Staff Picks

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.

Published on Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, the library can’t help you with those last minute dinner reservations, but we can suggest a few fun ways to explore the holiday that won’t break your budget.

We have plenty of free resources available to get you in the spirit.

Where is Baby's Valentine? Have a new addition to your family?

Published on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tap the Magic Tree bookcover It’s cold outside, but our hearts are warmed by the arrival of new children’s books. February is definitely a season awash in colorful stories.

Exploring Romance in Teen Space

Published on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Teen Space Valentine DisplayRomeo and Juliet?  Superman and Lois Lane? Hermione and Ron? Who is your favorite couple? Stop by Teen Space on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library and fill out a candy heart letting us know who the lovely pair is, and we'll put it on display!  

While you're here, be sure to check out one of the many great love stories that we have on our shelves. Celebrate the spirit of the Valentine's season by falling in love with a good book. Whether you're in love, looking for love, or loving the single life, we have something for you.  

Here are some of our staff favorites for YA romance:  

Staff recommendation

Published on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cover image for Ripley under groundNo other writer can write a gruesome story about a disturbing main character who commits terrible acts and still command sympathy from the reader. If you've seen the movie or read the prequel, The Talented Mr. Ripley, you will know what I mean. Tom Ripley is just trying to get ahead and have what all the rich, upper class have.

Book recommendation

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

buck book coverM.K. Asante’s memoir, Buck, tells the story of a young man who, despite his African-centered upbringing, is drawn to the allure of the streets. Coming of age in North Philadelphia with an incarcerated brother, an often absent professor/activist father and a stressed-out mother, Asante finds more peace out in the world then in his own home.

Black History Month

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Check out these 2014 African-American history titles for a wealth of historical and contemporary facts:

Cover image for The handy African American history answer bookThe Handy African American History Answer Book
by Jessie Carney Smith

Valentine's event + New and classic children's books for Valentine's Day

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

Henry in Love book coverIt's Valentine's Day! Well, it will be soon. Here at Woodridge Interim Library’s Children’s Room, we're celebrating by making scratch-off Valentine's Day cards and lollipop bouquets for our friends and family the day before (Feb. 13) starting at 3 p.m.

But in the meanwhile, here are some new and classic Valentine's Day books that you can find at the library to help you start feelin’ the love.

Featuring "Henny Penny"

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

"Henny Penny" book coverCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

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