Friday, January 24, 2020

Gale in Context: Biography

Want to learn more about important African Americans during Black History Month? Need to write an assignment for school about a prominent figure from history? The Biography database (aka Gale in Context: Biographywill come in handy! This online resource which profiles influential people from around the world, is available through the Worcester Public Library and is free to anyone with an internet computer
Go to for easy access. Under Resources, select Online Databases. Click on Biographies to find Biography in Context. 
Find trending figures highlighted on the homepage or browse by topic. With over 650,000 entries, this resource is not only of use to students looking for authoritative reference content but also to anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of contemporary and historical figures. Each entry includes biographical information, journal articles, primary sources, video and audio from all areas of study.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Hockey Reads

If you`re looking for a hockey book that goes beyond the standard highlights of the past, try these titles below. There`s something for everyone, including romance and mystery. Happy reading!


Nils Shapiro has been hired to find missing Linnea Engstrom, a teenager from the small northern hockey town of Warroad, MN. Most of Warroad is in Minneapolis for the state high school hockey tournament, and Linnea never returned from last night's game. Linnea's friend Haley Housch is also missing-and soon found dead. Linnea could be anywhere, and someone doesn't want her found. Is Linnea a victim or is she playing a dangerous game? As bodies start piling up, the clues lead Nils north to Warroad, a small, quiet town with many secrets to hide.


Val James became the first African American player in the NHL when he took to the ice with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982. In 1987 he became the first black player of any nationality to skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. An inspiring story of a trail-blazing athlete who endured and overcame discrimination to realize his dreams and become an inspiration for future generations.

Maybe this Love by Jennifer Snow

After a disastrous night in Vegas, hockey player Ben Westmore realizes two things: 1.) It's time to lie low for a while and 2.) he needs a lawyer. Olivia Davis doesn't need anyone derailing her law career or her dreams of starting a family, least of all a playboy like Ben. She's slowly falling for his rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change or if he's just playing the game.

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

The small community of Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how hard times get, they've always been able to take pride in their local hockey team. So it's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown hockey might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback.

Graphic Novel (Thriller)

Derek Ouelette's glory days are behind him. His hockey career ended a decade earlier in a violent incident on the ice. Since then he's been drinking too much and fighting anyone who crosses him. He never counts on his long-lost sister, Beth, showing up one day on the run from an abusive boyfriend. They hunker down in a secluded hunting camp deep in the woods, where they attempt to find a way to reconnect with each other. Beth's ex draws closer, threatening to pull both Derek and Beth back into a world of self-destruction that they are fighting to leave behind.


When the Detroit Red Wings were rebooting their franchise after more than two decades of relative futility, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around more quickly was Russia. All they had to do was make history by drafting them, then figure out how to get them out.

The main branch will be showing The Russian Five documentary on January 17th @ 2:30 in the 3rd floor computer lab. Click here to watch the trailer.

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