Staff Picks

The Goose Girl

Fairy Tales Your Way

Updated fairy tales for middle grade readers

Because myths and fairy tales are so well known, they can make a great backdrop for an author to play with story. There are a lot of great children's books that take a common story as the base, but where the author makes the tale their own. Here are some of my favorites:

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She's A Real Amateur

Female amateur sleuths who are better than the pros

Sure, sometimes being called an amateur's an insult, but when it comes to mystery novels, amateur detective status usually means you're the one showing the officials how it's done. Or even the only one perceptive enough to realize there's a mystery to be solved.

History of the World

Your Friday Five

Brain Food

My goal everyday is to try and learn something new. Often the Internet will teach me a thing or two, but I also have found a few books that help with these daily lessons. The books listed below are great pick-me-ups, and I mean this in the literal sense. Pick them up and get your daily dose of knowledge in just a few minutes. It could be right before bed, waiting for a doctor's appointment, or out at lunch. Sometimes it might just be a refresher on that subject you forgot about, and sometimes it offers that great tidbit to bust out at the next cocktail party.

Tam Lin

Fairy Tales - Revised

Look at fairy tales in a new light

My favorite class in college was called "Revisioning the Classics." In this class, we read classic texts like Hamlet and Antigone, and then modern retellings like

Collage Lab

Overcoming Artist's Block

Books to Awaken Your Creativity

Are you in an artistic rut? Artist's block got you down? The following books are sure to help you get back in your creative zone. I've selected a few titles that have personally helped me, and one new publication that I can't wait to download. No matter your discipline, any of these books will inspire you to lose your fears, get loose and start creating art once again.

"Leprechauns Never Lie" book cover

Reader's Theatre

Featuring 'Leprechauns Never Lie'

Calling all readers! Please join us in the children's room on Monday, March 23 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna & Lecia Balian is the featured piece.

Feminism Unfinished

Your Friday Five

Women's History Month

Women's History Month starts in just a few days! We have lots of events planned all over the city that teach about overcoming the challenges that women face now and the challenges women faced in the past, told via films, historical reenactments, and storytelling for adults and children. In celebration of the activists, feminists, and women who came before us, here are five excellent feminist-themed reads that will make March more enlightening. 

When Mystical Creatures Attack

Your Friday Five

Bridge books: YA to adult fiction

Grown-up books are so boring. They're long and slow. Their covers are boring. I'm never going to find a book I like.  Do these phrases come out of your teenager's mouth? Or perhaps your friend's? Don't fret. You may not believe it but I, your neighborhood librarian, once uttered the very same words. Friends, I was a reluctant adult reader. For most of high school it was school reading and magazines only. 

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Friday Five: Yours and Yours Alone

Some Books about Solitude for Valentines Day

Valentines Day is the perfect time to think about.... solitude. At this time of year when we feel all kinds of pressure to find the perfect match, it can be healthy to reflect on what it means to be ok with yourself, to be happy in your own company. So, even though we are hosting a slate of speed-dating sessions this month, allow me to also suggest five books that lift up our capacity for solitude and self-reliance. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

"Little Bear's Valentine" book cover

Reader's Theatre

Featuring 'Little Bear’s Valentine'

Calling all readers! Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. for Reader's Theatre.Little Bear’s Valentine by Else Holmelund Minarik is the featured piece.

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