Category Archives: Staff Picks

Includes librarian recommended reading for fun and research

Eerie en Español

In time for Halloween, let’s dig into some creepy films that make use of the world’s second most popular language. Until recently, when pouting and glittering in the sun became the familiar visual for vampirism, most were familiar with the … Continue reading

Beyond Frankenstein and Dracula: Literary Halloween Costumes

Still casting about for a Halloween costume? How about paying homage to something you read that sent shivers up your spine? A few suggestions: Shakespeare is always a great source. Banquo’s ghost, the weird sisters, Lady Macbeth after the murder, Hamlet’s … Continue reading

Wonderland is just outside Baltimore

Anyone with a car, a friend with a car, or access to a Zipcar can explore an outdoor version of Alice’s Wonderland just north of Baltimore. The Ladew Topiary Gardens is one of the hidden delights of the Baltimore area. … Continue reading

Where is your Fiction Section?

We hear this question a lot at the Information Desk. Ask a simple question, get a simple answer, right? Well, the simple answer to this one is basically – we don’t have one. Or rather, we don’t have ONE. In … Continue reading

Walking Back in Time

Charles Carroll, Jr. of Homewood (1775-1825), like many gentlemen of his time, was caught up in the excitement of current horticultural developments. He experimented with new varieties of plants, grafted roses, designed vegetable gardens, and planted an orchard at Homewood. … Continue reading

Recycling Roundup

With summer upon us, the library literally becomes a second home for many of you as a refuge from the heat. All that note taking, coffee drinking and draft revising produces a good deal of waste. Before you chuck those … Continue reading

Charles Street — Baltimore’s Main Artery

As any Johns Hopkins student should know, arteries are the blood vessels that carry life-sustaining oxygenated blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Similarly, it is easy to think of Charles Street–one of the oldest thoroughfares in … Continue reading

Beer: The Blog Post

Beer. The mere mention provokes desire and conjures thirst. But is it thirst for the triple-hopped, top-fermented, and bottle conditioned adult beverage that you feel — or thirst for knowledge about it? The library is, naturally, the place to go … Continue reading

Summer “Camp” – Quirky Videos for Summer Evenings!

Is the summer heat wiping you out? Do you just need something fun to watch at the end of the day? Baltimore is well-known for its campy humor, probably best characterized in the films of John Waters. So, when in Baltimore, do as … Continue reading

Wine: a Library Collection Taste Test

Wine – red, white, rose, sparkling — so many choices — so much fun. However, there is a serious and academic side to wine and wine making as demonstrated in a new addition to our journal collection, Journal of Wine … Continue reading