The 2021 Haiku Contest was a great success at the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library! We received so many thoughtful entries and it was a joy to read each one! Thank you to all who participated! Here are the winning entries:
Banned Books Weekis observed at the end of September each year, celebrating our ability to freely and openly access information! Here's a list of books that have either been challenged and/or banned due to content. Though challenged, these titles offer diverse ideas and perspectives.
The "new normal," as a result of the public health emergency, encourages more time spent at home. Maybe you've picked up a new hobby, brought a new pet-- maybe (like me) you've invited new houseplants into your space. This shortlist is dedicated to caring for houseplants.
What to Read After Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase, and Everything Else Rick Riordan Has Written
There’s no denying that Rick Riordan’s books are popular. But the man can only write so fast, so sooner or later you’re going to have to look somewhere else to get your fill of kids interacting with ancient gods and saving the world from destruction. Luckily, the library’s shelves are full of entertaining and action-packed stories that will absolutely meet your needs.
I “invested” in this as a thematic reading list for recommended reading before I realized what is available in library collections. This list is comprised of four of five authors born in South Africa and is the result of my refusal to move on to another theme. Also, I wanted to stay away from Karen Blixen and Joseph Conrad because they are already widely read. South Africans Nadine Gordimer and Alan Paton were both anti-Apartheid activists and their fellow countryman, Andre Brink, opposed Apartheid and wrote his novels in Afrikaans.
Apparently, when details of Mary Wollstonecraft’s “unconventional” life choices were made public after her death by publication of a memoir by her surviving partner, father of Mary Shelly, Wollstonecraft’s feminist writings, were discounted because of her ‘immoral’ lifestyle for more than 100 years until second-wave feminists began to read her seminal work on feminist theory,
2018 was the centennial of the signing of the Armistice Agreement to end WWI and unquestionably, people who were living at that time were relieved that the war was over. After the war ended, however, there was another global threat—the Spanish Flu pandemic. Pre-Covid 19, I had assembled a couple of titles for a possible list of books that take place at the end of “the great war,” and coincided with the flu pandemic. Instead, I have here a list of five novels with a mix of health crises.