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    Inquiring Minds - Equal Protection and the Constitution

    Constitution USA
    Q. You often hear people talk about the “equal protection clause” of the Constitution. What does that actually refer to? A. After the Civil War, Congress passed the Fourteenth Amendment which guarantees “equal protection of the laws” to all “persons born or naturalized in the United States. In the Twentieth Century, this amendment (and in particular its equal protection clause) became the centerpiece of judicial efforts to promote civil rights and equal treatment for all Americans. If you want to learn more about the idea of Equal Protection and other aspects of the U.S. Constitution, you’re invited to a discussion series at the Roseville Library this month.... Read More »

    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Nonfiction, Programs


    I Always Feel Like ... Somebody's Watching Me

    Dragnet Nation
    Feeling a little uneasy by the numerous reports of security breaches at major retailers?  Increasingly creeped out by the prevalence of online ads that just happen to perfectly match a recent web search?  Curious about just what happens to all that information that you sign away on with your store 'loyalty' cards? The library is here to help!  Not to comfort you--these books probably freak you out more.  But at least you'll be armed with valuable information. Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance by Julia Angwin - Online ads from websites you've visited... smartphones and cars... Read More »

    Tags: Nonfiction


    True Stories About Dads

    Big Russ and Me
    We posted this last year, but Father's Day comes every year, so enjoy! As Father's Day approaches (insert ties/golf joke here), it's a good time to think about the complicated relationships we often have with our fathers and the many marvelous books that have been written about this relationship.  On the sweeter side, check out Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life by Tim Russert, an intensely personal and charming memoir of American life in the 1950s and the special bond Russert shared with his father, the irrepressible Big Russ.  One of the most fascinating recent books about fathers is ... Read More »

    Tags: Nonfiction, Recommended


    Summertime ... and the Reading is Easy

    Flying Shoes
    As surely as the weather turns warm and the lazy days of summer approach, the lists of the best Summer Reads pop up like weeds in the sidewalk.  Here are a few great lists that will have your summer reading list (and requests lists) filled through August! Entertainment Weekly always has its finger what's hot and happening in publishing.  Check out their Summer Must-Reads:  10 Books for Your Beach Bag list, which includes Landline, the new title by librarian favorite Rainbow Rowell, and an intriguing sounding novel called ... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Recommended