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Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

As librarians, we are accustomed to hearing that crucial question: "What should I read next?"

To prepare, we do our best to keep up with bestsellers and have a mini arsenal of suggestions stashed in our pocket at all times.  However, it is always a wonderful surprise when you share your great book suggestions.

Published on Monday, May 14, 2012

Cover image of the nonfiction book The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's CapitalA brilliant history of 20th century Washington, D.C., The Washington Century is a narrative of the evolution of the nation’s capital, from a small southern town turned outward to the world, to a powerhouse capital engrossed in its lobbying and partisan politickin

Browse Our Audiobook Selection for Some Great Reads

Published on Friday, May 4, 2012

Cover art of "The Last Olympian"Have a reluctant reader at home?  No worries! Audiobooks are a great way to help children dive in to a story and maybe even get them interested in a good book after you hit pause.

With summer coming on fast, family road trips are a great opportunity for the whole family to get involved in an audiobook.  Not to mention they make time really fly: You and your kids will barely notice that four-hour drive to grandma's house!

"A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories"

Published on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Coveri image of Flannery O'Connor's book A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other StoriesFirst published in 1955 when she was 30 years old, this debut book quickly established Miss O’Connor as a force to be reckoned with and a true virtuoso of the short story. Perhaps it was her Catholic faith. Or the influence of her native Savannah, Georgia. Or maybe this was one seriously astute, keen observer of human nature with something to say. Whatever the reason, these stories are at times dark, savage, compassionate – but they are always humorous and engaging.

Published on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cover image of the nonfiction book The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore This is a story of two Wes Moores, born within the same year in the same neighborhood of Baltimore. Both grew up without a father and had rough childhoods, growing up in tough neighborhoods and having run-ins with the police. How is it then that one grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow and business entrepreneur, while the other became a convicted prisoner and is now serving a life sentence?

Titles for Children on Music and Musicians

Published on Friday, March 9, 2012

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Below are some books, CDs and DVDs to share with the children in your lives.

Not Your Normal Adventure Tale

Published on Friday, February 17, 2012
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Bookcover Jacob has never been normal. An heir to a small-time pharmacy fortune, the teen has never fit in and his only friends include a high school rebel and his doting grandfather who is known for tall tales. While Jacob views the fantastical stories of his grandfather's youth with a skeptical eye, he has always shared a close bond with the WWII veteran.

The Doctor Behind the TV Show "House"

Published on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Roped in by the blEvery Patient Tells A Story Cover Arturb on the cover by Hugh Laurie of House, M.D. fame, I knew that I had to check out Dr. Lisa Sanders' book, Every Patient Tells A Story.

"A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan

Published on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cover image for the novel A Visit from the Good Squad, by Jennifer EganA Visit from the Goon Squad delves into the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging music executive in New York City, and Sasha, his troubled young employee. Exploring the turbulent pasts and inevitable, indelible markings left by experience on her protagonists, Jennifer Egan takes us on a globe-trotting, musically-infused exploration of the very human tendencies to succumb or struggle against self-destruction, and the need for redemption.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Published on Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cover image of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca SklootHenrietta Lacks should have been proud of her contributions to modern medicine. Her human cells were the first to be grown in culture, and were instrumental in helping to develop the polio vaccine, for cancer research, the research of various viruses, and to better understand the effects of the atomic bomb on humans. Her cells now number in the billions, and continue to help researchers develop in vitro fertilization, cloning and genetic mapping—yet Miss Lacks died more than 20 years ago, never knowing what her contributions to science were.