Afrofuturism and Sci Fi

Science fiction and fantasy continue evolving. A rich and massive current wave is Afrofuturism. Books Afrofuturism — Africans have been writing science fiction since around the 1920s. Some of the newer voices in Afrofuturism are N.K. Jemisin ,  Nnedi Okorafor, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Deji Bryce Olukoton. These authors’ titles include: Jemisin’s The Broken Earth […]


Maryland’s Favorite Crustacean

You can’t have Maryland without the Blue Crab! They go together like peanut butter and jelly, milk and cereal, JHU and lacrosse… You get the picture. Did you know that the Blue Crab is the official crustacean of the State of Maryland? Did you know that the Maryland Blue Crab’s Latin name (Callinectes sapidus) translates […]


Summer on the Chesapeake Bay

Not convinced that Maryland is the Land of Pleasant Living? Then you need to experience summer on the Chesapeake Bay. If you can’t find time to leave the library, we have some recommendations to at least engage your imagination. A good place to start is James Michener’s Chesapeake. Michener’s  epic tale weaves a fascinating story of life along […]


“There and Back Again”: An archivist-librarian travels to the Middle-earth of New Zealand

Annie Tang is an archivist in Special Collections in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University. She loves to travel, a good bowl of Vietnamese pho (pronounced ‘fuh’), discussing intersectionality, and waxing nostalgic about California weather. “Not all those who wander are lost.” This line from J.R.R Tolkien’s first installment of The Lord […]


Hoop Dreams: Struggles and Redemption in Basketball Films

College basketball is heating up; have you made your bracket yet?  There aren’t quite as many movies out there about basketball as there are about football, but the Libraries does have a few to keep you company for those times without basketball. Hoosiers is a must-see for any basketball fan – it has the whole […]


Seeking Ireland in St. Patrick’s Day

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. These lines, excerpted from the William Butler Yeats poem The Second Coming, aptly describe my […]


Happy Pi Day! 3.14

As you start your Spring Break festivities, please include a moment of acknowledgment for pi. Irrational? Maybe, but I’ll take any excuse to have a piece of pie. To see how others celebrate and calculate pi, follow these links: Overview from The Chronicle of Higher Education Longest calculation of pi Squidoo Celebrates Pi Day One […]


My Life As A Library Page

This is my brief account of how I (a book lover) turned a childhood passion into a lifelong career. It all began in 1972 when I was twelve years old; I was now eligible to apply for my first library card from the public library and could check out up to ten books at one time! […]


Why We March

When people feel they are not being represented—that their voices and experiences don’t matter, when they feel there is a great wrong in the world, and when they have simply had enough—they often take to the streets and march. Increased acts of civil disobedience rose around the world after Percy Shelley’s poem The Mask of […]


Fairy Tales for Christmas Holidays

As a young girl growing up in Indonesia, I remember that Christmas was one of my most favorite times of the year. My parents bought us a small Christmas tree that my siblings and I decorated. Every evening, during the month of December, my mother would read to us fairy tales from the story books that […]