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November 9, 2009, is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. These books at the Library explore the history of the Wall and modern Berlin.
These books at the Library tell the personal stories of people who have experienced homelessness firsthand.
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These memoirs and histories depict life in Hungary – from World War II to living under Communist rule to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
The anti-Communist movement in the United States grew to a fever pitch in the 1950s. These books explore the impact, history, and personal stories of the Red Scare.
These books about the first President of the United States include recent biographies, examinations of specific aspects of his life, and more.
This is the month for celebrating stories! The Library has many events with storytellers and authors, plus books to help you tell stories of your own. Here’s a list of storytelling titles to get you started.
Learn all about Israel’s turbulent history in these books at the Library.
How has the U.S. Supreme Court evolved over the years? These books explore the history of the Supreme Court and some of its landmark cases.
These books at the Library all explore the art and craft of memoir writing.
These historical novels all take place during the Civil War or immediately afterward.
It’s Banned Books Week from September 26 – October 3, 2009, a time for everyone to celebrate their freedom to read. This list includes the top 10 books of 2008 most frequently challenged (books that individuals or groups attempted to remove or restrict). For more books, check out the American Library Association’s list of all books challenged and banned in 2008-2009 (pdf).
The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones; Reviewed by Leah Merrill
In this high stakes science fiction novel from the ever inventive Ms. Jones, twelve year old Jamie Hamilton discovers a secret he should never have known. His world-and every other world-is just a game played by the mysterious demon "Them." Wars are played out in turns, and the loss of life is dependant on the toss of dice.
The Gathering, by Michael Carroll; Reviewed by Anne Hentzen
This book is about a group of young superheroes. Colin-the son of Titan, a flying superhero, and Energy, a superhero who can control energy- are dealing with identity issues. Danny is the son of Quantum, who predicted that he would lead a war against humans. Danny saw the prophecy as well, and is frightened by the vividness of the vision, including the mechanical arm. Renata, aka Diamond, is a superhuman who has been frozen for 10 years, has just woken up and has lost ten years without aging.