Friday, December 29, 2017

The Dark Dividing by Sarah Rayne

This hypnotic novel tells the story of a house, Mortmain House, located in the Welsh Marches, and the people whose lives intersect with its sad history.

Mortmain, means "dead hand," because the house was protected from taxation for its so-called charitable purposes. The house served as a workhouse and orphanage before it fell into disrepair.

When Melissa Anderson gives birth to conjoined twins in the 1980's, the prognosis for their separation is good. Since they are only joined at the shoulder and side, doctors expect they will be able to separate them. 

Their story is intertwined with another set of conjoined twins who lived at the turn-of-the-century, Viola and Sorrel, who faced vastly different prospects. 

Hopelessly entwined, Viola and Sorrel, are sent to Mortmain, the house for unwanted children. From there they are sold to Tom Dancy's freak show. 

The novel moves back and forth from the present to the past. Readers are given glimpses of  the the twins from the eighties, Simone and Sonia, and contrasted with their turn-of-the-century counterparts.

In one fateful moment, Simone meets her twin at Mortmain, whom she has never met before. After the eighties twins are separated, one of the twins, Sonia, is kidnapped by a woman who feels she is "owed a child."

She has an odd reason for believing that Melissa owes her a child--and its all goes back to Mortmain House.

A thriller, a mystery, and a gothic horror story, this is an intriguing novel about the power of secrets, telepathy and ghostly occurrences.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

January Classes are Here!

January classes are here! There's never been a better to invest in yourself. 

Learn new skills or refresh workplace skills by taking one of Rockwall County Library's Microsoft classes.

January 16 & 18              6:30-8PM                 Word Basics
January 23 & 25              6:30-8PM                  Excel Basics 

Classes are free and are offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings or Saturday afternoons.

Register for Word Basics, Excel Basics, and PowerPoint Basics by stopping by the library or calling 972-204-7700.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday information

Rockwall County Library will be closed December 24, 25, and 26 in observance of Christmas.

The library will also be closed Dec 30, 31, and January 1 for the New Year's Day Holiday.

Did you know? You can find a gift guide and holiday related information from Consumer Reports.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Spring Microsoft Classes Starting Soon!

Registration begins December 17, 2017
Call 972-204-7700

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Iceland's Book Flood

In Iceland, there's a long tradition of giving books as gifts during the holidays. Iceland's book gifting tradition is called "Jolabokaflod" or "Christmas Book Flood." 

Each Icelander receives at least one book during the Christmas season. Gifts are typically opened on December 24th.

If you want to read more about Iceland, you may want to try these books at Rockwall County Library:

Bain, Carolyn. Iceland
Moss, Sarah. Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Computer Science Education Week, Dec 4-10

Enjoy these titles for Computer Science Week (December 4--December 10).  

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

McGavren, Jay. Head First Ruby

McPeak, Jeremy. Beginning Javascript

Meloni, Julie C. Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, & JavaScript.

Minnick, Chris. Coding With Javascript for Dummies. 

Perkins, Benjamin. Beginning Visual C#

Payne, Bryson. Learn Java The Easy Way.

Pogue, David. iPhone

Smith, Sean. The Internet of Risky Things

Ullman, Ellen. Life in Code

Monday, November 13, 2017

Free ReferenceUSA Demo this Thursday!

Don't forget to join us for a FREE ReferenceUSA Demo,
Thursday, November 16 from 9-10:00 AM

Rockwall County Library has ReferenceUSA, the premier online research and reference tool for area business professionals, sales reps, marketers, government agencies, job seekers and students.

Get fast and easy access to details on more than 44 million U.S. businesses and more than 270 million U.S. residents.

Use ReferenceUSA to:
 Find sales leads
 Conduct market research
 Locate and research companies you want to work for
 Build a business plan
 Study market trends

Join us for a free ReferenceUSA demonstration:
Rockwall County Library
1215 E Yellow Jacket Lane
Rockwall, TX
Thursday Nov 16th

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