s thorough research records minor injuries, slumps and detractors, yet shows how these two men weathered through with sheer grit. Both had impressive athletic skill and baseball smarts, but were also inspirational team leaders. Eisenberg also raises questions regarding such a feat. What kind of player does it take to accomplish this remarkable achievement? Is a player hurting his team by never sitting out? Will this record ever be broken? While we should never say never, the outlook is a strong no for the last question. Ripken's record doubles that of the third longest (and the longest of our era): Miguel Tejada's 1,152, ending in 2007, followed by Prince Fielder's 547, ending in 2014. Join author John Eisenberg at our Cockeysville Branch on July 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of this compelling history of two remarkable baseball icons.


 
 

Randallstown Branch Reopens Today

posted by: June 29, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Baltimore County Public Library is excited to reopen the newly renovated Randallstown Branch today at 11 a.m. with a press conference and ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. followed by light refreshments. In addition to all the new books, furniture and computers, the Randallstown Branch will also feature The Colab, a technology instruction space with new furniture, equipment and software, to improve the technology literacy of our customers while giving them access to equipment and software not readily available. Technology programs will be geared toward all ages, with an emphasis on job seekers. Festivities continue throughout the day, including the annual Friends of the Randallstown Library meeting, featuring Jayne Miller from WBAL-TV, at 7 p.m.


 
 

The 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala is on May 1 in Chicago with host Jesse Tyler Ferguson, of ABC's award-winning TV show Modern Family. These awards are presented for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and culinary education in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone. The nominees represent the finest chefs, restaurants, journalists, cookbook authors and other food professionals across the United States. Be sure to check out the nominated cookbooks and travel around the world with these mouth-watering recipes.

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The Outsiders Turns 50

posted by: April 19, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for The OutsidersFifty years ago this month, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton was published. This classic in teen literature tells the story of young men in two competing gangs, the Greasers and the Socs. Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is a gritty, raw look at a teenage rivalry which turns deadly.

 

The novel inspired a 1983 film adaptation directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It starred unknown young actors who would go on to great fame, including Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio and Matt Dillon.

 

The Outsiders remains a cultural touchstone. Since 1967, over 15 million copies have been sold. It is a regular required read for middle and high school students and has been translated into 30 languages. According to fanfiction.net, there are 8,100 stories based on the book. And Instagram has more than 300,000 posts which use the hashtag #staygold, an inspiration from a Robert Frost poem that appears in the book.

 

Hinton was 16 when the book was published and had no idea the impact her novel would have on generations of teens. Hinton told Entertainment Weekly last year, “I was 15 when I started writing the book, but I was even younger when I first started thinking about the story, so The Outsiders has been a significant part of the majority of my life.”


 
 

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