Friday, January 15, 2021

January’s Youth Featured Book


January's Featured Book!

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Contributed by LaShawn Myles, Youth Services Librarian

January’s Youth Featured Book

Happy New Year!  Here are some great reads to start “2021” off in a fantastic way! 

  • The Year of the Rat

Author: Grace Lin 

Medium Braille

Book Number:  BR017688

Annotation:  Taiwanese American Pacy learns that the Chinese year of the rat brings new beginnings. Some changes are hard--her best friend moves away, a new Asian boy arrives at school, and her cousin gets married. Sequel to The Year of the Dog (BR 16624). For grades 3-6. 2007. 

  • Bringing in the New Year

Author: Grace Lin

Medium: Digital Book

Book Number: DBC08660 (BARD ONLY)

This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. For grades K-3.

Need a great craft to support Grace Lin’s books?  Visit the author’s website to find more books, activities, and videos. 

Additional Resources

YouTube: Bringing in the New Year Book | New Year Books for Kids | Children's Books Read Aloud

Want more books to help you start off the New Year?   Check out LBPD’s online catalog and request a book. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tech Tips: Microsoft Edge Makes Browsing Fun Again


Microsoft Edge Makes Browsing Fun Again

Contributed by Jerry Price, Assistive Technology Specialist

One of the tools built within the new Microsoft Edge is call Immersive Reader.  When used, this tool weeds out links, ads, and other detritus which ruins the experience of reading articles and items of interest.  Here’s how it works.  Find a news article or newsletter story you wish to read.  When you are on the web page with the news article press Function 9.  If the web page is designed to work with the Immersive Reader utility, it will condense and read as a continuous article.  Sometimes, there is even a “Read Aloud” button.  To get out of Immersive Reader, just press Function 9 again.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Marylandia Collection: Update


Marylandia Collection: Update

Contributed by Jordan Farinelli, Collection Development Librarian

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As the National Football League draws closer to the start of the playoffs, check out this biography of legendary Baltimore Colts player and Maryland resident, Johnny Unitas. Unitas is still recognized as one of the greatest NFL players of all time and remains well loved by football fans nationwide.


DBC 05289 – Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johnny Unitas, by Tom Callahan

Narrated by Bob Leedom

In a time “when men played football for something less than a living and something more than money,” John Unitas was the ultimate quarterback. Rejected by Notre Dame, discarded by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he started on a Pennsylvania sandlot making six dollars a game and ended as the most commanding presence in the National Football League, calling the critical plays and completing the crucial passes at the moment his sport came of age.