WHO: Kurt Vonnegut
WHAT: Novelist known for his satirical voice
WHEN: Born November 11, 1922; died April 11, 2007
WHERE: Born in Indianapolis, Indiana; died in New York, New York
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Bluebeard: "Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves."
Breakfast of Champions: "Kilgore Trout, an aging writer, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth."
Cat's Cradle: Dr. Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding ‘fathers’ of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of ‘ice-nine’, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker’s three ecentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Felix Hoenikker’s Death Wish comes true when his last, fatal gift to mankind brings about the end, that for all of us, is nigh.
Hocus Pocus: "In upstate New York, an enormous prison run by the Japanese for profit sits across a lake from a college for learning disabled kids. There is a prison break and criminals overwhelm the college."
Jailbird: "Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times."
A Man Without a Country: "Kurt Vonnegut reflects on life in America, drawing on examples from Mark Twain, Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, and others to explore what it means to be an American."
The Sirens of Titan: "The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there's a catch to the invitation—and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell."
Slaughterhouse-Five: "Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden."
Welcome to the Monkey House: "A short-story collection focusing on Vonnegut's work from 1950 to 1968."
"Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” (from A Man Without a Country)
“Science is magic that works.” (Cat's Cradle)
“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.” (Slaughterhouse-Five)
“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'” (A Man Without a Country)
WHO: Sara Zarr
WHAT: Young adult author
WHEN: Born October 3, 1970
WHERE: Born in Cleveland, Ohio; currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Once Was Lost: "As the tragedy of a missing girl enfolds in her small town, fifteen-year-old Samara, who feels emotionally abandoned by her parents, begins to question her faith."
Story of a Girl: "In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness."
“Sometimes rescue comes to you. It just shows up, and you do nothing. Maybe you deserve it, maybe you don't. But be ready, when it comes, to decide if you will take the outstretched hand and let it pull you ashore.” (from Story of a Girl)
“Mom always says that doubt is just another way of expressing faith.” (Once Was Lost)
If you're a creative person, we've got some great tools for you in the library. We also have a few websites to recommend that you can access anywhere. Keep reading and get inspired.
We have computers that are loaded with software from Adobe if you want to edit photos, make a video, or do some audio recording. (Look for the signs with the arrows on the left side of the library when you enter.) These computers offer the following programs:
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR DRAW
For those of you with a smart phone or tablet, check out Illustrator Draw. You can "create beautiful free-form vector designs on your mobile device with Illustrator Draw, the app that lets you turn your ideas into production-quality artwork wherever inspiration strikes." Even those of you who aren't exactly talented when it comes to drawing (like me) will enjoy playing around with this fun app.
When you need to do any kind of graphic design, Canva is an amazing resource. You can quickly and easily make posters, logos, social media images, and so much more. There are plenty of free templates for you to customize or you can create your own designs from scratch. Canva is perfect for graphic design beginners, but still has a lot to offer those of you with more experience.
UNSPLASH & PEXELS
It can be hard to find images online that are both free and beautiful. Thankfully, Unsplash and Pexels exist. These are my favorite sources for pictures since they're good quality and cover a wide variety of subjects. Thanks to their Creative Commons Zero licensing, every photo can be used for free and you can edit it any way you want. Speaking of editing. . .
Once you find a photo you like and decide on a project, Pixlr is there to help you edit. With this site, you can add overlays, borders, and stickers. You can also adjust the color and add filters. You don't even need to sign up. Just go to the site and start creating.
We hope these resources are helpful for you. Let us know if you make something cool!
I don't know much about sports, but I do know that March and basketball come together each year to form this thing called March Madness. If you need something to read during commercial breaks or want a great book to distract you from the pain of your favorite team losing, check out some of the titles below!
TALES FROM THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS LOCKER ROOM: A COLLECTION OF THE GREATEST BULLDOG STORIES EVER TOLD BY DAVE BOLING: "For readers who only know Gonzaga as the school that launched John Stockton toward the Basketball Hall of Fame and later rewrote the concept of being an NCAA Tournament Cinderella, this anecdotal anthology will fill in the blanks. The book focuses on a variety of names and events, like the 'Tall Gaul' seven-foot-three Frenchman Jean Claude Lefebvre; the year the Zags actually pulled their 'sixth man' out of the stands; and Frank Burgess, the future judge who led the nation in scoring. These stories are all a part of the little-known legacy that led to the modern-day heroics of Dan Dickau, Richie Frahm, Blake Stepp, and many others. Fans will meet them all, along with numerous other unforgettable characters, in this reissue of Tales from the Gonzaga Bulldogs Locker Room."
STRONG INSIDE: PERRY WALLACE AND THE COLLISION OF RACE AND SPORTS IN THE SOUTH BY ANDREW MARANISS: "Strong Inside is the dramatic, untold story of Perry Wallace, a brilliant student and talented athlete who became the first African-American basketball player in the SEC at Vanderbilt University during the tumultuous late 1960s. The fast-paced, richly detailed biography places Wallace's struggles and ultimate success into the larger contexts of civil rights and race relations in the South."
SWAGGER BY CARL DEUKER: "High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line."
RUCKER PARK SETUP BY PAUL VOLPONI: "While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.'s father and the police what really happened."
COUNTING COUP: A TRUE STORY OF BASKETBALL AND HONOR ON THE LITTLE BIG HORN BY LARRY COLTON: "Presents a study of the girls' basketball team at Hardin High School on the Crow reservation in Montana, focusing on talented young player Sharon LaForge, and examines the social conditions that prevent her and other Native American athletes from reaching their potential on and off the court."
BALL DON'T LIE BY MATT DE LA PENA: "Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream."
GAME BY WALTER DEAN MYERS: "Drew Lawson, counting on basketball to get him into college and out of Harlem, struggles to keep his cool when the coach brings in two white players and puts them in positions that clearly threaten Drew's game."
NIGHT HOOPS BY CARL DEUKER: "While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and the erractic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street."
WHO: Raina Telgemeier
WHAT: Author and comic illustrator
WHEN: Born May 26, 1977
WHERE: Born in San Francisco, California; currently resides in Astoria, New York
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Smile: "The author relates, in graphic form, her experiences after she injured her two front teeth and had to have surgeries and wear embarrassing braces and headgear, all while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of middle school."
Sisters: "In graphic novel format, Raina Telgemeier shares the story of her relationship with her younger sister."
Drama: "Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going."
Ghosts: "Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one."
"I started drawing before I can remember. My mom kept crayon drawings I did when I was one-year-old—they were just scribbles, but I guess I always liked doing it and never stopped. By elementary school, I was considered the class artist, and even now when I reconnect with old friends, they give me very detailed accounts of all the stuff I used to draw for them.
I started making mini-comics in 1997. In 2004, two things happened: I got a contract to draw Babysitters Club graphic novel adaptations for Scholastic, and, I started drawing Smile for the web. And here I am today." (source)
Since March is Women's History Month, we're sharing books by and about women. (Check out our first list here.) Today we're focusing on memoirs. The subjects of some of these books are comedians, immigrants, and dancers. Some are writing about religion and others are writing about life as a mortician. There's something for everyone, no matter your interests. Swing by the library and take a look!
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL BY RUTH WARINER: "An account of the author's coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon cult describes her childhood on a farm in rural Mexico as one of her father's more than forty welfare-dependent children and her escape in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy."
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL BY CARRIE BROWNSTEIN: "Carrie Brownstein, guitarist for the feminist punk band Sleeter-Kinney and star of IFC's Portlandia, offers a revealing look about growing up in the Pacific Northwest, and retreating into music as a tool of escape and self-reinvention from a turbulent family life."
IN ORDER TO LIVE: A NORTH KOREAN GIRL'S JOURNEY TO FREEDOM BY YEONMI PARK: "A young North Korean defector and activist describes her father's imprisonment by the regime of Kim Jong-Il, her enslavement in China and her walk through the freezing Gobi Desert to freedom in South Korea, where she dedicated her life to human rights activism."
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES AND OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY BY CAITLIN DOUGHTY: "The blogger behind the popular Web series "Ask a Mortician" describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes."
LIFE IN MOTION: AN UNLIKELY BALLERINA BY MISTY COPELAND: "Misty Copeland describes her life, ballet training, and becoming the only African American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre."
YES PLEASE BY AMY POEHLER: "The actress best known for her work on 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Saturday Night Live' reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood, and her relationship with Tina Fey."
OUT WITH IT: HOW STUTTERING HELPED ME FIND MY VOICE BY KATHERINE PRESTON: "A fresh, engaging account of a young woman's journey, first to find a cure for a lifelong struggle with stuttering, and ultimately to embrace the voice that has defined her character."
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING BY JOAN DIDION: "The author recalls the weeks and months following the death of her husband of forty years and the severe illness of their only daughter, and discusses the changes that occurred in her life as a result."
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US BY REYNA GRANDE: "Reyna Grande chronicles her life as an undocumented immigrant, from her border crossing at age nine, discussing her difficult relationship with her father, and other complications with her family during childhood."
PERSEPOLIS BY MARJANE SATRAPI: "[This graphic novel] presents the daily life and times of the author growing up in Tehran, Iran, from ages six to fourteen during the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic revolution, and the war with Iraq."
With all the great books out there, choosing one you want to read can sometimes feel overwhelming. If you're an avid reader who devours one book after another, you might want to read so many books that you can't decide which one to actually start. If you're not a big reader but have to choose something for a class, you might feel as if there isn't a book out there that could possibly interest you.
Whether you fall into one of these groups or not, there are a lot of great options to help you find the right book. Keep reading and start exploring!
This site answers that question with a list of books based on titles you enter. Just type in the name of a book or author you really love and you'll be presented with books like it. If you need recommendations in a hurry, this is the site for you.
On this site, you type in the name of an author you like and a map is generated of similar authors. Once your author map appears, you can keep clicking on author's names to generate new maps. This site is great because it's fast and you get a lot of recommendations.
Goodreads is a social networking site for readers where you can track the books you read and want to read. It's also a great resource for finding new books you might be interested in thanks to its user-generated lists. Here you'll find lists based on just about any topic you can imagine. You can find lists for Jane Austen adaptations or books that should be turned into movies. For those of you with eccentric taste looking for something really specific, here are some books about old people, books with questions as titles, and books set in Colorado. Since all of these lists are put together by random people, their quality isn't guaranteed. Still, they can be a quick, fun way to find books that look interesting.
This site offers book lists for adults, children, and teens based on specific categories. The teen list includes suggestions for romance, fantasy, horror, and more. These lists were put together by librarians, so you can be sure you're getting recommendations from people who truly know and love books.
In case you didn't know, we offer our own book recommendations here at LC. We took the most popular books in the library and put together lists of similar titles. If you like The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, or Catcher in the Rye, we've got you covered. Check out the list and let us know if there are other recommendations you'd like to see.
WHO: Leigh Bardugo
WHAT: Former journalist and makeup artist who became an author of young adult fantasy novels
WHEN: Born April 6, 1975
WHERE: Born in Jerusalem, Israel; currently resides in Los Angeles, California
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Shadow and Bone: "Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold."
Siege and Storm: "Hunted across the True Sea and haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret."
Ruin and Rising: "The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Alina forges new alliances as she and Mal search for Morozova's last amplifier. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that alters her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields."
Six of Crows: "Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other firs."
Crooked Kingdom: "Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning andtest the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets--a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world."
“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.” (from Siege and Storm)
“She wouldn't wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn't be rid of.” (Six of Crows)
“Beauty was your armor. Fragile stuff, all show. But what's inside you? That's steel. It's brave and unbreakable. And it doesn't need fixing.” (Ruin and Rising)
Today marks the beginning of Women's History Month! Here's some information from eLibrary, one of our research databases, about its origins:
"The roots of National Women's History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it was not until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation."
If you want to learn more about women's history and some of the women who have made an impact on the world, come by the library and check out one of the books below.
WHEELS OF CHANGE: HOW WOMEN RODE THE BICYCLE TO FREEDOM (WITH A FEW FLAT TIRES ALONG THE WAY) BY SUE MACY: "Combines text with vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs to examine how women have used bicycles throughout history to improve their lives."
I AM MALALA: THE GIRL WHO STOOD UP FOR EDUCATION AND WAS SHOT BY THE TALIBAN BY MALALA YOUSAFZAI WITH CHRISTINA LAMB: "Malala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her."
WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: THE AMAZING JOURNEY OF AMERICAN WOMEN FROM 1960 TO THE PRESENT BY GAIL COLLINS: "Examines the history of women in America from the 1960s and into the early twenty-first century, discussing politics, fashion, popular culture, economics, sex, families, the workforce, and related topics."
MY BELOVED WORLD BY SONIA SOTOMAYOR: "Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor shares details about her life, discussing her childhood, education, health, career, appointment, and more."
FOR HER OWN GOOD: TWO CENTURIES OF THE EXPERTS' ADVICE TO WOMEN BY BARBARA EHRENREICH AND DEIRDRE ENGLISH: "Examines the constraints that have been imposed on women over the last two centuries in the name of science, discussing how pseudoscience has been used to tell women how to live since the early nineteenth century."
I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS BY MAYA ANGELOU: "Autobiography covering the childhood of a woman who has been a professional dancer, actress, poet, journalist, and television producer."
WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century."
BOLD SPIRIT: HELGA ESTBY'S FORGOTTEN WALK ACROSS VICTORIAN AMERICA BY LINDA LAWRENCE HUNT: "The story of Helga Estby and her daughter Clara's journey by foot from Spokane, Washington, to New York City in 1896."
HEADSTRONG: 52 WOMEN WHO CHANGED SCIENCE--AND THE WORLD BY RACHEL SWABY: "Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby's profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one's ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they're best known."
HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE BY NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF AND SHERYL WUDUNN: "Tells the stories of women in Africa and Asia who have been victims of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality, and shows how girls' education and micro-finance can change their lives while providing a boost to the economies of developing countries."
WHO: Jamaica Kincaid
WHAT: Writer and immigrant
WHEN: May 25, 1949
WHERE: Born in St John's, Antigua and Barbuda; currently resides in Bennington, Vermont
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Annie John: "A fictional account of a young girl's coming of age in Antigua, from a doted upon childhood to an adolescence fraught with events and alliances leading her away from mutual complacent acceptance."
"Out of the corner of one eye, I could see my mother. Out of the corner of the other eye, I could see her shadow on the wall, cast there by the lamp-light. It was a big and solid shadow, and it looked so much like my mother that I became frightened. For I could not be sure whether for the rest of my life I would be able to tell when it was really my mother and when it was really her shadow standing between me and the rest of the world.” (from Annie John)
"I'm someone who writes to save her life. I mean, I can't imagine what I would do if I didn't write. I would be dead or I would be in jail because--what else could I do? I can't really do anything but write. All the things that were available to someone in my position involved being a subject person. And I'm very bad at being a subject person." (from the New York Times Magazine)