Staff Picks

book cover for Flights, Chimes, and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne

Complete in One Volume

Outstanding stand-alone fantasies for tweens and their adults

It all started with the Chronicles of Narnia. Or maybe it started with the 12 Wonderful Wizard of Oz sequels that L. Frank Baum wrote to meet the immense popular demand for more Oz stories.

Just Mercy cover

Andrew Carnegie Medals 2015


During the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, the annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced.  Here are the winning titles available to check out and download from the library system.Fiction

Me & Dog

Picture Books About Pets

How Children and Pets Relate to Each Other

These charming picture books for children feature a wide variety of pets: dogs, a rabbit, a snake, a sloth, a horse, a bird, a woolly mammoth, a saber-toothed tiger, and a dodo bird. The books also deal with following aspects of pet ownership: picking out a pet, taking good care of your pet, being aware of what your pet needs, and becoming a responsible pet owner. 

Feed by Mira Grant

Adult Books for Teens

For when you've read through the entire YA section

So you’ve read your way through the YA section at your library, and you’re at a lost at what to do next. The fiction shelves seem daunting, but here are some suggestions to get you started.  Feed by Mira Grant

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

Royal Biographies

For your fix of kings, queens, and their (sometimes) bad behavior

As Americans, we can get strangely obsessed with other countries' monarchies. It's so easy, isn't it? The lavish weddings! The impeccably dressed (not to mention impeccably behaved) children!

The Most Magnificent Thing book cover

School May Be Out, But Science Is Still Very In!

Picture Books that Explore the World of Science

This summer, DC Public Library will feature many different science related programs to learn from and enjoy. There is the Science in the Summer program, which is a free science program for elementary school children.

Huge & Huggable Mochimochi

Clever Crafting

Amigurumi Part Two: Knit dolls and creatures

Amigurumi (編みぐるみ) is the art of crocheting or knitting small animals, dolls or other anthropomorphic creatures. This post is part two of my amigurumi book recommendations, please click here for Part One on amigurumi crochet.

The Watermelon Seed

Giggle-Inducing Books

Have some fun with your little one

Sharing books with your little one can be full of fun, smiles and giggles. Check out one of these books and find out how much fun storytime can be!

Johnny Hiro: half asian, all hero

Not Your Typical Hero

Graphic novels that feature non-traditional heroes

Graphic Novels are somewhat contentious in the literary sphere. Are they really books? Do they merit the same sort of acclaim as other written works? I am, without a doubt, a member of the "Graphic Novels Are Amazing" club, and as such I believe it's my duty to share with you all some wonderful graphic novel titles. Since graphic novels come in a number of sub-genres, I've decided to limit this list to those that deal with heroes. Heroes don't necessarily need to be caped crusaders or have super human powers, and these titles prove just that.

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

Loneliness in Words and Pictures

Complex emotions for kids

Loneliness, a complex and strong human emotion, finds a home in everyone: children and adults alike.