Staff Picks


December 2019

My family divided : one girl’s journey of home, loss, and hope

by Diane Guerrero

Author, Diane Guerrero, is an American film star who tells the story of her undocumented parents and brother who were deported when she was 14 changing her life forever. Having been born in the United States, she realizes firsthand the privileges of citizenship.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager 

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Nowhere Boy

by Katherine Marsh

Two male main characters meet when one, a Syrian refugee in France, sneaks in the basement of the other, an American boy brought against his wishes to school in France. Containing adventure, history and poignant friendship scenes, this book is a compelling read.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Darkdeep

by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Four main characters, 2 male and 2 female, discover an abandoned houseboat and within it a mysterious well that they name the Darkdeep. By diving into the well, they are able to bring figments of their imagination to life. These figments last only seconds at first but then longer and longer creating problems. This book contains lots of adventure and constant excitement.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager   

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

by Ashley Herring Blake

This book begins with the destruction of the Aberdeen house by a tornado. It proceeds as a coming of age story with Ivy dealing with her family’s displacement, friend issues and her sexual awakening as a lesbian.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager   

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

The three stories, all written by popular young adult authors, intertwine with one another throughout the different settings of Gracetown including a broken-down train, a Waffle House, and  snow globe store.  As you read the stories, the connections between the characters will surprise you.  Not to mention, Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances is laugh out loud funny (seriously, I did quite often) and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  Let It Snow is now also a movie on Netflix.  Read this one before to watch the movie to compare the two.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager   

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Monday’s Not Coming

by Tiffany D. Jackson

When Claudia comes back from visiting family over the summer, she can’t wait to catch up with her best friend, Monday Charles.  When Monday’s phone goes to voice mail, she senses something weird is going on.  When Monday doesn’t show up for school, Claudia is really worried. Monday’s mom says she’s being homeschooled, but conflicting stories about her whereabouts throw up some more red flags.  None of the adults seem worried about Monday’s bizarre disappearance, but Claudia will not stop trying to figure out where her best friend is.  Told in a nonlinear fashion with trips to the past and the present, this mystery will keep you hooked with a satisfyingly thrilling ending.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager   

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


November 2019

Meet Me in St. Louis

Not strictly a Christmas movie, this film opens in the sweltering summer of 1903 and follows the Smith family’s last few months in their beloved St. Louis before they move to New York City.  Funny and heartwarming, this musical marks the screen debut of the classic song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” sung by the incomparable Judy Garland.

Recommended by: Katie Allen, Reference Librarian   

Posted in: Movies/TV


The Good Liar

by Nicholas Searle

Now a motion picture playing in the theaters, and a book you can’t put down.  An older gentleman whose appearance deceives the wealthy women he seeks to con, finds his next target online, a widow who appears to be vulnerable, but who actually has a secret of her own.  You will find The Good Liar full of surprises!

Recommended by: Deborah Keuper, Reference Librarian   

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Christmas shopaholic : a novel

by Sophie Kinsella

A lighthearted book that will make you laugh based upon the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, where Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood), a lovable character,  finds herself in a variety of hilarious but difficult situations.  Becky adores shopping, and what better time for it than Christmas.  When her parents decide to move, her vegetarian sister and husband come to town, and Becky finds herself hosting Christmas, what could possibly go wrong?  Becky’s husband Luke started Brandon Communications, the largest financial PR firm in London, and Becky has recently started working with her lifelong friend Suze, in a gift shop in Suze’s stately home.

You will find Christmas Shopaholic full of holiday cheer and unexpected gifts.

Recommended by:  Deborah Keuper, Reference Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction


They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old is a fascinating look at World War One through the eyes of ordinary British soldiers.  Composed almost entirely of footage made at the time, and with narration supplied by the veterans themselves, it provides an on-the-ground look at what it was like to fight in, and live through, the First World War. From the outbreak of war to training, shipping out, and daily life at the front, through battles and finally peace, They Shall Not Grow Old takes you through the Western Front, with the ordinary British soldiers as your guide.

Recommended by: Peter Tew, Reference Librarian      

Posted in: Movies/TV


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