Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New Writers

For Adult Summer Reading's "Imagine Your Story" tic-tac-toe contest, one of your choices is a "book written by a new author."

Anappara, Deepa. The Djinn Patrol. 
Beams, Claire. The Illness Lesson. 
Card, Maisie. These Ghosts Are Family.
Reid, Kiley. Such a Fun Age.
Stuart, Douglas. Shuggie Bain.
Washburn, Strong. Sharks in the Time of Saviors. 
Zapata, Michael. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau.

On NoveList, do an advanced search. Select the field RV (review) and type in the word "debut."

More debut or new writers:

Monday, June 29, 2020

Science Fiction & Fantasy

2020 Locus Awards Winners:

Anders, Charlie Jane. The City in the Middle of the Night

Chiang, Ted. Exhalation

El-Mohtar, Amal. This is How You Lose the Time War (Novella).

James, Marlon. Black Leopard, Red Wolf.   

Lee, Yoon Ha. Dragon Pearl. 

McGuire, Seanan. Middlegame.

Muir, Tamsyn. Gideon the Ninth.  

Friday, June 26, 2020

July 4th Crafts

Search for July 4th Hobbies & Crafts in Texshare's Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. 

Though the Rockwall County Library will be closed on July 4th, databases from Texshare are available to cardholders.

Find how-to instruction articles and creative ideas in hobby and crafts magazines.

                                             Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton on Unsplash

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators

National Pollinator Week, June 22-28, 2020

If you're interested in creating pollinator friendly gardens, you may want to consult these books at Rockwall County Library.

Black, Scott Hoffman. Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects.

Ellis, Barbara. Attracting Birds and Butterflies: How to Plant a Backyard Habitat.

Hartung, Tammi. The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener.

Hurwitz, Jane. Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Gardening Guide.

Hayes, Rhonda Fleming. Pollinator Friendly Gardening.

Lehman, Kim. The Bee Friendly Garden. 

Ondra, Nancy. Container Theme Gardens. 

Ortho's All About Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies. 

Roth, Sally. Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Backyard. 

Sayre, April. Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening With Kids. 

Ask about downloadable magazines with RBDigital. Many of these magazines cover home and garden topics.

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For more information on National Pollinator Week, 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Did life ever exist on Mars?

The goal of NASA's Mars 2020 is to find out if life ever existed on Mars. 

The Mars rover, Perseverance, will study the Jezero crater for one Martian year (687 earth days). 

The launch window is July 20 through August 11, 2020.

For titles on Mars & craters:

Kenney, Karen Latchana. Breakthrough on Mars Exploration.(Juvenile)

Aldrin, Buzz. Mission to Mars. (adult, eBook)

Dillow, Gordon L. Fire in the Sky. (adult)

Manning, Rob. Mars Rover Curiosity: an inside account from Curiosity's chief engineer. (adult)

Sawyer, Kathy. The Rock From Mars. (adult)

For More information on Mars 2020,

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Creating a Resume with Job & Career Accelerator

One of the great features of Job & Career Accelerator is Resume Builder.

Resume Builder lets you create a new resume or build upon an existing one. 

Users will need to create a personal account with a username and password. Creating a personal account allows users to save their work or save their progress on practice tests or tutorials. 

As users build their resume, they will receive advice and easy-to-follow instructions.

In addition to resumes, users can create cover letters.

With Career Center Plus, users will gain useful tips on successful interviewing and networking. 

Ask a library staff member how to use Job & Career Accelerator (available through Texshare)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Spotlight on Historical Fiction

For this square of the Tic-Tac-Toe, I've chosen The Leopard at the Door, which is set in the 1950s in Kenya.

You can participate in 2020 Adult Summer Reading by completing three squares. Historical fiction is one of your choices.

The World War II era continues to be a setting writers use as a rich backdrop for their stories. 

Black, Benjamin. The Secret Guests
Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene
Williams, Beatriz. All the Ways We Said Goodbye

Other historical time periods of interest are the Civil War and multicultural novels. 

Bird, Sarah. Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen.
Chiaverini, Jennifer. Spymistress
Jiles, Paulette. Simon the Fiddler. 

Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko.
Nguyuen, Phan Que Mai. The Mountains Sing. 
Ratner, Vaddey. In the Shadow of the Banyan
Yaa, Gyasi. Homegoing.

Adult Summer Reading 2020 Tic Tac Toe

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