• Natural Sciences,  New Books

    Botanical Reads for Spring

    The last traces of winter are finally behind us, and SPS is in full bloom! This month, you can grow your garden of knowledge through these plant-centered reads.   A comprehensive and visually appealing botanical compendium:   Plant: Exploring the Botanical World Phaidon Press Editors Phaidon Press 2016 704.9 C55P (shelved with the dictionaries on the main floor)   “Following in the footsteps of the international bestseller Map: Exploring the World, this fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. It combines photographs and cutting-edge micrograph scans with watercolours, drawings, and prints to bring this universally popular and captivating subject vividly to life. Carefully selected…

  • Library News,  New Books

    Fun Fiction Reads with McNaughton

    When you’re looking for your next fiction book, be sure to stop by our new collection in the Baker Reading Room! The library now receives the latest popular fiction releases through McNaughton subscription services. Here are a few titles to check out on your next visit to Ohrstrom!   If you’re a fan of not-so-far-fetched sci-fi…   New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit 2017 MCN R   “A new vision of the future from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312, and Aurora. The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted and it…

  • Library News,  New Books

    Mind Matters

    All of Ohrstrom’s titles will help you expand your mind, but some of our new arrivals focus on the mind itself.  From evolutionary history of consciousness to practical mindfulness tips, these three books will have you thinking about how you think!   On Being Human: Why Mind Matters, by Jerome Kagan   Yale University Press 2016 150.1 K11ON   “A revered psychologist invites us to re-examine our thinking about controversial contemporary issues, from the genetic basis for behaviors to the functions of education. In this thought-provoking book, psychologist Jerome Kagan urges readers to sally forth from their usual comfort zones. He ponders a series of important nodes of debate while…

  • Library Displays,  Library News,  New Books

    Book Spine Poetry

    Welcome back! Looking for a creative outlet to get your brain power flowing again? Celebrate National Poetry Month by making book spine poetry at the library. Stack books so that their titles, from top to bottom, create a poem. On the main floor, Mrs. Kittler has set up an interactive display where you can view and contribute to our spine poetry collection – check it out! Here’s my rather free-verse example, which features some of our shiny new arrivals:   History is all you left me  In the country we love Carry this book To capture what we cannot keep. (Click on the lines above to visit each book’s website.)…

  • Library News,  New Books

    Taking a Break

    Spring Break is almost here, and there’s no better time to check out a book! Get lost in a novel, or learn something new from a nonfiction title. Copies are available in the library or online through the OverDrive website and OverDrive app. Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon Delacorte Press 2015 Fiction Y7 Movie coming May 2017 “Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. She is content enough—until a boy with eyes the color of the Atlantic Ocean moves in next door. Their complicated romance begins over IM and grows through a…