Staff Picks

'Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant'

When 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. 

Fanatic For 'Fables'

In 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.

Here Comes April

Showers, Rabbits and a Multi-lingual Chicken

Begin 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.

Reading Through Time and Space: Denmark

Mermaids, ducklings and secluded coves

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.

'Defending Jacob' by William Landay

Staff recommendations

Was 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 lov

Children's Music Highlights

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

Jazz 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

Miss Christina's March Reading Pick

'Great Wall of Lucy Wu'

Wendy 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.

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