Staff Picks

Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book cover for Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie HuangThere is one thing you will notice about Eddie Huang fairly early on in his new memoir: he hates you. There are only two things he loves: food and hip-hop -- both the music and the culture.

New Book about Banksy

Published on Monday, February 25, 2013

Banksy, The Man Behind the WallWhen Wall and Piece came out a few years ago, I did not know much about the graffiti artist Banksy, but I was intrigued. His work seemed both political and whimsical, witty and fun to look at.

'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

Published on Thursday, February 21, 2013
It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's Kind of a Funny Story (DVD)

Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story tells the tale of Craig Gilner, a 15-year-old high school student who suffers from anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. While much of the subject material in the novel is quite serious, the whole story is infused with humor, and it is much more amusing than a story about mental illness has any right to be. 

The novel begins with Craig detailing the few things in life that give him pleasure, as well as the many, many things that cause him anxiety. It seems that nearly everything in his life causes stress. School, girls, his friends, and his parents—they all contribute to Craig’s neuroses that have gotten bad enough that he can barely eat, sleep, or function normally. After a lengthy introduction to Craig’s problems, and one particularly bad night that ends with him calling a suicide hotline, Craig visits the emergency room. 

Published on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book CoverHave you been looking for that perfect cookbook that covers everything from kale chips to field dressing a deer to olive oil gummy bears? Look no further -- that book has finally been published!

Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Midnight City by J. Barton MitchellSo, you’ve read all the books in the Hunger Games series, and while you’re going to go see the movies based on City of Bones and Beautiful Creatures, the books behind them really aren’t your thing.

Published on Friday, February 15, 2013

bookcoverLooking for some teen-aged cyborg love and satisfaction? Look no further! 

Published on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Goliath by Tom GauldThere is something wholly upsetting about hearing the villain's side of the story. I learned recently that the Joker from the Batman comics was driven to madness by an event in his life that was so jolting -- so shattering that he genuinely forgot what the event was. Even the great and terrible Magneto is, at his core, simply trying to prevent more atrocities like the ones he experienced as a youth during the Holocaust. 


Published on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Curl up, get cozy, and read!

Summer According to Humphrey
By Betty G. Birney
When summer arrives, Humphrey, the pet hamster of Longfellow School's Room 26, is surprised and pleased to learn that he will be going to Camp Happy Hollow.
"Summer According to Humphrey" book cover

'The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever' by Brenda Ferber and Tedd Arnold

Published on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine EverLeon has got a crush on Zoey. But his Valentine's Day card has other ideas about meaning of the day of love. Follow Leon as he chases down his runaway valentine and finally tells Zoey his secret. If you're a Fly Guy fan, you'll love Tedd Arnold's zany take on the Gingerbread Man fairy tale.

Enjoy this light hearted read out loud with Kindergarteners through third graders.

Children of the Crow Cove

Published on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Curl up, get cozy, and read!

The Crow-Girl
By Bodil Bredsdorff
After the death of her grandmother, a young orphaned girl leaves her house by the cove and begins a journey that leads her to people and experiences that exemplify the wisdom her grandmother had shared with her. 155 pages.
"The Crow-Girl" book cover