Friday, January 20, 2017

Exciting Juvenile Biographies

Here are some exceptional picture book biographies:



The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade is a perfect picture book biography to get young readers thinking about jazz. The story focuses on how the sounds of railroad inspired George Gershwin's most famous composition.




Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark. by Heather Lang. This is a great title for introducing young readers to female scientist, Eugenie Clark.






12 Children Who Changed The World by Kenya McCullum will get children thinking about social change. Some of the children profiled have acted courageously e.g. Malala Yousafzai. Others are well-known historical figures who began their careers while still young adults e.g. Blaise Pascal.


Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony. by Richard Sobol. A group of Ugandan children of different faiths, with the help of J.J. Keki, come together to start a coffee collective.


Monday, January 9, 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, January 6,  10:30am 

Basics 2   Friday, February 3,  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.




Thursday, December 29, 2016

A New Year, A New Start

Go on a quest with these fictional heroines:

Cather, Willa. The Song of the Lark. The daughter of a Swedish minister goes to Chicago to become an opera singer.


Ferrante, Elena. The Story of a New Name. Elena and her brilliant friend (Lina Cerullo) leave their claustrophobic Neapolitan neighborhood behind.

McMillan, Terry. I Almost Forgot About You.  Dr. Georgia Young quits her job as an optometrist and gives love a second chance.

Rosen, Jane. Nine Women, One Dress. A retiring dress designer creates a dress that will change nine women's lives.

Semple, Maria. Today Will Be Different. A comic look at a woman trying to change her life.




Saturday, December 10, 2016

Look for these exciting classes in 2017!

FREE Microsoft Office Word and Excel Classes
Rockwall County Library
Spring 2017

Class                     Date                    Time

Basic Word Parts 1 & 2                        February 7 & 9, 2017                                 6:30-8:00  PM
Basic Excel Parts 1 & 2                       February 21 & 23, 2017                             6:30-8:00   PM

Basic Word Parts 1 & 2                      March 7 & 9, 2017                                    10:30-12:00 PM
Basic Excel Parts 1 & 2                     March 28 & 30, 2017                                 10:30-12:00 PM

Basic Word Parts 1 & 2                          April 4 & 6, 2017                                      6:30-8:00 PM
Basic Excel Parts 1 & 2                         April 11 & 13, 2017                                   6:30-8:00 PM

PowerPoint Parts 1 & 2                           May 2 & 4, 2017                                  10:30-12:00 PM
PowerPoint Parts 1 & 2                           May 2 & 4, 2017                                     6:30-8:00 PM





Classes are divided into 2 parts that occur on different days.  Register for classes at the Adult Services Desk.

Participants should only register if they are able to attend both parts of the class. 

For more information about these classes call 972-204-7700


THESE CLASSES ARE SPONSORED AND FUNDED BY FRIENDS OF THE ROCKWALL COUNTY LIBRARY
Participants must be 18 years and older.       
 Registration begins January 2, 2017.



Friday, December 9, 2016

Top Ten Books of 2016

According to Library Journal, these books are the top ten books of 2016.

Desmond, Matthew. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Faludi, Susan. In The Dark Room.

Hill, Nathan. The Fix.

Ivey, Eowyn. To The Bright Edge of the World.


Mukherjee, Siddhartha. The Gene: An Intimate History.

Phillips, Patrick. Blood At The Root: a Racial Cleansing in America.

Sanders, Eli. While The City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence.

Toobin, Jeffrey. American Heiress.

Traister, Rebecca. All The Single Ladies.

Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad: A Novel.


Are these the year's top 10? What do you think?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Computer Science Education Week

Its Day 2 of Computer Science Education Week.
https://csedweek.org/


New books or kits about computer programming at Rockwall County Library:

Del Sole, Allesandro. Visual Basic 2015 Unleashed

Heitz, Ryan. Hello, Raspberry Pi! 2016.


Keyser, John. How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises. [kit] 2016.

Miller, B.J. Sam's Teach Yourself Swift In 24 Hours.

Newsome, Bryan. Beginning Visual Basic 2015

Perkins, Benjamin. Beginning Visual C#. 2016.



Rush, Christopher. Programming the Photon: Getting Started in the Internet of Things. 2016. 













Monday, December 5, 2016

If you like HBO's Westworld series...

NoveList recommends these titles for fans of Westworld:


Asimov, Issac. I, Robot.

Bear, Elizabeth. Karen Memory.

Belcher, R.S. The Six-Gun Tarot.

Child, Lincoln. Utopia.

Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Follow by Email