JCPL Staff Highlight: Cataloger Linda Blanton

Posted by - July 10, 2018

Linda Blanton, cataloging librarian at the Johnson City Public Library, is retiring after 30 years. BJ Krug, our marketing specialist, sat down with Linda to talk about her legacy. Over the course of a career many things change, and libraries are no exception! A library cataloger adds and maintains the information on a book or

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Book review: An Unkindness of Magicians, by Kat Howard

Posted by - June 6, 2018

Since An Unkindness of Magicians came out in paperback yesterday, we’re republishing BJ’s review of this book. Like your beach reads a little more intense? Give this a shot! There’s a good chance you may be unfamiliar with Kat Howard, but I don’t think you will be for long. The author of last year’s Roses &

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Star Wars Recommendations

Posted by - May 23, 2018

Do you love Star Wars? We’re stoked about Solo, but we just can’t wait for it to come out this weekend! Here are a few of our favorite movies to recommend for Star Wars fans. From new Space Opera to Sci-fi Classics, all these great movies can be found at the Johnson City Public Library! Valerian and

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Book Review: The Wayward Children Series, by Seanan McGuire

Posted by - May 9, 2018

“Doors opened everywhere. Maybe one day, the children of this world who had gone to that world to save themselves would see a door that didn’t fit right with the walls around it, something with a doorknob made of a moon, or a knocker that winked. Maybe they could still go home.”  Seanan McGuire’s Wayward

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Book review: Posted, by John David Anderson

Posted by - May 2, 2018

Since Posted just came out in paperback yesterday, we thought we’d republish Jennifer’s review of this book. We think it’s a great choice for a summer reading list! Words have power. We all know that, but in this digital age, sometimes we lose sight of just how powerful our words can be when we don’t

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Book Review: Clash of Eagles Trilogy, by Alan Smale

Posted by - April 25, 2018

The Roman empire fell in 476 after centuries of in-fighting, corruption, invasions, and general decline. What if the Romans embraced reforms and survived another 800 years instead? That’s the backdrop to Alan Smale’s Clash of Eagles trilogy, an alternate history that explores a theoretical Roman invasion of North America. This exciting, action-packed trilogy will definitely interest

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Book Review: Rebels by Brian Wood

Posted by - April 18, 2018

If the smashing success of Hamilton is any indication, Americans are hungry for a hard-hitting retelling of the founding of America. Rebels, Brian Wood’s entry into the field, fits the bill perfectly. With the second graphic novel in the series just published, Wood is pushing the fraught field of the early years of the American

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Book Review: All’s Faire in Middle School, by Victoria Jamieson

Posted by - April 11, 2018

Eleven-year-old Imogene has grown up working with her family at the Florida Renaissance Faire. This year, she finally begins her training as a squire, and along with that, she’s decided she wants to brave the perils of middle school. Having been homeschooled up until this point, Imogene, or Impy, as her family affectionately calls her,

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Book Review: Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman

Posted by - April 4, 2018

Since Neil Gaiman’s rendition of Norse Mythology was recently released in paperback, we thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight this delightful book on our blog! Gaiman is no stranger to anyone who enjoys fantasy, horror, or graphic novels—young or old. His children’s novels have won wide acclaim and recognition and his adult

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Hit the Ground Gardening

Posted by - April 3, 2018

“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” -Hans Christian Andersen Since Johnson City Public Library is hosting “Hit the Ground Gardening” a workshop covering how to prep, plant, and nourish beautiful ornamentals, it seems appropriate to highlight some of my favorite ornamentals. To reach “favorite” status, plants must have

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