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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

posted by: July 19, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Cover Art for Fierce Kingdom The zoo is starting to empty out at the end of the day.  Joan is there again with her four-year-old son trying to enjoy the end of a happy day while moving him along toward the exit. Then, a loud noise. Is it a car backfiring?  No, the horrible realization sets in that it’s gunfire. Now Joan and her son, Lincoln, are trapped like the animals in the zoo. Told in real time over the course of three hours, this is a riveting literary thriller. Fierce Kingdom is a fascinating exploration of motherhood: the intimacy, the tenderness and the depths that one will go to protect their young. What do we owe each other? And just what separates us from the animals? Click on the cover to place a hold.


 
 

Celebrating Jane Austen

posted by: July 18, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover art for Pride and PrejudiceTwo hundred years ago today, Jane Austen died and the world lost a beloved author. An English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, Austen wrote of the world she knew in a witty, critical style that resonates today. All of her major novels have been adapted for the big and small screen, including Pride & Prejudice, which has had numerous incarnations with the inimitable Mr. Darcy played by notable actors including Laurence Olivier, Matthew Macfadyen and Colin Firth. Who’s your favorite onscreen Darcy?


 
 

Happy Birthday, Malala!

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

 

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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.

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Librarian Leah Schley reviews some of the video games available for loan from Baltimore County Public Library. This episode covers FIFA 17, Forza Horizon 3 and Batman: Return to Arkham. They're all available in our catalog - reserve one today!

 


 
 

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.


 
 

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