We have received inquiries about the materials we have available in our collections by black authors and/or on the topic of race relations. In the spirit of expanding public dialogue, the staff has put together the following partial list of titles in … [Read More...] about Celebrating Black Authors and Black Lives
Welcome to the Smiley blog!Here you will find periodic posts on library news and relevant topics by staff across Smiley Library departments: Adult Services, Adult Literacy, Young Readers’ Room, Heritage Room, Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Museum of Redlands, 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. Thank you for visiting, and please check back regularly!
I have a lot of favorite things about teenagers, but one of my most favorite of all is your natural gravitation towards social justice. Now I understand that “teenagers” are not a monolith. It would be a mistake to lump you into one category with … [Read More...] about Books for Teens Explore Social Injustice
“What the world needs now is love sweet love- it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of” – Jackie DeShannon Books are powerful. Books can bring people together. Diversity in books is important. Representation is important. Books give the … [Read More...] about Books from Diverse Authors Help to Build Compassion, Understanding
I’ve heard that adventure awaits in the out-of-doors and I believe it to be true. While hiking a mountain trail, I about scared myself half to death because I looked up to see a bear just yards away from me, with a look that said “Oh good, my lunch … [Read More...] about Check Out Three New Adventure Books
Before social distancing was required in response to COVID-19, adult learners in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program met weekly with their volunteer tutors at A. K. Smiley Public Library or program-approved learning sites at Clement Middle School, … [Read More...] about Adult Literacy Stays Strong Despite COVID-19
So many things are happening in the library since we’ve been closed. We are still receiving wonderful, new books for you to check-out! The Young Readers’ Room staff has been busy getting the Juvenile and Young Adult areas cleaned and tidied up for … [Read More...] about Five New Picture Books for Young Readers
We often hear people say that libraries are magical places. It seems that, as if just by osmosis, some sense of beauty, of history, of curiosity, of warm childhood memories, of potential for access to infinite knowledge, or of a calming peace invades … [Read More...] about Libraries, Wonderful Libraries!
Julia Child once remarked, “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” For Julia Child, Ruth Reichl, Jose Andres and Anthony Bourdain, food has been their passion and a driving force in their lives and careers. … [Read More...] about Books Dish about the Lives of Four Top Chefs
In this strange time, many of us are looking for an escape. We turn to streaming services to watch shows that allow us a bit of separation from the situation as it is. In doing so we get a bit of a reprieve. But where did the inspiration for these … [Read More...] about Books to Binge
The cornerstones of literacy are reading comprehension and effective writing. Over the last two years, the Redlands Adult Literacy Program has offered tutor training and learner workshops to help learners develop stronger writing skills. The focus on … [Read More...] about Adult Learners Win Southern California Writing Awards