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The good neighbor : the life and work of Fred Rogers book cover
The good neighbor : the life and work of Fred Rogers book cover

The good neighbor : the life and work of Fred Rogers

Maxwell (Maxwell Evarts Perkins) King

791.45028092 /Rogers

Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children's program host's personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work.

With biographer, Maxwell King, scheduled to visit Iowa City this Spring, now is the perfect time to dive into this comprehensive account of the life of Fred Rogers, known to many as Mister Rogers. For an informative and inspirational read, place your hold on this book now! -Shawna

Sweet dreamers book cover
Sweet dreamers book cover

Sweet dreamers

Isabelle Simler

jE Simler
Picture Books, Nature, Animals

Several different animals settle in for the night, each with their own unique way of sleeping.

Soft and cozy, Simler's latest is a beautiful and informative look at animal sleep habits. Also, it glows under black light! -Casey

Die Nibelungen : Siegfried. book cover
Die Nibelungen : Siegfried. book cover

Die Nibelungen : Siegfried.

Fritz Lang

Historical, Fantasy

One of the greatest artistic and technical achievements of the German silent cinema, Fritz Lang's monumental Die Nibelungen is a passionate retelling of Nordic legend, invested with all the resources of the colossal UFA Studios. https://icpl.kanopy.com/video/die-nibelungen-siegfried

What can I say? Sometimes a film title catches your eye because it looks like the name of the breed of your cat. We love classic film at our house. Browsing the titles on Kanopy, we stumbled upon Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen films. We often call our cat a "nebelung," which is a domestic breed with a timid disposition and long grey hair, perfect for disappearing into the cloudy mists. Lang's most famous film might by Metropolis, but the Nibelungen series is quite fun to spend some time with as well. The first installment, Sigfried, is nearly an epic at 150 min. And what an ending! Expect battles of might and twists and turns. Then come back for part 2: Kriemhild's Revenge. -Melody

Educated : a memoir book cover
Educated : a memoir book cover

Educated : a memoir

Tara Westover

BIOGRAPHY Westover, Tara

"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

I will admit that this book did not grab my attention the first few chapters and that worried me. So many people I admire raved about Educated. I didn’t want them to be wrong. They weren’t. I can’t find the words to describe what it was like to read Tara Westover’s memoir. To have her strength and her courage, to continue to push herself when the world, her family, pulled in the other direction. This is one of those books that while I was reading it, I was sad because I’d never get to read it for the first time ever again. An amazing story by an amazing voice. -Meredith

Bloom book cover
Bloom book cover


Kevin Panetta

Graphic Novels

"Baked with love! Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band--if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom...that is, if Ari doesn't ruin everything."--Page [2] of cover.

A sweet love story that takes place in a sweet place -- a bakery! -Meredith

The age of miracles : a novel book cover
The age of miracles : a novel book cover

The age of miracles : a novel

Karen Thompson Walker

FICTION Walker Karen
Fiction, Dystopian

“It’s never the disasters you see coming that finally come to pass—it’s the ones you don’t expect at all,” says Julia, in this spellbinding novel of catastrophe and survival by a superb new writer. Luminous, suspenseful, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles tells the haunting and beautiful story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in a time of extraordinary change. On an ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia awakens to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer; gravity is affected; the birds, the tides, human behavior, and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world that seems filled with danger and loss, Julia also must face surprising developments in herself, and in her personal world: divisions widening between her parents; strange behavior by her friends; the pain and vulnerability of first love; a growing sense of isolation; and a surprising, rebellious new strength. With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker paints a breathtaking portrait of people finding ways to go on in an ever-evolving world.

Part-dystopian novel, part coming-of-age story, this is a book that will stay with you long after the final page. -Meredith


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