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

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.

For the Love of Reading


An avid reader is always searching for their next conquest. What better genre could there be for a lover of reading to peruse than books about books? Check out these “bibliobooks” from your local library for further investigation into the beloved pastime of reading:

Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner – A collection of 41 short essays about reading and life reflects the acclaimed writer’s beliefs about the role of stories in shaping his identity and includes entries on the censoring of the works of Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, the paradoxical loneliness of Franz Kafka and the dubious insanity of Robert Walser.


The Literature Book edited by James Canton – A global assessment of the forefront works of literature and the themes that unite them is presented through a collection of 100 articles, infographics, photographs and author biographies and is complemented by suggestions for additional reading.

The Books That Changed My Life edited by Bethanne Patrick – Including contributions from Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Gillian Flynn, Liev Schreiber, Tim Gunn, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik and many others, 100 of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons share the books that changed their life, why they love them and their passion with readers everywhere.

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living With Books by Michael Dirda – A latest volume of writings by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and Washington Post columnist shares personal essays on diverse topics ranging from literary pets and cursive writing to book inscriptions and the pleasures of science-fiction conventions. Continue reading