Staff Picks

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.

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Casual VacancyWhen a children’s librarian is looking forward to an adult fiction title, it means only one thing: everyone is looking forward to this title too. And as the author of one of the most popular children’s fiction series of all time, J.K. Rowling had her work cut out for her.

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cover art for Tales of TerrorUncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley has more than enough fear-factor for most fans of scary stories. Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house, but regular visits from his nephew, Edward, give him the opportunity to recount some of his most frightening stories. As each tale unfolds, it becomes clear that something sinister is in the air, from strange sounds, a creepy butler that Edward rarely sees.

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