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Music plays an important role in many people lives. Its contagious pleasure is all around us. The film, Muscle Shoals, does a splendid job letting its viewers enter the world of music, and see where their favorite musicians have recorded. This brilliantly crafted film has been nominated for various awards such as Cinema Eye Honors Award and the Grammy Award, and winning awards such as the Golden Trailer Award (2014). Greg Camalier shows and tells how the small Alabama town, Muscle Shoals, served as a source of some of the best music of the 1960s and 1970s. This film is a must see and will change the way you view music with the amazing musical and historical facts about artist and their experiences recording in Muscle Shoals.

Are you curious about who you are, and the leaves that make up your family tree? Explore your family ancestry with Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online. Heritage Quest Online lets you explore your genealogy online from home. Search through census images for decades 1790-1930, books with family and local histories, an index of over 2.3 million geneaology and local history articles, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records from 1865-1874 and US Congress records including memorials, petitions and private relief actions. You can even search grave indices and locate where your ancestors are buried.

Do you ever start reading an interesting magazine article at your doctor's office and then have the nurse call you in before you can finish it? The library has hundreds of magazines that check out and an online database with access to full-text articles. Let us try to find it for you!

Here are just a few of our popular titles:

Have you wanted to broaden your horizons with a good book lately? Or perhaps you’ve felt like reading something that will take you back to your roots? In either case, Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America by Jay Parini is sure to inspire you with ideas for your reading list. This collection of essays focuses on the core thirteen books that entered American life and explains how they altered how we think and act. The author also offers a list of 100 other influential books in our history. Find this book, and others like it, in the Literature Room in the Nonfiction Department.

Or perhaps you want to plan the Great American Road Trip? Here are some great stories about traveling around our wonderful nation:

This is a smart, fun, interesting, and touching history book. It is about four women in the Civil War on both sides of the war. Two women from the Union and two from Confederacy are the leads. Karen Abbott gives the reader full background information about the four women and she gives what happened to them after the war. The story Abbott tells is almost unbelievable. These four women from very different backgrounds get involved in every aspect of the war. They spy, lie, cheat, and seduce all the information they need from the men around them. But the women are also understandable. They are doing what they believe to be best for their nations. They believe in a greater good and are willing to sacrifice for it. Abbott does great research with full notes at the end of the text.

The library’s new Readers’ Group discussed Women’s History on Saturday, March 18.  The titles presented are listed below:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand

Leela Punyaratabandhu

COOKING 641.5959 PUN

No, this is not the title of a 1950s schlock-fest movie; it is indeed happening in a garden very near you. On a late night walk with the dog, I noticed a couple of slugs on my back porch. This is not a big surprise since every morning I see the tell- tell signs of the slime they have left behind. I decided to go grab a flashlight and see just what these two slugs were up to— where they were headed, how long it took for them to get there and what they would do when they got there.

Love New Orleans? Visit the Nonfiction Department to read these love letters to New Orleans and Louisiana from noted Southern authors:

In Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in the province of Auvergne France has a secret. It is a quiet place with people who value silence in good deeds and for life in general. The secret is that during the Second World War the people there hid at lead 883 Jews and other people wanted by the Nazis and the Vichy government. Caroline Moorehead is a World War II researcher and author with many other books under her belt before she began researching this quiet story. She gets interviews with people who live in the area and lived through the war. She has access to archives, letters, newspaper articles, and diaries for her resources. The story is very moving and uplifting. The people in Chambon-sur-Lignon did what they believed to be morally right and refused to compromise.

The library’s Readers’s Group discussed Humor books on Saturday, April 15.  The titles presented are listed below:

Best.State.Ever. by Dave Barry

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