Finally, the sun is shining! It’s time to do all of those things that summer makes possible. It’s time to garden, cook, can, read, and relax. July’s selection of books and videos is all about the summer and the hot hot sun. Come in and check them out!
A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
Wondering what that weird phrase means that your mom always uses? Got a cousin from another part of the country who uses words you’ve never heard of? Sick of hearing Englishmen say “limey” and not know what it means? This is the resource for you! The Dictionary of Slang contains the meaning and history of thousands of words that you may have wondered about. Check it out!
Did you know that…?
“23, Skiddoo!” a phrase meaning, “get out!” or “let’s go!” is considered to be “the first truly national fad expression”?
This March Highline Library and Women’s Programs
have collaborated to bring you wonderful new books on women to celebrate Women’s History month. Take a moment to check out a few of these titles and remember our history, think about our present, and imagine our future.
Cleopatra : A biography / Duane W. Roller
Transgender people / Roman Espejo
A few good women : America’s military women from World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan / Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel Greenlee
No room of her own: Women’s stories of homelessness, life, death, and resistance / Desiree Hellegers.
Take a look at this wonderful blogpost on Empowering Women for a more comprehensive list of what we have to offer for Women’s History Month (and every other day of the year!).
February is Black History Month, and this year, in collaboration with Women’s Programs
, we’ve put together a list of recent resources that explore the experiences of black women in America.
- Want to start a revolution?: radical women in the black freedom struggle / edited by Dayo F. Gore, Jeanne Theoharis, and Komozi Woodard [e-book]
/ Nikki Giovanni; illustrated by Bryan Collier 323.092 P252g 2008
And I couldn’t resist including an older gem by my all time favorite activist, Angela Davis:
Take a look at our past blog post about Black History Month for more excellent resources at the Highline Library:
Highline Community College is the home of students from all over the world. Our library strives to actively reflect that diverse community, which is why the recommended reading for the month of February is INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE!
Stop by the library to find some of the hottest titles–and some of the best regarded literature–from India, Algeria, Germany, Japan, Somalia, France, Brazil, Iran, Ethiopia, Argentina, Nigeria, Ireland, and Colombia. Here’s a little sample:
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
869.342 C672a 2006
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
955.0542092 S253p 2003
895.635 M972o 2011
- Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
813.6 M544b 2007
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
823.914 R888g 1998
Starting at Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on January 18th, Wikipedia, along with several other major internet sites, will suspend operations for 24 hours. This action is being taken to protest SOPA/PIPA (Stop Online Piracy Act/Protect IP Act) legislation that is under consideration in the U.S. Congress. Supporters say that this legislation is designed to stop online piracy, but protestors fear that it could severely limit online freedom.
So, what can we do in the absence of Wikipedia? The Washington Post has some great tips about how to perform research during the Wikipedia blackout (note their repeated suggestion to use a library!)
And, if you’re interested in finding out more about the proposed legislation and the controversy surrounding it, check out this Los Angeles Times article and the Wikimedia Foundation’s letter to the English Wikipedia Readers and Community.