Dr. Daniel Wallace is a human factors engineer for the U.S. Navy. He is active in teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to children through demonstrations and teaches a science camp for a week every year at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Colonial Beach, VA. He is now in his 14th year as a member of the Westmoreland County Public School Board. He is also a musician, playing violin in the praise and worship band at his church.
We are very happy that he has agreed to share some of his favorite books with CRRL readers. To begin, here are favorites from his childhood:
Solve for Happy, by Mo Gawdat, explores the quest for happiness. As the Chief Business Officer at Google [X], Gawdat brings a unique perspective to finding contentment, and he uses his engineering background to create an algorithm for happiness by means of scientific research and logic.
"Fall is time for school!"
"That really is uncool."
As a long-time librarian in Colonial Beach, I'm asked frequently whether we have historical information about our town, which dates back to 1892. We had very little. In 2016, I had a chance to change this, thanks to a conversation with local author Sherryl Woods and the enthusiasm of a group of women whose memories stretch back for decades. This was one of the most memorable and fun activities I've ever been involved with.
If you are looking for picture books with charming rhymes that tell funny stories to amuse preschoolers and their adults, Julia Donaldson is your author. She got to fame as a children’s author in a roundabout way. Before she set down words between book covers, she used to write children’s songs and plays for British TV and radio.
Julia has written well more than 100 books, and it all began with A Squash and a Squeeze, which was originally written as a song for children’s television. It’s the story of an elderly woman who is unhappy that her house seems so small. Fortunately, a neighbor has a very clever solution!
As a musician, Julia was happy to set her stories down for all to see—and keep: “It was great to hold the book in my hand without it vanishing in the air the way the songs did.”
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American Horror Story is an American anthology horror series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle, and end." Some plot elements of each season are loosely inspired by true events.¹
American Horror Story: Cult is the seventh season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. The season premieres on September 5, 2017. Returning cast members from previous seasons include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Emma Roberts, and Chaz Bono. Joining them are new cast members Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, and Lena Dunham.²
Looking forward to season 7 of American Horror Story? Check out these book titles similar to each theme of all 7 seasons.
Bookazines have become a popular publication format on newsstands, combining aspects of books and magazines. Usually, they focus on one subject and may present a unique way of exploring topics such as pop culture, history, and cooking. RBDigital, our eMagazine vendor, offers a selection of bookazines from popular magazines such as Time, People, and Southern Living, and includes titles like:
Cooking Light, "Best-Ever Recipe Makeovers"
Southern Living, "Make-Ahead Meals"
Time Life, "The Golden Age of Pirates"
Interested in checking out one of these titles? Visit the RBDigital Gateway, and get reading now!
Unearth Virginia’s natural environment through Flora of Virginia, a traveling exhibit that features vegetation of the region and displays botanical illustrations and art. This exhibition is on loan from the Library of Virginia and will be available to view at the Porter Branch from September 21 through October 26.
It's a bird . . . it's a plane . . . it's Siegel and Shuster!
Thirty-something Billie Flanagan is the perfect mother and wife. She's agile and free-spirited, embracing her attraction to nature and hiking. Her husband Jonathan is the senior editor of a popular science magazine Decode, while her teenage daughter Olive attends a prestigious all-girls private school in their little coastal California town. The domestic bliss between the three of them is perfect—or so it seems.