Staff Picks

Get Ready for Halloween with the Kids

Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Looking for a great read to get into the Halloween Spirit?

Check out some of these fantastic titles, some designed to scare and some designed to reassure your child that there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to monsters. Silly or scary, these stories are guaranteed to be entertaining and perfect for Halloween!

'The Sound of Music'

Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Sound of MusicOur October 2013 movie recommendation is Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

The Sound of Music is set in 1930s Austria. It details the life of Maria, who is sent by the nuns to take care of the children of Captain Von Trapp. Upon arrival at the Von Trapp household, she is met with hostility but she eventually charms the kids and the Captain through her songs and kindness. It also describes the family’s subsequent escape when Nazi Germany assumes control of Austria and they try to forcefully enlist Captain Von Trapp into their army.

Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

book cover of twelve years a slaveIn the canon of American Slave Narratives, we have a few staples, such as those of Frederick Douglass, Olaudah Equiano and Harriet Jacobs.

Published on Sunday, October 27, 2013

bookcoverIn the fourth and most recent volume of the Lorien Legacies, The Fall of Five, follow along as John Smith and his fellow Loric survivors are traveling across the globe to protect the world from the invading Mogadorians.

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

book coverMollie Katzen, famed author of The Moosewood Cookbook, delights our palates yet again with The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation. 

Recipes run the gamut from soups like Tomato-Coconut to hearty pasta dishes like Lemony Carmelized Onion Mac and Gorgonzola.

Desserts include Cranapple Walnut Cake and Fruit-Studded Madeleine Cake. Many of the recipes are vegan-friendly.

Spooky suggestions for readers of all ages!

Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October is here, and that means the countdown to Halloween has begun! Whether your idea of a good Halloween scare comes from Hocus Pocus or something darker, the library is the place to get your Halloween fix! Here are some favorites to get you in the Halloween spirit. Recommendations are split into two categories: light and dark.

Kids' Reads

Published on Sunday, October 20, 2013

Revolutionary Summer photoThe summer of 1776 was a spectacle of war, politics, and the birth of a new nation.  Revolutionary Summer is the latest book by author and historian Joseph Ellis, which deals with this tumultuous and formative period in America’s history. 

Ray Bradbury's Spooky Classic

Published on Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Boys. And it was the afternoon of Halloween. And all of the houses shut against a cool wind. And the town was full of cold sunlight. But suddenly, the day was gone. Night came out from under each tree and spread."

Published on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

'Stuffed' Book CoverThe first book I picked up as a new Library Associate, a few short weeks ago, was Stuffed by Eric Walters. A petite piece of literature with only 14 short chapters, I would have never guessed that this Young Adult material was heavy enough to hold down my attention. Ian Cheevers, the story's main character and resident teenage "smart-ass," kept me alert, as-well. 

'The Bone Season' by Samantha Shannon

Published on Friday, October 11, 2013

Cover of the book, the Bone Season by Samantha ShannonBeing clairvoyant means hiding your gifts well and or living in the shadows of society, because if Scion catches you, it could mean your life.

In 2059, a young lieutenant of a powerful crime syndicate is beginning to come into her extraordinary clairvoyant gifts. Called the Pale Dreamer, she enjoys her hard and risky life amongst London's underground elite and feels no regrets about abandoning a more comfortable life under the protection of her unknowing Scion-employed father.