So much of online and STEM field culture is toxic for women and girls. I tend to love books that celebrate women’s success in those fields, and this is a good one! School Library Journal wrote “[t]he authors, two extremely talented teenagers who met at a summer learning program called Girls Who Code, were tired of seeing young men receive most of the encouragement to pursue STEM jobs. They were also done with men driving conversations about women’s bodies. Gonzales and Houser decided to do something about it. The empowering video game they created, Tampon Run, quickly went viral and ultimately changed their lives forever. This book aims to provide students with the inside scoop on coding and what life is like for women in STEM industries. Through alternating chapters, readers discover a bit about each author’s background and how she came to attend Girls Who Code. The inspiration and reason behind their magnum opus are also explored. Gonzales’s and Houser’s writing styles are conversational and work well to dispel the aura of inaccessibility that often surrounds works on technology. (Houser talks at length about her social anxiety, and Gonzales discusses the pressures she felt as a child of two Filipino immigrants.) Curious teens will enjoy a section at the end on getting started in coding. Gonzales and Houser never make their story sound easy, but they do show readers that success in STEM fields is more than possible for women. VERDICT Inspiring and hopeful; a great addition to libraries with novice and expert coders alike.”
The book club of the Friends of the Red Wing Public Library is holding a party next Tuesday evening, September 12. They’ll be celebrating 25 years of reading great (and some not so great!) books, making friends, eating lots of yummy treats and just plain having fun. All current, former and prospective members are welcome to attend. The party is here at the library, begins at 5:30 and likely ends when we close at 7 (though who knows with that group!). I have it on good authority that there will be snacks, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be stopping by…
Are you tired of the same old authors? Are you looking for a new series, but you aren’t sure where to look? Here are some tips and links for finding your new favorite author:
- Ask someone!
People are surprisingly devoted to their favorite authors, and are usually happy to share them with you. Ask a librarian who they are reading right now (we are always reading something!), or post the question to your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.
- See what’s popular right now
Like it or not, Amazon.com is THE place for online purchasing, and this includes books. Their book editors are constantly updating lists of new and popular books in various categories. You can browse by age or topic by visiting their Book Department page here.
- Get to know the phrase “read alikes”
A quick Google search with the phrase “read alikes” will yield some suggestions for you. Did you love Harry Potter? Search “Harry Potter read alikes” and find your new favorite series. This works with any author or character name.
- Good Reads
GoodReads.com is a user-driven website devoted to all things book-related. Enter you current book in their search bar and a dozen suggested titles will pop up. Searching “Jodi Picoult” brought up similar authors Elin Hilderbrand, Emily Giffin, Lisa Genova, and Kristin Hannah.
- Book Page
If you like to be in the know about the publishing world, Book Page is for you. Filled with book summaries, blurbs, and author interviews, you are guaranteed to find something that grabs your attention. Fiction, nonfiction, audio, teen, and children’s books are all covered in each issue.