Staff Picks

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013

bookcoverThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a New York Times bestselling book. It's definitely worth opening up and reading and you don't have to be a serious book lover or an adult to do it.

'Great Wall of Lucy Wu'

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Great Wall of Lucy WuWendy Wan Long Sheng’s  The Great Wall of Lucy Wu  is a familiar-feeling story of Lucy, a sixth-grade Chinese American who loves basketball. Lucy is looking forward finally to a perfect year — she’s out from under the shadow of her beautiful and flawless older sister who has gone to college.  She has her own room now and she is looking to find her own identity. 

Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

There comes a point when a lot of little children become princess obsessed. It's like a switch is flipped and suddenly it's all twirly, pretty dresses and fairy godmothers all the time.

While princesses themselves are inherently awesome, it can be hard to find princess books that don't relegate the princesses themselves to the background action. Luckily, we've spent some time around picture books and have come up with a list of 20 stories starring positive, proactive princesses who don't sit around all day waiting for a prince or glass slipper to save them.

Read these book with your princess (or prince) in training and feel good about the messages you're sharing with them.


Published on Monday, March 25, 2013

The CartelHey, looking for a good read?

The staff at  the Dorothy I Height/Benning Library highly recommends The Cartel  by Ashley & JaQuavis, as a good urban fiction read for the month of April. It is very suspenseful and has action throughout, it is one of those books you just can't put down.

A nonfiction book about baseball integration for young readers

Published on Friday, March 22, 2013

Are you a baseball fan? If so, how much do you know about the famous Brooklyn Dodger who wore number 42 -- Jackie Robinson? Or the “Great Experiment” of 66 years ago? Back in the 1940s, Major League Baseball did not have the number of players from different races, cultures and countries as it does today.
 

Published on Friday, March 22, 2013

Jpey Pigza Swallowed The Key by Jack GantosJoey Pigza is constantly wired. He is so wired that he cannot sit still in class at all. In Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key by Jack Gantos, this causes a lot of problems, such as sticking popsicle sticks into the pencil sharpener or swallowing a key whole. Unfortunately, not even Joey’s mother’s rules seem to calm Joey down.

TV Read-Alikes

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

We all want to read more, but let's face it: Sometimes it seems easier to watch your favorite TV show than it is to pick up a good book. When your favorite shows are on hiatus or your Netflix queue has been exhausted, check out a book with a similar theme to tide you over.

'Heaven is for Real'

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Heaven is for Real

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cover image of Gotham CentralBeing a cop is a difficult job no matter what city you work in, but what if you were a cop in Gotham City? That’s the premise of Gotham Central, written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, art by Michael Lark.

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