BOB Book Winner 2018 – Nonfiction

BOB Book Winner 2018 – NONFICTION

 Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

This is a story about the racial and gender discrimination that was prevalent in the 1960’s. Before the use of computers, three African-American women worked as mathematicians for NASA.  They calculated launch windows for space missions (including John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth).  Because they were women, they had to fight for promotions and recognition even though they were smarter than their higher-ranked, white, male colleagues.  And, because they were black, they had to work in a separate “colored” building at the Langley Research Center due to Virginia’s segregation laws.

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Library Provided Research Options

People always look to libraries for research assistance. They, after all, have lots of books! Beyond the books, however, we have many other resources for you to use, found on our Premium Websites page. Are you looking for a little more than a Google search result, and can’t find a library book to meet your needs? If so, this is the list for you! Bet you thought I would only talk about books, right?

Basic Research

  • Gale: Most of the databases listed on our Premium Websites page are linked to Gale. You can find research on anything from world history to home improvement. For students in need of scholarly journal articles for school projects, this website is a necessity.
  • EBSCOhost: This one is similar to Gale because it provides a lot of great resources for papers. The difference is that our subscription to Ebsco only gives you access to digital books, rather than articles or essays.
  • Kid Infobits: I share this one a lot with younger library customers. If you are looking for basic information on plants, animals, historical events and other basics, this one is helpful. This site is also from Gale, but it’s worth mentioning in a separate bullet because the reading level targets a younger audience.
  • Literati: This resource is available under “Services” instead of the Premium Websites page. In addition to provide online research options, Literati has an “Find a Teacher” feature that allows you to ask a person questions online and receive personal help for finding the answers and research you need.

Learn to Research

  • Universal Class: Use this site if you need help learning research best practices. It’s not a research resource itself, but you can use it to learn about a variety of topics. It even has a class called “Basic Research Skills” that will help you figure out research beyond the help provided in this blog post.

Historical Research

  • Ancestry.com: If you want to learn more about your family history, someone else’s, or just want to explore the genealogical information out there, this is a great site to use. The limitation is you can only use it inside the library, not from home.
  • HeritageQuest: This one provides many of the same resources as Ancestry, with the added plus of being accessible from home!
  • America’s Newspapers, America’s Obituaries & Death Notices, Virginian Pilot: All powered by Newsbank Inc., these sites allow you to search newspapers online. Find obituaries and death notices as far back as 1860, and general newspaper results from 1985 to now.

Local Research

Now that you know what to use, all that remains is deciding what research!

BOB Book Winner 2018 – Historical Fiction

A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park

 

In each chapter there are two time periods and two storylines because we are following both the true story of Salva Dut, a Sudanese Lost Boy, who was airlifted to the United States in the 1990’s and the fictional story of Nya, a young village girl of today. The author, Linda Sue Park, has used this book as a platform to support Dut’s program, Water for South Sudan.

Separated from his family by war in Sudan, Salva traveled by foot hundreds of miles to safety in Kenya.  Along with thousands of other boys – he survived starvation, attacks and disease to eventually relocate in New York.  He learned English, went to college and was successful enough to be able to return to his country to install deep-water wells in remote villages.

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