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Holly's Picks

Calligraphy & Illumination: A History and Practical Guide
by Patricia Lovett
652.1 LOV

From working in archives, there is nothing prettier than handwriting. I never got into the coloring book craze, but found that practicing brush lettering helps my concentration. My other passion is for cooking, but hand lettering doesn’t have any calories. It’s a win-win!

Advanced Genealogy: Research Techniques
by George G. Morgan
929.1 MOR

I’ve got a very hard-to-find family member on the tree, and every now and again several of us in the family try and pick up his trail. His disappearance has made it a big family mystery, and we are still wondering where he went!

Kortney's Pick

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
by Sheryl Sandberg
155.9 SAN

I listened to the audiobook version of this title. This book shows you how to increase your resiliency while learning to embrace the positivity in your life and in your loved ones no matter the circumstances. The book is wise and the pacing allows readers to absorb the information without being overwhelmed. To quote the book, sometimes “Option A is not available,” so you do the best you can with Option B. 

Chinenye's Pick

The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money 
by Chelsea Fagan
332.024 FAG

I discovered this book on YouTube, and I also follow their Instagram. This book is a great start, especially for millennials, not only to learning about how to budget and invest but to navigate careers wisely and manage money with relationships, grocery shopping and home decor. I'm learning to become more financially literate and proficient. The illustration are cute to look at. I appreciate Fagan's candid writing style, as well as the glossary and index at the back of the book.

Laura's Pick

The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room: And How to Keep It That Way
648 REA

I’m always up for learning how to declutter and organize a home, and I really enjoyed the organizational tips and tricks in this book. For me, less is more in the home, which creates a healthier, calmer lifestyle.

Sarah's Pick

The Martha Stewart Manual: How To Do (Almost) Everything
by Martha Stewart
640 STE

Lots of tips and tricks for all around the house and garden.

Amanda's Pick

Stewards of Memory: The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation at George Washington's Mount Vernon
Edited by Carol Borchert Cadou. With Luke J. Pecoraro and Thomas A. Reinhart
970.98 STE
I love history. I am fascinated and always want to learn more about historic preservation. I have always wanted to visit Mount Vernon, so reading about its historic preservation captivates me.

Nancy's Pick

The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace
by Lindsey Pollak
658.4 POL

Generations in the workplace is the topic of conversation everywhere I go, from the hair salon to social gatherings to hearing about my sons' careers. This book is an upbeat, practical explanation of generational theory, and about why we have so many generations in the workforce right now. Pollak suggests ways to “remix” communication, mentoring, feedback, appreciation, leadership, recruiting, and work spaces without throwing out what is successful. Every chapter has a page of key takeaways.

Sharon's Pick

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life --and Maybe the World
by William H. McRaven
158.1 MCR

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven's original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on the core tenets laid out in his speech, McRaven now recounts tales from his own life and from those of people he encountered during his military service who dealt with hardship and made tough decisions with determination, compassion, honor, and courage. Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple wisdom, practical advice, and words of encouragement that will inspire readers to achieve more, even in life's darkest moments.

Very good read and inspirational. 

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