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Celebrating Jane Austen

posted by: July 18, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for Pride and PrejudiceTwo hundred years ago today, Jane Austen died and the world lost a beloved author. An English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, Austen wrote of the world she knew in a witty, critical style that resonates today. All of her major novels have been adapted for the big and small screen, including Pride & Prejudice, which has had numerous incarnations with the inimitable Mr. Darcy played by notable actors including Laurence Olivier, Matthew Macfadyen and Colin Firth. Who’s your favorite onscreen Darcy?


 
 

Solar Eclipse Coming Soon!

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

According to NASA, the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years is happening on August 21st! Get ready for the excitement with these astronomy titles for all ages. Baltimore County Public Library will be hosting events for the eclipse — be sure to check out our event calendar for details. And did you know you can check out telescopes from the library? Well you can! Check one out to get a jump on your backyard stargazing.

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The Streak

posted by: July 6, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for  The Streak Award-winning sports journalist John Eisenberg takes on two of baseball’s iron men in The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr. and Baseball's Most Historic Record. This profile of two legendary Hall of Famers examines the seemingly impossible. It was on May 2, 1939 that Yankees manager Joe McCarthy benched Lou Gehrig who was slumping and unbeknownst to the team and fans, also mortally ill. This ended his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, a record for the ages. Over 50 years later, Cal Ripken Jr., of our own beloved Orioles, proved that all records can be broken and subsequently played in 2,632 consecutive games.

 

This is a story of endurance and willpower. Eisenberg’s thorough research records minor injuries, slumps and detractors, yet shows how these two men weathered through with sheer grit. Both had impressive athletic skill and baseball smarts, but were also inspirational team leaders. Eisenberg also raises questions regarding such a feat. What kind of player does it take to accomplish this remarkable achievement? Is a player hurting his team by never sitting out? Will this record ever be broken? While we should never say never, the outlook is a strong no for the last question. Ripken's record doubles that of the third longest (and the longest of our era): Miguel Tejada's 1,152, ending in 2007, followed by Prince Fielder's 547, ending in 2014. Join author John Eisenberg at our Cockeysville Branch on July 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of this compelling history of two remarkable baseball icons.


 
 

Randallstown Branch Reopens Today

posted by: June 29, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Baltimore County Public Library is excited to reopen the newly renovated Randallstown Branch today at 11 a.m. with a press conference and ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. followed by light refreshments. In addition to all the new books, furniture and computers, the Randallstown Branch will also feature The Colab, a technology instruction space with new furniture, equipment and software, to improve the technology literacy of our customers while giving them access to equipment and software not readily available. Technology programs will be geared toward all ages, with an emphasis on job seekers. Festivities continue throughout the day, including the annual Friends of the Randallstown Library meeting, featuring Jayne Miller from WBAL-TV, at 7 p.m.


 
 

The 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala is on May 1 in Chicago with host Jesse Tyler Ferguson, of ABC's award-winning TV show Modern Family. These awards are presented for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and culinary education in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone. The nominees represent the finest chefs, restaurants, journalists, cookbook authors and other food professionals across the United States. Be sure to check out the nominated cookbooks and travel around the world with these mouth-watering recipes.

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The Outsiders Turns 50

posted by: April 19, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for The OutsidersFifty years ago this month, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton was published. This classic in teen literature tells the story of young men in two competing gangs, the Greasers and the Socs. Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is a gritty, raw look at a teenage rivalry which turns deadly.

 

The novel inspired a 1983 film adaptation directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It starred unknown young actors who would go on to great fame, including Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio and Matt Dillon.

 

The Outsiders remains a cultural touchstone. Since 1967, over 15 million copies have been sold. It is a regular required read for middle and high school students and has been translated into 30 languages. According to fanfiction.net, there are 8,100 stories based on the book. And Instagram has more than 300,000 posts which use the hashtag #staygold, an inspiration from a Robert Frost poem that appears in the book.

 

Hinton was 16 when the book was published and had no idea the impact her novel would have on generations of teens. Hinton told Entertainment Weekly last year, “I was 15 when I started writing the book, but I was even younger when I first started thinking about the story, so The Outsiders has been a significant part of the majority of my life.”


 
 

Patricia McKissack, 1944-2017

posted by: April 11, 2017 - 10:20am

Cover Art for Goin' Someplace SpecialPatricia McKissack, award-winning author of more than 100 books for children, died at the age of 72 in her hometown of Chesterfield, a suburb of St. Louis. Born on August 9, 1944 in Smyrna, Tennessee, Patricia was inspired by her mother’s poetry reading and her grandparents’ storytelling to become a writer. Her family moved to Nashville where she graduated high school at age 16. She studied English at Tennessee A&I State University and also met her future husband and writing partner, Fredrick.

 

The pair shared a “missionary zeal” to write about African American characters “where there hadn’t been any before,” their eldest son Fredrick McKissack Jr. said yesterday. The McKissacks were at the forefront of creating diversity in children’s literature in race, geographical setting and social consciousness. Young readers of all ages are able to travel the world with Patricia’s books, which take children from the Deep South in America to Africa and span centuries. McKissack wrote in a wide range of genres, from historical fiction to science fiction, poetry to biography, all in an attempt to provide every young reader with a book which would spark interest and appeal.

 

Patricia’s work was popular with readers and also critically lauded. Her awards included a Newbery Honor and nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards. In 2014, Patricia and Fredrick’s work was recognized for its lasting contribution to literature with the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. A lifelong library lover, Patricia’s picture book Goin’ Someplace Special is a semi-autobiographical story of her weekly visits to her public library as a girl. In an interview about this beautiful book, she reflected, “The library was the doorway to freedom, to free thought when you're being told, ‘You can't, you can't, you can't, you can't.’ The library said, ‘You can, you can, you can, you can,’ and I did!” Be sure to check out some of her memorable books from this dedicated and important author in children’s literature.


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book recommended by a librarian. Here are some of our suggestions; select any title to learn more or to request a copy. Be sure to follow the BCPL's Reading Challenge on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

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