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Summer Virtual Book Clubs

July 27, 2020
Keep in touch or forge new friendships while reading and discussing books online through library book clubs. Social distancing has changed our methods of communicating with others. Many of us miss the opportunity to get together, exchange ideas and share interests. To help fill that void, Fairfax County Public Library is offering the virtual books clubs listed below throughout the summer months. While you may be stuck at home alone, you have an exciting community of fellow readers to connect, converse and perhaps start friendships with online. Register in advance by clicking on a book title below, which you may read as an eBook or web publication, listen to as an eAudiobook, or read in hard copy via curbside pickup. An invitation with a link to join the virtual discussion will be emailed to you prior to the meeting. If you have any trouble logging on, contact Account Services staff via our Ask Your Library online chat service. August Virtual Books Clubs Tuesday, August 4, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday Night Special is a wonderful opportunity for teens and adults with special needs to talk with each other about books, under the guidance of Beth Lee of Pohick Regional Library. Caregivers are welcome to join in the discussion. Tuesday, August 4, 7-8:30 p.m. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon follows Phoebe (Haejin) Lin as she changes from being a young promising piano prodigy into a promiscuous activist. Discuss how life events and two key men in her life influenced her transformation with the Fiction Addiction Book Club led by Kim Goff of Herndon Fortnightly Library. Wednesday, August 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lab Girl by Jahren Hope is the author’s account of a childhood playing in her father’s classroom lab, which led her to unearth significant discoveries about plant life as a research scientist from rural Minnesota to the North Pole and Hawaii. Root out how joy helped her career flourish with Rebecca Wolff of Great Falls Library. Wednesday, August 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan introduces us to two sisters who immigrate from Ireland to Boston in the late 1950s — one to marry a man she doesn't love, the other to escape her restrictive life. Talk about choices they make which impact their lives in ways they couldn’t predict as Jennifer Koenig of Kingstowne Library leads this Daytime Book Discussion. Thursday, August 6, 4-5:30 p.m. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner is a cosy noir mystery centering on three multilayered British female characters from different classes, professions and locations who are all impacted by society’s patriarchy. Solve this mystery along with Books and Brews led by Barbara Rice of Kingstowne Library. Tuesday, August 11, 4-5 p.m. Welcome to the Teen Otaku Club! “Otaku” is Japanese for someone who likes anime and manga, like the teens in this club who will discuss their favorites and complete an activity with Sunny Carito of Pohick Regional Library. Tuesday, August 11, 7-8 p.m. The Alchemist by Brazilian author Paulo Cohelo is an allegorical novel about a shepherd boy traveling to the pyramids of Egypt seeking a treasure. Talk over challenges he faces and life lessons he learns from a wise alchemist with Read Global Book Discussion members and Sarah Souther of George Mason Regional Library. Wednesday, August 12, 2-3 p.m. Graphic Novel Club invites 10- to 14-year-olds to bring a favorite graphic novel and an original comic created with the downloadable activity sheets from from the calendar event listing to share with the group. Nancy Klein of Burke Centre Library will show a short video related to graphic novels to inform the conversation. Thursday, August 13, 4-5:30 p.m. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is an imaginative, darkly comic and deeply poignant novel that follows the life — and deaths — of Ursula Todd as the young 20th century marches toward World War II. Discuss how Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives intertwine with the world's inevitable destiny with Books and Brews of Chantilly Regional Library. Monday, August 17 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, an Agatha Award winner, features feisty, eleven-year-old Flavia uncovering secrets of the past after launching an investigation to clear her father of murder charges. Delve into her revelations with Deb Smith-Cohen of the Patrick Henry Mystery Book Club. Tuesday, August 18, 6:30-8 p.m. Between Shades of Gray by Rupta Sepetys tells about a teenage Lithuanian girl whose life is drastically changed in 1941 when her family is torn apart and sent to Siberia, under Stalin’s orders. Discuss how she maintains hope amidst cruel conditions with Kim Goff and the Teen Book Club of Herndon Fortnightly Library. Thursday, August 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Dodger by Terry Hatchett brings to life Charles Dickens’ Artful Dodger who, while spending his time searching for treasure in the filthy sewers of VIctorian London, manages to elevate himself in society. Kate McDivitt leads this Young at Heart Book Club in partnership with Jill Wright of Pohick Regional Library. Tuesday, August 25, 7-8 p.m. Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean presents a strong female protagonist, whose vow to take revenge on the man who betrayed her is compromised by his proximity. Racy Reads Book Club celebrates Romance Awareness Month led by One More Page Books, who also hosts a virtual meeting with the author on Thursday, August 27. Tuesday, August 25, 7-8 p.m. Rainbow Teen is a virtual book club for LGBTQIA+ high schoolers and their allies to read and discuss books about people like them with Kathleen McCarthy of Reston Regional Library. Titles will be chosen by the group. Thursday, August 27, 1-2 p.m. Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham discloses new details about one of the greatest disasters of the last century that he discovered through recently declassified documents and personal firsthand accounts. Discuss how this event changed history with Deb Smith-Cohen and the Patrick Henry Book Club. July Virtual Books Clubs Wednesday, July 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant follows Addie, born in Boston in 1900, whose immigrant parents cannot comprehend the changing roles and rules for women that their daughters are displaying. Discuss how they adjust to life in this new country and new century with Rebecca Wolff of Great Falls Library. Thursday, July 2, 4-5:30 p.m. Takes One to Know One by Susan Issacs reveals the life of a suburban housewife, who is compelled to use her skills as a former FBI agent, when someone in her new life begins acting suspiciously. Discover if her neighbor has something to hide or not while sleuthing with Books and Brews Book Club led by Barbara Rice of Kingstowne Library. Tuesday, July 7, 7-8:30 p.m. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones relates the challenges faced by a young married couple after the husband, Ray, is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Share whether you understand what occurs when Roy’s case is overturned with the Fiction Addiction Book Club led by Kim Goff Herndon Fortnightly Library. Thursday, July 9, 4-5:30 p.m. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne tells the story of Maurice, an aspiring young writer, who meets a successful novelist and steals his life story as the plot for his first book. Becoming famous, he ruthlessly confiscates stories from those around him. Talk over the outcome of his actions with Books & Brews led by Kate Panetti of Fairfax Regional Library. Monday, July 13, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bangkok 8 by John Burdett trails Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a devout Buddhist cop, as he enters the corrupt underbelly of Bangkok to avenge the murder of his partner. Investigate how Sonchai’s snippets of Buddist wisdom provide amusement amidst the more sinister aspects of this dark thriller with Deb Smith-Cohen of the Patrick Henry Book Club. Tuesday, July 14, 7-8 p.m. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe narrates the life of local wrestling champion, Okonkwo, from pre-colonial Nigeria through the arrival and changes of British Colonialism. Sarah Souther facilitates discussion of this classic African novel for George Mason Regional Library’s Read Global Book Club. Wednesday, July 15, 2-3 p.m. Graphic Novel Club invites 10- to 14-year-olds to bring a favorite graphic novel and an original comic created with the downloadable activity sheets from the calendar event listing to share with the group. Nancy Klein of Burke Centre Library will show a short video related to graphic novels to inform the conversation. Thursday, July 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins presents romantic tales from 12 best-selling authors of young adult literature. Kate McDivitt leads this Young at Heart Book Club in partnership with Jill Wright of Pohick Regional Library. Monday, July 20, 1-2 p.m. Cook the Book Club will focus on websites from two famous cookbook authors: Diana Henry and Alison Roman. Talk about cooking during a pandemic and have a virtual recipe swap. Marie Cavenagh of George Mason Regional Library facilitates this virtual meeting. Tuesday, July 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the story of a friendship formed between two young women during the early years of World War II. After parachuting out of Maddie’s crashing plane, Julie becomes a prisoner interrogated by the Nazis. Talk over the decisions each woman makes with Kim Goff of Herndon Fortnightly Library’s Teen Book Club. Tuesday, July 28, 7-8 p.m. Rainbow Teen is a virtual book club for LGBTQIA+ high schoolers and their allies to read and discuss books about people like them with Kathleen McCarthy of Reston Regional Library. Titles will be chosen by the group. Thursday, July 30, 1-2 p.m. Educated by Tara Westover is a memoir that describes the struggle of a young girl who escapes her fundamentalist Mormon family, which is isolated from the world, to obtain education and independence. Speculate on whether she was able to maintain a relationship with her family with Deb Smith Cohen of the Patrick Henry Book Club. Thursday, July 30, 3-4 p.m. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling is next up for the Harry Potter Book Club. Whether teens are new to the series, or just want to reread it, they can show their Hogwarts spirit and talk all things wizardry with Christina Kernt of Dolley Madison Library. Join the virtual conversations about these titles, and find out what intriguing reads are coming up next by filtering with the “Book Groups” category in the library events calendar.

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June 22, 2020
By Rene Royston, Pohick Regional Library Library Aide Benefits of Reading Every Day Reading offers many more benefits than just entertainment. When you set aside time to read during your day, it can make you smarter, kinder and happier. Reading can help you learn and improve skills that bring value to your work and personal life. When you make reading a priority, you improve your memory, concentration and focus. Reading can also reduce stress; 30 minutes a day has been shown to have the same stress-reducing benefit as 30 minutes of practicing yoga. The Best Hobby As a hobby, reading has the advantages of being both accessible and affordable. Hundreds of websites offer free eBooks for avid readers of all ages, and your library’s is one of the best places to start. Especially during the closure of branch buildings during the pandemic, FCPL’s digital collections and online reading resources — like curated lists, recommendations, how-to guides, and more — are easy, at-your-fingertips, free ways to stay engaged at home or wherever is convenient and comfortable for you. The RBdigital collection offers a wide selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines available for download to a variety of devices including iPhones, Androids, iPads, Kindles and computers. Exercise Your Mind and Imagination Today Access RBdigital and many of the library’s online databases by logging in with your library card number or username and password on the homepage of the FCPL website. Experiencing account access issues? Ask Your Library for help via our online chat service. If you need help picking out your next read, visit the Find Your Next Book guide for resources, ideas and even personalized recommendations. If you don’t have a library card yet, click here to apply for one.

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June 17, 2020
Celebrate Pride Month with Recommended Reads for Ages 10-14 Available in Fairfax County Public Library’s Digital Collection. By Rebecca Takacs, FCPL Youth Services Librarian As tweens in grades five through eight approach young adulthood, many seek good reads with fresh and relevant stories. For kids reaching that age today, queer characters are showing up more and more in award winning books. One reason for the popularity of these LGBTQ+ books is that they include a diverse range of individuals, providing tweens and teens the chance to see themselves in the pages of a book — or to experience lives different from their own. Reading experts say it is critical that teens, tweens and children of all ages be exposed to "mirror" books — books that reflect something familiar to them. Reading about characters who look, sound or act the way they do feeds a sense of self-worth. To understand the world around them, kids should also read "window" books — books that show them people, places or perspectives they might not otherwise encounter or learn about. Beyond providing a "mirror" or "window," a good book must also offer an entertaining story. This list features 12 titles that are fun, new, critically acclaimed, and centered on LGBTQ+ characters. All of these fiction books are recommended for ages 10-14, published in 2019-2020, and available as eBooks in Fairfax County Public Library's digital collections. 1. The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy Rahul, a gay indian-american boy, wants to be the best at something. In this charming story he navigates middle school and the search to discover who he is. 2. Hazel's Theory of Evolution by Jisa Jenn Bigelow Hazel is a book-lover who has to look outside of books for the answers to life's big questions. 3. A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor In the midst of upheaval, Lydia is paired with with a stinky, misbehaving pup with a mysterious past. Who is the one being rescued? 4. Martin McLean Middle School Queen by Alyssa Zaczek Martin is a math whiz with a fabulous drag queen alter-ego. Life is complicated. Can he be brave enough to bring his two worlds together? 5. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake Sunny receives a new heart and makes herself a "New Life Plan." Then, as with most good plans, life gets in the way. 6. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy The Fletcher brothers have a wacky year and come to discover that sometimes what you least expect turns out to be most important. 7. The Moon Within by Aida Salazar Celi's life is changing along with her body as she looks for the courage to be who she wants to be. 8. Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt Kate and Tam are a cheerleader and a jock who see beyond the stereotypes to find each other and themselves. 9. Rick by Alex Gino Rick is a new middle schooler who finds himself questioning old choices and looking for self-worth and acceptance. 10. Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway Cady has had an unsteady life, but now she's in a place where she wants to belong. When trouble appears, she has to gather herself and her new friends to try to save the day. 11. To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer Will Bett and Avery figure out how to become family? This laugh-out-loud funny story is written by two excellent authors and told completely via emails and letters. 12. The Whispers by Greg Howard Riley's life is sad. His mother is missing, and he has a secret that others whisper about. This book weaves magic, mystery and the power of wishes into a story about finding your "heart's desires." More LQBTQIA+ Reads for All Ages Use these FCPL catalog record sets and OverDrive collection to find more titles featuring LGBTQIA+ characters, subjects and creators: Rainbow Books for Young Readers Rainbow Reads for Teens Rainbow Reads for All Ages on OverDrive (filter by kids, teen or adult) Mirrors and Windows To learn more about what the reading experts have to say about "mirrors" and "windows," visit DiverseBooks.org, read Violet J. Harris’ “In Praise of a Scholarly Force: Rudine Sims Bishop” journal article, and take a look at this Diversity in Children’s Books infographic.

Readings on Race in America

June 12, 2020
Fairfax County Public Library offers no-wait e-Books and audiobooks on race in America, plus more curated collections and recommended free-to-stream films. Demand — and therefore wait time — for materials on race and racism have increased significantly in recent weeks as readers seek out books to help them understand racial injustice and learn what they can do to dismantle it. This article highlights resources you can access right now and share with others. Standing for Social and Racial Equity The Fairfax County Public Library supports the statements from the American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association, and the Black Caucus of ALA in replacing violence and fear with inclusiveness and enlightenment; we support an end to racism towards all people of color. Your library is committed to the County’s One Fairfax policy of social and racial equity. We provide materials, create community programs, and have spaces that are open and welcoming to all. The following eBooks, eAudiobooks and films are available with no wait, either through Fairfax County Public Library or other reputable sources. Read Now: Always Available e-Books and e-Audiobooks • No Wait - Readings on Race in America: This OverDrive collection features eBooks and eAudiobooks related to race in America that are always available. • Always Available - Race in America: This catalog collection includes eBooks and eAudiobooks that are always available, including those in the OverDrive collection above as well as eAudiobooks on the RBdigital platform. FCPL offers more than 30,000 always-available eAudiobooks on RBdigital, including many more titles that are relevant to this topic. • Stamped from the Beginning - The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi: The full, unabridged eAudiobook of this title is currently free to listen on Spotify. For those new to our eBook and eAudiobook platforms, a getting started with digital materials guide is available. Watch Now Various distributors are temporarily providing free access to the following films and documentaries highlighting racial injustice in America. In some cases the creation of a free account may be required to access this content. Documentaries 13th on YouTube: a documentary exposing racial inequality within the criminal justice system 16 Shots on YouTube: a documentary examining the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the cover-up that ensued. Amplify Black Voices Collection on Starz: Including A Huey P. Newton Story and Emanuel Racism in America Collection on PBS.org and the PBS App: Including The Talk: Race in America and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Films The Hate U Give (on Apple TV, FandangoNow, Google Play, Vudu, Microsoft, Redbox, YouTube): Based on the Young Adult (YA) novel by Angie Thomas, this story offers an intimate portrait of race in America. Just Mercy (on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Redbox, Vudu, YouTube): Civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free an African American inmate wrongfully convicted of murdering a white woman. Selma (on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu, YouTube): This 2014 film chronicles the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches of the Civil Rights Movement. Read and Watch Later Those looking to keep their virtual “to-be-read” (TBR) shelves full can take a look at the following curated collections and place some holds, keeping in mind that not all titles will be available now. Black Voices features fiction and nonfiction for all ages by Black authors, illustrators and narrators. Anti-Racist Reads includes books — many by Black authors — to support learning about and confronting racial inequities. For materials in print and on DVD, view the collections featured on the FCPL catalog home page. Topics include Black Lives Documentaries, Dismantling Systemic Racism, Civil Rights Reads for Kids, and Teen Titles on Race and Justice. Place holds on these materials and pick them up through Curbside Services when they are available (and you are ready to pick them up). For more information and recommended resources, visit the library’s Understand & Dismantle Racial Injustice online guide.

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June 10, 2020
Connect the Family and Create Memories with Ideas to Encourage Story Sharing By Suzanne S. Lapierre, Virginiana Specialist Librarian at the Virginia Room in City of Fairfax Regional Library A Meaningful Pastime While schools are closed and many older adults are sticking closer to home for safety, family history projects can help bridge the generations, even over phone or video call. Oral history interviews are an ideal way to jump-start or add color to the family’s genealogical records while giving senior family members a meaningful way to connect with younger generations. The following guides and ideas can help people of any age get started. Resources for Adults A good starting points for adults is the FamilySearch Creating Oral Histories wiki. It includes best practices to lead genealogists through this process, including forming a list of questions and choosing the right interview format, as well as ideas for teachers. Another valuable guide is Baylor University’s Texas Oral History Association Selected Links for Learning Best Practices in Oral History, which includes links to online tutorials. For those embarking on more formal oral history projects, the American Folklife Center offers in-depth guidance on Oral History Interviews, including details such as obtaining release forms and publicity. The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Guide includes creative ideas for presenting findings as a family history cookbook, exhibition, scrapbook, or quilt. Technology Tips Preserving a loved one’s voice and/or image as part of the interview can add to its value, and there have never been more tools for recording oral history from a distance. Whether recording via Zoom, or deciphering long-distance telephone conversations, Baylor University’s Texas Oral History Association Oral History Technology webpage offers a thorough guide to tackling the technological aspects of an interview. If those options seem overwhelming, Family Tree Magazine offers quick tips on How to Record an Interview on Your Smartphone. Transcription Tips Transcription is important because all media formats eventually become obsolete. Having a typed paper copy as well as a digital recording of the interview better ensures preservation. The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries Guidelines for Transcribing and Editing Oral Histories offers a do-it-yourself guide. There are companies that offer transcription services for a fee, such as temi.com (a computer transcribes the audio) or rev.com (a human transcribes the audio). Resources for Kids Kids spending time at home may enjoy going on a family history treasure hunt. What are the oldest items in the home and where did they come from? Ask older relatives what they remember about acquiring and using these items. A set of Depression glassware may have begun with a promotional giveaway at a movie theater or inside a cereal box. Vintage dolls, stuffed animals or other toys may bring up memories of growing up in a prior era. Some heirlooms may have been crafted by family members or originate from military service. The stories these can elicit are priceless. For students from kindergarten up, Reading Rockets Oral History suggests grade-level modifications for oral history projects with lists of books to enrich learning at each level. Suggested extension activities include role playing the person interviewed, creating a poster about the person, making a PowerPoint presentation using video clips from the interview, and scriptwriting to dramatize the story. Family Tree Magazine offers Tips for Interviewing a Relative about Family History, and Family History Questions for Kids to Ask Grandparents. Follow-up Genealogy Activities for Kids Families with children may want to supplement the oral history interview with additional projects to explore their heritage. Make a genealogy coloring book by scanning old photos. Teens may enjoy creating these for younger siblings. Family Tree Magazine offers many more projects for kids here. Family tree templates and other printable family history projects for kids are available from Growing Little Leaves: Genealogy for Children. The Legacy Project’s Across Generations Activities webpage includes ideas for a variety of intergenerational games, literacy, art and science projects. Oral histories need not be limited to relatives: Children without living grandparents can reach out to older friends and neighbors and interview them about what life was like growing up in past decades. Finally, for inspiration, check out FCPL’s Virginia Room collection of Fairfax County Oral Histories from notable Fairfax County residents. Transcripts have recently been made available on the website.

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May 29, 2020
Use eBooks and online content from the library to learn about the profession and the people who form a backbone of our healthcare system. By Katherine Einspahr, Burke Centre Library Information Assistant When we hear of people fighting on the front lines, we may not always think of medical professionals — nurses in particular. However, during the current pandemic crisis, nurses are at the leading edge of the battle against COVID-19. They bravely put themselves in harm’s way to care for those who have been infected and make sacrifices to protect the safety of their families, friends and community members. Earlier this month the annual National Nurses Week celebration took place from May 6 through May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Since this year marks the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife.” Additionally, the ANA extended National Nurses Week “to a month-long celebration in May to expand opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing." While nurses are always deserving of our gratitude, support and understanding, now is an especially important and appropriate time to express our appreciation to those who have made a difference in our lives. Learn more about nurses and nursing with the eBooks and online resources below, available free to cardholders through Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) — you may be moved to thank a superhero in scrubs who has touched your life or perhaps even inspired you to enter the challenging yet rewarding profession of nursing. 1. The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital Author Alexandra Robbins describes a dramatic year in the life of four nurses. These uncelebrated superheroes develop strong bonds as they save lives amidst a world of controlled chaos throughout this sometimes surprising window into medical care. 2. People Who Keep Me Healthy Author Janet Preus reassures preschoolers that nurses and other medical practitioners want to take care of them when they are sick, to help them get better and stay healthy. A lively song and colorful illustrations help to take some of the fear out of visiting these professionals. 3. The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives This book follows author Theresa Brown through one fast-paced workday in a city’s teaching hospital. During this shift, we meet four patients, whose lives Brown holds in her hands. Publishers Weekly’s starred review states, “Her memoir is a must-read for nurses or anyone close to one.” 4. Shortage of Nurses (Gale) Samuel D. Uretsky explores the history behind the current shortage of professional nurses. Although nursing is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, it is a challenge to replace nurses who retire, and virtually impossible to keep up with the expanding role of nursing and an aging population. This scholarly article shares the steps being taken to remedy this situation. 5. Thanks for the Support, but I Don’t Want Your Clapping (ProQuest) British nurse Jennifer Darlow explains her seemingly negative response to the applause being given to health care workers during COVID-19. She states, “...to me, the clapping is bittersweet.” She clarifies that for years prior to this global pandemic, nurses worked despite staff shortages, long hours and low pay, so a major investment in our healthcare system is long overdue. 6. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (Medline via Gale) From the United States Department of Labor, this resource provides information about the basic medical care that licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses offer in varied settings, ranging from institutions to patients’ homes. It details how you may join one facet of the nursing profession and helps you to appreciate those working in it.

Digital Books and Magazines to Celebrate National Hamburger Day

May 28, 2020
Celebrate National Burger Day any day in creative, juicy and tasteful ways… and don’t skimp on the toppings! The Whole Experience May 28 is National Hamburger Day, but the burger is a comfort food that enjoys year-round popularity and celebration. Need proof? Just consider the fact that Americans eat more than 50 billion burgers a year, according to National Today. Right now you might be missing the experience of sitting inside your favorite burger joint, smelling the oil, the fries, the meat (or meatless patties), the melted cheese and perhaps the bacon sizzling on the side. While we’re relying on drive thru, pickup or delivery during the pandemic, celebrating the humble or gourmet burger at home might just call for some homemade options to satisfy those sensory cravings. Online Recipe Resources Fairfax County Public Library has eBooks and eMagazines filled with recipes to help you celebrate National Hamburger Day from home anytime. Get inspired by these resources for some blockbuster burger buffets this summer! Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip…with Recipes! by Guy Fieri with Ann Volkwein shares the Bacon Cheeseburger recipe from Hodad’s in Ocean Beach, CA. Alton Brown EveryDayCook by Alton Brown includes a look at how Alton went to Dryer’s in Memphis, Tenn., to have a taste of Beale Street Cheeseburger. The patties were deep fried, but Alton said that it was the most un-greasy burger he had ever enjoyed. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day by Leanne Brown includes a recipe for a “Half-Veggie Burger” that uses both lentils and meat to make it easy on your budget and your belly. Primal Cravings by Brandon and Megan Keatley features a unique recipe for a Cuban burger that uses green plantains for the bun and pork meat for the burger. Everyday Food Light: The Quickest and Easiest Recipes, All Under 500 Calories by Martha Stewart Living Magazine offers a lightened-up version of a salmon burger with yogurt-dill sauce. Diabetic Living: What to Eat with Diabetes magazine’s March 2019 issue offers a “Better than take out burgers” recipe for a balanced and healthier version of the fast-food favorite. Good Housekeeping’s May 2020 issue presents a recipe for a veggie packed salmon burger. Easy Access, Endless Possiblities  FCPL’s digital collection includes more than 400 materials on cooking and food alone. They range from hamburger recipes, to soups, cookies and even diets like Keto. Find the eBooks by searching in the FCPL catalog for the “cooking and food” subject and limiting your search to electronic resources. Access the eMagazines with RBdigital — all you need is your library card number and password. So, fire up the grill, heat up your skillet, or warm up your deep fryer, air fryer or oven. Stay traditional, or get creative and mix up things up from the bun to patty to the toppings. No matter what, it’ll be a burger worth celebrating.

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