Staff Picks

Published on Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cover of Rookie Yearbook OneRookie Yearbook One is not just a style guide. Tavi Gevinson is the editor of the book and founder of the website Rookie. Rookie Yearbook One is a compilation of articles, photos and stories from the website and from Tavi's mind.

'Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie'

Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Julie Sternberg’s Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie takes place in the summer before 8-year-old Eleanor’s third-grade year.Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie Book cover  Eleanor is dealing with the loss of her cherished babysitter, Bibi, who moved away to take care of her ill father.  Eleanor’s parents try to console her but they cannot.  The story follows Eleanor as she builds a relationship with her new babysitter, Natalie.  Natalie encourages her to write to Bibi and while she waits to hear back, Eleanor and Natalie stay busy with plenty of fun activities with frie

A Review

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bomb by Steve SheinkinBomb by Steve Sheinkin is an exciting ride through World War II as seen by some of the top physicists of their day. With the revelation that an atom could be split in two, creating fission, came an arms race towards the first atomic bomb. The U.S. knew that an atomic bomb in the hands of Hitler would have devastating effects and the best way to prevent that was to make a successful atomic bomb first. 

Books for overcoming night fright

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Monsters under the bed, and ghosts in the closet.  Creaky sounds, and strange shapes -- for kids, all kinds of spooky sensations can come to life once the lights go down.  Though not unusual, fear of the dark definitely hits some children harder than others.  Fortunately, this is nothing new, and over the years a number of great picture books have come out that specifically address this fear, and offer kids tools and strategies for overcoming it.   

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Cover for the Matchbox DiaryWhen a little girl visits her great-grandfather's house for the first time, he invites her to choose something from the room and he will tell her its story. When she finds a cigar box filled with matchboxes, her great-grandfather explains that before he was able to read or write, he collected his memories in these matchboxes. Each matchbox contains an object attached to a memory; a journey from Italy to the United States, and the challenges and joys that he and his family experienced.

Staff recommendations

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Beethoven's Hair bookcoverBeethoven's Hair by Russell Martin is a fascinating true account about a lock of Beethoven's hair snipped off on his deathbed and preserved in a glass and wood frame for almost two hundred years.  The readers find themselves traveling from the present, when a surgeon is opening the frame for the first time in years, back to the day the hair is reverently cut from the dead man's head.

National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America

Published on Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cover of book Pocket Guide to the Birds of North AmericaThis little book will surprise even experienced birders with its word and picture portraits of what makes 160 of our most common birds anything but ordinary.  It packs an amazing amount of readable -- and intriguing -- information into a very small space.  The pictures not only show typical behaviors but succeed as attention grabbers in themselves.  The text is unique among bird guides with its telling vignettes that surprise, amuse, and most of all, make you feel you want to know more.   

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Beautiful creaturesBeautiful Creatures, at its core, is a "forbidden love" story, with a healthy portion of "it's a race against time" thrown in.

I'm not one to delve into the details of a book, giving away spoilers and secrets to try to convince people if the book is good or not. The real questions - the ones you want to know - are:

Staff Recommendation

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013

http://catalog.dclibrary.org/vufind/bookcover.php?isn=0525953612&size=largeIn her first historical novel, best selling author Jennifer Chiaverini writes about Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hobbs Keckley, an African-American modiste who lived in Washington, D.C. for many years. A former slave, Mrs. Keckley sewed gowns for the women of Washington. Her numerous clients included First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, Varina Davis, wife of Senator Jefferson Davis, Mrs. Robert E. Lee, and other leading society ladies of the day. It is her life and her friendship with Mrs.

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Why Jazz ?What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music? In Why Jazz? author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans.

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