Staff Picks

Welcome Back to Wonderland

In Splintered by A. G. Howard, Alyssa must travel back to Wonderland in order to right all the wrongs that her great-great-great-grandmother, Alice, created while traveling down the rabbit hole.

Under Wildwood

The thrilling sequel in the Wildwood Series

When we left Prue and Curtis at the end of Wildwood, we couldn't help but feel their story wasn't over. Curtis had chosen to stay behind with his fellow bandits, and Prue had heroically returned from Wildwood with her baby brother.

Overcoming Passive-Aggression

Resources from the library can help

Hidden anger that comes out indirectly-through inappropriate, unproductive action or even inaction-can undermine relationships with friends, family and colleagues at work.  This book examines how this kind of anger, called passive aggression, can undermine sufferers and their relationships and make life generally miserable.

Kids' Book of the Week

'Artemis Fowl' by Eoin Colfer

If St. Patrick's Day inspires you to get into the Irish spirit, try the adventurous Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.Artemis is a criminal mastermind, evil genius, and yet only a 12-year-old Irish boy. He attempts to regain his family's fortune in this fast paced thriller.

Leaping Leprechauns

Seven seasonal stories to share with your child

Curl up, get cozy, and read!Leprechauns Never Lie By Lorna BalianJUV E BALIANGram is ailing and Ninny Nanny, too lazy to care for their simple needs, says she will catch a leprechaun to discover his hidden gold.

7 Up, Part 8

If you have never viewed Michael Apted's monumental Up documentaries, now is the time to do it.

'The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls' by Claire Legrand

A creepy new read by a new author

Twelve-year-old Victoria is determined to keep everything perfect: her grades, her appearance, and her best friend, overly messy Lawrence.

'In the President's Secret Service'

By Ronald Kessler

Kessler’s book about the behind scenes of the secret service, is a partisan, gossip-rant about U.S. presidents. Former Presidents, Reagan, Bush and Ford were mellifluously described as outstanding American presidents, while agents derided Clinton, Johnson and Carter as inconsiderate or deceptively arrogant, womanizers.

'River of Smoke' by Amitav Ghosh

Staff Recommendations

If you are not familiar with the work of Amitav Ghosh, you are in for an enriching reading experience.  If you want to know what the atmosphere was like in the area of India and China in the early part of the 19th century, the author will treat you to vivid descriptions so real that you will actually feel like you are living in that time and place.  Ghosh seems to know everything about the East in the early 19th centu

February Goodreads Book Review

'True Grit'

Charles Portis’ classic novel, True Grit, tells the story of young Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old seeking justice for her father’s murder. She states in the opening line of the novel, “People do not give it credence that a 14-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day.” She is right about this sort of thing not happening every day, but then again, strong, young female characters like Mattie do not come around every day either.Mattie hires an ornery old U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, to help her track down her father’s killer, and the pair are joined by Texas Ranger LeBoeuf, who has been hunting the killer, Tom Chaney, for an unrelated homicide in Texas.  At first the two older men try to leave Mattie behind, but her dogged pursuit eventually convinces them that she is up to the task.

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