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Published on Monday, April 15, 2013

That Woman bookcoverA very distinguished elderly lady customer requested That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Dutchess of Windsor and I was intrigued immediately.  Who hasn't heard about the king who gave up his crown for the love of a commoner?  Wallis Simpson knew she was blamed for the abdication of Edward VIII and had to live with this notoriety for the rest of her life.  Although she was not the nicest, most considerate person, the reader may feel some sympahty for her and will be surprised by what is reveal

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013

photo of cover of Back of the HouseWhen a food writer who is also a clinical psychologist writes a book about one of the country's top restaurants, the result is a foodie's delight, a resource for anyone who wonders what being a top chef really involves; and if the writer is Scott Haas, a great read full of equally great insights into the people. 

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013

bookcoverIn this first volume by Bill Willingham entitled Legends in Exile, you are introduced to fairy tale, legend, lore, literary and storybook characters from your childhood.

Showers, Rabbits and a Multi-lingual Chicken

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013

april showers by george shannonBegin Spring by reading a story about a sure thing: Showers in the month of April.

George Shannon with illustrators Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey create a chorus of dancing frogs exhorting the joys of getting soaking wet.  Although the frogs “do what’s right” and ‘play by the rules,” danger lurks when a snake comes shimmering by.

Read April Showers and discover a surprise for both reader and frog.

Mermaids, ducklings and secluded coves

Published on Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mysteries like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have led to a boom in Scandinavian fiction for adults.  But what about fiction for children?  In this installation of Reading Through Time and Space, we will travel to a peaceful, misty country made up of one peninsula and 443 islands.  It's the home of Legoland, Viking festivals and delicious smørrebrød sandwiches -- that's right, Denmark!

Staff recommendations

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

w.dclibrary.org/node/34688#overlay=node/34688/revisions/111137/editWas it the cover illustration or the title, Defending Jacob, that drew me to this book?  The description on the inside of the front jacket promised a suspenseful mystery full of guilt, betrayal, a father's fierce loyalty and his love for his son.

'Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle, and Shake'

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CD cover for Jazz for KidsJazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle, and Shake is a family friendly jazz compilation that will appeal to adults and kids of all ages.  It includes familiar favorites like “Old McDonald” and “The Muffin Man” alongside lesser known delights such as “Rag Mop” and “Doop-Doop-De-Doop.”  It is a great collection to teach children about jazz and a few of its famous musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. 

Self Help Book Recommendation

Published on Monday, April 1, 2013

Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment book coverLet Go Now: Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey is an informative and practical read, if you wish to take time for yourself and develop a sense of inner peace.

Introducing... Aldo Zelnick!

Published on Friday, March 29, 2013

Aldo Zelnick is a fifth grader, an artist, and a collector of words. He keeps track of the events of his life in a journal, where he draws funny cartoons and confesses his innermost thoughts. Each of his journals focuses on a different letter. So far, there are seven books in the series.

They are written by Karla Oceanak, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer, and published by Bailiwick Press. Click the titles below to see each of the Aldo Zelnick books in the library's catalog.

Find them at the Tenley library in the children's fiction section, under J Oceanak.


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.

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