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Happy Birthday, Malala!

posted by: July 12, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Cover Art for I am Malala

Happy 19th Birthday to Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Malala is a passionate human rights advocate, particularly when it comes to the education of women in her country of Pakistan. In October, 2012, Malala was shot and her attempted murder sparked a national and international outpouring of support. The shooting only encouraged Malala to continue her activism and she remains a source of motivation. Learn more about this inspirational young woman in her autobiography I Am Malala (also available in a young reader’s edition) or the documentary He Named Me Malala.


 
 

Solar Eclipse Coming Soon!

posted by: July 10, 2017 - 7:00am

According to NASA, the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years is happening on August 21st! Get ready for the excitement with these astronomy titles for all ages. Baltimore County Public Library will be hosting events for the eclipse — be sure to check out our event calendar for details. And did you know you can check out telescopes from the library? Well you can! Check one out to get a jump on your backyard stargazing.

Cover art for American Eclipse Cover art for Eclipse Cover art for Exploring Eclipses Cover art for First Science Encyclopedia Cover art for In the Shadow of the Moon Cover art for Mask of the Sun Cover art for Planets Cover art for Space Cover art for Smart Science Cover art for Sun Moon Earth Cover art for The Total Skywatcher's Manual Cover art for Totality Cover art for Ultimate Space Atlas Cover art for Seven Wonders of the Solar System


 
 

The Streak

posted by: July 6, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for  The Streak Award-winning sports journalist John Eisenberg takes on two of baseball’s iron men in The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr. and Baseball's Most Historic Record. This profile of two legendary Hall of Famers examines the seemingly impossible. It was on May 2, 1939 that Yankees manager Joe McCarthy benched Lou Gehrig who was slumping and unbeknownst to the team and fans, also mortally ill. This ended his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, a record for the ages. Over 50 years later, Cal Ripken Jr., of our own beloved Orioles, proved that all records can be broken and subsequently played in 2,632 consecutive games.

 

This is a story of endurance and willpower. Eisenberg’s thorough research records minor injuries, slumps and detractors, yet shows how these two men weathered through with sheer grit. Both had impressive athletic skill and baseball smarts, but were also inspirational team leaders. Eisenberg also raises questions regarding such a feat. What kind of player does it take to accomplish this remarkable achievement? Is a player hurting his team by never sitting out? Will this record ever be broken? While we should never say never, the outlook is a strong no for the last question. Ripken's record doubles that of the third longest (and the longest of our era): Miguel Tejada's 1,152, ending in 2007, followed by Prince Fielder's 547, ending in 2014. Join author John Eisenberg at our Cockeysville Branch on July 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of this compelling history of two remarkable baseball icons.


 
 

Introducing BC Makes

posted by: July 3, 2017 - 7:00am

Graphic for BC MakesCalling all artists, makers and gamers! BC Makes begins this week and will be an annual event connecting creators, speakers, performers and artists with our library users to celebrate the maker movement. A series of programs and maker events are scheduled throughout the summer for all ages and covering a wide variety of interests, from coding to knitting, paper cutting and jewelry making. Join us at the Cockeysville Branch this Thursday at 7 p.m. for an Inspire Night Kickoff Panel, featuring toymaker Michael Brown, illustrator and photographer McKenzie Ditter and Matt Barinholtz from Futuremakers. Our Woodlawn Branch is also hosting an Inspire Night on July 13 at 7 p.m. with speakers Donte’ Cotton and Ronald James, creators of Debonair Material — a successful streetwear company.


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book you faked reading in school. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

Cover art for 1984Cover art for The Art of War Cover art for Beloved Cover art for Born to Run Cover art for David Copperfield Cover art for Dreams from My Father Cover art for Friday Night Lights Cover art for Go Tell It on the Mountain Cover art for Hamlet Cover art for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover art for The Joy Luck Club Cover art for The Lady in Gold Cover art for Metamorphosis Cover art for Middlemarch Cover art for Native Son Cover art for Night Cover art for One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover art for John Henry Cover art for A People's History of the United States Cover art for Reading Lolita in Tehran Cover art for Roots Cover art for The Sound and the Fury Cover art for Travels with Charley Cover art for UlyssesCover art for Unbroken Cover art for War and Peace


 
 

Randallstown Branch Reopens Today

posted by: June 29, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Baltimore County Public Library is excited to reopen the newly renovated Randallstown Branch today at 11 a.m. with a press conference and ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. followed by light refreshments. In addition to all the new books, furniture and computers, the Randallstown Branch will also feature The Colab, a technology instruction space with new furniture, equipment and software, to improve the technology literacy of our customers while giving them access to equipment and software not readily available. Technology programs will be geared toward all ages, with an emphasis on job seekers. Festivities continue throughout the day, including the annual Friends of the Randallstown Library meeting, featuring Jayne Miller from WBAL-TV, at 7 p.m.


 
 

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