It’s National Barbecue Month–check out a cookbook and whip up a feast!

BBQ Makes Everything Better covers recipes from all over the United States, and even includes an international section--Barbecued Chicken Pad Thai, anyone? And they throw in a section on desserts that can be made on the grill. (If you decide to try Grilled Candy Bars, let us know how it went!) Rodney Scott's World of … Continue reading It’s National Barbecue Month–check out a cookbook and whip up a feast!

Fierce, Flawed and Fascinating–More Amazing (and Recent!) Female Characters

Our fantastic female characters for this Women's History Month installment are all smart, tough women caught up in horrific situations. They don't always make perfect choices--but let's face it, not many of us would when being stalked by a serial killer or a murderous necromancer! Jade Daniels of My Heart is a Chainsaw is an … Continue reading Fierce, Flawed and Fascinating–More Amazing (and Recent!) Female Characters

A Program about The Children Act? Why?

“Just to be clear, Adam. You do realize that it’s for me alone to decide what’s in your best interests. If I were to rule that the hospital may legally transfuse you against your wishes, what will you think?” He was sitting up, breathing hard, and seemed to sag a little at the question, but he … Continue reading A Program about The Children Act? Why?

“Keeping seeds in the hands of the people”

Cindy Conner, a former Reynolds Horticulture instructor, has generously donated a copy of her new book Seed Libraries: and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people.  This is the first book to cover the topic of seed libraries published in the United States. Cindy's daughter, Betsy Trice, currently teaches Sustainable Agriculture … Continue reading “Keeping seeds in the hands of the people”

Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey (A Downton Abbey Parody)

Need a Downton Abbey fix before Season 4 debuts in 2014? Try Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey (A Downton Abbey Parody). At Devonton Abbey, the Granville Family enjoys a life of wealth and privilege. But not all is as it seems! Gates,  Mrs. Kewes, Larson and The Dowager are all secret … Continue reading Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey (A Downton Abbey Parody)

Summer is almost here! Switch from this…

. To THIS! Click the book title to see where you'll find it at JSRCC Libraries. Virginia: A Guide to Backcountry Travel and Adventure House By the Sea    Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of Family Vacations Where To Go When, the Americas: North, Central, South America, & the Caribbean Back Door Guide to … Continue reading Summer is almost here! Switch from this…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Around the World Through Books!

Who was Henrietta Lacks? Her cells traveled into space. Her cells redefined 20th century modern medicine, human health, and research for the polio vaccine, cloning, in vitro fertilization, and so much more. Her cells continue to live in thousands of medical and research facilities throughout the world. And yet, Henrietta Lacks -- a native of … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Around the World Through Books!

Food for Thought…Around the World Through Books!

"Is the old adage in fact true? Are we really what we eat? ... Arguably the quintessential work of food fiction, Like Water for Chocolate...  is Laura Esquivel's enchanting debut novel recounting the life of Tita de la Garza and her family during the Mexican Revolution. Tita, the youngest daughter of the tyrannical matriarch Mama … Continue reading Food for Thought…Around the World Through Books!

Charles Dickens- 200th Birthday Celebration!

February 7, 2012 marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens. According to a literary exhibit at Southern Methodist University, this Victorian author "was born February 7, 1812, and wrote more than 34 major novels until his death on June 9, 1870. Two hundred years after his birth, his literary legacy remains unparalleled. His 19,000 published editions … Continue reading Charles Dickens- 200th Birthday Celebration!