Friday, September 22, 2017

First Day of Autumn




Today is the first official day of Autumn and its a marvelous time to make a Fall reading list.


 Find new Rockwall County Library books by going to this website:

http://catalog.rockwallcountytexas.com/polaris/


If you want to find titles based on favorites you've read in the past, try NoveListⓇ. First, go to the Rockwall County website, http://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/

  •   Choose "Library" and then "Library Catalog."
  • Choose "Resources" and then "Databases" on the left.  
  • Choose NoveListⓇ from the list of databases. 
  • Type in your library card #.
  • Choose "Quicklinks" from the top to find a list of author read-alikes. 
  • Browse by "genre" or "appeal" and many other criteria.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Books That Encourage Understanding

The Dayton Literary Peace prize honors authors who use their literary talents to promote peace, social justice, and global understanding.

See these works of fiction and non-fiction shortlisted for the prize at Rockwall County Library.

Fiction:
Butler, Robert Olen. Perfume River.  
Davies, Peter Ho. The Fortunes.
Gyasi, Yaa. Homegoing.
Proulx, Annie. Barkskins.
Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad.

Non-Fiction.
Ralence, Ben. City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp.
Sanders, Eli. While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence
Vance, J.D. Hillbilly Elegy.

For more information,
http://daytonliterarypeaceprize.org
 

Friday, September 1, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month

While no one can prepare for every disaster, here are some titles to help prepare for emergencies.



Hanson, Jason. Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

Huynh, Michael. Souped-up. Do-It-Yourself Projects.

LaPierre, Wayne. Safe: The Responsible American's Guide to Home and Family Security. 

Schneider, Bonnie. Extreme Weather: A Guide to Surviving.  

Silver Lake, ed. Personal Security Handbook: Practical Tools.




Friday, August 25, 2017

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery a naturalist who writes for children and adults alike explores the minds of invertebrates in The Soul of an Octopus. 

Montgomery writes that Octopuses are highly intelligent and curious creatures, even if their minds are wired differently.

Montgomery discovers that octopuses, like dogs and other mammals, often have the desire to play.

Octopus display emotion by changing colors and can taste with their tentacles. They can solve problems--undo locks, create shelters, fool predators, and recognize human caretakers.

Their minds are so similar to ours that they even succumb to a similar decline in old age. 

While they live relatively a short period of time--three or more years as compared to a human's life span of seventy or more years--they undergo similar changes during the aging process. 

Before she dies, an octopus Montgomery has gotten to know well lays eggs. Though this is a bittersweet moment--all female octopuses die after laying eggs--the author feels proud of her "friend."

Though she frequently cites philosophers and scientists, Montgomery adds her own heartfelt observations. 

Montgomery has a great deal of empathy for the animals she studies. She also has a great deal of admiration for the interns, volunteers, and scientists that work with marine life.  

The Soul of an Octopus is one of several recent books highlighting animal intelligence:

Boysen, Sally. The Smartest Animals in the World.
Hauser, Marc D. Wild Minds
Virga, Vint. The Soul of All Living Creatures.
Waal, Frans. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Contracts for Small Business

If you're a small business owner or thinking about becoming one, there are some resources at the Rockwall County Library that could help you.

Try one of the start up books in Entrepreneur's startup series for advice on a specific type of business. For example:


Start Your Own Automobile Detailing Business by Entrepreneur Press and Rich Mintzer. 

You can also find information on Texshare's Small Business Reference Center or Gale or Gale Legal Forms, www.libraryoftexas.org/texshare. (Ask at the library for a password).




Friday, August 18, 2017

Science Fiction's Hugo Awards

Jemisin, N.K. The Obelisk Gate. N.K. Jemisin wins her 2nd Hugo award for best novel. In 2016, she won the Hugo award for The Fifth Season.

Best novella goes to Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. 

Best graphic story goes to Monstress: Volume 1, Awakening by Marjorie Liu.  

Best dramatic presentation (long form) goes to Arrival, a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on a short story by Ted Chiang called "Story of Your Life."

Look for these exciting titles at Rockwall County Library.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Computer Basics 1 & 2

Basic computer classes are available at the Library.








Our Basics 1 class will include learning to use the mouse to navigate, as well as hardware and software basics.

Basics 2 will cover the Drives, Windows 7, and Browsing the Internet.  If you would like to attend a class, call the library at 972-204-7770, or come by the second floor to signup.  Each class will last about 75 minutes.

All classes are PC/Windows


Basics 1   Friday, September 1,  10:30am 

Basics 2   Friday, October 6,  10:30am  
   (for the mouse-proficient student only)

If you are unsure of your level, try to complete the mousercise tutorial we use in Basics 1:

http://pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm
(or Google mousercise palm beach)

If you can complete this exercise easily, you may want to take the Basics 2 class.




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