Staff Picks

His books are Black History Month favorites

Published on Monday, February 17, 2014

Calvin A. RamseyAn award-winning children’s author, Calvin A. Ramsey, surprised staff in the Children’s Room at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library when he stopped in on Jan. 27.
 

Published on Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cover for Monster on the Hill The monster of Stoker-on-Avon is a bit of a disappointment. He never attacks, never knocks down buildings and he hides in his cave far away from town. What’s a medieval town to do without a decent monster to give them a proper scare?

So the town devises a plan and recruits man of Science, Charles Wilkie to “fix” the monster. But when the monster and Charles leave town to help the monster become more terrifying, a worse fate befalls the town … another monster, one that leaves only destruction and despair in its wake.

Published on Friday, February 14, 2014

Little Brother by Cory DoctorowOne of the most interesting young adult authors you hear about recently is Cory Doctorow. His work is very different from any other teen book I’ve read recently, and I think everyone who reads YA fiction should give it a look. The best place to start is with Little Brother, his first teen title.  Read my review and summary of the book below to get a look at a book that is just a little bit too plausible in today’s world.
 

Seven Seasonal Stories to Share with Your Child

Published on Friday, February 14, 2014

Curl up, get cozy, and read!


Published on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Want to celebrate the season by reading a book about love (or lust?) Here are some favorites of the Deanwood staff: 


Five Valentine Films to watch with your child

Published on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snuggle up and watch!


A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

Published on Monday, February 10, 2014

the_telling_room_book_coverThe Telling Room is a book that is about all of the things it claims in its title, as well as many others. The main character in the book is Ambrosio, a large and boisterous man who lives in Castile, a region of Spain that is known for its unforgiving climate as well as its history. 

Kid inventors

Published on Saturday, February 8, 2014

Brrr. It is cold outside and if you use earmuffs to keep your ears warm, you have a kid from 1873 to thank for that. earmuffs_image

Tired of his ears freezing while he was testing out a new pair of skates, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood from Maine used wire to make two-ear shaped loops and beaver fur and cloth sewn on by his grandmother to create the first-ever earmuffs

Published on Saturday, February 8, 2014

Seraphina is set in a world where two species co-exist: dragons and humans. SeraphinaDragons, powerful creatures with mathematical minds, are able to take human form to interact with people; they reject all emotions as weakness, to the point of excising them from their brains. The broad concepts of mathematics and music are the key to this new world along with bigotry, discrimination and diplomatic negotiations.

Staff recommendation

Published on Friday, February 7, 2014

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival cover In her new novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, Jennifer Chiaverini returns to Civil War era Washington, D.C. to tell the story of Kate Chase Sprague. When Kate Chase invited First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln to call upon her, Washington society was astounded.  Her invitation established a social and political rivalry between the two ladies until President Abraham Lincoln's death in April 1856.

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