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Women in Tech Books

posted by: August 22, 2017 - 2:08pm

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Crash Override by Zoe Quinn
Video game designer Quinn recounts her experiences as the original target of the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate. She provides an insider’s view and practical advice for preventing, as well as responding to, online attacks garnered from her own experiences as a victim and her subsequent work helping others via Crash Override, her online abuse crisis network. Useful and important information for all users of social media.

 

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao
Ellen Pao details her experiences from venture capitalist to CEO of Reddit to whistleblower, calling out bias and discrimination against women in the tech industry. In her book, she sheds light on the issues of discrimination that still plague the modern workplace and offers practical and achievable goals for a better, more inclusive, future.

 

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
A fascinating first-hand account of the digital revolution by computer pioneer Ullman. These essays are filled with trenchant observations, philosophical meanderings and big-picture analysis of the tech industry, as well as the more quotidian aspects and anecdotes of being a woman in the computer industry.


 
 

Kanopy

posted by: August 21, 2017 - 7:00am

Kanopy Have you tried our new streaming movie service Kanopy yet? 

 

Maybe you have, but you’ve been overwhelmed by where to start? After all, with almost 30,000 movies and classes to choose from, it can be tough to pick. Then you should follow Kanopy on Facebook. It can tell you what movies show up in lists like Wired UK’s Best Documentaries. It can share things that have won film festivals, and it will even curate a list of films that reflect current events, such as its current list, United Against Hate

 

If you’ve already checked it out, let us know what you like in the comments! 


 
 

 

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Artemis by Andy Weir 

With over 3.5 million copies of his bestselling debut The Martian in print, following that up will be no small task  but Weir seems up to the challenge. Artemis is a heist story set in a city on the Moon with the story and technology very much set in the real world. It's sure to be enjoyed by science fiction and non-science fiction readers alike.  

 

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz 

Newitz is the founder of io9, a popular science and sci-fi blog, and the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. Her eagerly anticipated debut features a swashbuckling pharmaceutical pirate and a robot who fall in love while racing to end a drug epidemic. Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones  

A literary dystopian novel where the United States’ borders have receded behind a salt line that protects its citizens from deadly disease carrying ticks. Few venture outside of the safe zone, except for those willing to pay a fortune to see what is left of nature. The novel follows one of those groups on an adventure outside the border and at the center of a murderous plot.
 


 
 

Librarian Leah Schley reviews some of the video games available for loan from Baltimore County Public Library. This episode covers RBI Baseball 2017, Lock's Quest and Injustice 2. They're all available in our catalog - reserve one today!

 

 


 
 

Meet The Photographer Devin Allen

posted by: August 10, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for A Beautiful Ghetto Baltimore native Devin Allen became only the third amateur photographer to have his work featured on the cover of Time Magazine. During the Baltimore uprising in response to the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, Allen was present with his camera and his photographs were quickly viewed around the country. 

 

With his first book of photographs, A Beautiful Ghetto, Allen shares over 100 of his black and white photos of Baltimore. Local author D. Watkins writes the forward, and his publisher notes that, “In these stunning photographs, Allen documents the uprising as he strives to capture the life of his city and the people who live there. Each photo reveals the personality, beauty and spirit of Baltimore and its people, as his camera complicates popular ideas about the ghetto.”

 

Meet Devin Allen at our Randallstown Branch on Wednesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Allen will talk about his book, his photography and his beloved Baltimore community. Book sales and signings available following the discussion, provided by The Ivy Bookshop.

 


 
 

Dog Days of Summer

posted by: August 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Cover Art for Hey Boy Two new moving picture books depict expressive child and canine relationships. In Hey, Boy by Benjamin Strouse and illustrated by Jennifer Phelan, a young boy adopts a stray, but his family soon realizes the responsibilities are too much. The dog remains in the boy’s life, though, adopted by another couple living nearby. As boy and dog age, their relationship evolves, until another change reconnects the (now) young man and his (now) old friend. Phelan’s background as a graphic designer is evident in her stylized illustrations and use of generous white space on each page.

 

 

Cover Art for Stay Kate Klise’s Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List is illustrated by her equally talented sister, M. Sarah Klise. Eli, a shaggy white and gray pooch has known Astrid ever since her parents brought the newborn home from the hospital. The two have been inseparable, sharing their lives and space together as they age. One day, Astrid notices that Eli’s fur is turning whiter, and he isn’t as quick on his paws as she remembers. She creates a bucket list of things that they will do before Eli becomes too old, and they ride a bike together, enjoy plates of spaghetti and meatballs, and simply sit and stare at the sunset. The illustrations are child-friendly and clearly show the aging process that both girl and dog must accept. Thankfully, neither book ends in tragedy, but both set the stage for helpful discussions between adults and children about the limited lifespans of our furry companions.     
 


 
 

If You Love Rom-Coms

posted by: August 7, 2017 - 7:00am

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Insert Groom Here by K.M. Jackson
This spirited romance could be ripped from the headlines. Eva and Aidan are a likeable duo who meet following a reality television disaster. Funny, heartfelt and spicy, Jackson weaves a tantalizing tale that will captivate from the first page.

 

Serenity Harbor by RaeAnn Thayne
Thayne’s Haven Point is the ideal small town setting for falling in love. The last person Katrina Bailey wants to work for is Bowie Callahan, an arrogant and pushy high-powered tech executive. But she could use the money, and Bowie's little brother Milo, who has autism, needs her help. Familiar faces from previous books in the series are sprinkled throughout adding charm to this hate at first sight tale. 

 

All or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst
HGTV’s Property Brothers combined with the charm of small town living describes this sexy new romance from Jennifer Probst perfectly. Tristan Pierce left the family business years ago to forge his own identity, but he also left Sydney Greene behind in a hurtful breakup. Life forces his return to Harrington, but is it too late for a second chance at love? 


 
 

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