Staff Picks

April 2020

Someone to Remember

by Mary Balogh

Lady Matilda has spent her life dutifully caring for her mother. Due to recent family marriages and expanding acquaintances, Matilda’s circle now includes Charles Sawyer who she hasn’t seen since they were 20 years old and courting. Their courtship ended but her heart never stopped loving him. Charles, who is an especially charming and thoughtful character in this story, reaches out to Matilda. He sets the stage for romance with their shared memories and a renewed hope for their future….together. This novella, with a historical setting, is an especially sweet romance. Fans of Julia Quinn will not be disappointed in trying Mary Balogh. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Chasing Cassandra

by Lisa Kleypas

What happens when a man who has everything money can buy starts to fall in love? For Tom, a businessman who rose from nothing, a decision to marry is not an easy one. He is not a hard man but he doesn’t think he knows how to love a wife. And when he chooses a woman who would make a good wife, that woman would prefer to love him or just not have him at all. While its title mentions ‘Cassandra’, this story is more about Tom, his childhood, and an orphan he begins to mentor. It takes ‘Cassandra’ to show our hero Tom that he does know how to love. Lisa Kleypas’ stories can always stand on their own even if part of a series. This is a great read for those who enjoy historical romance along the lines of Tessa Dare and Sarah MacLean. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction


by Neal Shusterman

This book will make you crave a glass of water! It’s a survival story about what happens when California runs out of water. It’s the middle of a drought. All the rivers, streams, and ponds have dried up. All the water taps in everyone’s’ houses are shut off. Stores are out of bottled water, and any other liquid you can think of. People are willing to do whatever it takes for the tiniest drop of water, even kill. How will a group of teens with nothing in common come together and survive? Find out by checking out this book in eBook or eAudiobook on Libby.
Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 2

Pleasurable soundtrack from the delightful comedic drama produced for Amazon Prime featuring Chicago area actors Rachel Brosnahm as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, and Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson.  Standards from the American songbook by legends Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald and more, treat listeners to timeless jazz and popular tunes to lift the spirits. Available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Diane Drebro, Adult Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Music

My Hero Academia (Volume One: Vigilantes)

by Hideyuki Furuhashi

Izuku Midoriya is a powerless boy in a superhuman society. His friends (if he can even call them that) have all left him in the dust with their quirks. Until one fateful day he meets his personal hero the pillar of justice himself, All Might and his world is changed forever. A brilliant story with volumes upon volumes to spare it’s a great story of triumph over adversity. The first volume is available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Kevin Carroll, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction


by Kate Messner

When the public library decides to create a time capsule for the future residents of Wolf Creek, Nora Tucker, aspiring journalist, jumps at the opportunity to participate.  Elidee Jones recently moved to Wolf Creek, and if it wasn’t for the extra credit, she wouldn’t really care about participating in the time capsule.  She’s much too busy worrying about her brother, Troy, serving a 15-year sentence at the prison in Wolf Creek, and missing her family back in New York City.  When two inmates at the prison escape, Nora and Elidee pour out their thoughts and experiences to the future residents of Wolf Creek in their time capsule letters.  A suspenseful and thoughtful read. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Stephanie Thomas, Youth Services Preschool Services Coordinator

Posted in: Youth Fiction

London Kills: Series 1

A murder squad, consisting of two detectives and two constables, is the focus of this London based series. Actress Sharon Small (a familiar face from the Inspector Lynley mystery series) as DI Cole takes the forefront of various investigations while her boss, DI Bradford, is conspicuously missing in action. This five-episode season relies on quick solve cases while also including snippets of other investigations. It is a slow build-up to the final episode which seemed so much better than all the previous episodes in pace as well as the content. You must watch them in order which isn’t hard to do since they are each less than an hour in length. This is a good police procedural series that seems realistic and not Hollywood dramatized. Fans of Midsomer Murders or the VERA television series might like to try this one. Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Movies/TV

The Gift of Ramadan

by Rabiah York Lumbard

Sofia is a little Muslim girl who loves sparkles and after hearing her grandma describing the heart of a person who fasts is “Pretty and Sparkly” she did her best to fast and follow the traditions of Ramadan. Could Sofia fast the long days of Ramadan so she can have a pretty and sparkly heart? It’s a great book for anyone who wants to know what is Ramadan and how Muslim families spend each day of it.

Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Service Clerk

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Good Girl’s Guide To Murder

by Holly Jackson

5 years ago Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. Everyone knows it. But what if they’re all wrong? Pipa isn’t sure and decided to investigate the case for her school project. The secrets she uncovers are something someone is desperately trying to keep hidden. How far will the killer go to keep Pipa from discovering the truth? This is a mystery that will keep you guessing until the end! Find it in eBook and eAudiobook forms on Libby!
Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

Falling Kingdoms

by Morgan Rhodes

This fantasy offers 3 kingdoms and 3 different kings. Throw in some male and female heirs (or are they true heirs?), a vicious murder and a war and you have a book filled with adventure and intrigue. Oh, and don’t forget the magic, because is it real or isn’t it? If you like deep characterization, family relationships and wide sweeping landscapes, then this is the book for you. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

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