True Stories from the Roaring Twenties

By Hannah K. Welcome to 2020! I’m a little late in wishing you a Happy New Year, but it’s still January, so I’m going to ask you to let this one slide. 2020 New Year’s celebrations were awash in Jazz Age finery. People wanted to celebrate like a Great Gatsby party, with flapper fashion, craft […]

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More Detail Than You Probably Require

by Melleny T. You may recall that I’m a big fan of eating, and of perusing cookbooks that I’ll never use. As a librarian, it’s probably not very surprising that I also enjoy learning all kinds of things, especially obscure things. My brain is filled with odd facts that are really only useful during trivia […]

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History’s Hidden Stories

by Marina M. Over the course of this blog post I will link to several articles in our research databases. Any article link you click on will require you to log into your Sno-Isle account. I recently finished reading The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. Almost eight years of research by Sepetys went into […]

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LGBT History Month 2019

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) October is LGBT History Month! Started in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, this monthly observance is a time to celebrate the diverse and longstanding history of the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

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Looking Behind the Curtain, 30 Years Later

by Denise D. Secrecy Late summer finds me thinking about the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. It started with the HBO show Chernobyl which flung me back to April 1986, my friend, Chris, racing into my college dorm room to shout about a nuclear accident in the Soviet Union. Chris and I had bonded […]

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Harvey Awards

By Kaley Nominees for the Harvey Awards have been announced, and it looks like a solid selection to choose from. The Harvey Awards started in 1988 as a way for peers in the comics industry to celebrate exceptional work. This year they’ll award creators for Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best […]

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Surround Sound U.S. History Lessons

by Marina M. I may have just missed the opportunity to highlight some special titles for National Audiobook Month in June. Never fear, I’m just going to take that missed opportunity and turn it into a July two-fer. As I’m sure you all know, we will celebrate our country’s independence in a few days (*cue […]

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That Old Black Magic

By Isaac H. No, this isn’t about the Billy Eckstine song, though I’m sure it fits in here somewhere. Documenting magic, it’s not just card tricks, horcruxes and invisibility rings. I’ve always had a passing interest in the paranormal. Not necessarily the general concept of magic, more like the history of human beliefs in the […]

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Flying High: Fearless Female Aviators

by Melleny T. When I was in the seventh grade, I chose to be Amelia Earhart for Night of the Notables. Earhart’s entire story fascinated me – her courage, the obstacles she encountered, and the mystery surrounding her disappearance. I may or may not have worn that aviator cap more often than was strictly necessary. Even […]

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Disease and Medicine in History

by Jennifer K. I love a good disease book. What (you may ask) makes a good disease book? First of all, I want to learn what the disease does to the human body. In clearly understandable layman’s terms, tell me about the disgusting symptoms, the horrifying rate of transmission, the tragic death toll. Anecdotes full […]

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