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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Book Review: Kate Morton’s Work

Posted by - March 28, 2018

One of our patrons’ favorite authors is Kate Morton. Sadly, she only has five books published. Although her fans are hungering for more, she hasn’t come out with one in a couple of years. Kate Morton writes excellent historical fiction set throughout the 20th century. In all her novels, she leaves the audience spell-bound from

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Book Review: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Posted by - March 21, 2018

Ready Player One is a thrilling homage to ‘80s pop culture with a lovely romance. Since the Steven Spielberg helmed film is due to come out March 29, let’s take a look at the original novel by Ernest Cline. Ready Player One follows Wade Watts, a high-school student in the economically and environmentally devastated America

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Mastering Your Garden: Sow Happy

Posted by - March 20, 2018

“In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” — Margaret Atwood Salutations to spring, the season beloved by grow-happy gardeners anticipating the last frost and their first dig in the dirt! But what if we didn’t have to wait? Thankfully, there are seeds that crave cold spells and relish a

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Sláinte: a Brief Origin of Irish Whiskey

Posted by - March 16, 2018

Our program on Whiskey in the appalachians was a big hit for our adult patrons last year, so we thought we’d give Kyle Johnson, an Adult Services Clerk here at the Johnson City Public Library a chance to teach us all a little more about whiskey for Saint Patrick’s Day! On the 17th of March,

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Book Review: Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks, by Annie Spence

Posted by - March 7, 2018

We’ve got something special for you today–a book review from Robin Westphal, our library director. Most of these reviews are written by BJ Krug (Marketing Coordinator), Jennifer Johnson (School Age Program Coordinator), or Angela Stanbrough (Preschool Program Coordinator). Special Thanks to Robin for this review! I’ve met a lot of librarians like Annie Spence. Snarky,

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