Friday, June 10, 2022

Director's Corner: NLS Starting New Patron Corner Program


Director's Corner: 

NLS Starting New Patron Corner Program

Contributed by John Owen, Director

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NLS is starting a new Patron Corner program.  The first one is on June 13 at 7 PM on Zoom.  Here's an excerpt with the relevant info from the Library of Congress Daily Digest Bulletin:   The program will be interactive, last for one hour, and have a designated topic of discussion. The topic for the June 13 session is Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Collection Selection, but Did Not Have the Vehicle to Ask. Our guests will be members of the Collections Division at NLS who are responsible for selecting the books in the NLS collection. Bring your questions and your thoughts about the NLS collection and join us at ID:     160 098 3343  and Passcode:   164674

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Collection Highlights: Marylandia Update


Collection Highlights: Marylandia Update

Contributed by Jordan Farinelli, Collection Development Librarian

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May 2022

Emmy-award-winning journalist and news correspondent Byron Pitts was born and raised in Baltimore. Pitts’ journey to success involved overcoming both a stutter and poor literacy skills. After working in local television up and down the East Coast, Pitts began his national career with CBS, and eventually became co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline. Check out his memoir, newly added to the Marylandia collection. Biography DBC 5290 – Step Out On Nothing : How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges, by Byron Pitts, narrated by Sabrina Dames The author chronicles his astonishing story of overcoming a childhood filled with obstacles to achieve enormous success in life. Throughout Byron Pitts' difficult youth in inner-city Baltimore, he suffered from a debilitating stutter. But Byron was keeping an even more embarrassing secret: He was also functionally illiterate. Pitts turned struggle into strength and overcame both of his impediments. After 15 years in local television, he landed a job as a correspondent for CBS News and went on to become an Emmy Award-winning journalist and a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes. From a challenged youth to a successful reporting career, Pitts' triumphant and uplifting story will resonate with anyone who has felt like giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable hardships.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Collection Highlights: May 2022


Collection Highlights: May 2022

Contributed by Jordan Farinelli, Collection Development Librarian

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May 2022

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This month, we turn the spotlight on Asian American and Pacific

Islander authors. These five titles are just a sampling

of books published in 2022.

How High We Go in the Dark, by Sequoia Nagamatsu


In this collection of linked stories and characters, humanity struggles to rebuild

itself in the aftermath of a climate plague. When a grieving man continues the

work of his deceased daughter in the Arctic Circle, he unknowingly unleashes

a plague that reshapes life on Earth for generations to come.

The Family Chao, by Lan Samantha Chang


The residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao restaurant's delicious

Americanized Chinese food for thirty-five years, content to ignore any unsavory

whispers about the family owners. But when the three sons are all back in Haven,

the Chao family's secrets and simmering resentments erupt at last.

Homicide and Halo-Halo : Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery, Book 2,

by Mia P. Manansala


Lila Macapagal is not looking forward to the start of summer, especially

because she still has two eligible bachelors trying to court her, and she

can't commit to opening her new café. But when a teen beauty pageant

judge is murdered, Lila must help her cousin Bernadette.

When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East, by Quan Barry


Tasked with finding the reincarnation of a great lama--a spiritual teacher

who may have been born anywhere in the vast Mongolian landscape--

the young monk Chuluun sets out with his identical twin, Mun, who has

rejected the monastic life they once shared.

The Red Palace, by June Hur


Korea, 1758. While investigating a series of grisly murders, eighteen-year-old palace nurse Hyeon navigates royal and political intrigue

and becomes entangled with a young police inspector.