Friday, May 17, 2019

#fridayreads: New Fiction

Exams are over! Now is the time to catch up on all of your non-required reading. We have updated our collection of books in the Nook section of the library, located on shelves to the left of the circulation desk. American Street tells of an immigrant's harrowing journey from Haiti to Detroit.  Darkest Minds involves a girl with psychic abilities on the run from a rehabilitation camp. Sadie is a murder thriller with tantalizing clues courtesy of a mysterious podcast. Timekeeper is the first book in a series of steampunk-fantasy set in an alternative Victorian world. Whether you want to get lost in worlds that exist or original literary creations, there are many books to chose from in the library.

Friday, May 10, 2019

#fridayreads: Detective Pikachu

First there was Duckman, now another yellow detective is on the case. Today is the release of the movie Detective Pikachu! We may not be watching the detectives in the library but we can get lost in a virtual world of anime and video games. As you can see below, at least one member of the library staff is very excited about some of the books in our collection. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own creations or are just interested in the history of animation/anime/video games, we have books for you. Pika Pika!

Friday, May 3, 2019

#fridayreads: World Press Freedom Day

One library. Over 20,000 books. How many hidden treasures are in the collection? Jessup Library spotlights a collection of books every Friday as “#FridayReads.” They are on display near the “New Books” in the front of the library. Look for a rack with this rainbow sign:

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. Every year, May 3 is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. If you’re looking for George Michael’s “Freedom” we can’t help you or wake you up before you go-go. But if you are interested in reading about journalistic freedom and ethics, as well as why free speech matters to everyone, we have books on those subjects.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

National Pet Month @ Jessup Library

Dogs!  Cats!  Snakes!  Oh my! 

Come celebrate animals that share our homes and our hearts!  For tens of thousands of years, we as a species have incorporated animals into our daily lives as cherished companions.  This month we are showcasing some of our best books about pets and animals.  We have books that delve into the origins and psychology of dogs and cats, as well as works about how even bad dogs can be the best dogs (see Marley & Me).  Of course, we did not leave out the more exotic pets: there are books about snakes and pigs, sheep and even octopuses!
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John Grogan’s Marley & Me is a firsthand account of the challenges and the immense rewards that come from having a dog.  The Good Good Pig is about a piglet that author Sy Montgomery took in and raised as a (very large) pet, coming to change the way that she, and ultimately the whole town, viewed life.  Don’t forget the cats!  The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker is a book that follows the history of cats and humans and how they came to be the ruler of any roost they deign to occupy. 

There are dozens more volumes available to peruse and check out!  Hop on in to Jessup Library and take a look!

Friday, April 26, 2019

#fridayreads: A Single Acorn

In his essay entitled "History," Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that, "The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." What better way to celebrate a gorgeous spring than to apply the truth of this maxim? Today is Arbor Day, and all across the United States, people are planting trees. But whether or not you've planned to get dirt under your fingernails, today is a great day to brush up on your arboreal knowledge. Don't know where to start? Subclass QK of our circulating collection is all about botany and features books that cover every aspect of trees from visual guides to their natural history.

Friday, April 19, 2019

#fridayreads: Murder Most Foul

Fill that detective-shaped hole in your life with the crime fiction of Michael Connelly, author of the three books that inspired the first season of the police procedural TV show, Bosch. Two Kinds of Truth finds Detective Harry Bosch caught up in the shadowy world of organized crime, while The Late Show features an entirely new detective, Renee Ballard, and her struggle to find justice for victims unable to speak for themselves. In the meantime, don't forget to check out the latest season of Bosch, which returns for a fifth season today, April 19.