Nonfiction Book Group: January

Join us Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away-until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story - from 100,000 years ago to the present.

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book and e-audiobook formats. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, January 16 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online Register

What's up with brains?  These books examine how the human brain works and all the incredible things it does to keep us alive and help us understand the world around us.  Brains can work in different ways, we call this neurodiversity.  Sometimes a brain can get sick or injured and that changes how it works, too.  The brain is an amazing organ!  The books below are intended for children and listed roughly by age of audience (preschool through middle school).  Parenting books related to the brain may be found here. 

My brain by Carol Lindeen
Autism by Ann Squire

The following fiction and non-fiction titles may be enjoyed by fifth graders. Please remember, readers have different interests and read at different levels so not all of these titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, every fifth grader. 

For more specific recommendations, we encourage you to chat with the librarian at the Children's Desk about your child's reading interests or use our May We Suggest form

Fiction Titles

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect; an eccentric old woman seeks their company; an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one is above suspicion.

The following fiction and non-fiction titles may be enjoyed by fourth graders. Please remember, readers have different interests and read at different levels so not all of these titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, every fourth grader. 

For more specific recommendations, we encourage you to chat with the librarian at the Children's Desk about your child's reading interests or use our May We Suggest form

Fiction

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

Legends are stories told over time and generally accepted as part of history even though they may not be true. Legends often have some basis in fact, although they can also be entirely made up! The list below includes legends about animals, weather, food, and even household objects. 

Find more legends, myths, and folktales on our shelves - look for the call number J398 (children) or 398 (adults).   

Nonfiction Book Group: December

 

Join us Saturday December 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

We often think of our capacity to experience the suffering of others as the ultimate source of goodness. Many of our wisest policy-makers, activists, scientists, and philosophers agree that the only problem with empathy is that we don't have enough of it. Nothing could be farther from the truth, argues Yale researcher Paul Bloom. In Against Empathy, Bloom reveals empathy to be one of the leading motivators of inequality and immorality in society. Far from helping us to improve the lives of others, empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that appeals to our narrow prejudices. It muddles our judgment and, ironically, often leads to cruelty. We are at our best when we are smart enough not to rely on it, but to draw instead upon a more distanced compassion. Without empathy, Bloom insists, our decisions would be clearer, fairer, and-yes-ultimately more moral. 

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

 

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, December 19 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online

Nonfiction Book Group: November

 

Join us Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

Also available in: e-book

By the end of an average day in the early twenty-first century, human beings searching the internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information--unprecedented in history--can tell us a great deal about who we are--the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than twenty years ago, seemed unfathomable. Everybody Lies offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race to sex, gender and more, all drawn from the world of big data.

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

 

 

Have you read a great book lately? Let us know! To share your review with others use this Book Recommendation Form. The recommendations below have been submitted by your friends and neighbors over the summer. Happy reading! 

 

 

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Adult STEAM: Space Art

collage of six different images of planets, moons, and comets

Why should kids have all the fun? This NASA @ MyLibrary STEAM program is designed for adults! In this live virtual program, participants will use the elements of art (line, shape, color, value, and texture) to explore topography in space. First, we will examine images from space (planets, meteors, moons, and asteroids) and discuss how the elements of art may be used to understand the images. Then, participants will create their own space-inspired art with library-supplied materials!

 

This live virtual program will take place via the Zoom video conferencing platform on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30pm. One week prior to the program, registered participants will receive an email with instructions for picking up program supplies and attending the live program.

Registration for patrons 18+ begins July 9 and space is limited (no pun intended). 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Cartoon image of airplane, kite, bird, helicopter

 

At this all-ages STEAM Stop, you'll learn about the four forces of flight while seeing them in action! Use the links below to find fun activities you can do at home and choose one (or two or three) that work for you. 

Each instructional sheet includes 2-3 fun STEAM activities you can do from home, a supply list, and step-by-step instructions. 

The Four Forces of Flight

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