I have heard it said that you do not really appreciate history until you have some history of your own. That being said, you may not have a good recollection of California history from your … [Read More...] about California dreamin’: tantalizing, obscure histories of the Golden State, current travel guides
Welcome to A.K. Smiley Public Library Blog!
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.
Teens, every once in awhile, a new Young Adult (YA) book passes through my hands on its way to the shelves and doesn’t make it out. It usually starts something like this: a cover or title will catch … [Read More...] about Young adult non-fiction accounts so relevant you won’t want to put them down
In the heart of A.K. Smiley Library, a silent centenarian has quietly celebrated a milestone – the circulation desk, installed in 1923, recently turned one hundred years old. This robust piece of … [Read More...] about What’s Old: celebrating a century of service at the Circulation Desk
Black History Month has arrived! This year’s theme is African Americans and the Arts, and here are some of the latest poetry books to celebrate with this month and all year round. Aster of … [Read More...] about Recognizing ‘African Americans and the Arts’ with new poetry
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded in 1915, assigns a theme each February for the observance of Black History Month. In 2024 the theme on which the Association … [Read More...] about Connect with Black heritage year-round: reading lists, DVDs, YouTube videos, Black Life in America e-database
If you appreciate the arts, Smiley Library has acquired a new database to enjoy on your next visit. Alexander Street database offers streaming videos on music, dance, and theater. Watch Tennessee … [Read More...] about Alexander Street database, streaming service of the arts, now available
The Redlands Adult Literacy Program has chosen the book, Harvesting Dreams, Defying the Odds to Achieve the American Dream, by Erica Alfaro as this year’s Community Read. The book was selected because … [Read More...] about Redlands Adult Literacy Program invites community to meet author Erica Alfaro
Happy New Year from the Youth Services Crew! We have a great selection of books here in the Young Readers’ Room for readers of all ages--kids’ books aren’t just for kids! Are you ready to find your … [Read More...] about Not just for kids–new picture books for all to enjoy!
In remembrance and celebration of the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968, why not read more about him? A.K. Smiley Public Library offers a variety of … [Read More...] about Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. – learn more about his life and work
Today is the last day of 2023 and what better way to celebrate the close of this year and welcome 2024 than indulging in a selection of our latest dessert books. Cheers! “I’ll Bring the Cake” by … [Read More...] about Toast 2024 (clink!) with a variety of sweet desserts we’d never desert!
- O Christmas tree!–and all our trees–you are so very lovely!
- Game on! New video games available for check out at the Library!
- Smiley Library celebrates holiday and social themes with new display
- Holiday romance titles and (shh!) video games and a blockbuster movie screening!
- Allure of the Old West lingers in new non-fiction