Powerful Women Immortalized in Print


In honor of Women’s History Month, which is recognized each March, here are a few books to check out about strong, smart, and independent women who have made their mark on the world:

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz – Shares 40 biographical profiles of female radicals, including Malala Yousafzi, Enheduanna, and the Guerrilla Girls.


Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs – Presents a fun and feminist look at the brilliant, brainy and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers and inventors, along with interviews with real-life women in STEM careers.

Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons From Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World by Joann S. Lublin – Dozens of trailblazing executive women who broke the corporate glass ceiling offer inspiring and unconventional insights and lessons in a career guide by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal.

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice From Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney – Profiles 100 influential and creative women from all backgrounds and walks of life who embraced their entrepreneurial spirits and started successful businesses and offers their words of advice for those just starting out.

Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breking Adventures by Karen Bush Gibson – Profiles twenty-three women from ten different countries whose careers span half a century of human spaceflight, including such heroines as Sally Ride, Peggy Whitson, Mae Jemison, and the women of Mercury 13. Continue reading

Tales from the Road

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Life on the bookmobile is a bit different from the other JMRL branches.  We all have our ups and downs, our good days and bad, but there are some situations one only encounters out on the road.

With the bookmobile, I visit country stores and post offices, some neighborhoods, several preschools, and many senior communities.  These last are always my busiest stops; patrons are waiting for me to arrive, book bags and request lists in hand.  I go to JABA-sponsored low income complexes, the fanciest communities up on the hill, and everything in between.  I was well into middle age when I started on the Bookmobile, it was a perfect time to look forward to discover the possibilities.

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with so many seniors over the years.  I have heard some amazing stories of times past and lives lived around the world; I’ve met their families, talked about books, and commiserated over illnesses.  We’ve moved through the stages of regular print to large print to audiobooks.  They’ve moved from independent living to assisted living to nursing care, often with stops in health care and hospice.  We’ve shared laughter, tears, fears, and some heart-breaking moments.

The first time I learned one of my regular patrons had passed away, I was reading the Sunday paper.  The obituaries came up as I turned the page, and there was a picture of one of my ‘little ladies.’  I was taken aback and glad I was home alone.  I’ve learned since then to check the obituaries regularly.

Over the years, I’ve interacted with many staff members, aides, volunteers, family members and surrogate family members who care for these elders.  As a whole, it is an amazing group of people who give of their time and attention from the kindness of their hearts.   I’d like to hope that I add some small measure of care myself.

Books for Tech-Savvy Teens


Teen Tech Week (March 5-11, 2017) encourages teens to visit the library and take advantage of the wide variety of digital resources available to them, in order to prepare them for college and 21st century careers. While the library offers several different hands-on classes and events for young adults to learn about technology, you can also find the following guides in the JMRL catalog:

Adventures in Coding by Eva Holland & Chris Minnick – The perfect book for young people who want to learn how to program but need a little heads-up on where to begin. The Adventures series has been specifically designed to appeal to young people as they begin their adventures with technology, with a layout that will appeal to school age students and carefully tailored projects that allow them to learn while having fun.

The Big Book of MakerSpace Projects by Colleen & Aaron Graves – Provides an interactive, easy-to-follow guide that is filled with classroom-tested, low-cost DIY makerspace projects such as recyclable inventions, smartphone tweaks, paper and sewing circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, and 3-D printing.

The Way Things Work Now: From Levers to Lasers, Windmills to Wi-Fi, A Visual Guide to the World of Machines by David Macaulay – An update of the worldwide best-seller incorporates the latest technological developments that impact life today, guiding readers through the fundamental principles of machines while explaining how historical developments are building the future.

The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly – An expert tech writer discusses the forces and trends—including flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking and questioning—that will revolutionize our daily lives through the upcoming technological advances of the next 30 years.

Getting Started With 3D Printing by Liza Wallach Kloski & Nick Kloski – Includes fundamental topics such as a short history of 3D printing, the best hardware and software choices for consumers, hands-on tutorial exercises the reader can practice for free at home and how to apply 3D printing in the readers’ life and profession.

Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress by Nate Cooper with art by Kim Gree – A humorous, illustrated guide introduces the basics of creating a website, including HTML tags, CSS, customizing Word Press, plugins, and choosing domain name.

Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock – Outlines simple steps for creating computer games using the Scratch programming language.