Staff Picks


April 2020

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

by Andrew Peterson

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is the first of four books in the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. It is the story of three siblings who find themselves on an adventure that changes the course of their lives. While their days were once spent working on a farm, doing school work, and visiting the local bookstore, things are quickly turned upside down when they find themselves on the run from the vicious reptiles, The Fangs of Dang,  who have occupied their homeland for decades. The book was originally published in 2008 but was recently re-released with beautiful illustrations. If you love fantasy with a dash of humor this book is sure to become a favorite. Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Darnetta Bolton, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Such a Fun Age

by Kiley Reid

Emira Tucker has spent her mid-20s bouncing from job to job.  Now she’s found a great gig as a baby-sitter for Briar, the toddler daughter of Alix Chamberlain, a well-known self-help speaker for women.  This was the perfect relationship for both women until one night when African-American Emira takes white Briar to a grocery store in a predominately white neighborhood and is accused of kidnapping the child by a customer.  That night sparks a chain of events for both women’s lives that disrupt the previously perfect arrangement.  Reid writes the story in alternating perspectives.  I listened to the audiobook version of this book and it was one of my favorites of the year.
Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

by Michael Davis

I was delighted to find that Carol Spinney (Big Bird & Oscar) read the audio version of this book, what a treat! Michael Davis brings us through Sesame Street’s history from the idea stage to the present day. I loved that every aspect of its conception was covered. It was interesting to hear the thought & decision-making process behind the characters, both human and muppet. Sesame Street did more than teach letters, colors & numbers ~ they also taught kindness & acceptance and for that I thank them.

Recommended by: Theresa Hildebrand, Patron Services Manager 

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


Iggy Peck Architect

by Andrea Beaty

Iggy Peck is an architect, it’s easy for his family and friends to see. His teacher does not support him going on his building spree. One day tragedy strikes causing his class to be trapped without escape. Will Iggy build something amazing or forever take off his building cape? A great read for all our young STEAM fans.

Available on Hoopla and Overdrive.

Recommended by: Vanessa Fernandez, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Grades 3-5, Youth Fiction


March 2020

Show Me a Sign

by Ann Clare Lezotte

Mary Lambert has always felt normal in her small community on Martha’s Vineyard.  It doesn’t matter that she’s deaf- nearly 1 in 4 people in her community are deaf, and the hearing population speaks sign language, too.  But it’s 1805, and when a young, ambitious scientist from Boston hears about Mary’s community, he is determined to figure out the cause of her community’s widespread deafness.  Mary soon suspects this stranger is not what he seems and her suspicions are confirmed with he takes Mary captive as a “live specimen”.  Suddenly, Mary finds herself in a strange city unable to communicate her desperate situation to the hearing population around her.   Show Me a Sign reframes how we think of disabilities, abilities, and notions of what is “normal”.  A great, fast-paced read for lovers of historical fiction.

Recommended by: Stephanie Thomas, Preschool Services Coordinator

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Darius the Great is Not Okay

by Adib Khorram

Darius is not the most confident of kids. When his Iranian grandfather is terminally diagnosed, his family makes a trip to Iran. Darius is not comfortable at first due to not understanding the language, Farsi, and being unfamiliar with some of the customs. This book not only takes you on a trip to Iran but on Darius’ trip working through his many issues.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Words in Deep Blue

by Cath Crowley

This book is a romance book lover’s dream. There are multiple love stories overlapping over multiple years with many taking the form of letters left between the pages of books. It starts with a typical love triangle and becomes much more. Have your hankie nearby.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Jelly

by Jo Cotterill

Angelica, Jelly for short, is in her 6th grade year at school. Every year, the school hosts a talent show and every year, Jelly comes in 3rd place. This year, she’s decided to take her talent of impressions and go big. However, her knack for comedy is really a protective shield–if people are laughing with you, they aren’t laughing at you. Jelly’s true talent is writing poetry, but no-one has ever seen her poems. It’s not until her mom’s new boyfriend gives Jelly the courage to share her poetry that Jelly really shines. Delightful characters and a quick-paced plot, this book will have you racing to the end. Perfect for fans of stories about growing up.

Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, School Liaison 

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Linda Ronstadt’s original voice was enjoyed by many beginning in the 1970s. Her performances, throughout many years, became a highlight of theater, pop and folk music. This biographical film features interviews with Ronstadt’s friends and fellow artists, as well as wonderful concert footage. An extra bonus is a very personal (and very moving) interview with Ronstadt near the films’ conclusion.  There is a lot of great music in this DVD, so much that you might even find yourself humming her songs for days after. If you love music, this is the film for you.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Documentary


Baristas

This movie follows four baristas as they practice and then travel to South Korea for an intense coffee competition. It is not all about your basic cup of coffee in this film as competitors race against a clock during presentations while also trying to inform judges about a new style of coffee that they have personally tried to develop. If you have any interest in what baristas do, or just love your coffee, then this is the film for you.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Documentary


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