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 Library 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!
Many adults who join the Redlands Adult Literacy Program want to improve their reading and writing skills so they can get better jobs, further their own education, and advocate for their children. Through hard work and perseverance adult learners can … [Read More...] about Adult Literacy Graduates Achieve Personal and Business Success
Have you ever started a series of books and read through them so quickly that you were willing the author to hurry up and write the next one already?! I have certainly done that more than I can count!! Once you start a series, you just want to … [Read More...] about Get into a Book Series from the Young Readers’ Room!
“I just love to look at cookbooks, it’s almost like they’re comic books for me. I can’t look at them before bed; it gets me too excited.” Katie Lee “Everything Chocolate” by America’s Test Kitchen is a chocolate lover’s dream. Recipes for cakes, … [Read More...] about Sweet, Scrumptious Summertime Staples
Here at Smiley Library, we’re looking forward to the day we can safely reopen the Library’s doors to the public. Plexiglass is being installed at the service desks, we’re stocking up on masks and gloves, and other safety precautions are being put in … [Read More...] about Library Offers Curbside Service: Books to Go, and E-Library
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about changes in how we do just about everything, including how we watch movies and television. Over the past few months, streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu have hit record numbers. But what happens when … [Read More...] about Access Streaming Video Service: Kanopy
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
Happy Father’s Day! Happy second day of summer! Happy 70th anniversary to my parents a few days ago! Happy almost half-way through 2020, and hopefully, a happier second half than the first half! If you, like me, are looking for happier things to … [Read More...] about Enjoy these Happy Distractions
“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