World Poetry Day

Today (March 21) is World Poetry Day. Celebrate with one of these great books.


Can’t get enough? Keep up with the best new poems each month with the Poetry magazine available at Harriman and Oak Ridge campus libraries.



The Luck of the Irish

When it comes to Irish authors, the names Oscar Wilde and James Joyce immediately spring to mind. But how familiar are you with the more contemporary scribes from the Emerald Isle? Your Roane State Library has a variety of books by award-winning Irish authors that include mystery, literary fiction, mythology, and history:

A Celebration of Women – International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the abundance of achievements by women, has been observed for over a century. This year, on March 8, take the time to learn about magnificent women – both in person and on the written page.

International Women’s Day is also a call to action for gender parity and a time to reflect on the history of the women’s movement.

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Staff Picks: February 2018

When we read great books, we’ve just got to share with our friends. Here are a few recommended reads from your friends at Roane State Library.


A Murder in Music City by Michael Bishop

The true story of a UTK student, murdered in her Nashville home while her young brother slept nearby, is riveting from page one.  Decades later, the author doggedly uncovers the lies, twists, and corruption that surrounded Paula Herring’s murder in 1964.

(Recommended by Rosemary Bird)

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

I reread A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin last month because it’s one of my all-time favorites. A mystery/thriller about a charismatic psychopath who’s desperate to marry rich, filled with twists and turns. Think Agatha Christie but darker.

(Recommended by Lyndy Wibking)

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

As someone who has absolutely no expertise in the field of astrophysics, I found this book to be really fascinating – it’s an incredibly humorous and enthusiastic glimpse into the cosmos.

(Recommended by Becca Decker)

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This is a story about a high school girl who has recently lost her mother, and a high school boy who is also coping with a loss and how they help each other get through the tough times through writing letters to each other only they don’t know each other. It is a great book about family, life struggles, and loss and how those things can bring us together. I loved it!

(Recommended by Christi Moss)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(also available from Overdrive)

A story about privilege filled with interesting, incredibly well-developed characters. I cared deeply about all of them.

(Recommended by Robert Benson)

Remembering Our Nation’s Leaders

President’s Day was originally established in recognition of George Washington’s birthday (February 22), but it has evolved into a celebration of all presidents, past and present. It gives American citizens a perfect time to reflect on our nation’s history and the lives of our leaders.

Of course, some details of the lives of our presidents are up for debate. Did George Washington chop down that cherry tree? How many vampires did Abraham Lincoln actually kill?


Love is in the Air

There’s nothing quite like falling in love…with a good book that is. The RSCC Library is here for your Valentine’s Day reading needs.

If you’re longing for a more unique love story:

If you prefer Galentine’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating your favorite gal pals, check out these stories about impressive women and strong female friendships:

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Of course, nothing says Valentine’s Day like a little organized crime. Read about the darker history of the holiday:

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