Friday, March 24, 2017

Writing contest for Texas youth

Every year the Texas Book Festival sponsors a contest for young writers, grades 7-12. This year the contest is called the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest (theme to be determined). 

Here are some titles that will interest budding writers:

Ganeri, Anita. Adventure Stories.

Hanley, Victoria. Seize the Story: A Handbook For Teens Who Like To Write. 

Levine, Gail Carson. Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink.

Levine, Gail Carson. Writing Magic: Creating Fiction That Flies.

Llanas, Sheila Griffin. Picture Yourself Writing Fiction.

For more information,

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

This remarkable book of essays, which critics liken to a set of Russian nested dolls, are interconnected musings on many topics--maternal love, child abandonment, memory loss, illness, fairytales, labyrinths, Buddhism, the Arctic, and of all things, apricots.

Solnit has a poetic turn-of-phrase which makes these essays extremely enjoyable. Scallops and sea urchins dragged from the ocean floor are "bright like internal organs laid bare by surgery or butchery."

In some ways, these essays are show how interconnected everyone's lives--their life stories--are. In the end, though, these essays are also a deeply moving memoir of one particular woman's life--Solnit's.

In her personal essays, Solnit divulges her difficult relationship with her mother. Strained as a child and young adult, the mother daughter bond grows stronger as Solnit cares for her mother's medical needs. 

Solnit reveals her own narrow brush with death--breast cancer--and her courageous attempt to start anew. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

March Reads

If you liked the movie, Hidden Figures, which was based on the book of the same title, you may also like these books:

Ackman, Martha. The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight

Holt, Nathalia. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars. 

Kiernan, Denise. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II.

Sherr, Lynn. Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space. 

Sobel, Dava. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Card making at the Rockwall County Library

At last week's card-making class, "Creating Amazing Cards With Tracy" experienced and inexperienced made rubber-stamped and embossed cards.
Yvonne, one of the participants, displays a card she made at Rockwall County Library on February 11, 2017, 10:30-12:00.
Tracy Blakely gives instruction to participants as they make cards.
A table display of cards made by Tracy Blakely. The card making program is one of many programs funded for adults by the Friends of the Rockwall County Library.

Monday, February 6, 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   Thursday, March 9,  6:30pm 

Basics 2   Thursday, April 20,  6:30pm  
   (for the mouse-proficient student only)

If you are unsure of your level, try to complete the mousercise tutorial we use in Basics 1:
(or Google mousercise palm beach)

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Blind Date With a Book

See our February display "Blind Date With A Book." 

Check out one of these staff favorites with a cover on it; unwrap it when you get home.

Look for "Blind Date With A Book," at the Rockwall County Library.

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