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Our Summer Reads

Published on Thursday, August 29, 2013 By Melissa Prycer
Around here, most staff are always reading something. It’s now back to school time, so free time for reading may be in short supply for some of you. Nevertheless, here are a few things that staff members have been reading recently. Elaina (Education Assistant) Gulp by Mary Roach Have you ever wondered exactly how your digestive system works in detail? After this book, you will wonder no more. Eventually you will find yourself spouting entertaining digestive facts to those around you. I highly recommend it. The 19th Wife by David Ebbershoff Those that know me know I have an interest in Mormon history, this book played right into that interest. David Ebbershoff does an excellent job of incorporating historical events with his own fictionalized modern myster ..

Heading to the library

Published on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 By Melissa Prycer
Last week, the American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards, which includes the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. I always keep an eye on these announcements because a) I like to read! and b)there’s always a lot of love for historical fiction. They also release a list of Recommended Books in different categories, including Non-Fiction, the Amelia Bloomer List (“well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content”), and Books for Reluctant Readers. As educators, we’re always on the lookout for great books about history to recommend to families. Though we haven’t had time to read all of the books listed below, here are some of the ones that caught our eye. Below are some books that both Elaina (Education Assistant) a ..

Reading, Writing, and Arithimetic: 2013 Village Readers Book Club

Published on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 By Melissa Prycer
It is a wet, cold, gray day here at the Village. As much as I love my job, this is the kind of day that makes me think longingly of home—with my comfortable chair, a blanket, a cup of tea and a good book. If you’re like me and think reading is an excellent way to spend your time, you might consider joining the museum’s book club. The Village Readers (/BookClub)have a few important things in common: we love books and we love history. The book club began in the early 2000s, and I took over when I joined the Village in 2004. We’re not a huge group (and at times, we were quite small—in the early days it was sometimes a “private” book club with just me and one other person!), but we now average about 10 participants at each meeting. Some me ..

Summer Reads

Published on Thursday, July 12, 2012 By Melissa Prycer
Even though I haven’t been eligible to join the summer reading program at the library for many years, I always get an itch to do a lot of reading in the summer months. Perhaps it’s because it’s so hot outside. What’s better than sitting in a comfortable chair under a ceiling fan, reading the afternoon away? And I’m not alone, at least not here at Dallas Heritage Village. Just about all of the staff are huge readers–probably an unofficial requirement to work in a museum. Here are a few things that we’ve been reading: Gary Smith, Executive Director Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard Destiny of the Republic is about the assassination of President James Garfield, but more importantly, it is about the appalling (by moder ..

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