The library has many resources to get you started and keep you on track. Our collection includes books, audiobooks, ebooks, and DVD’s on nutrition & dieting, exercise, self-improvement, finances, and much more.
On your next visit, check out the January book display “New Year’s Resolutions” across from the Ask Desk and get motivated!
Santa may not be the only one making a list and checking it twice . For many people, a “to do list” this time of year can be as helpful as one of Santa’s elves. Gift shopping, wrapping, writing cards, decorating, parties, cooking, baking–sound familiar? We may not be able to help with everything, but we can help cross off a few things on your list. Here are some holiday-themed books you can find at the library. When all is done, lie back and enjoy the moment.
Have you read “I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai, co-authored by Christina Lamb? This 2013 memoir by a 15-year-old Pakistani girl is one of the 5 contenders for the “Two Towns – One Book” choice for 2015.
If you haven’t heard of Malala, here’s a brief account: When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan and banned girls from school, Malala fought for her right to an education. On October 9, 2012, Malala was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school. She miraculously survived to tell the tale, and now lives in Birmingham, England.
Time magazine featured Malala on the cover of the April 29, 2013 as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” On 12 July 2013, Malala spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education, and in September 2013 she officially opened the Library of Birmingham.
Indian child-rights activist Kailash Satyarthi shared the prize with Malala. Here are a few more recent books on this topic you might also like to read: “A call to action: women, religion, violence, and power” (2014) by former president Jimmy Carter, and “Girls like us: fighting for a world where girls are not for sale, an activist finds her calling and heals herself“(2011) by Rachel Lloyd.