Author Archive

Middle School Book Club

October 8, 2019



Calling all Tweens! We will be starting a Middle school-age book club this November!

Our first meeting will be on November 29th from 5:30-6:30. Our first book will be The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. Copies will be available at the Circulation desk soon to check out! WE WILL BE HAVING SNACKS!

Language From A to Z

October 5, 2019


Have you ever listened to or watched any of the Great Courses series? The Great Courses is a series of college-level audio and video courses produced and distributed by The Teaching Company. They cover just about any topic imaginable and they are goooooood. Some are informational and some instructional.

My personal favorites are the ones on Language or History. However, there are ones on cooking, music, and economics. Here are a few titles available which may interest you:

How To Paint, A Children’s Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales, Food Science and the Human Body, A History of India, The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, Turning Points in Medieval History…the list goes on and on!

The one that I just finished “Language From A to Z” was a fascinating look at Linguistics and fun, quirky fun facts about language and word origin that I found to be not only educational but entertaining. For example, “What’s the deal with slang like “baby mama” and “LOL”— where does it come from and can it actually be OK to use?
Why don’t English speakers use words like “thou” and “thee” anymore?
What makes “mama” and “papa” the first words spoken by children in many languages?”

Take a look online and see which ones interest you and order away!

My First Memory of Librarians

September 24, 2019



Hello All!

I found myself in a poetry vortex this week. In any case – I came across this one by one of my favorite poets, Nikki Giovanni. I love any poems about libraries and I thought you might enjoy!

My First Memory (of Librarians):

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
       wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
       too short
              For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big

In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
       a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall

The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books—another world—just waiting
At my fingertips.

National Book Awards Long List

September 22, 2019

The National Book Awards long list is out! Of course I care mostly about the Young People’s Literature category the most!  So far I have only read one, but I am currently reading Pet. I love reading all the books on the list and making my own decision before they announce the winners. Have you read them all?


Martin W. Sandler, “1919: The Year That Changed America
Hal Schrieve, “Out of Salem
Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw, “Kiss Number 8
Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson, “The Undefeated
Laurie Halse Anderson, “Shout
Akwaeke Emezi, “Pet
Cynthia Kadohata, “A Place to Belong
Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Randy Ribay, “Patron Saints of Nothing
Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

Tin Heart

September 17, 2019


Tin Heart by Shivaud Plozza (author from Australia) was such a lovely and surprising read!

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl. But the family has requested no contact with her. She follows some leads and thinks that she has found the right family…but what are the implications of trying to contact them?

But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. Can she really handle all of the lies needed to snoop around and maintain her precarious health?

Marlowe is such a down-to-earth character – and although this story (organ transplant recipient) has been done before – I found her journey to be fresh and heartwarming without being cheesy. Also – this book made me laugh out loud and cry – not easy to do!

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