Recommendations

It Was Agatha All Along...

  • Posted on: 22 June 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

By now might have seen WandaVision, or certainly seen the Agatha memes making their rounds on the internet. WandVision is one of the latest installments in the MCU (along with The Falcon & The Winter Soldier) released on the streaming service Disney Plus, taking place after the events of Avengers: End Game and following the Scarlet Witch and featuring some familiar faces and lots of nods to the original source material. Below I've put together a list of some relevant titles available in the catalog and online through Hoopla to further your witchy cravings if you're still looking for more after binging the series:

June 22- Octavia Butler Day

  • Posted on: 20 June 2021
  • By: Caroline Hughes

Octavia E. Butler, c. 1988. | Photo by Miriam Berkley

On June 22, we celebrate the birth of Octavia E. Butler, a world-renowned dystopian and science fiction writer. Octavia E. Butler was born in Pasadena, California in 1947 and died on February 24, 2006. She won several awards including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant and Hugo Award for Best Novelette for her fascinating and poignant works that explored racial injustices, climate change, and several other critical topics.

The Parable Series:

Teaching Your Kids About Juneteenth

  • Posted on: 17 June 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th and is also called Emancipation Day, Liberation Day, Jubilee Day, or Freedom Day and celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the United States and originated in Glaveston, Texas on the date in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom from slavery in the state of Texas. In the 21st century the holiday is celebrated throughout the United States in a variety of ways, I've been together a few of books from our collection to share with your children to learn more about the history behind this holiday:

Book List for Rainbow Book Month

  • Posted on: 11 June 2021
  • By: Annie Phillips

The American Library Association has named June "Rainbow Book Month," - a month to highlight the authors and books that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. This book list includes not only fiction, but memoirs, essay collections, history of LGBTQIA+ and more- all recommended by our librarians. Click on the cover of each book to access the catalog.

Nonfiction Collection (Juvenile, Young Adult, and Adult):

Creator Spotlight: Grant Morrison

  • Posted on: 10 June 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Creator Spotlight: Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison is a Scottish author and playwright and is known for several fan favorite series for Marvel, DC and European publishers. They are known for their bizarre, psychedelic and counterculture themes and are responsible for breathing new life into a number of obscure characters like Animal Man and the Doom Patrol as well as their own creations like The Invisibles and Zenith. Below are a few of my favorites we have available in our collection:

Learning about Memorial Day

  • Posted on: 20 May 2021
  • By: Laura Noble

Memorial Day this year is May 31.  It signals the beginning of summer. (Yay for warm weather after this cold winter!) Its origin goes back to post-Civil War 1866 in Waterloo, New York.  At that time, the commemorative day was called "Decoration Day". Businesses closed and people visited cemeteries to decorate with flowers and mementos the graves of fallen soldiers in their honor.  In 1971 the day became a federal holiday observing all soldiers who have died in active military service.

Graphic Novels for Jewish American Heritage Month

  • Posted on: 14 May 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Jewish American Heritage Month is observed in May and I've selected some of my favorites to showcase, though Jewish American heritage is intrinsically linked with the history of comics stretching back to the Golden Age of Comics and the creation of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and the Silver Age of comics and the rise of Marvel by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, among countless other examples.

What a Hoopla!: Juvenile Audiobooks through your Library

  • Posted on: 10 May 2021
  • By: Laura Noble

With the decline in physical media and the rise of the digital format, so goes how we consume our books. Thankfully, the library provides digital resources for both our entertainment and educational literary needs. Overdrive, funded by the Huntsville Library Foundation, serves as an online library where you can check out digital copies of library books for a set amount of time. Currently, patrons check out up to 10 eBooks or audiobooks at a time and place up to 10 holds on items not currently available. A newer addition to our library, Hoopla Digital allows library users to check out not just ebooks, but audiobooks, movies, tv episodes, and music without having to wait on an available copy! Users can check out up to 5 titles total per month. What's so great about using these digital sites is that you can download the titles to your computer, phone, or Ipad using the apps.

Graphic Novels for Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

  • Posted on: 6 May 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

In honor of Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month I've put together a few of my favorite titles spotlight characters and creators of Asian and Pacific Islander descent- I even tried to select a good mix of fiction and non-fiction offerings. It's a great opportunity to branch and and try something new and learn about different cultures, mythologies and ways of life and broaden your mind and your own experiences!

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

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