Staff Picks

Jazz Appreciation Month Book Review

'The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire'

Ted Gioia’s The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire provides an excellent introduction to some of the most enduring jazz numbers of all time, and it is suitable for both the casual jazz fan and the experienced aficionado alike.

Bicycling

Seven Cycling Stories to Share with your Child

Curl up, get cozy, and read!Along a Long RoadBy Frank VivaJUV E VIVAIllustrations and brief text evoke a bicycle ride, with its ups and downs, sweeping turns, and vivid views.

'That Woman' by Anne Sebba

Staff recommendations

A 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?  Walli

'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

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