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Gropius: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus

The Bauhaus Revisited

A 100th Anniversary Booklist

In 1919 architect Walter Gropius was made head of both an arts and crafts school and an art academy in Weimar, Germany, the seat of the newly formed German Republic.  Gropius combined the schools into what is commonly known as the Bauhaus, or House of Building. Students from other arts and crafts or art academies applied with the hope of gaining a paying profession.  Faculty flocked to the school looking to transform society.

Out of the Woods by Lynn Darling

Leave Me Alone!

Books about Solitude

After all the cookouts, parties, and other social events of the summer, it can be tempting to bunker down in the fall and spend some time alone. While we can’t all just drop our lives and make our merry way into the remote woods, we can escape through the power of books. Fortunately, there are plenty of books on solitude and the hermit life out there. This list will get you started.

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Those Wacky Victorians

Any historian will tell you not to judge the people of the past too harshly.  It takes some effort not to judge the culture of the Victorian era though. (At least how it was in Europe and the U.S.) Yes, the Victorian era saw incredible leaps forward in city life, science and culture, but a culture can't progress without making some pretty strange wrong turns. It's all so adorable, and WEIRD, that it's difficult not to laugh at them a bit.

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Food Stories

We often think of the "food" section at the library as a collection of cookbooks. While that is partly true, there is also a wealth of adventure among these shelves beyond recipes and diets. Most of our experiences -- childhood, friendships, career, etc. -- are shaped by or shared in the context of eating with other people…or sometimes alone. Here are a few of those experiences.

Wishes Fulfilled

Leaps of Faith

Titles to inspire personal growth

The books in this compilation are for the most part biographical. Spirituality played a deep and transformative role in the lives of each of the subjects. It catalyzed their lives and moved them from anonymity to influence. It got them over fears, hurdles, tragedies, insufficiencies and other types of adversity. Self-realization is a major theme in this list. These books explore the question of what we can become if our beliefs about who we are change.

In the Heart of the Sea

Survivor

Stories of humans vs. the forces of nature

Little Book of Witchcraft

A Coven of Witch Books

Exploring your inner witch has been quite vogue in popular culture, from “basic witch” memes to #witchesofinstagram. What does it really mean, and are you interested in learning more? These books might be able to help you get started, or take a deep dive into developing an active practice.

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The Heat Wave is Gone, but Next Comes August

Cool reads for hot summer days

Summer in adulthood can be hard. Most jobs don't include a three month summer vacation, it's blazing hot, and being in public sprinkler parks when you're not a child generally leads to some serious side-eye. Get through the worst of it with a tall glass of ice water and these chilly reads.

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From London into the Past, Part 2

Since I took my first trip to Great Britain three years ago, I've gone back twice to see more of the country as well as London. Below are additional titles that I've enjoyed to complement my original list in 2016. Copies are available throughout the library system.

Barefoot in Babylon by Bob Spitz

Peace, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll

Celebrating Woodstock 50 years later

August 15, 2019 marks 50 years since the first Woodstock in Bethel, N.Y. Revisit inimitable acts such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead to celebrate the enormous cultural impact the “three days of peace and music” had on America and the world. From nonfiction tell-alls from those who had a hand in organizing the festival to young adult novels written from today’s perspective, there’s something groovy for everyone here.

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