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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Musings on Reading

 

 

Around 25 years ago, while I was working in an academic library, one of the English professors came in to check out some books to read on a long flight.  I happened to ask if she had read the latest book by some author.  I don’t remember the title of the book or the author, but I do remember her response.

She informed me that SHE did not read general fiction as it had “ABSOLUTELY NO LITERARY MERIT.”

 

Do you read non-fiction?

Have you ever read a classic?

Do you enjoy reading fiction?

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Staff Recommendation: Modern Romance

 

 

 

Actor and stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari was approached to write a “funny” book a few years ago. Somehow, what he wound up doing was an extensively researched, fascinating, and enlightening years-long project studying the evolution of how people form–and keep–relationships. Covering everything from the 1950s style of formal courtship where people often wound up coupling with someone in their own neighborhood, to the seemingly limitless choices offered by chatrooms and online dating apps today, Modern Romance is a mixture of social anthropology, humor, fascinating anecdotes and optimistic insights that never gets boring. In fact, it’s one of only a handful of nonfiction books I’ve read cover to cover.

 

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Understanding CPL Call Numbers Part 1

When you think of libraries, you usually think of books. Lots of books. And you wonder how there could be so many housed in one building. And how you can find where one particular book is located. And now there is so much more than books. There are fiction and nonfiction books. Hardcover and paperback books. Small “trade paperback” books. Large print books. Children’s and teenagers’ books. And books on CD. And DVDs. And blu-ray movies. And music CDs. It’s enough to be intimidating to the causal library user.

Well, fear no more. In the next few installments of “Understanding CPL Call Numbers,” I am going to give you a brief thumbnail sketch of the call number system used by CPL (Chesapeake Public Library), which will hopefully take the mystery out of navigating call numbers. In this first installment, though, I am going to spend a little time defining a few terms that will enable the rest of the installments to make more sense. In the installments to follow, I will give you more detail about the letters and numbers as they relate to fiction and nonfiction, children and young adult materials, and audio-visual materials.  With this guide in hand, then, you will be armed with all you need to be able to find any item on any shelf in any Chesapeake Public Library!

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