Staff Picks

March 2024


by Kate DiCamillo

“It’s a DiCamillo!” is a quote from one of the reviews of the book and truly that sums it up. It is a must read. A heart-warming and heart-rending story of community, family, and love. During the summer before Ferris and her best friend Billy go into 5th grade, there is so much going on with those they love and those who love them, “but every story is a love story”. There is a ghost, an uncle living in the basement, illness, unrequited love, a little sister who wants to be an outlaw, bees, and raccoons. DiCamillo wraps all of that into a fantastic read that encompasses the support, caring and understanding of all the characters for each other. After finishing the book, I looked at the cover to find the sparrow…did not see it… so decided it was under the barcode label, so felt happy. Make you want to read it?

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Lunar New Year Love Story

by Gene Luen Yang

Valentina is being raised by her single father. She has a best friend, Bernice, and soon she has a boyfriend as well. He seems perfect at first: handsome, from a wealthy family and full of compliments. However, Valentina is haunted by the idea that her family is unlucky in love. When she becomes a lion dancer, she learns much more than just dancing. After a very surprising climax, Valentina finally listens to her heart. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

Dr. No

Special Agent 007 is sent to Jamaica when two British government agents disappear. James Bond soon finds Dr. No, a scientific genius, building a machine that could destroy the U.S. space launch.  This first in the James Bond films is sorely lacking in gadgets but not in car chases, beautiful women or beautiful scenery.  It’s a great beginning yet so very tame compared to the modern-day James Bond films.  It remains a classic in a great series of 007 films who have seen many actors play James Bond. Sean Connery is featured in this film as the first James Bond.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

Posted in: Movies/TV


Superstitious villagers of Odo Island fear the ancient legend of ‘Godzilla.’ The monster becomes awakened by an H-bomb test and soon begins to terrorize Odo Island and also Tokyo. It’s great to revisit this classic film as ‘Godzilla Minus One’ and ‘Godzilla x King Kong’ are finding new audiences in theaters. I enjoyed this film with my family of many generations.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

Posted in: Movies/TV

Hope Ablaze


Nida is the niece of famous Poet Mamou Abdul-Hafeedh. Just like her uncle she shares a passion for writing poetry but she’s very afraid of the insurgence of Islamophobia due to 9/11 that landed her uncle in federal prison for being “radical” with his poetry. When she falls victim to illegal frisking at a Democratic Senatorial candidate’s political rally, she takes all the feelings of injustice and anger and makes a poem that might attract more attention than she expected.

Recommended by: Ayla Franco, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

What Was the Children’s Blizzard of 1888

by Steve Korte

Another great book in the New York Times best-selling series. It’s hard to imagine what these teachers and kids had to go through when the winds were howling a 60 mph and the temperature dropped to 40 below. Snow was coming in sideways and they couldn’t see a few feet in front of them.  Teachers had the hard decision to either send children home or weather out the storm in the one room schoolhouse.  This story gives kids a real perspective of what life was like in the 1800’s and how fortunate we are today to have the necessities that we need.
Recommended by: Lenore Garoufalis, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Bunny in the Middle

Bunny in the Middle by Anika Denise is a beautiful picture book story that reminds middle children how special they are. This sweet story touches on some of the trials and tribulations of being “stuck” in the middle and puts a positive spin on it. The lovely springtime illustrations, and adorable bunny siblings, make this a cozy, heartwarming read aloud. Caregivers and children will surely bond over this title. This is for all the middle children, young and old.

Recommended by: Erin Cady, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Youth Fiction

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

by Deya Muniz

Lady Camembert disguises herself as Count Camembert in order to inherit her late Father’s money. Women after all, aren’t allowed to inherit that type of thing. She moves to the capital so that she can hide amongst the crowds. Keeping the disguise up is hard though, especially when she falls for the Princess who just happens to become one of her best friends. As the two grow closer, what will happen when the Princess discovers Camembert’s secret? Will the lie destroy the friendship? Or will love be in the air?

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

The Obsession

by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Logan is obsessed with Delilah. He learns everything he can about her by going through all of her social media posts, following her, and even putting up hidden cameras outside of her house. He thinks that he’s romantic and that he is her protector. When he catches Delilah killing her mom’s abusive boyfriend one day, he realizes that he can use that to keep Delilah close to him forever. After all, he knows her deepest darkest secret. Or does he?  Delilah is over men controlling her, and will do whatever it takes to make Logan stop stalking her. She has other secrets after all. Ones that even Logan doesn’t know about. And she will do whatever it takes to keep them.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

Hannah and the Ramadan Gift

by Qasim Rashid

A charming story about the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr holiday. This picture book will teach children how to help people in their community. The month of Ramadan for Muslims is about being generous and forgiving, not just about fasting. If you are unfamiliar with this part of Islam, you will find the answers in this very simple, joyful story.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Youth Fiction

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