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Stop that yawn! book cover
Stop that yawn! book cover

Stop that yawn!

Caron Levis

jE Levis
Picture Books, Fantasy

Gabby convinces Granny to leave Sleepytown and stay up all night in a new place, but before long, a contagious yawn takes control.

Casey's picture

Gabby begs Granny to take her "somewhere a-wake" so they head to Never Sleeping City in a plane made out of Gabby's bed. Once there, Gabby and Granny set out to stay up all night, but even these best laid plans go awry when Granny lets out a large "YAWN" that sets off a chain reaction through the city. -Casey

Artificial condition book cover
Artificial condition book cover

Artificial condition

Martha Wells

SCIENCE FICTION Wells Martha
Science Fiction

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself Murderbot. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a research transport vessal named ART (you don't want to know what the A stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks ...

Brian's picture

This series continues to entertain! It's an easy recommendation for fans of Sci-Fi. -Brian

The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row book cover
The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row book cover

The sun does shine : how I found life and freedom on death row

Anthony Ray Hinton

364.66 /Hinton
Memoir

"A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit"--

Meredith's picture

I recently read Bryan Stevenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and had The Sun Does Shine on my TBR list not knowing it was written by one of the innocent people Stevenson and his Equal Justice Initiative fought to free. Hinton was wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit and was sentenced to death. The evidence proving his innocence was overwhelming, but a racist system paid no attention and an innocent man spent years waiting for death. Hinton's inner strength is incredible. He has every right to be angry, to be bitter. He has every right to hate the people who did this to him. And yet he remained hopeful, never giving in despite a system that looks at color before facts. To read his story in his own words is so amazingly heart-breaking and frustrating, and so incredibly difficult at times. I wanted to stop, but I couldn't. Closing our eyes to reality doesn't make the injustice go away. There are more people like Hinton than we want to believe and they deserve the fairness we've been told our justice system is built upon. Unfortunately, reality paints a different picture. -Meredith

The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs book cover
The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs book cover

The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs

Elaine Sciolino

944.361 /Sciolino
Nonfiction, Memoir

Rue des Martyrs is more than just a street, it's an enchanting and bustling community in Paris. At just over half a mile long, spanning between the Ninth and 18th arrondissements, this street is filled with four- and five-story buildings of varying architectural designs, with picturesque wrought-iron balconies and shuttered windows and small businesses at street level. As the author (La Seduction), a former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, explores her neighborhood, she describes its fascinating history, from ancient churches and the saints and martyrs the street may be named after to the 19th-century Cirque Medrano. The quaint cafés and shops remain locally owned, per Paris law, and their merchants and artisans are the leading characters of the book--and of the street. There's Roger Henri, who pushes a cart with a bell offering his knife-sharpening services; Michou, the owner and creator of the transvestite cabaret at No. 80; and Laurence Gillery, the woman who restores antique barometers, the last of her kind. The atmosphere on rue des Martyrs is refreshing and enticing in our modern world.

Candice's picture

Elaine Sciolino's book is a lovely paean to the Rue des Martrys, a street that runs north-south through the 9th arrondisement of Paris, and into the village of Montmartre. She chronicles the lives and activities of the storefronts and shopkeepers who live and work there, as well as the life and changing nature of the street itself. The assortment of shops--many of them providing fresh foods and personal services--help to create a sense of community among the residents that seems uniquely Parisian, and possibly of a bygone era. -Candice

The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland book cover
The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland book cover

The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

Jim DeFede

971.804 /DeFede
History

After thirty-eight jetliners were rerouted to Newfoundland on September 11, 2001 because the United States' airspace was closing, the townspeople of Gander came to the aid of six thousand travelers, offering food, lodging, and other comforts.

Heidi L's picture

I checked this out because I noticed that our patrons kept putting holds on it, despite it being an older title (published in 2002). And now I understand why it's been so popular. If you lived through the events of September 11, 2001, this story provides another perspective on that horrific day. The residents of Gander, Newfoundland embraced (figuratively and sometimes literally) the more than 6,000 air passengers that were diverted to their small town when the United States closed its airspace. The book follows the stories of several of the passengers, one of the airline pilots, and several Gander citizens who helped. You will learn a little bit about air traffic control, the pets who were on those planes, and how many small acts of kindness can have a tremendous impact. -Heidi L

The legend of Zelda. Breath of the wild. book cover
The legend of Zelda. Breath of the wild. book cover

The legend of Zelda. Breath of the wild.

VIDEO GAME Switch Legend

Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule In this stunning Open-Air Adventure.

Jason's picture

I haven't owned a video game console since the original Nintendo, seeing clips of Breath of the Wild online made me think it was time to explore the Nintendo Switch. It didn't take long to understand how to manipulate the controller (so many more buttons!) and the game does a great job introducing you to game mechanics and trains you as you play. It's fun to battle monsters but just as enjoyable is wandering around the fantasy landscape climbing trees, foraging mushrooms, and picking up rocks to see what's underneath. -Jason

Imagine! book cover
Imagine! book cover

Imagine!

Raúl Colón

jE Colon
Picture Books, Art / Art History, Fantasy

"When a boy visits an art museum and one of the paintings comes to life, he has an afternoon of adventure and discovery [that] changes how he sees the world ever after"--

Casey's picture

Colón’s wordless narrative highlights imaginative play utilizing and in response to art, showcasing the way art can affect our creative processes. -Casey

When you disappeared book cover
When you disappeared book cover

When you disappeared

John (Freelance journalist) Marrs

FICTION Marrs John
Suspense

"Catherine's cosy life as a housewife and mum-of-three is quickly thrown into disarray when husband Simon disappears without explanation. She is convinced he hasn't left by choice as confusion and spiraling debts threaten to tear her family apart. Meanwhile Simon has begun a carefree new life travelling the world. And he's determined not to disclose his past to all he meets, even if it means resorting to extreme and violent measures. But why did he leave? Catherine only gets her answer 25 years later when Simon suddenly reappears on her doorstep. During their furious final confrontation, they discover the secrets, lies and misunderstandings that tore them apart, then brought them face-to-face one last time"--Publisher's description.

Meredith's picture

A great story that kept me on my toes from start to finish! You’ll have questions and it may seem like things move slowly in your quest for answers, but don’t give up! It’s worth reading until the end. -Meredith

Heavy : an American memoir book cover
Heavy : an American memoir book cover

Heavy : an American memoir

Kiese Laymon

BIOGRAPHY Laymon, Kiese
Memoir

"Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body. He writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family. Through self-exploration, storytelling, and honest conversation with family and friends, Heavy seeks to bring what has been hidden into the light and to reckon with all of its myriad sources, from the most intimate--a mother-child relationship--to the most universal--a society that has undervalued and abused black bodies for centuries"--

Meredith's picture

The honesty in Kiese Laymon's writing is powerful. It will make you uncomfortable, but it will also make you think. -Meredith

The winter soldier book cover
The winter soldier book cover

The winter soldier

Daniel (Daniel Philippe) Mason

FICTION Mason Daniel
Historical Fiction, Fiction

"Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever"--Provided by publisher.

Anne M's picture

Someone told me to read this book several times and I am glad I listened to them. For a 300 page book, Mason really threads this story together with well-executed plot and thorough character development, as well as an ending that is fitting, yet surprising. If you like historical fiction, really exploring a place and time, I highly recommend "The Winter Soldier." -Anne M

Gender : your guide : a gender-friendly primer on what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture book cover
Gender : your guide : a gender-friendly primer on what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture book cover

Gender : your guide : a gender-friendly primer on what to know, what to say, and what to do in the new gender culture

Lee Airton

305.3 /Airton
Nonfiction

"The days of two genders--male, female; boy, girl; blue, pink--are over, if they ever existed at all. Gender is now a global conversation, and one that is constantly evolving. From the differences among gender identity, gender expression, and sex, to the use of gender-neutral pronouns like singular they/them, to thinking about your own participation in gender, Gender: Your Guide serves as a complete primer to all things gender. You will learn how gender works in everyday life, how to use accurate terminology to refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming individuals, and how to ask when you aren't sure what to do or say. It provides you with the information you need to talk confidently and compassionately about gender diversity, whether simply having a conversation or going to bat as an advocate"--

Melody's picture

ICPL staffers have had various conversations about how to navigate pronouns and respecting all patrons' identities in these changing social times. This new book provides some in-depth guidance on modifying one's language and perspective to be more welcoming to all. Recommended for parents of GLBTQ+ youth, public service workers, and just the curious in general! -Melody

Simple patchwork projects : 20 animal-themed projects to sew & quilt book cover
Simple patchwork projects : 20 animal-themed projects to sew & quilt book cover

Simple patchwork projects : 20 animal-themed projects to sew & quilt

Hayley Smith

746.46 /Smith
Crafts

Transform fat quarters and fabric scraps into adorable projects for your home. Use templates of your favorite animals to piece shapes in tessellating designs, so the shapes fit together without gaps. There is no stressing over the math--it's all done for you--and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions with accompanying photographs ensure success.

Kara's picture

I love the patterns in this book. They are fun and projects can be adapted depending on the animal pattern selected. I especially like the cats, dogs and owls. -Kara

Utility-style : quilts for everyday living book cover
Utility-style : quilts for everyday living book cover

Utility-style : quilts for everyday living

Sharon Holland

746.46 /Holland
Crafts

This book includes tweleve well illustrated projects, ranging from table runners to a queen-sized quilts. Each fast-pieced project is great for beginners, with skill-building design tips and suggestions throughout. These lovely patterns are a reason to dig into your stash and make a quilt that will be used and loved for years to come.

Kara's picture

The quilts I typically piece together are for every day living. I like the simple lines in the patterns in this book and the helpful hints for cutting and piecing. -Kara

FreeSpirit block party : 40 quilt blocks, 5 samplers, 20 modern designers book cover
FreeSpirit block party : 40 quilt blocks, 5 samplers, 20 modern designers book cover

FreeSpirit block party : 40 quilt blocks, 5 samplers, 20 modern designers

746.46 /Free
Crafts

"Modern quilting meets traditional thanks to FreeSpirit designers. Tula Pink, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Kathy Doughty, and more, rose to the occasion when presented with the challenge to put a modern spin on classic blocks. You won't believe what they made! With 40 inspiring quilt blocks from 20 designers working in their own fabrics, this mix-and-match block collection comes with 5 sampler-quilt projects. Sew patchwork, appliqué, and paper-pieced blocks" -- Amazon.com.

Kara's picture

I would like to complete a 2019 block challenge - make a quilt block once a week. This book offers a lot of great ideas as well as techniques that I am not familiar with. -Kara

The handmade quilt : a skill-building sampler book cover
The handmade quilt : a skill-building sampler book cover

The handmade quilt : a skill-building sampler

Carolyn Forster

746.46 /Forster
Crafts

Skill-building: The handmade quilt features a 21-block sampler that starts with the easiest techniques and progresses to more challenging skills--with no need for a sewing machine! Comprehensive: the book is a complete learning experience for a new quilter and a stunning sampler project for experienced stitchers. Unique: no other book available today covers the how-to of hand-stitching blocks in such a thorough manner. Portable: you can hand-stitch anywhere! Carolyn even shows you color options and how to re-arrange blocks to make the quilt your own. [The book includes]: 21 block designs; templates for every block; how-to finish the sampler from beginning to binding; learn to stitch set-in seams and curves; step-by-step photographs and illustrations; gallery of block color options.

Kara's picture

This book offers 21 block designs as well as instructions for curves in patterns. I like the step-by-step instructions and helpful hints. -Kara

Small art quilts : explorations in paint & stitch book cover
Small art quilts : explorations in paint & stitch book cover

Small art quilts : explorations in paint & stitch

Deborah O'Hare

746.46 /O'Hare
Crafts

"Using colour and an intriguing mix of surface techniques, layers, piecing and simple stitching, Deborah O'Hare's beautiful small art quilts capture the magic of her themes and subjects. In her unusual, whimsical interpretations of nature and the landscape, she builds up torn and cut layers of coloured cloth with stitch to create beautiful works of textile art. With her fresh, innovative approach, Deborah provides inspiration and step-by-step instruction on all the techniques she uses and shows the reader how to create moonlit scenes, seas, flowers, meadows, mountains, moors, animals and birds. Using up fabric scraps and threads is an important aspect of the author's work, and throughout the book there are tips on incorporating treasures from your stash into your pieces. From an original idea through to finishing and embellishing - this book will offer a rich source of ideas for experienced art quilters as well as those setting out on their creative journey who are inspired to start small."--Publisher's description.

Kara's picture

This book introduces many techniques I am not familiar with. One chapter addresses adapting photos into quilt designs. I am excited to give it a try. -Kara

Quick & easy quilts : 20 machine quilting projects book cover
Quick & easy quilts : 20 machine quilting projects book cover

Quick & easy quilts : 20 machine quilting projects

Lynne Goldsworthy

746.46 /Goldsworthy
Crafts

"Quick & Easy Quilts is a collection of 20 simple and colorful quilt projects perfect for beginners or quilters who want to start and finish a project in a weekend. The 20 projects include 12 quilts and 8 smaller projects, all featuring straightforward designs focused on time- and money-saving techniques, including working with bundles and precuts, strip piecing, and quilt as you go."--

Kara's picture

This book shares ideas for machine quilting projects. I like the bright patterns and information about supplies needed. -Kara

The art of mixing textiles in quilts : 14 projects using wool, silk, cotton & home decor fabrics book cover
The art of mixing textiles in quilts : 14 projects using wool, silk, cotton & home decor fabrics book cover

The art of mixing textiles in quilts : 14 projects using wool, silk, cotton & home decor fabrics

Lynn Schmitt

746.46 /Schmitt
Crafts

Kara's picture

The patterns in this book are really complex. I'm not sure if I'm up for tackling these projects but it is fun to look at the photos! -Kara

Dreamers book cover
Dreamers book cover

Dreamers

Yuyi Morales

jE Morales
Picture Books

"An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story"--

Casey's picture

In telling us her own immigration story, Morales reveals the power that stories, libraries as institutions, and librarians as people have to impact our communities and the world in meaningful ways. And she does so resplendently. -Casey

Seduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood book cover
Seduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood book cover

Seduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood

Karina Longworth

791.43 /Longworth
Nonfiction, Biographies, History

An exploration of "Hollywood's glamorous golden age via the cinematic life of Howard Hughes and the women who encountered him--sometimes at the expense of their minds and souls"--Dust jacket flap.

Anne M's picture

If you are a fan of Karina Longworth's "You Must Remember This" podcast, this is the book for you. Longworth sorta, kinda started this book through her podcast--some of her earlier episodes make up the chapters describing Hughes' time in the 1930's. But this is a much deeper dive. So much so, that I think I now know too much about Howard Hughes' love life. -Anne M

The stuff of stars book cover
The stuff of stars book cover

The stuff of stars

Marion Dane Bauer

jE Bauer
Picture Books, Science, Nature

Explores the formation of the universe.

Casey's picture

An intersection of art and science, breathtaking, highly abstract, and yet tangible--don't miss this one! -Casey

Krampus book cover
Krampus book cover

Krampus

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Krampus
Horror

This darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. The horror-comedy tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus, an ancient entity from European folklore, all hell breaks loose and beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own.

Shawna's picture

A modern movie sure to become a holiday classic. With plenty of laughs, scares, and a few sweet moments this movie perfectly blends the genres for a unique viewing experience. -Shawna

Gremlins book cover
Gremlins book cover

Gremlins

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Gremlins
Horror

Billy Peltzer's father buys him a new cuddly pet. But heed these three warnings: Don't ever get him wet. Keep him away from bright light. And the most important thing, the one thing you must never forget: no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs ... never, never feed him after midnight.

Shawna's picture

With an adorable, mysterious creature, romance, family fun, and moments of terror tinged with hilarity, this movie has so much going on I find something new about it to love year after year. -Shawna

The shining book cover
The shining book cover

The shining

DVD MOVIE SF/HORROR Shining
Horror

A young boy and his parents spend the winter in a resort hotel which is possessed by ghosts.

Shawna's picture

Though this movie is not specifically a holiday movie, it is best experienced on a snowy winter day, several of which often occur around winter holidays. The opening sequence of this film perfectly sets the stage for this ominous movie that builds to a notably climactic end. -Shawna

The shining book cover
The shining book cover

The shining

Stephen King

FICTION King, Stephen
Horror

Shawna's picture

People often say a movie can't stand up to a book. In this case, the book and the movie are both amazing works in their own right. -Shawna

NOS4A2 : a novel book cover
NOS4A2 : a novel book cover

NOS4A2 : a novel

Joe Hill

FICTION Hill Joe
Horror

Shawna's picture

As the son of Stephen King it is no wonder Joe Hill has written some marvelously creepy novels. Hill's truly horrifying depiction of a Christmas wonderland leaves haunting imagery and weaves a story that keeps readers wanting more. -Shawna

Wraith book cover
Wraith book cover

Wraith

COMIC/Wraith
Graphic Novels

Joe Hill's New York Times Bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland, and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Manx. Now, in an original new comic mini-series, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers, and sure to delight fans of the novel where he explored Charlie's twisted beginnings, introduces a new and depraved cast of characters to Christmasland, and takes readers on a 100 mph ride down a nightmare road in a car with no brakes.

Shawna's picture

Joe Hill explores the past of the main villain of his novel, NOS4A2 in this graphic novel. -Shawna

Hark! the herald angels scream book cover
Hark! the herald angels scream book cover

Hark! the herald angels scream

808.83873 /Hark
Horror

Shawna's picture

For the Holiday Horror reader on-the-go, this recently published book of short stories is a great option. With stories ranging from shockingly terrifying to mildly disquieting, this collection keeps readers entertained and wanting more. -Shawna

A big mooncake for little star book cover
A big mooncake for little star book cover

A big mooncake for little star

Grace Lin

jE Lin
Picture Books, Fantasy, Nature

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie and, despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

Casey's picture

Grace Lin has created a truly distinguished, female-centric, and empowering original folktale. -Casey

The great alone book cover
The great alone book cover

The great alone

Kristin Hannah

FICTION Hannah Kristin
Fiction

Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.

Meredith's picture

I've never been to Alaska, but Kristin Hannah paints such a vivid picture, I felt like I was there while reading this amazing book of love, loss and survival. -Meredith

The biggest smallest Christmas present book cover
The biggest smallest Christmas present book cover

The biggest smallest Christmas present

Harriet Muncaster

jHOLIDAY E Muncaster
Picture Books

Clementine's life is ordinary in every way except that she is very tiny--a fact that Santa Claus does not seem to understand.

Melody's picture

I love the perspective of the fairy-sized kid getting presents that weren't quite right for her, and how creative she was in finding new ways to play with things she didn't know how to at first. My kid loved it too! Who wouldn't love a book about presents?? -Melody

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption book cover
Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption book cover

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption

Bryan Stevenson

340.092 /Stevenson
Nonfiction

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.

Meredith's picture

The 2015 One Community, One Book selection, Just Mercy is a powerful story about everything wrong with our judicial system, and the people working to make things right. Both inspirational and horrifying, this is an important book I think everything should read. The film adaptation, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, is slated for a 2020 release. -Meredith

All systems red book cover
All systems red book cover

All systems red

Martha Wells

SCIENCE FICTION Wells Martha
Science Fiction

A murderous android discovers itself in "All Systems Red", a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial intelligence. In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid -- a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

Brian's picture

I'm going to be honest with you--most of the books I read come from recommendations by my favorite authors. Patrick Rothfuss was gushing about this title on Goodreads, so here we are. "All Systems Red" is a quick, Sci-Fi read. It introduces us to characters who I want to know more about. Good thing it's a series! -Brian

Heartbeat book cover
Heartbeat book cover

Heartbeat

Evan Turk

jE Turk
Picture Books

Separated from her mother, a young whale swims the oceans for decades until she finds a young girl who shares her vision of one planet for which all are responsible.

Casey's picture

Heartbeat follows a whale calf, orphaned by the early commercial whaling industry, through two hundred years of human development. Evan Turk highlights the ways in which we have used these creatures to advance ourselves, and the shifting attitudes toward whales of more recent history with thoughtfulness. A unique and timely look at human history through the lens of the animals we impact, make sure to read Turk's author's note at the end for more information. -Casey

The Parker inheritance book cover
The Parker inheritance book cover

The Parker inheritance

Varian Johnson

jFICTION Johnson Varian
Kids, Fiction, Mystery

Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

Morgan's picture

I love this book about seeking truth and acceptance. With the help of her friend Brandon, Candice searches for the truth about her grandmother’s failed tenure as city manager. Following clues her grandmother left her, their search for treasure instead leads to a decades old cover up of racial injustice, the truth of which was ignored by the city for years. The modern-day story is the main focus, with historical vignettes providing the backstory for the mystery. Readers will be just as invested as Candice and Brandon in solving the mystery of the letter writer and finding out what happened to the Washington family. -Morgan

The book of Boy book cover
The book of Boy book cover

The book of Boy

Catherine Gilbert Murdock

jFICTION Murdock Catherin
Kids, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.--Provided by Publisher.

Morgan's picture

Acceptance and truth are key components in this Medieval quest story. Hunchbacked Boy seeks acceptance for his appearance and enigmatic Secundus seeks acceptance into Heaven. They both reject and hide the truth of their natures, Boy is an angel hiding his wings as a hunchback and Secundus is a condemned father escaped from Hell pretending to be a religious pilgrim. It is only after they each embrace their true selves that they find what they are looking for. -Morgan

The 12 pets of Christmas book cover
The 12 pets of Christmas book cover

The 12 pets of Christmas

Taylor Garland

jHOLIDAY E Garland
Kids, Board Books

In a reimaging of the popular Christmas song, Santa brings a different pet for every day of the holiday season.

Morgan's picture

A holiday choice I love for all the adorable pets, along with some number practice. -Morgan

The chalk man : a novel book cover
The chalk man : a novel book cover

The chalk man : a novel

C. J. Tudor

FICTION Tudor, C. J.
Suspense

1986: Eddie and his friends spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages. When a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, nothing is ever the same. 2016: Eddie thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. His friends got the same message, and they think it's a prank... until one of them turns up dead. What really happened all those years ago?

Meredith's picture

The summer of 1986 changes the lives of five friends in ways they don't realize until 30 years later when it seems like nothing is forgotten. -Meredith

I like it when-- book cover
I like it when-- book cover

I like it when--

Mary Murphy

jBOARD BOOK Murphy
Kids

A lovable little penguin discusses and describes all the things he likes to do the most--from playing peekaboo to holding hands--in a new board book edition of the charming story.

Karen's picture

Added by Karen

The Night Gardener book cover
The Night Gardener book cover

The Night Gardener

Jonathan Auxier

jFICTION/Auxier Jonathan

Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

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Ocean meets sky book cover

Ocean meets sky

Terry Fan

jE Fan
Picture Books

"A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather's stories"--

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Now that I’ve taken this journey a few times, what really speaks to me is Finn’s growing understanding of what it means to remember those that we have loved. How we can bring those things they have taught us to the present while also saying goodbye. This is a visually and emotionally stunning piece from the Fan Brothers. -Casey

Teen Titans go! to the movies book cover
Teen Titans go! to the movies book cover

Teen Titans go! to the movies

jDVD FICTION Teen
Animation

The Teen Titans set out for Hollywood stardom and are sidetracked by a villain intent on world domination.

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This movie is ridiculous in the most amazing ways--easily the best DC movie of the last decade. Also, lots of musical numbers including the appropriately titled "Inspirational Song" sung by Michael Bolton. -Brian

Here we are : notes for living on planet Earth book cover
Here we are : notes for living on planet Earth book cover

Here we are : notes for living on planet Earth

Oliver Jeffers

jE Jeffers
Kids

In this salutation from Earth, the chronicler gives a tour of the planet and introduces those who call it home.

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One book cover

One

Kathryn Otoshi

jE Otoshi
Kids

A number/color book reminding us that it just takes one to make everyone count.

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The darkest dark book cover
The darkest dark book cover

The darkest dark

Chris Hadfield

jE Hadfield
Kids

"Young Chris loves pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploiring the universe. Only one problem--at night, he's afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield"--

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War horse book cover

War horse

Michael Morpurgo

jBOOKS ON DISC Morpurgo, Michael.

Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.

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Singing away the dark book cover

Singing away the dark

C. Hendrika Woodward

jE Woodward
Kids

As a little girl walks to catch the school bus on a dark and windy winter morning, she finds that by singing, the woods aren't as scary, the walk isn't as long and the wind isn't as cold.

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The mysterious howling book cover

The mysterious howling

Maryrose Wood

jFICTION Wood, Maryrose
Kids

Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.

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To kill a mockingbird book cover

To kill a mockingbird

Harper Lee

FICTION Lee, Harper
Fiction

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French exit : a tragedy of manners book cover

French exit : a tragedy of manners

Patrick deWitt

FICTION Dewitt Patrick
Fiction, Humor

"From bestselling author Patrick deWitt, a brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. Frances Price-- tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature-- is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there's the Price's aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self destruction and economical ruin-- to riotous effect. A number of singular characters serve to round out the cast: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic proposing a seance, a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, and the inimitable Mme. Reynard, aggressive houseguest and dementedly friendly American expat. Brimming with pathos and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind 'tragedy of manners,' a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute"--

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This is an enjoyably dark, slow, and casual story of some oddball characters ambling toward ruin, with frequent pithy moments of humor and insight. -Stacey

Miss Rumphius book cover
Miss Rumphius book cover

Miss Rumphius

Barbara Cooney

jE Cooney
Kids

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

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Nikki & Deja book cover

Nikki & Deja

Karen English

jFICTION English, Karen
Kids

When an arrogant new girl comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find the results not what they expected.

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The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy book cover
The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy book cover

The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy

Jeanne Birdsall

jFICTION Birdsall, Jeanne
Kids

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

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Bink and Gollie book cover

Bink and Gollie

Kate DiCamillo

jREADER DiCamillo, Kate
Kids

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

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Raymie nightingale book cover

Raymie nightingale

Kate DiCamillo

jFICTION Dicamill Kate
Kids

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

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Mercy Watson to the rescue book cover

Mercy Watson to the rescue

Kate DiCamillo

jREADER DiCamillo, Kate
Kids

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

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The bear and the piano book cover

The bear and the piano

David Litchfield

jE Litchfie
Kids

"A bear finds a piano in the woods, learns to play it, and travels to the big city to become rich and famous, but ultimately discovers that his old friends in the forest back home are still the best audience of all"--

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The Night Gardener book cover

The Night Gardener

Terry Fan

jE Fan
Kids

Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work.

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Fuzzy mud book cover

Fuzzy mud

Louis Sachar

jFICTION Sachar Louis
Kids

"Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world"--

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The princess in black book cover
The princess in black book cover

The princess in black

Shannon Hale

jFICTION Hale Shannon
Kids

Hiding her secret identity as a monster-fighting superhero, Princess Magnolia interrupts her fancy tea with the unsuspecting Duchess Wigtower to stop a big blue monster from endangering her kingdom's goats.

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The wild robot escapes book cover

The wild robot escapes

Peter Brown

jFICTION Brown Peter
Fiction

After being captured by the Recons and returned to civilization for reprogramming, Roz is sent to Hilltop Farm where she befriends her owner's family and animals, but pines for her son, Brightbill.

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The wild robot book cover

The wild robot

Peter Brown

jFICTION Brown Peter
Kids

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

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Julián is a mermaid book cover

Julián is a mermaid

Jessica Love

jE Love
Picture Books, LGBTQ+

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

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Love, in using so little text and heavily relying on her visual storytelling has left space for readers to play, imagine and feel along with Julián. -Casey

American prison : a reporter's undercover journey into the business of punishment book cover
American prison : a reporter's undercover journey into the business of punishment book cover

American prison : a reporter's undercover journey into the business of punishment

Shane Bauer

365.973 /Bauer
Nonfiction

"A ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history. IIn 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an expose about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine Mother Jones. Still, there was much more that he needed to say. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War. For, as he soon realized, we can't understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration without understanding where it came from. Private prisons became entrenched in the South as part of a systemic effort to keep the African-American labor force in place in the aftermath of slavery, and the echoes of these shameful origins are with us still"--

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Reporter Shane Bauer wrote this book after going undercover as a corrections officer within a Louisiana prison. Included with his experience is the history and development of the country's penal system. It was clearly wrong from the beginning and it hasn't improved with time; capitalism at its best means the worst for humanity. This isn't an easy book to read, but it's a subject that shouldn't be ignored. Breaking the law has consequences, but we rarely know how extreme those consequences are behind bars. -Meredith

Intercepted book cover
Intercepted book cover

Intercepted

Alexa Martin

FICTION Martin Alexa
Romance

Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own... Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights. Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation. Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season.

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I am not a sports fan, but I totally got behind this NFL romance. It's the perfect combination of sweet and sexy, with some completely unlikable people thrown in to keep it from being too mushy. #TeamMarleeandGavin all the way! -Meredith

Front desk book cover
Front desk book cover

Front desk

Kelly Yang

jFICTION Yang Kelly
Kids, Fiction

"Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?"--Page [2] of cover.

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Mia Tang's courage and kindness makes readers root for the immigrant girl to achieve her dreams, which include owning a motel and becoming a writer. An important story of hopes and the hard work it takes to achieve them. -Morgan

The miscalculations of Lightning Girl book cover
The miscalculations of Lightning Girl book cover

The miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Stacy McAnulty

jFICTION Mcanulty Stacy
Kids, Fiction

A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.

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This story follows the evolution of Lucy Callahan from lightning-struck, antisocial math savant to dog-saving middle school friend. An excellent exploration of the importance of friendship and community in our lives. -Morgan

Dress like a woman : working women and what they wore book cover
Dress like a woman : working women and what they wore book cover

Dress like a woman : working women and what they wore

391.209 /Dress

What does it mean to dress like a woman? The photographs in this book depict women-- both familiar and unknown-- who inhabit a fascinating intersection of fashion, gender, class, nationality, and race, proving there is no single answer to this question. It provides a comprehensive look at the role of gender and clothing in the workplace.

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This is a book I would love to own - these pictures of working women are mostly intense and full of attitude. -Heidi K

The dress : 100 ideas that changed fashion forever book cover
The dress : 100 ideas that changed fashion forever book cover

The dress : 100 ideas that changed fashion forever

Marnie Fogg

391.47209 /Fogg
Art / Art History

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Another pictorial work on women's fashion well worth checking out! -Heidi K

Dry book cover
Dry book cover

Dry

Neal Shusterman

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Shusterman, Neal
Young Adult

A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.

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If you are looking to increase your daily water intake, this book is for you! Seriously, I drank a lot of water while I was reading it. Health benefits aside, it is a great work of storytelling and further proof that YA stories are for everyone! -Meredith

Hello Lighthouse book cover
Hello Lighthouse book cover

Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

jE Blackall
Picture Books, Historical Fiction, Nature, Kids

"Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper."--

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All in all,"Hello Lighthouse" radiates as much warmth as light and will surely be pored over for its lustrous details and touching story. -Casey

Vintage fashion and couture : from Poiret to McQueen book cover
Vintage fashion and couture : from Poiret to McQueen book cover

Vintage fashion and couture : from Poiret to McQueen

Kerry Taylor

391.009 /Taylor
Art / Art History

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There is SO much in this book that makes my heart sing. -Heidi K