Sunshine State author Jackson Pearce entranced audiences at Alafaya Branch and the Orlando Public Library on March 8 and March 9 with the true story of a wounded rat that she saved from the jaws of a cat, put in her backpack and brought home at age 9. The rat, much to her mother’s chagrin and her delight, survived—and then escaped from her room.
March is National Women’s History Month! What started as just a week in 1980 centered around March 8th has grown into a month-long celebration of the progress and contributions of women in society (but I know what you’re thinking… why not every day of the year?). Celebrate girl power by taking a good look at these 10 awesome quotes coined by great women authors, pioneers, and public figures throughout history. Women can do anything, and these quotes will prove it.
The first day of Spring—also known as the Vernal Equinox—officially began today at 6:29 a.m. EDT. In numerous cultures, this transition marks an opportunity for new beginnings. Here are seven book recommendations from library staff to spring into gardening this year. Plus, we've included a free coloring sheet for you to enjoy at the very end of this post!
Lady Ada’s Algorithm
Imagine a baby girl, born in nineteenth century England, who studied music, French, and especially mathematics as a child, growing into a uniquely talented woman who is recognized today as the “world’s first computer programmer.” Her name is Ada Lovelace, and the book, Ada’s Ideas, by Fiona Robinson, beautifully illustrates her life with pristinely cut, assembled, and photographed Japanese watercolors on every page.
2016’s best surprise in the graphic novel world has to be Tom King’s sci-fi suburban drama “Vision“. Relatively new to the professional comic scene, King once was an assistant to the legendary “X-Men” writer, Chris Claremont. He put his comic career on hold to become a counterterrorism operations officer for the CIA after the September 11 tragedy. Once he transferred back to writing, he honed his craft primarily within the Batman family of the DC universe.