Teens, are you fa-la-la-la-la-ing yet? I dusted off my elf suit extra early this year so I could recommend some Young Adult (YA) rom-com titles to get you in the holiday spirit. Cancel your … [Read More...] about Holiday romance titles and (shh!) video games and a blockbuster movie screening!
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While you're here, please enjoy a variety of Library news and book reviews by our staff across Smiley Library departments: Adult Services, Adult Literacy, Youth Services (Young Readers’ Room and Teen Underground), Special Collections (Heritage Room), Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Museum of Redlands, Friends of the Library, Smiley Heritage Tours, and more.
Each week you will be treated to a new installment of the "What’s New at A.K. Smiley Public Library" column published in the Redlands Daily Facts newspaper. Written by our staff on a variety of newly acquired books by the Library, it is one of the longest-running columns currently published by the paper.
The once popular genre of Western fiction books seems to be fading into the sunset, with fewer of them being written or checked out. There are currently only three new Westerns on our new book shelf, … [Read More...] about Allure of the Old West lingers in new non-fiction
I can’t believe that the holiday season is upon us! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was decorating my Halloween tree and drinking my first pumpkin spice latte of the season (yes, I have a … [Read More...] about Transitioning holidays from horror to happy!
I’ve been making a real effort to spend time focusing on fitness this fall. Nothing outrageous mind you, just walking or hiking when I can and trying to eat a little better. I’ve even moved my hand … [Read More...] about Feeling fit
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November with some of the Smiley Library titles listed here. As a reminder, there is no charge to place a book on hold. Just browse below and click on … [Read More...] about Books, periodicals for all ages in honor of Native American Heritage Month 2023
Many adults join the Adult Literacy program to improve their reading and writing skills by working one on one with a volunteer tutor. Improved literacy helps these adults obtain jobs, further their … [Read More...] about Digital literacy opens new opportunities for adult learners
November brings celebrations for many cultures. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican and Latino celebration that is celebrated on Nov. 1 or Nov. 2 to honor the dead and welcome their spirits home for just … [Read More...] about Día de los Muertos celebrations at the Library, November 1st
The season of holiday parties and celebrations has arrived! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it. Whether you are hosting … [Read More...] about Prep for the holidays with enticing recipe and entertaining ideas
The spooky season is upon us once again! This time of year always calls for chills and thrills, and what do many of our favorite scary books and movies have in common? Many of them rely on science … [Read More...] about Treat yourself to some spooky science fiction this Halloween!
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National … [Read More...] about Reading list: Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15 – October 15