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Sunny-Side Up by Waylynn Lucas

Cookbooks: It's What's For Breakfast!

Recipe collections for the most important meal of the day

February is National Hot Breakfast month! And while I’m guilty of a just-coffee-for-breakfast most mornings, I am a huge fan of breakfast food -- in fact, rather than cake, we opted to do a waffle bar to celebrate our love of breakfast at my and my husband’s wedding. Delicious!

This Month in History : The Emancipation Proclamation

On Jan. 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. He had drafted the Emancipation Proclamation after the Battle of Antietam. It marked a turning point of Abraham Lincoln's view on freeing African American Slaves. While it did not immediately free the slaves it expressly made the point of the Civil War about freeing the slaves. It also allowed African Americans to join the Union Army and Navy. As a result, 180,000 African Americans joined the Army and the Navy. It was also an important moment for local DC history.

The Babysitter by Liz Rodman

In the Shadows

Books about lesser-known serial killers

Especially with the advent of true crime podcasts and blogs, we’ve all heard of Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and the recently positively-identified “Golden State Killer,” Joseph DeAngelo. Many interested in true crime can name a handful of serial killers off the top of their head. But what about lesser-known serial killers?

This Month in History: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall that physically separated East Berlin and West Berlin came down. The Berlin Wall was built because of a long dispute between the United States and Russia after World War 2. It was built because a lot of people did not want to live in East Germany and the government wanted them to stop them from leaving. Even though Berlin was in the country of East Germany the city itself was separated into a western half and eastern half. It was a huge symbol of the cold war and it stood for 28 years.

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Handy Tech Manuals

Guides for Beginners

Create something and want to share it online? Have a new digital device and want to learn more about how it works? Check out these handy tech guidebooks to get started! Copies are available to check out from the library system.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Mental Health Awareness

  Mental health issues are a growing concern in the US. These books help explain stress, trauma, the brain’s responses, and the treatment advances occurring in the field. 

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Neuroplasticity

How to change your mind

Can our minds grow with practice? If we train hard enough can we become smarter or increase our mental agility? The books in the list below reveal modern occurrences where science has helped improve or change the brains of many people. They address miracles, human evolution, methods of healing, and how we can embrace our differences and thrive with the minds we have.

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September Staff Picks

Retracing George Washington's travels in the modern day. A lady's maid with connections to a dangerous enemy. Here are two adult titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system. Murder Most Fair by Anna Lee Huber

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Russian Literature Beyond the Classics

Perhaps you’re already familiar with (and maybe you've been put off by) Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and the other great 19th-century Russians. Or you want to find out what Russian writers have been writing during the past fifty years. Or maybe you simply want to read something different. This list contains a sample of works by Russian writers from recent decades; in them they examine the weight of history, the boundaries of the soul, and the oft-hidden dimensions of the world with the irony and depth of vision that we have come to associate with Russia's greatest writers.

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