Foreword – March 11, 2024

March is Women’s History Month, and you’ll find displays for youth through adult celebrating women’s history this month. One woman you may not be familiar with is Elizebeth Smith Friedman, but you’re in luck. There’s a picture book about her as well as teen and adult non-fiction books. She and her husband, William Friedman invented the modern science of cryptography, and her solo accomplishments are also impressive. After WWI, her codebreaking skills were used to catch gangsters and smuggles, and in the lead up to WWI, she worked on a covert mission to track and expose Nazi spy rings in South America. During WWII, she was involved the efforts to break the Enigma machine used by the German military. These titles are available in InfoSoup with a new book for youth to be published later this year:
Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars by Laurie Wallmark (picture book)
The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life by Amy Butler Greenfield (Teen)
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone (Adult)

Wired, our technology program for school-aged youth returns on March 21 at 3:30 PM. The dash robots return this month for hands-on learning.

Have you wondered what’s the deal with apps? Smartphone Apps, a class provided by Bug Tussel University, will teach you what smartphone apps are, how they work, and how to find, download, remove, and manage them on your phone. The program is Saturday, March 23, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Space is limited, and registration is required. Please stop in or call the library to register.

Storytime continues on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Young children and their caregivers are invited to come for stories, songs, silliness, and more!