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GPLD CONNECTS

While we’re staying safe in our homes we look forward to seeing you online, where you can receive a variety of Library-approved services designed to educate, inform, entertain, and more! Going forward, we’ll offer an array of virtual events and services from storytimes to lectures to crafts and an in-depth look at the online resources we provide that include homework help, genealogy records, online language courses, job search assistance, and so much more. The GPLD Connects links will be available here.

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"Astrophysics for People in a Hurry"

If you're interested in astrophysics, cosmology, and space and time - or a fan of engaging and accessible science writing - check out "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" by Neil deGrasse Tyson. This nonfiction book breaks down complicated questions about our universe into easily readable chapters, says our Librarian Allyson.


Pride Month Memoirs

Celebrate Pride with authors who tell their own stories in these memoirs and essay collections!


"A Gentleman in Moscow"

"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles is a thoroughly engaging book about Count Alexander Rostov, who was sentenced to house arrest by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922 and lived in a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. This story is filled with glamour, intrigue, and humor amidst the backdrop of the birth of communist Russia.


"Black Cake"

"Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson is a domestic fiction novel that spans generations and continents. Part mystery, part family drama, this book deftly weaves together stories from the past and the present. Fans of "Ask Again, Yes" and "The Vanishing Half" will devour this delicious book, says our Librarian Rebekah.


"The Boys: A Memoir"

“The Boys: A Memoir” by Ron & Clint Howard is a recommended read. Our Library Associate Kay says it’s inspiring to read about how Ron and Clint crossed many hurdles and struggles throughout their lives to live out their career aspirations, and it’s interesting to learn about the interactions between the actors from the favorite shows we grew up watching.


Mental Health Awareness Month

Take a break and take care of yourself! These books offer different ways to help your mental health.


"Convenience Store Woman"

Although "Convenience Store Woman" by Sayaka Murata is translated from Japanese, it will resonate with anyone who has ever felt like they didn't fit in. This is a bittersweet and slyly funny novel about a 36-year-old woman who has never been considered "normal," and how much of herself she's willing to give up to conform to other's expectations, says our Librarian Sophie.


"Pachinko"

If there was a category for historical fiction page-turner, "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee would certainly qualify. This epic about Korean immigrants fighting to survive in 20th century Japan is a rich telling of their lives inside tenements, in street markets, and in pachinko gambling houses, and provides an educational experience that rivals any history class, says our Library Associate Mary.


Mental Health Memoirs

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Try one of these personal stories from someone living with a mental illness.


"Four Treasures of the Sky"

For Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: "Four Treasures of the Sky" by Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a fantastic historical novel set in the 1800s that tells the story of a young Chinese girl, Daiyu, who is kidnapped and brought to America. This is an amazing story that shines light into the darkest of moments and tells a really sad story well, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Thrilling Mysteries

Check out these titles that will have you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out what's really happening!


"Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive"

“Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive” by Stephanie Land is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The book covers three years in Land’s life as a single mother raising her young daughter on the unlivable wages that come with the physically and emotionally grueling work of contract housekeeping. Land's compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line, says our Librarian Allyson.


"Three More Months"

We all dread that moment when we lose a parent. What would we do if we received three more months with a loved one who passed away? In "Three More Months" by Sarah Echavarre, Chloe gets a second chance with her mother. Discover how Chloe uses the blessing of this opportunity to spend time with her mother, says our Library Associate Kay.


"Night of the Mannequins"

"Night of the Mannequins" by Stephen Graham Jones is a tense look into the mind of an unreliable narrator that is as fast-paced as it is unsettling. This twisted psychological horror novella is perfect for fans of slasher movies like "Scream," says our Librarian Sophie.


New in True Crime

Are you into mysteries? What about history? If you combine both, you get true crime. Try out these new true crime stories, which will surely satiate your appetite.


"A Study in Scarlet Women"

Think you're familiar with Sherlock Holmes? "A Study in Scarlet Women" by Sherry Thomas challenges what we know about the famous fictional detective of the Victorian age. In this book, Sherlock is really Charlotte, a woman forced to create a male proxy to build credibility as a detective. Fans of Sherlock won't be disappointed, however, as lady Sherlock's incarnation is refreshing and absorbing, says our Library Associate Mary.


Hassle-Free Housework

Spring is here. Check out these great resources to organize your home and streamline your housework.


Vengeance Will Be Mine!

These YA books pack a punch in their quest for revenge!


"Educated"

Fans of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls or "The Sound of Gravel" by Ruth Wariner will enjoy "Educated" by Tara Westover. This is a heart-wrenching, candid autobiography about a complicated family and the author's determination to succeed despite the odds stacked against her, says our Librarian Allyson.


Inside TV

Check out these books that take you inside your favorite TV show!


"The Other Einstein"

"The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict is historical fiction that captures the challenges of being a female scientist married to Albert Einstein. In the beginning, it appears that Mitza and Albert would be great partners, but when they start to publish their findings and gain recognition, Albert wasn't so quick to share the limelight. Can their relationship survive the deceit and competition, even for the sake of their children? Read the book to find out, says our Library Associate Kay.


Building Social Emotional Skills

Teaching social emotional health to grades K-3 can be challenging. These picture books combine simple text with positive messages that encourage acting with compassion and acceptance toward others and themselves.


"Lore"

"The Hunger Games" meets Greek mythology in the Young Adult urban fantasy novel "Lore" by Alexandra Bracken. Readers who enjoy fast-paced stories about Greek gods, revenge, and fate should check out this book, says our Librarian Allyson.


"Cold-Hearted Rake"

"Cold-Hearted Rake" by Lisa Kleypas introduces readers to the Ravenels, a family notorious for their quick tempers and scandalous behavior. The wickedly charming rake Devon Ravenel inherits his late cousin's estate and responsibilities, which he doesn't want, and clashes with the widowed Kathleen over its future. Who will prevail, or will love triumph? "Bridgerton" fans looking for a new family to fall in love with will enjoy this book, says our Librarian Sophie.


Lighthearted Fiction

Sometimes you just want something lighthearted to read and enjoy. Check out these entertaining titles that aren't too heavy or serious.


eBooks About Books

Celebrate National Library Week with these books about book on Libby!


"The Library Book"

"The Library Book" by Susan Orleans, about the history and challenges of the Los Angeles Public Library, is an inspiring must-read. You'll finish the book with a new appreciation for your library and its entire contents, says our Library Associate Kay.


"The Library at Mount Char"

"The Library at Mount Char" by Scott Hawkins is a fantasy novel that is original, engrossing, creepy, and complex. It's a story of magic, secrets, and family that is both stylistically complex and compelling. Fans of Neil Gaiman or Robert Jackson Bennett will want to check out this book, says our Librarian Allyson.


"Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple"

Even though the recipes featured in "Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple" by Tieghan Gerard are easy to prepare, they do not lack flavor, says our Library Associate Kay.


"In Five Years"

If you enjoy contemporary romances, give "In Five Years" by Rebecca Serle a try. You’ll shed some tears and are sure to enjoy the story's unexpected twists, says our Library Associate Kay.


"Every Heart a Doorway"

Fantasy is full of stories of children disappearing into underworlds for adventures, but have you ever wondered what happens when they come back? "Every Heart a Doorway" by Seanan McGuire has a ragtag group of former child heroes looking for a murderer before it's too late. This is the first book in the Wayward Children fantasy series, says our Librarian Sophie.


"These Violent Delights"

"These Violent Delights" by Chloe Gong is not just a young adult historical fantasy novel, but also a retelling of Shakespeare's classic play "Romeo and Juliette." With its dazzling setting, a mysterious series of murders, and diverse, unapologetically criminal characters, "These Violent Delights" is a must-read, says our Librarian Allyson.


"You Belong Here Now"

"You Belong Here Now" by Dianna Rostad is a stunning historical fiction debut novel. The story reveals the challenging lives of children who rode the orphan train. Be prepared to add Rostad to your favorite author list when you're done reading, says our Library Associate Kay.


Pie for Pi Day

If you want to bake something sweet to celebrate, we've got a list just for you. It's as easy as pie!


Food Themed Fiction

Who doesn't love to devour and discuss new food delicacies? This booklist includes titles to consider for your next book club discussion. Bon appétit!


"What Comes Next"

A grieving 12-year-old girl who lost her best friend in a tragic accident bonds with her new dog, and they heal together in Rob Buyea's "What Comes Next." This middle school novel shows how compassion and love can change the future for the better. Our Librarian Lynne highly recommends this book and says it will make you cry, cheer, and laugh.


Yas Queens

Women's History Month is a time to commemorate and study, observe, and celebrate the vital role of women in history. Dig into these biographies of royal women!


Witchy Good Reads

Who says Halloween is the only time to read about witches?! These middle school graphic novels are about young witches finding their way through magic, friendship, and family. You will laugh along with these lovable main characters as they fight monsters and grad school bullies.


"The Chosen and the Beautiful"

Dark magic meets the jazz age in "The Chosen and the Beautiful" by Nghi Vo. This fantasy retelling of "The Great Gatsby" follows pro golfer and socialite Jordan Baker, who is thrust into the world of privilege and magic. Dripping with atmosphere and lush prose, this book is perfect for fans of "Gatsby," as well as people who skipped the book in English class, says our Librarian Sophie.


Squirrley Reads

The squirrels in these fantastic picture books for birth to grade 2 are full of personality, and their bustling, hilarious, and fun adventures will keep you smiling to the last page.


"World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments"

Warm, lyrical, and gorgeously illustrated, "World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments," by poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil is a collection of essays perfect for fans of nature writing, memoirs, and lush writing styles, says our Librarian Allyson.


"Comfort and Joy: Cooking for Two"

There comes a time in our lives that we only need to feed a couple of people and don't want to have a lot of leftovers. “Comfort and Joy: Cooking for Two” by Christina Lane is the resource you've been looking for! You will find mouth-watering recipes for brunch, lunch, dinner, comfort foods, and desserts, says our Library Associate Kay.


Books on Kindness

Inspired by the work of Fred Rogers? Check out these books.


Iconic Sweaters

Mr. Rogers isn't the only person known for their iconic sweaters.


Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Do you like Daniel Tiger? Well, check out any of these books for grades 3-5 that Daniel would love to read!


People in Your Neighborhood

Find out more about the different jobs and people that might live in your community in these books for readers up to grade 2.


Movies About Neighbors

Mister Rogers taught us that our neighborhood is the best place to be. This collection of movies features a variety of interesting relationships with neighbors - some funny, some creepy, and some very dramatic!


Heart Healthy Cookbooks

February is filled with hearts everywhere! It's time to think about your own heart and start cooking meals to keep your ol' ticker healthy.


An Evening with Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine is a writer, lawyer, and New York Times bestselling author of six romance novels, including "While We Were Dating," "The Wedding Date," and "The Proposal," which NPR called “Rollicking, charming, and infinitely zesty.”
Her work has appeared in "O, The Oprah Magazine," "Cosmopolitan," "Bon Appetit," and "Time." She lives in Oakland, CA where she has a towering stack of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.


Talk About Feelings

Fred Rogers once said, "When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” The books below help teach children from birth to grade 2 about their emotions and how to express them in a healthy way.


Black Romance Authors

This Valentine's Day, check out one of these novels.


Be Like Fred

Mister Rogers may be one of a kind, but these people had a similar impact on society. Check out the stories of these individuals that changed the world with their actions and kindness.


Goodreads Choice Awards

Announcing the fiction winners of the 13th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers, who cast over 4.7 million votes! Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations.


Mister Rogers on DVD

Just in time to celebrate our One Book, One Community celebration is this collection of DVDs for adults and children featuring Fred Rogers. Won't you be my neighbor and enjoy some Mister Rogers video fun?


"The Good Neighbor Cookbook"

If you want to be a good neighbor and share hearty meals and sweet treats with others at their time of need and celebration, our Library Associate Kay recommends “The Good Neighbor Cookbook” by Sara Quessenberry and Suzanne Schlosberg.


Time-Loop Fiction

This list pays homage to the movie “Groundhog Day.” Enjoy these stories that take you back and forth through time. Since Punxsutawney Phil predicted that we have six more weeks of winter, you’ll have plenty of time to read!


"Officer Clemmons"

If you are interested in a heartwarming and inspiring memoir that is both engaging and thoughtful, our Librarian Allyson says you will want to check out a copy of "Officer Clemmons" by François Clemmons. For 25 years, Clemmons performed the role of Officer Clemmons, a friendly neighborhood policeman, in the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe.” Clemmons was one of the first African Americans to have a recurring role on a children's TV series, and his presentation – as both a beloved neighbor to Mister Rogers and as a respected authority figure – has been described as groundbreaking.


What Makes a Neighborhood Special?

These books for younger readers birth to age 2 celebrate diverse communities and the people who make them up. They will inspire you to think about what makes your own neighborhood special and how you can make it even better!


"Hench"

A disgruntled, angry millennial temp worker takes on superheroes after her work for villains goes awry in "Hench" by Natalie Zina Walschots. Injured and seeking retribution, she uses the power of data and an alliance with a notorious villain to save the world. Fast-paced and darkly funny, this book will grip you and not let go, says our Librarian Sophie.


National Hot Tea Month

Did you know tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world? With over 1,000 flavors, tea has influenced different countries’ cuisine for hundreds of years. Whatever brewing traditions you follow, or if you only microwave your tea, celebrate National Hot Tea Month with a cup of tea!


"The Island of Sea Women"

"The Island of Sea Women" by Lisa See introduces readers to the wonderful culture and history of Jeju Island through a tragic, magical, and beautiful story. Our Library Associate Cameron recommends this book to readers who love historical fiction as well as those who enjoy great stories.


National Pie Day

If you missed out on the celebration Jan. 23, you can still honor national pie day by getting cozy with a delicious piece of pie and a great book for grades 4-6 to enjoy while eating!


"Curses"

"Curses" by Lish McBride is a humorous and clever young adult novel. If you like fast-paced and engaging novels, then this book about curses, aristocracy, swindling, and romance is worth checking out, says our Librarian Allyson.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Many of the issues Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for during his life, including racial equity and voting rights, remain extremely relevant. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 17 by trying one of these titles that explore the modern legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.


"Winter's Orbit"

"Winter's Orbit" by Everina Maxwell is a sci-fi story that is equal parts romance and political intrigue, where a mismatched pair of royals must marry amidst conspiracy and with the fate of an empire at stake. Our librarian Sophie says you will fall in love with this book.


New Year, New You

Start 2022 by exploring how to be the best version of yourself. These titles encompass different ways to change your lifestyle while also being true to yourself.


"Us Against You"

"Us Against You" by Fredrik Backman is a follow-up to his previous book, "Beartown." The community has already experienced tragedy, and a new disaster strikes their beloved hockey team. Can the team move past these obstacles to succeed? You may be cheering with tear-filled eyes by the end, says our Library Associate Kay.


Send in the Clones

What would you do if there was an identical copy of yourself? What if you were a clone?


Discover a New Hobby

Ever wanted to try something new? This is the best time to start, and here are some titles to get your foot in the door!


Cardboard DIY

Ever wonder what to do with all those shipping boxes? These books for readers in grades 3-5 have plenty of ideas!


Wintry Books for Wintry Weather

If you want snow outside your window AND in your next book, this book list featuring frigid hearts, cold mysteries, biting dialogue, icy magic, frozen secrets, and arctic landscapes is for you! (*Bring your own sweater.)


Fix-It and Forget-It Lazy and Slow Cookbook

"Fix-It and Forget-It Lazy and Slow Cookbook" by Hope Comerford provides recipes for main courses, side dishes, and desserts for every day of the year, plus shopping lists. Most of the recipes are good, down-home cooking, says our Library Associate Kay.


Birds of a Feather

Jan. 5 is National Bird Day. Get ready for some serious birdwatching with this collection of books. Admire the beautiful photos and enjoy finding these magnificent creatures out in nature.


"Every Missing Piece"

Filled with a cast of diverse characters, the middle grade mystery “Every Missing Piece” by Melanie Conklin touches on serious topics such as grief, changing family dynamics, mental health, and domestic violence, with an age-appropriate, lighthearted approach. Readers will find a familiar friend in 11-year-old Maddy, who is surviving the death of her father, managing anxiety caused from her overwhelming fear of danger, and adjusting to her mother’s new husband, Stan. This is a timely story for fans of realistic fiction with a mysterious twist, says our Librarian Maureen.


Read-wind 2021

It was quite a year! Celebrate getting through it by checking out one of these popular books from the last 12 months! Do they live up to the hype?


Fantasy Adventure Reads

For fans of “Lord of the Rings,” these fantasy adventure books have an epic scope, sweeping plots, and fantastic world building.


"The Baggage Handler"

Fans of "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig will enjoy "The Baggage Handler" by David Rawlings. The three main characters all mistakenly grab the wrong luggage from baggage claim, but the baggage handler helps them realize that the baggage they carry around creates problems in their lives. Our Library Assistant Kay said this thought-provoking book made her reflect on her own life.


Super Specific Cookbooks

Looking to cook with your favorite food? Check out these cookbooks that focus on a single ingredient!


"The Darkness Outside Us"

"The Darkness Outside Us" by Eliot Schrefer is a Young Adult science fiction novel, told from the perspective of 17-year-old spacefarer Ambrose Cusk. Schrefer interviewed scientists from NASA while writing his novel that is full of speculative fiction tropes, Cold War style identity politics, the fate of humanity, and the connections that bind us. This was one of her favorite books of 2021, says our Librarian Allyson.


"Ring Shout"

Filled with action, exquisite world-building, and rich African folklore, "Ring Shout" by P. Djèlí Clark confronts the true horrors of racism and hatred. Despite its historical Prohibition era setting, it packs a visceral punch in today's context, says our Librarian Sophie.


Books You Might Have Missed

These books published last year all made it to the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2020! Don't miss out on these fantastic reads.


"All the Light We Cannot See"

"All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr is a wonderfully paced and detailed book that offers an amazing story to the reader with two unique characters as its centers. It has gripping, chilling, and happy moments spread throughout the story, making it a hard book to put down, which is why our Library Associate Cameron highly recommends this book.


Family Novels

Families are complex; they can be giving, loving, spiteful, bitter, compassionate, and so much more. These reads pack intense but wonderful family dynamics.


Christmas Adjacent Movies

Want to get in the holiday spirit but can't stand watching another holiday movie? Then check out these Christmas-adjacent movies


"The Feather Thief"

“The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century,” a nonfiction book by Kirk W. Johnson, is a true crime book that delves into natural history and man’s obsessive and destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature. This book is perfect for those who enjoy true crime, nature writing, and history, says our Librarian Allyson.


While You Wait for Dune: Part 2

No, it still isn't 2023 but you can read these epic sci-fi novels while you wait.


Wintry Weather

Cozy up with a snowy story for teens – fantasy, romance, or thriller!


Cooking Together

Spend time with family and make something delicious! These cookbooks and recipes are perfect for grades 3-5, letting them learn a new skill and spend quality time with family.


Neighborhood Drama

You may want to steer clear of these neighborhoods! Secrets, lies, and complicated interpersonal relationships abound in these stories set within seemingly normal communities that are anything but.


Human Rights

In honor of Human Rights Day Dec. 10, check out these true stories of fighters for human rights, both past and present.


"The Jetsetters"

Drama and tragedy unite Charlotte's family after she invites her adult children to join her for a cruise in "The Jetsetters" by Amanda Eyre Ward. A few surprises and twists lead to a satisfying ending you might not have expected. This is a great pick for readers who enjoy “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub, says our Library Associate Kay.


Nobel Prize Winners

Dec. 10, the Nobel Prize is awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, at the annual Prize Award Ceremony. Check out these past award recipient biographies.


Holiday Romance

Cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate and dive into these sweet teen romances set during the holiday season.


Lego Mania

WARNING: These LEGO books for grades 3-5 may inspire you to build, code, learn, and have fun. They include LEGO's origin story, building tips and tricks, and more. What are you building today?


Amazing Audiobooks

These books must be heard! The narration in these books brings the stories to the next level, and you won't want to miss a second.


"The Reading List"

"The Reading List" by Sara Nisha Adams is genuine, heartfelt, and compelling, says our Librarian Rebekah. An unlikely pair bond over a reading list and their shared reading connects these two disparate characters in a way neither of them knew they needed. This is a great read.


National Cookie Day

Dec. 4 is National Cookie Day. The Library can help you prepare with lots of options to try new recipes to fill your cookie jar. You better get baking before the Cookie Monster heads your way!


"The Wreckage of My Presence"

Casey Wilson will win you over with her skillfully constructed essays in "The Wreckage of My Presence" that are brimming with emotion, as she shares her thoughts on the joys and quirks of modern-day womanhood and motherhood, while shamelessly, joyously grasping for all life brings, says our Librarian Allyson.


Book I Didn't Like But Maybe You Will

Too morose, not enough punctuation, too slow, and/or no one to root for... These books are looking for just the right reader. Maybe it's YOU?


If You Like Stephen King

If you enjoy reading King and classic horror, you will love these titles. They will give you goosebumps, thrills, and you will not be able to put these down.


Mother-in-Laws

Is your mother-in-law a dream come true or a nightmare? You might not feel yours is so bad after you read about the mother-in-laws in this collection.


"The Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook"

This book is a great source to find traditional holiday recipes - and new ones - to tempt your taste buds, and it includes ideas for crafts and decorations, says our Library Associate Kay.


Swedish Style

Find harmony and connection within the vivid and cozy Swedish culture and use these reads as a guide to living life the Swedish way!


"The Last Exiles"

"The Last Exiles" by Ann Shin is a fantastic historical fiction novel inspired by true events and an unforgettable story of a fight for freedom and love, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Sci-Fi Novellas

Are you curious about science fiction but intimidated by the idea of long books with lots of technical details? Are you someone who already loves sci fi and looking for something quick and unique? Try one of these diverse titles from some of the strongest voices in science fiction today!


"Murder on the Orient Express"

"Murder on the Orient Express" is one of Agatha Christie's best-known books, and for good reason. Despite some shortcomings, the ending is wonderfully rewarding, and there are many different engaging moments, says our Library Associate Cameron.


"Check Please! Book 1: Hockey"

"Check Please! Book 1: Hockey" by Ngozi Ukazu is a hilarious and moving tale of college hockey, friendship, self-acceptance, and pie. Part coming-of-age story, part heartwarming gay love story, and all charm, this book will be a hit with fans of stories that explore the university experience, as well as wholesome sports comedies like “Ted Lasso,” says our Librarian Sophie.


Binge-Worthy Series

Have you ever finished a book and wished there were more to read? Check out any of these books for grades 3-5 that keep the story going


"The Gilded Wolves"

Set in 1889 Paris, "The Gilded Wolves" by Roshani Chokski is a historical fantasy novel full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure. If you love "Six of Crows," "The Young Elites," or "Sorcery of Thorns," then you’ll want to check out this first book in a completed trilogy, says our Librarian Allyson.


World Kindness Day

In honor of World Kindness Day Nov. 13, here are some books that will inspire you to be kind, both to others and yourself.


Feast Your Eyes Thanksgiving Reads

These festive and fun Thanksgiving reads are perfect for beginning early readers in kindergarten through grade 2.


"Light From Uncommon Stars"

"Light From Uncommon Stars" by Ryka Aoki is a quirky and bizarre sci-fi story that is full of heart. Our Librarian Sophie says the book answers the question: Can love, hope, and art not only overcome a deal with the devil, but the violence of the universe?


Historical Fiction About Veterans

Veteran's Day is Nov. 11. Enjoy this collection of stories featuring veterans.


"The Things We Save"

"The Things We Save" by Joanne E. Zienty is a great fit for all of us who have struggled to find our way back to a home filled with painful memories, says our Library Associate Kay. In addition, Zienty is a local author who lives in the Chicago suburbs.


Christmas Crafting

Check out these craft books at the Library and get a jump-start on Christmas crafts for yourself or for gifting. The holidays are just around the corner!


Books Set in Local Places

Sometimes we read books to escape – but how about reading books about home? Check out these books, which are set in local places, including Geneva, Naperville, and Chicago. Some of them take place in the here and now, and some unfold in fantastic and/or futuristic versions of places you may know


"Chasing Helicity"

Thirteen-year-old Helicity loves weather, storms, and meteorology, so she's thrilled when storm chasers want to mentor her. Her father is not happy about this at all in "Chasing Helicity" by Ginger Zee. Our Library Associate Ruth highly recommends this amazing read – which is part of a three-book series – for readers in middle school and beyond.


Great Gingers

Nov. 5 is National Redhead Day. Here are some famous people in history that you may not have known were redheads.


"The Life We Bury"

"The Life We Bury" by Allen Eskens is a gripping thriller that starts with a college writing assignment. Then it becomes a crusade as the student tries to clear the name of this newfound friend who has been imprisoned for murder. This is a thought-provoking and exciting book, says our Library Associate Kay.


Essay Collections by Brilliant Women

Are you looking for insightful nonfiction you can easily pick up and put back down when you have some spare time? Try one of these collections on a variety of topics!


"The Twilight Hauntings"

"The Twilight Hauntings" by Angie Sage is an enchanting book for readers age 8-12 and the first in a series. This magical adventure is filled with deception and bravery, narrow escapes, and friendship. It's the perfect story for anyone who likes getting lost in a book for a day, says our Library Associate Ruth.


National Sandwich Day

Nov. 3 is National Sandwich Day. These delicious Hoopla cookbooks give you everything you need to celebrate!


"How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You're Grown Up"

"How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You're Grown Up" by Catherine Newman is a constructive, encouraging book that promotes independence, competence, and kindness. While the book targets middle grades (ages 8-12), all ages can benefit from this book and its tips for handling whatever life throws your way, says our Library Associate Ali.


"The Lost Manuscript"

"The Lost Manuscript" by Cathy Bonidan is a fun, light-hearted book, filled with exciting adventure and mystery. Our Librarian Rebekah said it's truly hard to put down.


Kind and Beautiful World

For a greater look into our wonderful world. Check out these books for readers birth to grade 2


Fall in Love

It's time to Fall in Love! Enjoy this selection of fiction romances embellished by the comfort of fall.


"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"

"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is perfect for anyone who likes mysteries or is fascinated by unique characters. This collection of short stories surprises readers with many interesting details and views on how Sherlock's mind works, says our Library Associate Cameron.


"North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway"

"North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway" by Nevada Berg is more than just a cookbook; it is filled with stunning photography of the Norwegian countryside alongside delicious recipes. This cookbook is both inviting and entertaining. It will dispel any myths you might have about boring or bland Norwegian cooking, and it's recommended for both foodies and travel buffs alike, says our Library Associate Christine.


Binge-Worthy Creep Fests

Season 10 proves that American Horror Story continues to be one of the creepiest, binge-worthy, and thrilling TV series. If you have fallen in love with AHS, you will definitely like this list of TV shows.


"From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death"

Mortician Caitlin Doughty travels the world observing and researching rituals surrounding death in other cultures, bringing the lessons she learns home with her in “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.” This is a darkly humorous work of nonfiction perfect for those interested in anthropology, mortality and death, says our Librarian Allyson.


"The Ex Hex"

"The Ex Hex" by Erin Sterling features non-stop spooky fun, ranging from angry ghosts to possessed toys, in addition to containing a sweet second chance romance that will swell your heart, says our Librarian Sophie.


Slashers and Final Girls

Do you love slasher movies like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th?” These books both embrace and subvert the tropes of this classic horror genre and don't sacrifice any of the chills or thrills!


Latinx-American Stories

Americans with roots in Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and more share stories of families, journeys, ghosts, and gods perfect for middle school-age readers.


"The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook"

“The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen features recipes for appetizers; soups, stews, and chilis; salads; pasta and pizza; poultry; meat, fish, and seafood; vegetarian main dishes; side dishes; holiday and brunch classics; and desserts. You’ll get to spend more time with friends and family this holiday season if you use this book, says our Library Associate Kay.


Spooktober

What happens when you are the thing that goes bump in the night? This list of teen titles gives the point of view of non-human creatures like ghosts, werewolves, and witches. Perfect for spooky season!


"Five Days Gone"

One daughter’s tenacious search for her mother’s history becomes an amazing blend of memoir and history in "Five Days Gone" by Laura Cumming. This book is highly recommended for readers who love a good mystery, true crime, genealogy, and family history, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Modern Horror

In the mood for something scary? Check out these modern horror movies that are already considered classics.


"The Silent Companions"

"The Silent Companions" by Laura Purcell is an atmospheric, creepy Victorian ghost story that moves masterfully between multiple timelines. This book is perfect for fans of “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” “Rebecca,” and other gothic horror, says our Librarian Sophie.


Book to Screen

These teen titles are making the jump to film and streaming. Read before you watch!


"The Dark Tide"

"The Dark Tide" by Alicia Jasinska is a Young Adult fantasy about the sinking island of Caldella and the pact between the island’s citizens and the witches that rule over the island. This book is perfect for fans of lush and atmospheric romances about complex LGBT characters, says our Librarian Allyson.


Childhood Sweethearts

Celebrate Sweetest Day Oct. 16 with a movie date night. This list includes movies about childhood sweethearts.


"It's Better This Way"

Julia has given up on love after a bitter divorce and series of dating disasters. Then she meets Heath. From coffee to dinner to more, it's all going well until Julia discovers an obstacle to their relationship. Will they be able to overcome the challenge and have a future together? "It's Better This Way" by Debbie Macomber follows the author's traditional style of feel-good, contemporary fiction, says our Library Associate Kay.


Bad Bosses

Haven't you heard you aren't supposed to date your boss? Well, just in time for Boss's Day Oct. 16, find out what happens with these characters who do attempt this no-no.


"The Chilbury Ladies' Choir"

Through journal entries and letters, "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir" by Jennifer Ryan uncovers the difficulties, unfaithfulness, dishonesties, and victories of five members of a World War II-era choir. Told they can't sing without men – who are serving in the war – the characters find strength and make the best of the challenges they face, says our Library Associate Kay.


Witchy Reads

Are you ready for Halloween? If so, these books will get you more excited for spooky season!


"Cracking the Bell"

Concussions in football are a controversial topic, and "Cracking the Bell" by Geoff Herbach is a nuanced, empathetic look at both sides of the issue. Athletes and sports fans, or anyone finding their way through their own personal struggles, will appreciate Isaiah's journey, says our Librarian Kylie.


National Farmer's Day

Celebrate National Farmer's Day (Oct. 12) with memoirs, essays, and narrative non-fiction that celebrate the art and act of farming.


"The Tourist Attraction"

“The Tourist Attraction” by Sarah Morgenthaler is a heart-warming romantic comedy filled with all the tropes you already love. Morgenthaler does an amazing job of setting the scene, and you will love her beautiful descriptions of Alaska as café owner Graham and tourist Zooey experience it together, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Indigenous People's Day

Celebrate Indigenous People's Day Oct. 11 by reading these novels by Indigenous authors.


We All Can Prevent Fires

Oct. 9 is Fire Prevention Day. This collection of books will teach your children about fire prevention and safety, fire safety workers, and equipment.


"The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London"

In “The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London” by Christopher Skaife, you’ll learn about the personalities, habitats, adventures, and escapades of these extraordinary birds in a humorous, educated, and compassionate manner. Our Library Associate Christine recommends this book to anyone who enjoys reading about British history, animal behavior, or an interesting and entertaining story.


"The Once and Future Witches"

"The Once and Future Witches" by Alix E. Harrow is a lyrically written historical fantasy novel that puts a witchy twist on the history of the women's suffrage movement. This book is a must-read for lovers of folklore, women's history, and unique and well thought out magic systems, says our Librarian Sophie.


If You Like "Killing Eve"

If You Like “Killing Eve:” The British spy thriller TV series is popular in the U.S. and the U.K. A talented list of actors/actresses makes this show intense, gripping, and hair-raising. Here is a list of similar shows that will provoke the same emotions.


"The Lost City of the Monkey God"

You will enjoy "The Lost City of the Monkey God" by Douglas Preston if you are a fan of action-packed, dynamic adventure writing, or, if you want to learn more about archaeology, jungle survival, and ancient civilizations of Central America, says our Librarian Allyson.


You Can Can

Just in time for the harvest from your gardens is this collection of books with all the tips to preserve your bounty.


"The Pumpkin Cookbook"

Just in time for pumpkin season, let’s explore "The Pumpkin Cookbook." We’ll talk about preparing fresh pumpkins for cooking and about our favorite pumpkin recipes from the cookbook. Join the Dish! Cookbook discussion at 1 p.m. Oct. 14.


Time to Get Organized!

The first week of October is Get Organized Week! Check out these great resources to send you on your way to ultimate organization.


"The Underground Railroad"

For fans of historical fiction and fantasy, "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a genre-bending adventure tale filled with historical detail. Our Librarian Rebekah said she was fascinated by how well Whitehead transports readers so clearly into his vision, and into Cora’s story.


Celebrity Memoirs

Overdrive has some great memoirs that you can check out in our Digital Library.


"The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek"

Cussy has a rare hereditary disorder that makes her skin turn blue, and she is a hardworking member of the Pack Horse Library Project who delivers reading material in rural Kentucky during the Great Depression. Amongst her trials and tribulations, you'll finish "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Michele Richardson satisfied and hopeful for Cussy's future, says our Library Associate Kay.


Darkly Humorous Picture Books

Slightly twisted and very funny picture books that will amuse kids preschool through grade 2 - and grown-ups.


"United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes from Every State"

"United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes from Every State" by Gabrielle Langholtz is an educational and delicious book for all ages. This oversized book is a treat for the eyes, inspiration in the kitchen, and food for the brain and heart, says our Library Associate Ali.


Books About Books

Bibliophiles will enjoy some dynamic and fun books that explore different viewpoints such as reading books, personal reflection on books, or how famous books came to be written.


Metafiction

Fans of “The Book With No Pictures” will enjoy these stories for preschool to grade 2.


Female Spies

Sorry 007, time to move over for these powerful women who do their best to survive and fulfill their duty to spy. Take a dive into the hardships these women face in an array of periods such as the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.


Interactive Picture Books

These fun titles use physical and mental prompts, great ways to keep storytime listeners ages 2 through 8 involved and engaged with the story!


"Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup"

"Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" by John Carreyrou is the result of Carreyrou's investigation into Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. This compelling and well-researched nonfiction book about fraud and biotechnology will help you understand the extent of Holmes's fraud and the charges against her, says our Librarian Allyson.


Constitution Day

Learn more about James Madison and the other Founding Fathers who created the guidelines for ruling our nation.


"Black Sun"

With its diverse cast of characters, shifting points of view, and complex themes, “Black Sun” (Between Earth and Sky) by Rebecca Roanhorse will appeal equally to readers of George R.R. Martin and N.K. Jemisin. From its shocking, visceral opening scene, this is an unforgettable and intense start to a new series inspired by the civilizations of pre-Columbian America, says our Librarian Sophie.


Read Around the World

No passports needed for pre-K to grade 2 to read about places near and far.


"The Great Alone"

While reading "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah, you'll experience the beauty and challenges of living in the remote part of Alaska. Our Library Associate Kay highly recommends that you bundle up and explore this book!


Inspire Your Creative Soul

Check out some fun and inspiring non-fiction books that will feed your need to create


"Can You Whistle, Johanna?"

"Can you Whistle, Johanna?," by Ulf Stark and Anna Höglund, is a tender book about a boy and his search for a grandfather. This book, translated from Swedish, will appeal to those readers who enjoy a heartwarming and thoughtful story about extended family. It is a quick read with only 90 pages and is a great book to share with grandparents and grandchildren, says our Librarian Lynne.


All About Monarch Butterflies

These beautiful, local pollinators will soon begin their fall migration. Learn more and be inspired by these picture books and non-fiction readers for birth to grade 2.


"When You Trap a Tiger"

If you love the legends and magic in Marvel’s "Dr. Strange" and the wise guidance of a grandma in Disney’s "Moana," then “When You Trap a Tiger” by Tae Keller is for you! This expertly crafted novel blends the power of magic with the power of human connection. Like an artist, the author weaves Korean folklore and the love of storytelling into a magical adventure about the life of Lily. She is a 12-year-old girl finding her way in a new place, attempting to move through grief, and harnessing the power of her inner tiger to fight for herself, her family and uncover the truth behind her grandmother’s secrets, says our Librarian Maureen.


Books Written by Youtubers

These popular content creators have branched out from making videos to writing books for teens! This selection is a mix of memoirs, short essays, cookbooks, and self-help guides.


"The Kitchen Front"

The characters in "The Kitchen Front" by Jennifer Ryan lived in England during World War II when there were strict food rations. However, these women use the limited resources in a competition to become the new cohost of a radio cooking show. Friendship and support bring the women through their challenges and allow them to accept the contest outcome, says our Library Associate Kay.


Patriot Day Books

Check out this collection of Hoopla books to explore the events of 9/11 on your own personal device.


"The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry"

"The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin is one of those rare books that makes you laugh, cry, and everything in between. It is a heartwarming tale of transformation, second chances, and what it means to truly live, love, and be loved. Our Librarian Rebekah was so captivated by this book that she said she could not put it down.


Live on Stage!

Can't make it to a Broadway show? Try these live recordings of musicals ranging from classics like “Oklahoma!” and “Phantom of the Opera” to recent hits for kids like “Spongebob” and “Shrek.”


"Houdini and Me"

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the great Harry Houdini teach you magic? As an 11-year-old boy who lives in Harry Houdini’s New York City home, Harry Mancini gets that opportunity… or does he? “Houdini and Me” by Dan Gutman will appeal to readers who enjoy fast-paced, humor-filled time travel books and want to know how Harry Houdini performed his illusions and escapes, says our Librarian Lynne.


People and Their Cats

If you can’t get enough of cats, then we’ve got some book suggestions you won’t want to miss. Enjoy these purr-fectly wonderful stories!


"Mirage"

“Mirage” by Somaiya Daud blends elements of fantasy, science fiction, and Afrofuturism in its tale of court intrigue, mistaken identities, and colonialism. You'll love this book if you're a fan of lush, world-building stories about complex characters, says our Librarian Allyson.


What's New in Playaways

Listen to a good story on the go via pre-loaded audiobooks on portable devices (earbuds included) - check out our selection of titles for grades 3-5


"My Fake Rake"

The Regency meets John Hughes in "My Fake Rake" by Eva Leigh, the first book in her Union of the Rakes series, which are all based on iconic films from the 1980s. This book is perfect for "Bridgerton" fans who prefer historical romances with a side of hilarious hijinks and some modern sensibilities, says our Librarian Sophie.


Back to School

Celebrate the start of a new school year with these relatable reads for early elementary kids in kindergarten through grade 2.


"My Name is Monster"

“My Name is Monster” by Katie Hale is a haunting tale that delves into the constructs of society and its lasting effects on consciousness, being, and otherness and what happens when the boundaries are removed and being becomes synonymous with survival. Our Librarian Rebekah highly recommends this book.


Nonfiction Audiobooks

Audiobooks are great for commuting, housework, walking, or crafting. Try these selections!


"The Sprinkles Baking Book"

"The Sprinkles Baking Book" by Candace Nelson features the author's specialty, cupcakes, and includes recipes for cookies, bars, pies, candies, and cakes. The beautiful photos will tempt you to try your hand at all kinds of delicacies, says our Library Associate Kay. This cookbook is the topic of the September Dish! Cookbook Book Club. Join this delicious discussion Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.


Favorite Authors

Have you read these teen titles by popular authors?


"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

“The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams is an entertaining, simple, and short comedic story about the world blowing up to make room for an interdimensional highway. This doesn't sound like light reading, but the author's unique style and asides throughout the book both break up the pace and provide an extra layer of comedy. “Hitchhiker's Guide” is also a Gold Standard Book Club book. The club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Library, and they will discuss this book at the Sept. 7 meeting, says our Library Associate Cameron.


Graphic Novel Movies

Tired of watching superhero movies? Enjoy these movies adapted from graphic novels!


J.D. Salinger-Inspired Reading

This collection of books blend coming-of-age stories with cultural critique and literary nuance.


"American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land"

A true crime story, "American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land" by Monica Hesse is about a bizarre five-month arson spree that kept a small Virginia town on edge. Hesse's compelling and well-researched true account reads like dramatic fiction, says our Librarian Erin.


Nerds in Love

Readers will swoon over these romance titles featuring smart characters with strong, geeky passions.


"Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea"

"Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea" by Sungju Lee is recommended for readers in grades 7 and up. Lee's family are loyal members of the Communist Party, until his father gets into trouble. The family is exiled, and that's where the real problems begin. Both of his parents disappear, and Sungju must scrabble for survival on the streets. This book feels like something out of "The Hunger Games," but it's real, and events like this are still happening, says our Librarian Kylie.


Books with Multiple Viewpoints

The best part of having different characters' viewpoints is gaining a greater sense of their relationships since you can see what everyone feels and thinks!


"Here in the Real World"

Can dreamers be heroes? Readers in grades 5 and up will find out in "Here in the Real World" by Sara Pennypacker. This book will appeal to daydreamers and people who like to spend time alone, says our Librarian Lexy.


Finding Your Place in a Magical World

What would you do if you discovered that you were the last, best hope of a magical kingdom? Or woke up one day with magical abilities? Immerse yourself in these extraordinary tales and walk a mile in someone else's magical shoes.


"The Mother-in-Law"

A woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law becomes a case of murder in "The Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth. This slow-burning suspense is an example of how small misunderstandings can have major consequences, says our Librarian Erin.


New York Stories

These marvelous books capture New York City's vibrant qualities in a literary prism of stories.


Standalone Graphic Novels

From space adventures to hard-hitting contemporary stories, these single volume graphic novels are perfect for teens who want a great story... without waiting for the next issue.


"A Field Guide to Getting Lost"

Luis and Sutton have a problem: their parents are dating, and it’s getting serious. Told with warmth and humor, “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” by Joy McCullough is realistic fiction for ages 8-12. Readers will enjoy getting to know the characters and seeing how they learn to solve problems together, says our Library Associate Ruth.


LOL Picture Books

Looking for a laugh? Check out one of these books for a guaranteed laugh out loud for younger readers.


"Dress Coded"

An activist finds her voice and helps others in "Dress Coded" by Carrie Firestone, which is recommended for upper middle grade and younger Young Adult readers. Girls are worried and humiliated over their middle school's strict dress code, so Molly Frost starts a podcast where they can share their stories. The podcast becomes a movement that affects the entire community, says our Librarian Kylie.


Tails and Tales

Looking for book that's a walk in the park?


"This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II"

Two 10-year-olds on opposite sides of the world become pen pals in "This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II" by Andrew Fukuda. Alex is a Japanese American boy, and Charlie is a Jewish girl living in Paris. They share their fears as the world around them becomes oppressive, and this Young Adult novel follows them into adulthood. You'll be completely engrossed by these characters, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Wedding Dress Fiction

Just in time for summer weddings, get in the mood by falling in love with these titles revolving around wedding dresses and ceremonies.


"The Song of Achilles"

Fans of character-driven, lyrical novels about fate and tragic romance will enjoy "The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller. The author, who has a master's in classics, keeps ancient Greek history and thought embedded throughout this compelling modern interpretation, says our Librarian Allyson.


YA Epic Fantasy

Fated quests, dangerous magic, legendary battles, and forbidden loves: find it in young adult epic fantasy!


"I Killed Zoe Spanos"

The perfect summer job turns into a nightmare when a young woman becomes a murder suspect, accused of killing a girl who looks just like her. "I Killed Zoe Spanos" by Kit Frick is a great read for fans of Courtney Summers' novel "Sadie." They will enjoy this atmospheric, intense, and intricately plotted mystery, says our Librarian Erin.


Murder on Vacation

Even if many of us won't (or can't) leave home for summer trips, these mysteries may offer some transportive therapy through armchair travel!


"I'll Be the One"

"I'll Be The One" by Lyla Lee is a really fun book about K-Pop, reality TV, having a crush on famous people and then getting to actually hang out with them in real life, body positivity, and believing in yourself in spite of haters. This is a great choice for readers in grades 6-12 and perfect for K-Pop fans and anyone who is looking for an inspiring, self-esteem affirming story, says our Librarian Kylie.


Dog Days

The idiom 'dog days of summer' refers to the hot, sultry days of summer. Stay cool and read some of these dog-themed stories perfect for grades 3-5.


"The Plotters"

"The Maltese Falcon" meets "The Bourne Identity" in Un-Su Kim's complex noir thriller "The Plotters." Assassin Reseng has seen too much and is asking questions. When he discovers a subversive plot he must decide if he will disappear - or go out with a bang - as he figures out what his life is worth in the absurd face of politics, power, and death, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Dark Academia

With twisty plots and chilling gothic atmospheres, these books go far beyond the average school day.


"A Man Called Ove"

Romance, unexpected friendship, and honesty blossom in "The Authenticity Project" by Clare Pooley as the characters share their deepest truths in a communitywide journal. The book has a cozy feel and a satisfying ending, and is a great choice for fans of "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman, says our Library Associate Kay.


A Dog's Life

Have you ever wondered what a dog was thinking? Or why dogs chase their tails? These books show the perspective of dogs in beautiful pictures that are perfect for early readers birth to grade 2.


"Strange Planet"

If you're ready to branch out into graphic novels, check out "Strange Planet" by Nathan Pyle. This book covers the full life cycle of the planet's inhabitants – which mirror some of our own milestones. This book will make you laugh no matter what stage of life you are at, says our Library Associate Kaitlyn.


Quick Meals for Busy Weeknights

Need some inspiration for ways to cook seasonal produce? Check out these vegetable-focused cookbooks featuring an abundance of mouth-watering recipes


"Before the Fall"

On a foggy night, a plane leaves Martha's Vineyard for New York City and crashes 16 minutes after takeoff. Only two survive. In Noah Hawley's "Before the Fall," we learn about the passengers and their complicated lives as the authorities and a news reporter investigate the crash. The author weaves in a satisfying ending you won't want to miss, says our Library Associate Kay.


"One Last Stop"

August's ordinary life in New York City gets a jolt when she notices an attractive stranger on the subway in "One Last Stop" by Casey McQuiston. Displaced from the 1970s, the punk rocker Jane has no idea how she ended up in the 21st century. August steps up to help, and falls in love in the process. In addition to being a beautiful romance, this book is a love letter to the LGBTQ+ subcultures of New York City, says our Librarian Sophie.


National Friendship Week

Friends are precious and an important part of our daily lives. Grades 3-5 can read about the intricacies of friendships in these graphic novels.


"Watchmen"

A comic book series that debuted in 1986, "Watchmen" by Alan Moore features a murder mystery set in 1985 and an alternate history of America. This comic contains many memorable characters and offers one of the first satirical perspectives on superhero culture, says our Library Associate Cameron.


BookTok Favs

Tik Tok is a great place to get YA book recommendations! "BookTok" is where content creators share reviews on popular books and give recommendations. These are some of the most popular books.


"Tornado Brain"

Part mystery, part realistic fiction about being a neurodiverse middle schooler, "Tornado Brain" by Cat Patrick is exciting, eye-opening and full of heart. Our librarian Kylie recommends this book for grades 4-8.


Tasty Tales

Many books feature characters famous for their special dishes. This collection will tempt your palette with descriptions of the food along with recipes.


"Greenlights"

What sets the memoir "Greenlights" by Matthew McConaughey apart is the actor's approach. He wrote this to share his stories and adventures, not to be nostalgic or preach. It has a great mix of visuals and meaningful text, and is available in print and as an audiobook that he narrates, says our Library Associate Kaitlyn.


Animal Detectives

Readers in kindergarten and first grade can help these clever animals solve a mystery!


"Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners"

“Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners” by Therese O'Neill strikes an irreverent tone as it delves into Victorian manners and sensibilities that are both funny, horrific, and often contradictory. With chapters titled "Getting Dressed: How to Properly Hide Your Shame," and "Public Behavior: Avoiding Scorn, Dangers, and Museums," you'll soon discover that the late 1800s weren't as romantic as we may imagine, says our Librarian Allyson.


A Little Bit of Luck

Today may be a lucky day for grades 3-5, if they read one of these books!


"Starfish"

A novel in verse that highlights the painful realities of fat shaming, "Starfish" by Lisa Fipps is ultimately an uplifting and inspirational read. Recommended for grades 3-8, this book cheers on readers who have ever felt judged or harassed for their body - or for any other aspect of their identity, says our Librarian Kylie.


Highlights: Top Picks for High Schoolers

We created a special summer reading collection of some of our favorite recent books. Find the books in the Young Adult collection next to new YA fiction this summer, and find the full list here


"Serpent and Dove"

Are you looking for your next addictive Young Adult fantasy series? Check out "Serpent and Dove" by Shelby Mahurin. This enemy-to-lovers story has a well-developed magic system, with loveable characters, and dark secrets. The best part is the third book in the series, "Gods and Monsters," was released July 27, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Climate Change and the Enviroment

These titles for grades 4-6 will offer readers different perspectives on climate change and ways to protect the environment.


"Gregor the Overlander"

Readers who like fantasy stories with fascinating settings and interesting characters will enjoy “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins. This book is perfect for upper elementary students through adults. And, if you enjoy road trip family audiobooks, this would be a good choice, says our Library Associate Ginny.


Early Chapter Books - Animal Series

These books are perfect for readers birth to grade 2 who are just starting to explore chapter books.


"The Vegetable Butcher"

After exploring “The Vegetable Butcher” by Cara Mangini, you'll never think about vegetable preparation the same. The author explains how to prepare the vegetables and make special cuts, highlighting various cooking methods with recipes and lots of colorful pictures, says our Library Associate Kay. We’ll feature this book in our Dish! Cooking Book Club discussion on Thursday, Aug. 12 at noon. Register for this event here.


If You Loved "In the Heights"...

If You Loved “In the Heights,” these teen reads offer more Latinx stories that look at immigration, community, and following your dreams.


"This is How You Lose the Time War"

"This is How You Lose the Time War" by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone is a unique, beautiful piece of science fiction about two rival agents who fall in love through their letters. This is a beautifully written, complex novella that explores what it means to commit to a cause - and what it means to commit to another person, says our Librarian Sophie.


Who Would Win?

Readers in grades 3-5 will enjoy these books by Jerry Pallotta about showdowns between different animals!


"Wolf Winter"

"Wolf Winter" by Cecilia Ekbäck is full of historical detail and insights; a fantastic ‘whodunnit’ rich with character and place. This book is perfect for readers looking for a mystery with depth, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Fun Summer Activities

Summer is the best time to get out and explore! These books share some great ideas for crafts and activities the whole family can enjoy.


"Song for a Whale"

"Song for a Whale" by Lynne Kelly is a realistic fiction and adventure story based on a deaf girl's dream to help a whale that couldn't communicate with other whales. This book is a great choice for readers who enjoyed "Wonder," "Out of My Mind," "Counting by Sevens," or "Fish in a Tree," says our Librarian Kylie.


Elephants Never Forget

Grades 3-5 will remember these books as well an elephant.


"The Wedding Dress"

"The Wedding Dress" by Rachel Hauck has a dusting of mystery and magic in it. A 100-year-old wedding gown holds the truth about Charlotte Malone's heritage, the influence of fate, and the splendor of finding true love, says our Library Associate Kay. This Christian historical fiction novel is the first in a series of four fun books.


Alternate Histories

Have you ever wondered “what if?” These books offer unique and thrilling portrayals of how different choices (and sometimes magic) can completely alter history as we know it.


"The Final Girl Support Group"

"The Final Girl Support Group" by Grady Hendrix pays tribute to and expands upon the classic slasher films of the 80s and 90s. A group of final girls - now adults - secretly meets for therapy. When one of the women goes missing, they realize someone is coming after them. This book will keep you up at night: both out of fear and because you just can't put it down, says our Librarian Sophie.


Awesome New Non-Fiction

Take a look at these new releases for grades 3-5!


"Evvie Drake Starts Over"

"Evvie Drake Starts Over" by Linda Holmes is about a newly widowed woman, Evvie, and a flailing baseball pitcher, Dean, who end up sharing a house and navigating through the challenges and disappointments in their lives. This book is perfect for fans of novels set in small towns, witty dialogue, and flawed, likeable characters, says our Librarian Allyson.


Not Lost in Translation

What genre allows you to read the work of two authors at once? Translated fiction! Immerse yourself in another point-of-view with this list of translated fiction from around the world.


"House of Leaves"

The story and language in "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski make for a wonderfully intense and introspective outlook on the themes of humanity, loss, obsession, and love. Reading the book is an intense experience that breaks away from the traditional mold of a book and makes the story unforgettable, says our Library Associate Cameron.


Characters Who Overcome Challenges

These characters will take you on an adventure while demonstrating both strength and resilience. Celebrate the uniqueness in all of us with these funny, heartwarming, and triumphant stories for grades 4-6.


"The Midnight Library"

In “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig, Nora Seed is down on her luck and has many regrets. With the help of a friend and a magical library, she gets to see what her life would have been like if she had made different decisions. This book is reminiscent of “The Baggage Handler” by David Rawlings, where we see how the grudges we carry with us throughout the years can really stick with us - and affect how we live, says our Library Associate Kay.


South Korean Literature

These authors are making a splash on the international literary scene. Expand your borders and grab one of these titles today!


"All Systems Red"

Sci-fi readers in search of a fast-paced plot that does not sacrifice character development need look no further than “All Systems Red” by Martha Wells, says our Librarian Sophie. Murderbot is a security unit and highly efficient killing machine with a secret: it’s hacked the governor module that punishes any disobedience and now it’s calling the shots. When something attacks the humans it protects, Murderbot feels it must help save the day.


Asian American Authors and Illustrators

These books are perfect for younger readers in preschool through grade 2.


"Skyhunter"

"Skyhunter" by Marie Lu is a twisty, action-packed sci-fi novel sure to please Marie Lu fans – and new readers, too. This is the first in a new duology by the author of the "Legend" series, says our Librarian Kylie.


Poetry Slam

Poetry has an unlimited scope and can be about zombies, love, traumatic events, or life experiences. Find your favorite in this list!


"The Indigo Girl"

"The Indigo Girl" by Natasha Boyd is a story of friendship, betrayal, ambition, and love based on the true story of Eliza Lucas, a 16-year-old who was left in charge of her family's South Carolina plantation in 1739. In the tradition of authors Sue Monk Kidd and Jennifer Chiaverini, Boyd brings to life a story lost to time, featuring a true historical female who accomplished remarkable feats in the face of insurmountable odds, says our Librarian Erin.


Monkey Mania

Monkey see, monkey do, monkey books for readers in preschool through grade 2!


"The Canyon's Edge"

"The Canyon's Edge" by Dusti Bowling is a gritty and honest story for readers in grades 5 and up, says our Librarian Lexy. Nora's mother was killed in a shooting on Nora's birthday, and both she and her father struggle with physical and emotional injuries from the event. Disaster strikes a year later while Nora and her dad are hiking in a canyon, and Nora has to dig deep to find the strength and courage to save herself - and her father. This is a fast-paced adventure story that will keep readers turning the pages!


Classic KidLit Audiobooks

If you are planning a family road trip, consider listening to one of these kid-lit classics together. These titles are all available without a wait through the Hoopla app.


"The Wife Upstairs"

“The Wife Upstairs” by Freida McFadden is a psychological thriller full of twists and turns. Sylvia is down on her luck, and a chance meeting and job offer should be the answer to all of her problems. She can’t shake the feeling that it all sounds too good to be true… but she takes the job as a companion to Victoria Barnett anyway. Sylvia will soon understand why she should have trusted her instincts.


Pirates and Scallywags

Pirates and Scallywags! Arrrrr you looking for new booty? Check out these books for grades 3-5 to set sails on new adventures!


"City of Scoundrels"

"City of Scoundrels" by Gary Krist recounts the headlining and outrageous incidents in Chicago that occurred one after another within 12 days during the summer of 1919. This book will give fans of history, true crime, and political commentary much to love, says our Librarian Erin.


Small Space Gardens

Think you don’t have enough room for a garden? Check out the ideas featured in these books to learn more about container gardening, balcony gardens, and other small spaces.


"Brightstorm"

"Brightstorm" by Vashti Hardy is a fast-paced fantasy/adventure that is exciting from start to finish. It's recommended for readers in grades 4-6, plus teens and adults who like steampunk adventures. Readers who enjoy fantasy and adventure should check out this book, says our Librarian Lexy.


Road Tripping

Thinking about hitting the road this summer? Check out these books about road trips on Overdrive!


"We Ride Upon Sticks"

Fans of films like "The Craft" and "Heathers" will delight in "We Ride Upon Sticks" by Quan Barry, a dark comedic tale about a high school field hockey team that will do anything to win. As the story unfolds, our Librarian Sophie says readers will wonder: Is this actually dark magic? Or is it a mix of hormones and teenage obsession?


The Con is On

These films about con artists tell their stories by balancing the tension between a successful heist and the consequences of failure.


"The Cheerleaders"

The exciting mystery "The Cheerleaders" by Kara Thomas is a Young Adult book you won't be able to put down until you solve the case, says our Librarian Erin. Thomas expertly weaves together the clues in a thriller that also celebrates the power of female friendship. If you enjoyed Karen McManus' novel "One of Us Is Lying," try this book.


What is a Whaaaale

Readers in grades 3-5 will have a whale of a time with these books.


"His Majesty's Dragon"

"His Majesty's Dragon" by Naomi Novik is the first of nine novels in the Temeraire series and is a mix of "Master and Commander" and "How to Train Your Dragon." This series is great for fans of witty, fast-paced, character-driven stories - or, those who love fantasy and historical fiction set in the Regency era, says our Librarian Allyson.


Dystopian Heroines 

She's providing for her family, agonizing over who to kiss, and leading the revolution.


"Rebel Spy"

"Rebel Spy" by Veronica Rossi imagines the life of a real, mysterious figure in history. Agent 355, code named "Lady," was a member of Gen. George Washington's Culper spy network during the Revolutionary War. This book is perfect for teens who love exciting historical fiction, says our Librarian Kylie.


Paranormal Thrillers

Haunting, creepy, and suspenseful. These novels are perfect for fans of ghost stories, paranormal horror, mysteries, and thrillers. This might be a book list that people don't think they want but definitely need.


"Let's Make Ramen"

Ramen has enjoyed a recent explosion in popularity in the culinary world. "Let's Make Ramen" by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan is a delightful cookbook that infuses the history of ramen with over 40 recipes. From making quick and easy dinners to creating your own stock and noodles, this cookbook has everything, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Movie Star Biography

You have seen them play countless characters, now it is time to see their lives off screen. These stars take you into their lives and tell you about their struggles, accomplishments, defeats, and other life moments.


"The House in the Cerulean Sea"

"The House in the Cerulean Sea" by TJ Klune is perfect for readers looking for light fantasy elements, lovable characters, and heartwarming romance. Reading it feels like being wrapped in a fuzzy blanket with a cup of your favorite cocoa, says our Librarian Sophie.


Awesome Sports Reads

Get in the mood to move your body with these exciting books for grades 3-5!


"The Magician's Guild"

Fans of fantasy and magic will enjoy "The Magician's Guild" by Trudi Canavan. It's a perfect example of classic high fantasy that draws you into its world of action, chases, and suspense easily, says our Library Associate Cameron.


Movie Night

Kick back and relax with this selection of quirky and feel-good movie night picks.


"Truly, Madly, Deeply"

"Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Karen Kingsbury revisits the Baxter family, blending romance and family drama while demonstrating how to live and love without fear. You'll feel like you're back visiting old friends while you enjoy the continued drama, faith, and love of the Baxter family, says our Library Associate Kay.


Hair-Raising Reads

Feel your spine tingle with these chilling tales for grades 4-6.


"The Hippo at the End of the Hall"

When Ben receives an odd invitation to the Gee Museum, he decides to go - and he discovers some evil people want to take over the magical museum. "The Hippo at the End of the Hall" by Helen Cooper is a middle grade book suitable for readers ages 8-12 who enjoy adventure, mystery, and magical stories, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Teen Pride

Celebrate Pride month with these stories about teens and young adults with diverse gender and sexual identities. This list consists of a mix of fiction and graphic novel titles in order to find the best fit for you!


"In the Role of Brie Hutchens..."

"In the Role of Brie Hutchens..." by Nicole Melleby is about an eighth grade soap opera lover who wants to be an actress and also grapples with her faith and sexual identity. It's a realistic and often funny story for middle school and up about the challenges of growing up and figuring out who you are, says our Librarian Kylie.


Black and White Films

Get lost in the beautiful cinematography of these 21st century black and white films.


National Geographic Readers

Beginning readers birth to grade 2 will love learning about animals with this National Geographic series!


"Girls Survive"

History comes alive in the "Girls Survive" series, which is perfect for readers in grades 3-5. Each story highlights the perspective of a girl who lived through that time. Our Librarian Lexy recommends four of the books from the series: the Trail of Tears, the Oregon Trail, the 1918 Influenza pandemic, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.


Somewhere with Sand

If reading outside in the sunshine with the sand between your toes is your preference, these books have all the beachy vibes!


"Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made"

"Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made" by Jason Schreier discusses not only the creative and technical sides of making video games, but the people and companies that drive a game to success - or failure. You'll enjoy this book if you love video games, or if you want a fly-in-the-wall peek at a secretive and volatile industry, says our Librarian Allyson.


Read With Dad

These books are great for kids birth to grade 2, and fathers, to enjoy together!


"The Flatshare"

Can you fall for someone you've never met face-to-face? Our Librarian Erin says"The Flatshare" by Beth O'Leary is a sweet, hopeful romance that will appeal to fans of "500 Miles From You" by Jenny Colgan and "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell.


Cute Animal Babies

Enjoy the adorable illustrations in these books for birth to grade 2 about baby animals.


"Summer of a Thousand Pies"

Foodies age 8-12 will find a lot to enjoy in "Summer of a Thousand Pies" by Margaret Dilloway, says our Library Associate Ruth. This sweet story is about a girl named Cady who works through her relationship and trust issues by developing recipes and baking in her aunt’s pie shop.


Felony and Farce

It takes real talent to combine mystery, humor, and masterful narration to deliver the pace and timing required to get to a listener’s funny bone. Enjoy this sampling of such listening pleasures!


"Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee"

Harper Lee spent a year reporting, and many more years researching, a murder case hoping to write her own true crime novel. “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” by Casey Cep weaves together a gripping true crime case with the biography of a beloved yet complicated writer who struggled as well as triumphed in her works, says our Librarian Erin.


Dragons

Check out these fun books for birth to grade 2 about everyone's favorite mythical animal!


From Podcaster to Author

Podcasts are popular and cover a range of genres. These podcasters have adapted their podcasts into books.


"The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke"

If you enjoy reading about cold cases, check out "The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke" by Andrew Lawler. This is the true story of a British settlement in 1587 that mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind a secret token carved into a tree. Lawler follows new and exciting leads in this mystery and tries to answer the question of why the settlement’s disappearance still fascinates us, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Fact and Fiction

Have you ever read a story and wanted to learn more about the real person or events behind it? These fiction and non-fiction pairings for grades 3-5 will let you dig a little deeper.


"Refraction"

"Refraction" by Naomi Hughes is a quick-paced, action-packed thrill ride of a book recommended for middle and high school-age readers. This science fiction novel has some amazing plot twists and evolves in unexpected ways, says our Librarian Kylie.


Mindfulness and Meditation

These titles for birth to grade 2 offer simple ways to introduce your child to mindfulness, calm, and meditation that can become part of your daily routine.


"The Mermaid from Jeju"

For fans of Yangsze Choo's "The Night Tiger" and Min Jin Lee's "Pachinko" comes a fantastic new novel: "The Mermaid from Jeju" by Sumi Hahn. Hahn is a masterful storyteller who brilliantly illuminates the tumult of post-World War II Korea through the eyes of the people who lived it, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Unreliable Narrators

From a slow decent into madness to outright lying, these narrators cannot be trusted and that's what makes the stories they tell so interesting!


"The Echo Wife"

Are you a fan of psychological thrillers? Do you enjoy intricately plotted suspense? Then you'll enjoy "The Echo Wife" by Sarah Gailey. Award-winning scientist Evelyn Caldwell has a secret: her husband left her for the genetically cloned replica she created. Now Evelyn and her clone, Martine, have to work together before her husband's crimes, Evelyn's research, and Martine's existence come to light, says our Librarian Allyson.


Construction Time

Mixers, Trucks, Bulldozers and more. Find out about your favorite machine with these books for birth to age 2!


"Other Words for Home"

Jude’s home in Syria is a war zone, so she and her mother forge a new life in the U.S. Adjusting to Ohio as an outsider is not easy, but Jude is determined to succeed. “Other Words for Home” by Jasmine Warga is a touching, inspiring novel in verse about kindness, change, and the meaning of home, says our Librarian Kylie.


Pride Month Picks

Celebrate stories of tweens and teens with diverse gender and sexual identities with these recent releases!


Classic and Cool Detectives

Delve into mysteries featuring hard-boiled private eyes, world-weary detectives, and tenacious police investigators.


"The Power Couple"

"The Power Couple" by Alex Berenson is a page-turner. A vacation/anniversary trip abroad turns into a kidnapping when the couple's teenage daughter disappears. The action is fast-paced and believable, and a deep dive into the couple's dysfunctional marriage is an added bonus. Full of surprises and twists, this is a very entertaining read, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Foodie Movies

Dishes so delectable that they can star in their own movies! Your mouth will water at these films that bring food and cooking to life.


"Murder at the Brightwell"

Old flames, jealousies, secrets, and a side helping of murder make for a very interesting holiday in "Murder at the Brightwell" by Ashley Weaver. This cozy historical mystery will delight fans of Dashiell Hammett's "Thin Man" mysteries and Rhys Bowen's "Royal Spyness" series, says our Librarian Erin.


Myths and Magic

Watch as magic and fantasy come alive with these reads for middle schoolers!


"Dragon Hoops"

"Dragon Hoops" by Gene Luen Yang is a fascinating graphic novel by a master of the form. Its multiple stories are tied together by a game, a team, and one goal: to end an epically long basketball championship losing streak. This is a great read if you enjoy sports, history, or exploring the lives of a diverse cast of characters with big dreams, says our Librarian Kylie.


Patriotic Reads for Memorial Day

Memorial Day gives Americans time to remember veterans and fallen soldiers of our many wars. Here are some patriotic nonfiction suggestions.


Armchair Travel

The books on this list allow you to discover the world from the comfort of your home!


Kid-Friendly Projects

Ready to try something new? Let these books for grades 3-5, featuring hands-on activities, inspire you!


WWII Romances

These titles are a mix of good and clean romances; some have a little more spice to them. Who isn't a sucker for WWII romance?


Memorial Day Movies

Celebrate those who have served in the United States Armed Forces by catching a glimpse of the hardships they face in their line of duty. These titles are a mix of fiction and nonfiction but are not suited for all viewers. Some classics include “Glory,” “The Hurt Locker,” and a new movie from earlier this year, “The Mauritanian.”


"Best Babysitters Ever"

When Malia, Bree, and Dot form a Babysitter’s Club to raise money to throw an epic birthday party, what could possibly go wrong? Let’s start with the fact that they don’t like children and they are terrible businesswomen. "Best Babysitters Ever" by Caroline Cala is a hilarious middle grade book recommended for grades 4 and up, says our Librarian Kylie.


Colors!

Enjoy some fun colorful reads for birth to grade 2!


"Eight Perfect Murders"

"Eight Perfect Murders" by Peter Swanson isn't just a mystery, it's a book about books that has a unique premise, says our Library Associate Ruth. A murderer finds inspiration from a blog post about eight books that deal with perfect murders. The bookseller who wrote that post gets a visit from the FBI after someone commits murders based on the books on the list. It's a clever premise and makes a good read.


Cozy Decorating

Pick up these books to enjoy some cozy decorating.


"The Name of the Wind"

"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss is a dark fantasy epic suitable for teens and adults who want to dip their toes into fantasy – and for diehard fantasy fans. This well-crafted story immerses readers into a beautiful, unique, and dangerous world full of mystery and charm, says our Library Associate Cameron.


Delightfully Dastardly Villains

Love to hate them or just plain love them, you'll find some delightfully dastardly villains in these books for teens.


"The Big Door Prize"

Are you living up to life's potential? "The Big Door Prize" by M.O. Walsh answers this question in a unique and unexpected way from the perspective of residents in a small Louisiana town. This offbeat novel is the perfect next read for fans of Fanny Flagg, says our Librarian Erin.


Rebirth & Redemption

Get inspired by spring and jump into these titles that feature themes of rebirth and redemption.


"This Was Our Pact"

Readers in grades 3-5 who love graphic novels will enjoy "This Was Our Pact" by Ryan Andrews. This book about magic, friendship, and adventure will also appeal to fans of "The Phantom Tollbooth," says our Librarian Lexy.


Summer Camp Adventures

Summer camp can be quite an adventure!


"Summer of a Thousand Pies"

Cady's had a rough life, and when she goes to live with her aunt she has a lot of relationship and trust issues to overcome. She loves her aunt's bakeshop, though, and when she develops recipes and bakes, Cady works though her problems. Middle grade readers who like a good foodie story will enjoy "Summer of a Thousand Pies" by Margaret Dilloway, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Loud Books and Quiet Books

Sometimes it's fun to be loud! Sometimes it's fun to be quiet. Maybe you can even be both!


"Gods of Jade and Shadow"

"Gods of Jade and Shadow" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is an excellent fairy tale that has crossover Young Adult appeal. Moreno-Garcia places Cinderella in the jazz age, and adds Mexican folklore. This novel also touches on some of Mexico's major issues during that time, including religion, women's rights, political tensions, and more, says our Librarian Erin.


Bizarre Books

These stories will make you wonder what you just read, and question why you loved it so much.


"O Pioneers!"

"O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather, a classic American novel based on Cather’s life, is a bittersweet, authentic, and spirited exploration of the American dream and human experience. This is an enduring classic you can read again, and again, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Chicago-based Classics

These films are set, and most often filmed, in the great city of Chicago. Enjoy the many familiar Chicago sites via the film camera's perspective and get lost in the city throughout the decades without having to leave your home.


"The Cukoo's Calling"

The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) begins with “The Cuckoo's Calling,” a gripping and surprising story. You'll be drawn to this series for the classic private investigator and the contemporary London setting, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Celebrate Moms

These picture books for readers birth to grade 2 capture a variety of special moments with moms.


"The Lovely War"

"The Lovely War" by Julie Berry is a romantic Young Adult read for grades 7 and up. There may be a happily ever after in store for Hazel, James, Colette, and Aubrey - if they can make it out of the Great War alive. This is romantic historical fiction made epic by the subtle machinations and behind-the-scenes drama of the Greek gods and goddesses, says our Librarian Kylie.


Favorite Mother Figures

From Miss Honey to Mrs. Frisby, and Molly Weasley to Marmee March, here are some titles for grades 3-5 featuring favorite mother figures in children’s literature.


Families 

These books for birth to grade 2 are perfect for families of all shapes and sizes!


"You Never Forget Your First"

"You Never Forget Your First" by Alexis Coe is an entertaining, accessible, and well-researched biography of President George Washington. Told with an unbiased eye and a humorous flair, this book is the perfect introduction to the historical biography genre, says our Librarian Erin.


Humorous Tales of Motherhood

Check out these wonderful Mother's Day books with a hilarious twist to them.


"Ninth House"

“Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo is a story of secret societies, magic, and murder, set among the prestigious grounds of Yale University. If you like murder mystery with a spice of dark magic you will enjoy this book, says our Library Associate Kaitlyn.


Judge a Book By Its Cover

These books are too beautiful to ignore, with stories for teens just as mesmerizing within.


"Boy, Snow, Bird"

“Boy, Snow, Bird” by Helen Oyeyemi is a fantastic reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale set in 1950s New England. It's unlike anything you've read before, and you can't help but gravitate toward the characters and outcomes, says our Librarian Rebekah.


"The One Thing You'd Save"

"The One Thing You'd Save" by Linda Sue Park is a thought-provoking book recommended for grades 5 and up. A class gets a scenario: their house is on fire and they can save one thing. What would they save? (Family and pets are safe). This story will make you think about what is most important to you, says our Librarian Lexy.


"Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love"

"Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love " by Dani Shapiro is a nuanced and vulnerable look at a secret uncovered and how it impacts so many lives. This would make a good book for a book club, or find a reading buddy – because you're going to want to talk about it, says our Library Associate Ruth.


"They Called Us Enemy"

The graphic novel “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei is the true story of his years living in a Japanese internment camp, an experience that changed his family forever. Takei’s graphic novel is a riveting yet saddening piece of our American history, says our Librarian Erin.


Fan of Mo Willems

These stories for beginning readers in kindergarten to grade 2 are full of humor and surprises!


"Jack Gets Zapped"

Jack the rabbit would rather play video games than read – until he gets stuck in the game and needs to find a way out! “Jack Gets Zapped” by Mac Barnett is a fun story for beginning readers just getting the hang of reading on their own, says our Librarian Lexy.


Spy Novels New and Old

Delve into a selection of contemporary and classic spy novels. Navigate the cat-and-mouse games of Cold War espionage classics, follow the harrowing exploits of Second World War resistance networks, and discover new spy thrillers based on modern global conflicts.


"Punching the Air"

"Punching the Air" by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam is realistic fiction in verse recommended for grades 9 and up that has its own compelling backstory. Coauthor Yusef Salaam is a member of the Exonerated Five, also known as the Central Park Five, or Central Park jogger case. In 1989, five teenagers of color were convicted of assaulting a woman and they served years of prison time before DNA evidence – and a confession from another man – proved them innocent. Salaam was only 15 when convicted and he served almost seven years in prison, so he is highly qualified to tell this fictional story of Amal, a 16-year-old poet and artist serving prison time for a crime he did not commit. Amal uses art and writing to survive, as he bears witness to the wrongs of the prison system. It's a lyrical and thought-provoking story of a young man's resilience in a system that's stacked against him, says our Librarian Kylie.


Teen Romance

Grab your next favorite teen romance novel with a variety of own voices selections that explore the humor and heartbreak of falling in love.


"A Field Guide to Getting Lost"

“A Field Guide to Getting Lost” by Joy McCullough is realistic fiction for ages 8-12. Luis and Sutton have a problem: their parents are dating, and it’s getting serious. Told with warmth and humor, readers will enjoy getting to know the characters and seeing how they learn to solve problems together, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Retold Folklore and Fairy Tales

Engage in the nostalgic feeling of these old tales full of place and character.


"The Anti-Book"

"The Anti-Book" by Raphael Simon is a funny fantasy story perfect for grades 3-5. Mickey finds himself in the anti-world, a world in which everything familiar is gone. He'll have to travel through the four states of the anti-world to turn the world back to normal, and readers will enjoy the wild journey, says our Librarian Lexy.


Man's Best Friend

Curl up with your furry friend and one of these great books for grades 3-5


"Mooncakes"

"Mooncakes" by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu is a cozy supernatural mystery with just a touch of romance. This is the perfect read for anyone interested in an all-ages graphic novel about magic, friendship, family, and forest spirits.


Murder Mysteries 

These books will get your mind working and your blood pumping as you try to piece together the mystery behind the murder before the book ends.


"Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar"

"Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" by Cheryl Strayed (the author of "Wild") is part advice column, and part memoir. The most striking part is how compassionate yet honest she is. Her words are like a warm hug, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Eye of the Tiger

These books are a roaring good time for readers birth to grade 2.


"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You"

"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" by Jason Reynolds is a powerful and thought-provoking book about race. This book shines a light on many of the insidious forms of racist ideas in our society. Our Library Associate Ruth highly recommends this book to readers 12 and over.


A Taste From Across the Sea

Craving something new from your kitchen? Try out these cookbooks for a taste that will have your mouth flying across the ocean.


"We're Not From Here"

Can music and humor save the human race? Humans have destroyed planet earth, and a few remaining survivors are on a ship and running out of time to find a new home. "We're Not From Here" by Geoff Rodkey is an exciting and imaginative middle grade novel for ages 8-12 that mirrors real-life experiences of refugees forced to leave their home countries, says our Librarian Kylie.


Books with Bob

Have some outrageous read aloud fun about Bob with these picture books suitable for birth to grade 2.


"No Ordinary Thing"

"No Ordinary Thing" by G.Z. Schmidt is historical time travel at its best. This middle grade book for ages 8-12 introduces us to Adam, who lives with his uncle now that his parents are dead. One day, Adam discovers a snow globe that belonged to his parents - and his adventure begins. This book is a lovely adventure and an all-around fun read, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Bilingual Picture Books

Bilingual Picture Books offer the opportunity to develop second language skills and expand cultural awareness. Celebrate reading in two languages!


"The Summer of Jordi Perez"

The frothy rom-com "The Summer of Jordi Perez" by Amy Spalding will make you feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, as you follow protagonist Abby Ives while she navigates a summer of burgers, fashion, and romance. This book is fun, fluffy, and full of fabulous fashions and delicious descriptions of burgers that will make you want to get your grill out early.


Multi-Generational Reads

Explore the special relationships that develop between generations in these stories suitable for grades 4-8.


"This is My America"

"This is My America" by Kim Johnson is a realistic Young Adult novel recommended for grades 8 and up. Tracy's dad was wrongly convicted of murder and sits on death row. She's trying to save her dad, and things get worse when her older brother becomes a murder suspect. Now Tracy needs to save them both before time runs out. This book is a mystery wrapped in a bleak examination of how racism can lead to miscarriage of justice, says our Librarian Kylie.


"Third Grade Mermaid"

"Third Grade Mermaid" by Peter Raymundo is an early elementary chapter book packed with fun illustrations. Cora will get kicked off the swim team if she doesn't get an "A" on her next spelling test. She doesn't want to learn how to spell, but her mother comes up with an idea - will it be enough to keep Cora on the team? Readers will enjoy finding out what happens next, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Locked Room Mysteries

Confined spaces lead to fascinating whodunits in these novels of mystery and murder!


"The Story of Arthur Truluv"

“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg is a beautiful novel about three lonely people trying to fill the void their losses have created. Ultimately, it’s a feel-good story our Library Associate Ruth highly recommends.


A Need For Intrigue

Schemes, spies, and secrets reign in these mystery and suspense books for teens.


"Rain Fall"

"Rain Fall" by Barry Eisler is the first novel in a fantastic, supremely cool series featuring John Rain, an assassin who specializes in masking his deadly work as the result of natural causes. Eisler's writing is a wonderful combination of lyrical prose, technical tradecraft, and soulful meditations on the psychological toll of conflict and violence, says our Library Associate Mike.


Tales of the Cold

Icy places full of storytelling that has winter as a backdrop.


"The Lost Queen"

"The Lost Queen" by Signe Pike pulls readers into the politics and drama of 6th Century Scotland. Richly written, and vibrant in detail and depth, this first in a series features strong female characters, and plenty of politics. These books are perfect for fans of "Game of Thrones" and "Outlander," says our Librarian Rebekah.


Nighttime Reads

Grades 3-5 can grab a flashlight and curl up with these nighttime reads.


"Made in China"

"Made in China" by Amelia Pang is a well-researched and sobering look at the manufacturing industry, both within and outside the U.S., that might have you thinking twice about the products you buy - and the companies you buy from - says our Librarian Erin.


Claymation

From books to movies, readers in grades 3-5 can explore the fascinating form of stop-motion animation!


"America's National Historic Trails"

"America's National Historic Trails" by Karen Berger is perfect for both the armchair traveler and the avid outdoors person. The reader journeys through America's varying terrain, and follows in the footsteps of some of the most important moments in American history. With a total of 19 trails covering over 37,000 miles, there is something for everyone in this book, says our Librarian Rebekah.


If You Like Lee Child

Fans of Jack Reacher will love these suspense and thriller series.


"A Good Girl's Guide to Murder"

"A Good Girl's Guide to Murder" by Holly Jackson is a mystery recommended for grades 9 and up. Five years earlier, Andi Bell was murdered by her boyfriend Sal. But a classmate isn't so sure that Sal is guilty, and her search for truth makes this a captivating mystery that you won't be able to put down, says our Librarian Kylie.


A Number of Good Books

Here are a number of good books for grades 3-5 to enjoy!


"The Moving Finger"

"The Moving Finger" was one of Agatha Christie's personal favorites, and this standalone cozy mystery is the third in her Miss Marple series. Residents of Lymstock receive vicious poison pen letters, and one of the recipients commits suicide. Or was it murder? It's up to Miss Marple to find out. This is the perfect novel for those new to Christie as well as those who read her faithfully, says our Librarian Erin.


Adrenaline Rush

These death-defying page-turners for middle school students will set hearts racing!


"The Starless Sea"

"The Starless Sea" by Sue Morgenstern is beautifully written, with a cast of authentic and complex characters. The story begins when Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a graduate student in New England, discovers a mysterious book in the university library. Ultimately, he finds himself caught up in a life and death world of intrigue, all tied together by a mysterious underground library beside the starless sea. If you're looking for a little bit of magic, and a love of the written word, this book is for you, says our Librarian Lauren.


The Great Outdoors

These books for pre-K to grade 2 celebrate the adventure and beauty we find in nature. Share a story, then head outside and explore the great outdoors!


"Prairie Lotus"

"Prairie Lotus" by Linda Sue Park is a fresh and fascinating perspective on the pioneer experience, highlighting the strengths of people of color in 1880s America. Fourteen-year-old Hannah moves to the Dakota Territory with her father and dreams of becoming a dressmaker. But in their new town, horrific racism threatens to leave her with no friends - and no future. This inspiring book for grades 5 and up shares previously untold stories from our history, says our Librarian Kylie.


Written by Women

These non-fiction books written by women let you explore math, science, history, and nature.


"Bitter Wash Road"

Fans of Craig Johnson, Jane Harper, and C.J. Box will enjoy "Bitter Wash Road" by Garry Disher. This police procedural series occurs in a small community in the Australian Outback. Disgraced and demoted Constable Paul Hirschhausen investigates the murder of a local teenage girl, attempting to find justice amid corruption and violence, says our Library Associate Mike.


2021 Newbery Winners

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, presents the Newbery Award annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in grades 4-8.


"The Lager Queen of Minnesota"

“The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is storytelling at its best. This book is a love letter to beer, but it's also a great homage to family and the people of the Midwest. If you're looking for a wonderful slice of life book, then this is for you, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Daughters

Are these girls defined by their parentage or are they powerful women all their own? Read these wonderful stories to find out!


"The Holdout"

A former juror's past verdict may come back to bite her in the exciting novel "The Holdout" by Graham Moore. It's a twisty legal thriller that will delight fans of John Grisham and Scott Turow. This is a fast-paced, intricately plotted read that you won't be able to put down, says our Librarian Erin.


Amazing Women in Historical Fiction

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading these fascinating and amazing stories of women around the world!


"Jackaby"

If you like mysteries, monsters, and a good pulse-pounding adventure story, "Jackaby" by William Ritter is all of these and more. When Abigail Rook assists R.F. Jackaby – an investigator of the unexplained and the supernatural – with a murder investigation, she discovers that some monsters wear very familiar faces. "Supernatural" meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling mystery.


Celebrate Women's History

These books for grades 3-5 highlight inspiring, trailblazing women.


"American Cake"

"American Cake" by Anne Byrn is a beautiful cookbook that chronicles the history of cake in America, beginning with recipes favored by the earliest colonists, and ending with today's modern trends.


Brave Historical Women

Well-behaved women seldom make history...or become the inspiring lead of a patriarchy-smashing historical Young Adult novel.


"Siri, Who Am I?"

Millennial California girl Mia wakes up in a hospital with no idea who she is. She must rely on Siri, her past social media posts, and her ingenuity to retrace her steps until her life falls back into place in Sam Tschida's debut novel "Siri, Who Am I?" This humorous adventure is full of heart and hastags and perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella's "Remember Me" and Hannah Orenstein's "Love At First Like," says our Librarian Erin.


Amazing Entertainers

These captivating books for grades 3-5 are all about women who starred on stage and on screen.


"The Westing Game"

"The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin is a middle grade mystery. Follow along with the smart, sarcastic Turtle Wexler, one of 16 residents in the brand new Sunset Towers apartment building, as she works to uncover the secrets left behind in a cryptic last will and testament. If you enjoy puzzles and secrets, you'll love solving the mystery alongside the main characters.


Queens, Empresses, and Rulers

Dive into some historical fiction tales of real-life women who have worn a crown.


"The Gunslinger's Vow"

Readers will delight in the hilarious banter and epic battle of wills in the love story “The Gunslinger’s Vow” by Amy Sandas. Prim society lady Alexandra Brighton enlists the help of bounty hunter Malcolm Kincaid for one last trip home before she settles down into a stuffy society marriage. At least that’s the plan, until she meets the handsome – and extremely irritating – Kincaid.


Amazing Athletes

Grades 3-5 can read about the best of the best in a variety of sports.


"Once Upon a River"

"Once Upon a River" by Diane Setterfield is a mystery unlike any other. Steeped deep in folklore, this book asks readers to challenge their beliefs of what is possible. Setterfield is a master of tension, and subtly pulls her narrative between logic, scientific evidence, and the belief that there could be something darker at work in the world. This book is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and readers who enjoy the otherworldly feeling of fairy tales, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Heroic Women

These Young Adult books highlight many powerful women – read their amazing stories.


"Happy and You Know It"

One playgroup, consisting of Park Avenue mothers and their babies, is about to erupt from secrets, lies - and possibly a few drugs - in "Happy and You Know It" by Laura Hankin. Told with dark humor and a few juicy twists, Hankin delivers on a story that teaches us how fragile perfection truly is. This satirical yet relatable story is the perfect read for fans of "Such a Fun Age" and "The Nanny Diaries," says our Librarian Erin.


Women Inventors 

These picture book biographies of amazing female inventors are perfect for grades 3-5. Introduce these creative and brilliant women to your kids!


"Invisible Differences"

“Invisible Differences” by Mademoiselle Caroline and Julie Dachez is a graphic novel and autobiography based on Dachez's life. It follows the story of 27-year-old Marguerite, a fictionalized version of the author who knows she is different from everyone else. Eventually she is diagnosed with what was formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome and learns being neurologically diverse is not a flaw. This is a heartfelt memoir, well written, and beautifully illustrated, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Female-Driven Suspense

Gripping tales of women who get way in over their heads, but who have the strength and determination to forge their own destinies, while perhaps solving a mystery or two!


"Moon of the Crusted Snow"

"Moon of the Crusted Snow" by Waubgeshig Rice is a masterfully written post-apocalyptic novel set in a remote First Nations community in northern Canada. Insightful social commentary regarding the plight of First Nations tribes, and memorable, authentic characters make this a wonderful read, says our Library Associate Mike.


All the World's a Stage

Readers in grades 4-8 should try these titles if they enjoy live theater, either as part of the production or as an audience member!


"How the Penguins Saved Veronica"

"How the Penguins Saved Veronica" by Hazel Prior is a sweet, heartwarming story about the creation of a family made up of human and animal members. The novel is also a reminder that it's never too late to start over. It's the perfect light read for fans of "The Love Story of Missy Carmichael" and "The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett," says our Librarian Erin.


The Cover Was White

Don't remember the title but know the cover was white? Perhaps this selection of teen reads is what you are looking for!


"Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice"

"Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice" by Bryan Stevenson is suitable for grades 7 and up. Stevenson is a criminal defense lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to prisoners wrongly convicted of crimes, denied effective representation, or denied a fair trial. This book is full of fascinating and alarming stories about flaws in the criminal justice system, says our Librarian Kylie.


Unconventional Boyfriends

Are human boyfriends boring you? Give these romantic heroes a try!


"Hamnet"

"Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell is an incredibly thoughtful and nuanced story about William Shakespeare's wife and children. The novel focuses on those forgotten by history, centered on the women and children, and includes the death of his son, Hamnet. This is a brilliant work of historical fiction, says our Library Associate Ruth.


The Books of Pie

"Pie makes everyone happy." - Laurie Halse Anderson.


"Monte Walsh"

"Monte Walsh" by Jack Schaefer is the story of a maverick cowboy and his best friend as they traverse hardscrabble frontier towns, tension-filled cattle drives, brushes with the law, ranch life, and the pitfalls of a nomadic existence. Schaefer has a masterful style and an unrivaled ability to convey the culture and landscape of the American west, says our Library Associate Mike.


Fantasy Firsts

Want to explore a cool fantasy world but don’t know where to start? Check out one of these books for readers in grades 3-5 for a wonderful dive into fantasy!


"Winterwood"

A Walker witch descendant stumbles upon a wayward boy left for dead in the forbidding wicker woods. And so the dark magic and even darker mystery begins in the Young Adult novel "Winterwood” by Shea Ernshaw. This is the perfect read-alike to Maggie Stiefvater's "The Raven Boys," says our Librarian Erin.


Starry Night

These books for middle school students are all different, but they shine as bright at the stars!


"American Princess"

Witty and vivacious, Alice Roosevelt (Eleanor's cousin), captivated the nation with her daring antics as First Daughter after Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901. She was an indispensable advisor to her father during his third presidential run. "American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt" by Stephanie Marie Thornton is an excellent fictional biography of her fascinating life.


City of Light

Take a trip from your armchair to Paris, the city of lights!


"Lumberjanes"

The graphic novel "Lumberjanes" is a summer camp romp – complete with supernatural monsters and mystical quests – that is appropriate for readers age 10 and up. This action-packed comic is full of fun, humor, and friendship to the max, with spunky, lovable characters that support and help each other through their adventures. It’s perfect for fans of “Paper Girls,” by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, and “Giant Days,” by John Allison.


Out of This World

These books for readers in grades 3-5 are out of this world!


"We Are All the Same in the Dark"

"We Are All the Same in the Dark" by Julia Heaberlin is a slow-burning psychological thriller that paints an atmospheric portrait of a small town haunted by past traumas and burning secrets. Equal parts criminal investigation and intimate character study, this is the perfect read for fans of Lisa Jewell's "Then She Was Gone," says our Librarian Erin.


Bridgerton Readalikes

Fans of the Netflix Series "Bridgerton" will love these eBooks, too.


"Show Me a Sign"

“Show Me a Sign” by Ann Clare LeZotte is an Own Voices historical fiction novel for ages 8 to 12. This novel is based on the true story of a thriving deaf community with their own sign language that lived on Martha’s Vineyard in the early 19th Century - and what happened when a scientist took one of their members in order to learn more about the community. This is a captivating read with a really evil villain, but the story has a satisfying ending, says our Librarian Lexy.


Folklore

If you love folktales and fairy tales, these stories are for you!


"Medicine Walk"

"Medicine Walk" by Richard Wagamese is a moving Own Voices selection by one of Canada's most acclaimed indigenous writers. This is a beautifully written story of redemption, drama, father-son relationships, and the power of forgiveness. Atmospheric and moving, this novel will resonate with fans of Kent Haruf, Louise Erdrich, and Ivan Doig, says our Library Associate Mike.


Animals

We all love animals, introduce your beginner reader birth to grade 2 to these nonfiction books featuring simple text, large font, and amazing pictures!


"The Cousins"

Three cousins uncover family secrets, sinister plots – and murder – in "The Cousins" by Karen M. McManus. This young adult murder mystery and family drama features the suspenseful builds and plot twists McManus is famous for, and the story will keep readers hooked until the last page. This thrilling read is perfect for fans of E. Lockhart's "We Were Liars," says our Librarian Erin.


Agatha Christie Adaptations

Can't get enough of Christie mysteries? Give these thrilling TV series and film adaptions of Christie's works a try!


"This is Your Time"

“This is Your Time” by Ruby Bridges is a beautiful and heartfelt letter from the author, who was the first black child to attend an all-white school. She tells readers what that was like, how things have changed since then, and the work we still need to do to address racism in America. This book is suitable for all ages, but is written to be accessible to young elementary school students, says our Librarian Lexy.


Good Dogs!

Readers age 8-12 can cuddle up with some books about our furry best friends.


"Always the Last to Know"

"Always the Last to Know" by Kristan Higgins is a heartwarming read that keeps love, family, and friendship right in the center but it doesn't shy away from struggles and difficult topics. This book is perfect for fans of Emily Giffin, Elin Hilderbrand, and Jane Green, says our Librarian Meredith.


YA Award Winners 2021

These books for teens took home prestigious prizes.


"Ayoade On Top"

“Ayoade On Top” by Richard Ayoade is a wildly entertaining, hysterical gem of a book about a horrible movie, "The View from the Top." This satirical analysis subjects the movie to a rigorous – and hilarious critical analysis. You don't need to see the movie to enjoy the book, and by the time you’re finished reading you'll be laughing, and an expert on this often forgotten box office disaster, says our Library Associate Mike.


Picture Book Biographies

Real people and real stories come to life through amazing illustrations, interesting and surprising stories, and just the right amount of information in these books for grades 3-5


"Deacon King Kong"

"Deacon King Kong" by James McBride is a deeply satisfying reading experience that is mainly about the intertwining lives of residents of a 1960s housing project. This book provides backstories and anecdotes about even minor characters, offering a delightful cast of characters with the best of nicknames and intentions, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Immigrant and Refugee Stories

A captivating selection of narratives examining immigration in America and the ongoing global refugee crisis.


"Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts"

If you're looking for a new way to be sustainable, or if you're just looking for a new way to see old things, "Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts" by Nina and Sonya Montenegro is the book for you. This beautifully illustrated book combines a practical mending guide with thoughtful meditations on the act of mending, and it's a joy to read, says our Librarian Rebekah.


Read Around the World

Have you ever wondered what life is like in other countries? Check out these beautiful stories from all over the world for readers birth to grade 2!


"The Butterfly Conspiracy"

"The Butterfly Conspiracy" by Vivian Conroy is a richly developed historical mystery set in the late Victorian era that is equal parts focused on amateur detecting and natural history, while also examining the differences that define London society. This first entry in the Merriweather and Royston series is sure to please fans of Deanna Raybourn and Frances Brody, says our Librarian Erin.


Trickster Tales

Trickster tales for pre-K through grade 2 originate in many different cultures and are used to entertain and teach lessons about how to behave and treat other people.


"Clean Getaway"

"Clean Getaway" by Nic Stone takes readers on a journey across the south to important sites from the civil rights movement. Our Librarian Lexy recommends this book for grades 4 and up. Join Scoob and his grandmother as he learns about the “Green Book” and important people and moments in civil rights history. He’ll also find out what his grandmother has been hiding from him!


Diverse Classics

This collection of classic novels written by authors with diverse heritages and backgrounds represent the deep literary history of their cultures and are some of the best of classic literature.


"Beloved"

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison is a Pulitzer-prize winning book that carries an unforgettable message with each word. This historical fiction novel about a former slave, Sethe, is the heart-wrenching story of her struggle with the memories of being a slave and the baby she lost.


Housing & Urban America

Examine the history of urban housing policies in America and issues like public housing, homelessness, racism, and social justice.


"Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court"

“Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recommended for grades 7 and up, is our Middle School Librarian Kylie's favorite sports autobiography. The book shares how Abdul-Jabbar struggled with his identity and how he also became a pivotal part of the civil rights movement – all while becoming a basketball legend.


Abilities of All Kinds

Our bodies offer each of us different joys and challenges. In these books for readers ages 8-12, young people with disabilities and illnesses share their stories.


"Dread Nation"

“Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland is a “Zombies meet the Wild West” series that poses the question: What if the Civil War had been interrupted by the restless dead? This genre-bending historical fiction is packed with political intrigue, jaw-dropping fight scenes, and a cliffhanger ending that will leave you begging for the sequel, "Deathless Divide."


Black Girl Magic

Adventure with strong, Black female leads at their center. Give these young adult fantasy novels a try!


"Accidental Beauty Queen"

What is scarier than finding true love? Having to survive a beauty pageant! "Accidental Beauty Queen" by Teri Wilson is a quick, feel-good read sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sophie Kinsella's "I Owe You One," says our Librarian Erin.


Black History Adult Nonfiction

Fascinating real-life stories to honor those who have had an influence on history.


"The Hate U Give"

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas provides a scope into police brutality, white privilege, and the power of a single voice. This phenomenal, award-winning book is based on a true story.


Celebrate Black History

Let these stories of historical figures come to life in these beautifully illustrated picture books.


"Leave the World Behind"

"Leave the World Behind" by Rumaan Alam is a suspenseful and thought-provoking novel that will keep you guessing. Clay and Amanda and their kids want to get away from the city and reconnect as a family. Late-night visitors bring disturbing news. Is there really an apocalypse or is it just a sinister plot? This book is perfect for fans of Mike Chen's “A Beginning at the End” and Karen Thompson Walker's “The Age of Miracles,” says our Librarian Erin.


Black History True Stories

These books are perfect for readers in grades 3-5.


"This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II"

"This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II" by Andrew Fukuda is a young adult novel that covers a penpal relationship between two 10-year-olds on opposite sides of the world. Alex is Japanese American, and Charlie is a Jewish girl living in Paris. They share their fears as the world around them changes and becomes oppressive, and the novel follows them into adulthood 10 years later. You'll be completely engaged with these characters, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Black History Month

Explore different tales that take us through the decades and focus on Black lives.


"Hide and Seeker"

“Hide and Seeker” by Daka Hermon is recommended for readers ages 8-12. Life is tough for 12-year-old Justin. His mother dies and his sister has to take care of him. Then his best friend Zee goes missing. When Zee does return, he's different and acts like he's trapped in a living nightmare. During a game of hide and seek, Justin and the other kids learn what Zee has been through - because an ancient evil known as the Seeker is now going after them. Do they have what it takes to escape?


Journals, Notebooks, Diaries 

These books for readers in grades 3-5 incorporate the diary/journal style of writing and, in doing so, allow the reader to feel closer to the characters.


"Solo"

"Solo" by Kwame Alexander is told as a novel in verse, with a combination of poetry, text messages, and song lyrics. It's the story of someone finding themselves through music and using their talents to make the world a better place.


Inspired by Real Events

Are you looking for something new and interesting to read? These fictional stories were all inspired in some way by real-life events.


"The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights"

"The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights" by Steve Sheinkin takes readers back to World War II when segregated black units in the U.S. Navy had little formal training or instruction compared to their white counterparts. On July 17, 1944, an explosion kills more than 300 men, most of them black. Survivors who refuse reassignment or request different jobs are charged with mutiny. Fifty men are eventually tried, convicted, and imprisoned despite the glaring prejudice and illegal practices revealed at their trial. This is a riveting story of racial prejudice and injustice for middle grade readers on up who want to explore the beginnings of the civil rights movement, says our Librarian Erin.


Black in America

Read about some of the joys and struggles of being young and Black in America in these teen books.


"Dress Coded"

"Dress Coded" by Carrie Firestone is the inspiring story of a budding activist finding her voice and using it to help others. After two years of watching other girls be anxious and humiliated over their middle school's strict dress code, Molly Frost takes action. She starts a podcast where girls can share their stories, which grows into a movement that affects the entire community. This book is recommended for upper middle grade and younger Young Adult readers, says our Librarian Kylie.


Good Dogs!

Cuddle up with some books about our furry best friends suitable for readers ages 8-12.


"White Rose"

“White Rose” by Kip Wilson is a Young Adult novel in verse set in World War II. This is historical fiction novel in verse at its best, based on the true story of a young German student named Sophie Scholl. Sophie forms the White Rose Resistance and becomes a voice for the oppressed. This is an amazingly well-written novel about bravery and standing up to injustice, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Graphic Novels

Get carried away with the fun illustrations in these graphic novels for grades 3-5.


"Beauty Queens"

If you enjoy dark and absurd humor, check out "Beauty Queens" by Libba Bray. Nothing stops the Miss Teen Dream Beauty Pageant contestants - not even a plane crash! Discover how these beauty queens figure out how to survive the island - and each other. This satire keeps the laughs coming! The audio version, read by the author, is awesome, says our Librarian Meredith.


The Cover Was Pink

Don't remember the title but know the color of the cover? Try these Young Adult reads in delicious shades of pink.


"It Happens All the Time"

"It Happens All the Time" by Amy Hatvany is an emotional story of friendship, betrayal, and the long road to recovery and healing. This timely novel explores the issue of consent between two adults, Tyler and Amber, after one night that changes their lives forever. Readers who enjoy Emily Giffin and Randy Susan Meyers will also enjoy this mainstream novel of character-driven domestic fiction, says our Librarian Erin.


Around the World

Travel the world with these stories from all across the globe designed for readers in kindergarten to grade 2.


"Finding Layla"

"Finding Layla" by Meg Elison is the story of a 14-year-old girl's resilience in the face of poverty and neglect. Layla's mom is negligent and abusive, so Layla must take care of herself and her six-year-old brother. They don't have enough food, her home is a disaster, and she looks ragged - but how can a teenager keep her family afloat all by herself? This hard-hitting YA novel shows the challenges that people can hide in plain sight, and the incredible spirit it can take to survive them, says our Librarian Kylie.


Have We Met Memoirs

"Good things happen when you meet strangers." - Yo-Yo Ma.


"The Boys in the Back Row"

“The Boys in the Back Row” by Mike Jung is a beautifully written book full of wit and humor that celebrates the friendship between two middle school boys, Matt and Eric. While the story focuses on the adventure they plan together before Eric moves away, the book also adeptly addresses bullying, racism, and other issues middle school students face, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Happy Socks

There is nothing better than handmade socks to make yourself or someone else happy.


"Sadie"

The modern-day Young Adult thriller “Sadie” by Courtney Summers is two stories in one. The first is Sadie's search for the person who murdered her sister Mattie because the police botched their investigation. The second involves the true crime podcast of West McCray, who uncovers where Sadie went and what happened to her. The two stories speed toward each other in an investigative thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.


Unusual Pets

Would you like to have any of these creatures as a pet? Readers birth to age 2 will enjoy these stories.


"Coo"

“Coo” by Kaela Noel is ideal for readers in grades 5 and up. It's a story about love and loss and what it means to be a family. Coo is abandoned in New York City, and discovered by a flock of pigeons. She grows up on a rooftop with the pigeons for 10 happy years, until trouble occurs. When her closest friend is attacked by a hawk, Coo seeks help from a human - and learns that some humans have bad intentions. This gut-wrenching story will stay with you forever, says our Librarian Lexy.


New Young Adult WWII Books

Discover the best Teen & Young Adult World War II Historical Fiction.


"The Illustrated History of the Snowman"

Do you love snowmen? These jolly figures and their complex history are the subject of “The Illustrated History of the Snowman” by Bob Eckstein. Discover when the word snowman first appeared in the dictionary. Read about humorous and unexpected ways the snowman has been thought of and utilized across nations and cultures, and how the snowman’s image has been featured in art, propaganda, commercials, political intrigue, and much more, says our Librarian Erin.


Football Favorites

Hey, football fans in grades 3-5, huddle up with a good book!


"The Charm School"

Isadora Peabody is awkward, shy, and resigned to a life of spinsterhood. A chance meeting with dashing ship captain Ryan Calhoun changes her life. But his secret – and a dangerous mission – will tear them apart unless they can learn to trust each other, work together, and defeat a common enemy. "The Charm School" by Susan Wiggs is an opposites attract historical romance that is sweet, witty, and endearing.


If You Liked "Educated"

Looking for a memoir as captivating as "Educated?" Try these eight titles sure to keep you reading until the last page.


"A Northern Light"

Readers looking for romance, mystery, and history will find much to enjoy in "A Northern Light" by Jennifer Donnelly. This is beautifully crafted young adult historical fiction about a young woman who has dreams of college in the city but is bound by family promises. Mattie is a hopeful character stuck in a place that she's never quite fit into, and she must choose between the life she's always known and the life she's always wanted, says our Librarian Meredith.


Series for Beginning Readers

Get children in kindergarten through grade 2 hooked on reading with these series.


"A Castle in the Clouds"

𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘸 meets 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘶𝘥𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘏𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘭 in Kerstin Gier's novel "A Castle in the Clouds." Sophie is an intern at a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps where she unravels mysteries while working an assortment of odd, unluxurious jobs. This novel, filled with a large cast of quirky characters - each hiding a secret or two - is told with wit, humor, and lots of heart, says our Librarian Erin.


Marvelous Mothers

Life didn’t come with a manual. It came with a Mother.


"I Found You"

Three mysteries converge in "I Found You" by Lisa Jewell. Full of suspense and gothic flair, this novel is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Ruth Weir. This dark mystery will keep you guessing until the end, says our Librarian Lauren.


Of Kings and Queens

These young royals rule the page! Take a dive into these fantastical tales for teen readers today.


"You Deserve Each Other"

"You Deserve Each Other" by Sarah Hogle is a romance featuring witty dialogue and warm, tender moments. Naomi thought she was the luckiest girl in the world. Her fiancée Nicholas was the epitome of perfection: handsome, charming, and polite. Until Naomi realizes she can't stand Nicholas, and she thinks he feels the same way. Will one get the other to break off their engagement and pay for the non-refundable wedding? Or will they rekindle their romance?


Dear Diary

Experience life through someone else's eyes by reading these journals perfect for readers ages 8-12.


"When We Were Vikings"

"When We Were Vikings" by Andrew David MacDonald is an amusing coming of age tale about Zelda, a young woman with fetal alcohol syndrome who hopes to become a legendary Viking someday. She finds a crusade in her brother, Gert, who has resorted to illegal schemes to say afloat financially. This candid and engaging novel is perfect for fans of "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine," says our Librarian Erin.


Real-Life Haunts

Not all ghost stories are fictional... Haunted houses, lingering spirits, and more abound in these thrilling and chilling real-life tales.


"The Plus One"

Kelly needs a date for her sister’s wedding, but with no one in sight, this talented robotics engineer decides to build her own dream man. At first, it’s wonderful: Ethan is smart, devoted and handsome – the perfect boyfriend – and Kelly’s family doesn’t realize Ethan is not real. Now Kelly is having a hard time letting go. But how long can she lie to family and friends while holding onto a fantasy that seems destined for disaster? “The Plus One” by Sarah Archer is a heartwarming tale of love, acceptance, and learning to love yourself, too, says our Librarian Erin.


STEM Girls

These girls LOVE science. Read about the exciting ways they solve problems!


"Strange the Dreamer"

"Strange the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor is an epic fantasy full of gods and monsters, ghosts and demons, and dreams and nightmares. Taylor's writing is lyrical and strange, and the world she creates makes an impression you won't soon forget. This book will leave you breathless - and also desperate to read the sequel, "Muse of Nightmares."


Hopeful Reads

"When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars." -Oscar Wilde.


"Life Undercover"

“Life Undercover” by Amaryllis Fox is a nonfiction page-turner about a talented, ambitious CIA agent. When Fox was in college, she developed an algorithm to predict the likelihood of a terrorist attack. The CIA recruited her at age 21, and it was the start of an amazing career. Readers will be both amazed and humbled by the lengths people like Fox go every day to keep American citizens safe from harm.


Read Them...If You Dare

Are you brave enough to crack open these chilling tales suitable for readers in middle school and up?


"My Calamity Jane"

Fans of witty and detailed narratives, historical fantasy, and fast-paced monster hunts will enjoy "My Calamity Jane" by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. The greatest heroes of the wild west are about to meet the supernatural in this novel, the third in a series. Each book focuses on a famous Jane from history – in this case Calamity Jane - and rewrites her story with a happier ending and magical subplots, says our Librarian Erin.


On-Stage Stories

Calling all theater kids! Check out these books perfect for ages 8-12 and starring the many ways we can enjoy the stage.


"Princess Pulverizer"

The “Princess Pulverizer” series by Nancy Krulik are fun books for readers in grades 2-4. Princess Serena (who prefers to be known as Princess Pulverizer) wants to be a knight, but she has to change her behavior first. To help her get ready, her dad gives her a challenge: perform eight acts of kindness. Each book in the series tells of an act of kindness on her quest for knighthood. Fans of Shannon Hale’s “Princess in Black” will enjoy this series, says our Librarian Lexy.


Culinary Crime

Do you like cozy mysteries with a food theme? Then whet your appetite with these suggestions. You may even find a new recipe to try!


"All American Murder"

“All-American Murder” by James Patterson provides a heartbreaking yet fascinating glimpse of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots football star convicted of murder. Blessed with an abundance of talent, but plagued by a troubled personal life, Hernandez received a life sentence for his crime. This book is perfect for readers who enjoy fast-paced, thrilling nonfiction.


Scary Stories

Are you ready for some frightening fiction?


"Speechless"

Jimmy is an eighth-grader whose cousin Patrick has just died. To make matters worse, Jimmy is supposed to say a few words at Patrick’s funeral – but he and Patrick were not friends, not even close. “Speechless” by Adam Schmitt is an amazing book with realistic and compelling characters. Readers will also identify with the raw emotions that are happening through this difficult time for Jimmy and his extended family. This book is highly recommended for young people and adults, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Yellow-Orange Reads

Can't remember the title but only the color of the cover? You are not alone, so try some of these yellow-orange reads!


"Kind of a Big Deal"

Josie Pie thought she'd become a Broadway star after high school, but reality was a big disappointment. Desperate for escape, her life changes when she becomes the hero of every book she reads. She becomes fully absorbed in each character, which also takes her one step further from reality. But is real life worth returning to? This is a whimsical Young Adult novel of bookish proportions, and filled with plenty of humor. "Kind of a Big Deal" by Shannon Hale is highly recommended for fans of magical realism and coming of age novels, says our Librarian Erin.


Retro Reads

These books from the 1970s for grades 3-5 are fun for both the young and the young at heart.


"The Elephant's Girl"

“The Elephant’s Girl” by Celesta Rimington is a great read for ages 8-12. This book is an adventure complete with a mystery, magic, and the bond between a girl and an elephant. Twelve-year-old Lex receives messages from the elephant Nyah that take her on a journey of self-discovery. This heartwarming tale is about love of family and friends and addresses serious issues such as animal rights. It's an excellent read, says our Library Associate Ruth.


New Nonfiction

We've added tons of new titles – whether you're into sports, video games, or K-Pop, we've got something for middle school students.


"How to Be a Good Creature"

In "How to Be a Good Creature," author Sy Montgomery reflects on her life through 13 animals she has encountered. Animal lovers will enjoy this poetic journey throughout the natural world, and will appreciate the prevailing sentiment that humans and animals share a bond that transcends time and space, says our Librarian Erin.


Open Spaces

Books about open spaces: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ― John Muir.


"The Shadow Queen"

You’ve probably heard the story of Snow White before, but “The Shadow Queen” by C. J. Redwine weaves magic, intrigue, and adventure to take this tale to places you’ve never imagined. It's a juiced-up fairy tale starring a princess who can totally save herself, but might need some help saving her kingdom.


Really Cool People 

These real people lived interesting lives. Readers age 8-12 can earn about their experiences with these awesome biographies!


"Another Good Dog"

“Another Good Dog” by Cara Sue Achterberg is feel-good nonfiction at its finest. When Cara and her family lose their beloved dog Lucy, they decide to foster dogs until they find their next furry companion to join their home permanently. However, Cara soon realizes that fostering dogs is her passion, and she can save hundreds of dogs, rather than just one. This book is full of heartwarming stories all animal lovers will enjoy.


Favorite Read Alouds

These picture books for birth to age 2 feature humor, repetition, rhythm, and rhyme.


"King of the Mole People"

"King of the Mole People" by Paul Gilligan is a hilarious book for readers age 8-12. Doug wants to fit in like any other kid, but he's awkward, and a little strange - who has eel sandwiches for lunch? Doug does. And then he's named King of the Mole People, a title he doesn't like at all. This is the first in a series of fun, fast reads, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Robot Friends

Have you ever wanted a robot as a friend? Readers in grades 3-5 will enjoy these stories and discover how exciting robots can be!


"Three Perfect Liars"

Secrets and lies between three women lead to a devastating fire - and possible murder. But which of the three is the culprit? Laura, Mia, and Janie all have something to hide in "Three Perfect Liars" by Heidi Perks. This is a slow-burning psychological suspense filled with surprising twists and bombshell reveals, right up to the final page. Fans of Chandler Baker's "Whisper Network" will enjoy this book, says our Librarian Erin.


For Fans of "The Crown"

If you love Netflix's "The Crown," you'll love these fascinating behind the scenes looks at members of the British royal family.


"Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea"

"Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea" by Sungju Lee is recommended for readers in grades 7 and up. Lee's family are loyal members of the Communist Party, until his father gets into trouble. The family is exiled, and that's where the real problems begin. Both of his parents disappear, and Sungju is forced to scrabble for survival on the streets. This book feels like something out of "The Hunger Games," but it's real, and events like this are still happening, says our Librarian Kylie.


Home Sweet Home

Home is the abiding place of the affections. Find your style with these books.


"AstroNuts"

The AstroNuts series by Jon Scieszka for grades 3-5 are funny, action-packed books that will teach you a lot about space, life, and the environment, too! The AstroNuts are four mutant animal astronauts, and they have a special mission: since we can no longer live on earth, they have to find a new home for us. Each book is a new adventure. If you like graphic novels and science, you will like this series, says our Librarian Lexy.


To the Moon

Eight great books for fans of the cosmos ages 8-12!


"I Liked My Life"

A touching tale of grief, healing, and second chances at life, "I Liked My Life" by Abby Fabiaschi is a character-driven story of family relationships and coping with unspeakable loss. Maddy seems like the perfect wife and mother, until she commits suicide. Her husband and daughter are left reeling from the loss and must reconstruct their lives and forge a new relationship with each other. This is the perfect read for those who enjoyed "Daisy Cooper's Rules for Living," says our Librarian Erin.


Dystopian Classics

These are worlds you don't want to end up living in! Take a look through these classic dystopian tales, each more terrifying than the next.


"This is Happiness"

"This is Happiness" by Niall Williams is a beautiful, lyrical homage to a bygone time in Ireland. The world is about to change, and 17-year-old Noel Crowe isn't sure what comes next. Their small town's electrification project brings a boarder: Christy, a man in his 60s, and the unlikely pair become fast friends. This is a delightful book with lovingly created characters, and the author is a genius at depicting a place and time, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Hot Off the Press

Discover awesome new books for readers in grades 3-5.


"Dorothy Must Die"

“Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige is a twist on the classic movie of the same name that’s a great read for those who love fantasy and horror novels. This story is about the dark side of the rainbow, the way power corrupts, and the oppressed fight back. It will hook you with its familiar characters and keep you turning pages with its surprising twists. Recommended for fans of "The Cinder" series by Marissa Meyer and the dark fairy tales of Holly Black.


World Changing Women

These women made important discoveries, created wonders, and even committed serious crimes. In short, they influenced history!


"Dry"

In "Dry" by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, five teens frantically search for water in their native Southern California, which is experiencing a severe drought. They aren't sure they can trust each other, but working together may be the only way to survive in a world ruled by riots, illness, crime, and fire. This desperate survival story recommended for grades 8 and up feels like it could really happen, says our Librarian Kylie.


Twin Trouble

Double the adventure and double the trouble in these books sure to delight readers in grades 3-5!


"Destiny of the Republic"

"Destiny of the Republic" by Candice Millard is a nonfiction page-turner, often reading like a thriller, as Millard seamlessly interweaves the narratives of President Garfield's life and presidency with the mentally ill man who shot him. Millard shines a spotlight on a most extraordinary president, and one of the country's greatest forgotten losses.


Behind the Scenes

Get the behind the scenes scoop on some of your favorite TV shows!


"Emma in the Night"

Fifteen-year-old Cass and her 17-year-old sister Emma disappear without a trace... until Cass turns up at her mother's door, alone. Cass says they were abducted by a couple who wanted pregnant Emma's baby. But an FBI forensic psychiatrist believes there is more to the story than Cass is willing to reveal in "Emma in the Night" by Wendy Walker. This is a gripping, intricately plotted novel of psychological suspense that is perfect for fans of B.A. Paris' "Behind Closed Doors," says our Librarian Erin.


Retro Reads: 60s

These books from the 1960s are fun reads for grades 3-5 whether it's your first or 50th time checking them out!


"Snapdragon"

“Snapdragon” by Kat Leyh is a delightfully strange graphic novel recommended for readers in grade 5 and up. Snap’s town has a witch named Jacks, and as Snap gets to know the old woman, she becomes fond of her, and learns a lot about herself, too. This unique story is all about being your true, authentic self, and loving what you love - even if people think you're weird for it, says our Librarian Lexy.


Cat's Meow

Attention cat lovers! These picture books are the cat's whiskers for readers birth to age 2!


"Price of Duty"

Jake Liddell is a war hero, but he comes home torn about his experience. He was not prepared for the horrific side of war and now he isn't sure what to do: Should he warn other high school students about what they're getting into? Or should he keep quiet and honor his family and town's pro-military beliefs? "Price of Duty" by Todd Strasser is a quick and intense read for grades 9 and up that will have you asking some big questions affecting young people in this country, says our Librarian Kylie.


Comedic Ladies

You've seen these women on the screen, now try reading them in a book! These humorous memoirs from your favorite comedic ladies are sure to tickle your funny bone.


"Perfect Little World"

Pregnant teen Isabelle Poole becomes part of an experiment called The Infinite Family Project, where she joins nine other couples to raise their children as one extended family. Cracks begin to show as resentments fester, project funding dwindles, and Isabelle falls for the project organizer, in Kevin Wilson's "Perfect Little World." This thought-provoking warm and humorous story is perfect for fans of T.C. Boyle's “The Terranauts,” says our Librarian Erin.


Detectives

Mystery and detective chapter books for elementary Super Sleuths in grades 3-5!


Feminist Greek Mythology

Greek mythology doesn't belong to male heroes anymore! Hear things from the female perspective as they retell classic Greek myths in new and fantastical ways.


Novels in Verse

Get swept away by these powerful stories for readers ages 8-12 that read like poetry.


LOL

Laugh out loud with these hilarious humor titles for middle schoolers.


"Dancing with the Octopus"

“Dancing with the Octopus” by Debora Harding is a haunting memoir featuring plenty of heartbreaking moments, but ultimately it's a story of hope and triumph over undefeatable odds. It's the perfect read for fans of "Educated" and "The Glass Castle," and readers won't be able to put this book down until the very end, says our Librarian Erin.


Odd Pets

Cats and dogs are great, but have you ever wanted a pet dinosaur? Any animal can be a pet according to these books for readers birth to age 2!


The Art of Finding Your Next Read

In a huge and varied world, we bring to you The Art of finding your next read!


Pig Picture Books

Pigs are more than their curly tails, pot bellies, and cute oinks. These picture books for readers birth to age 2 illustrate another side of the classic farm animals we know and love.


"American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land"

"American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land" by Monica Hesse is the true crime story of a bizarre five-month arson spree that kept a small Virginia town on edge. Hesse writes a compelling and well-researched true account that reads like dramatic fiction, says our Librarian Erin.


"My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life"

"My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life" by Rachel Cohn is a coming-of-age story about Elle, who is used to relying on herself, until her dad takes her to Japan to live with him. Surrounded by the popular, elite kids at her school, life seems too good to be true, and Elle comes to understand who she really is and what she values. This escapist drama is also an incredible travel fantasy, full of the curious and beautiful corners of Japan and Japanese culture.


Adventure Awaits

Whether mysterious or epic, thrilling or chilling, an adventure awaits within the pages of these books for readers ages 8-12!


New Biographies and Memoirs

Browse and discover the latest titles in Biographies and Memoirs for your next read!


"Regretting You"

"Regretting You" by Colleen Hoover expertly balances heartbreak and love, with particular focus on the changing dynamics between mothers and growing daughters. This is an engaging and intricately plotted story of regrets, grief, second chances, and old and new loves that will appeal to fans of domestic fiction and the works of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, says our Librarian Erin.


Family Craft Time!

Step away from technology and enjoy some family fun together!


"The Hippo at the End of the Hall"

"The Hippo at the End of the Hall" by Helen Cooper is a middle grade book suitable for readers ages 8-12. One day Ben receives a strange invitation to the Gee Museum - and he decides to go. The museum is a magical place, but some evil people want to take it over. Readers who enjoy adventure, mystery, and magical stories will love this book, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Animal Rescue Series

Readers in grades 1 to 3 who love reading about sweet animals being rescued should check out these books!


"The Middler"

“The Middler” by Kirsty Applebaum is a wild ride from start to finish. This dystopian story about friendship, trust, and betrayal is suitable for grades 5 and up. Full of twists and turns, nothing in the story is what it appears to be. Readers who like plot twists and action have to check this book out, says our Librarian Lexy.


Fantastic Fantasy

Looking for an exciting new world to visit? These magical stories for readers ages 8-12 will take you on some extraordinary adventures.


"An Almost Zero Waste Life"

Looking to help the environment? "An Almost Zero Waste Life" by Megean Weldon will help you live a greener life and offers helpful tips on how to reduce waste and make smart purchasing choices. She includes recipes for healthy meals and natural home cleaners, recycling recommendations, and more. The book also has several tips on how to make holiday celebrations less wasteful, says our Librarian Erin.


Can You Guess?

Who doesn't love a guessing game? Try these fun, interactive books for younger readers from preschool to grade 2!


"When Stars Are Scattered"

“When Stars Are Scattered” by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed is a middle grade graphic novel suitable for readers ages 8 to 12. This is Omar’s true story of how he escaped violence in his village in Somalia, found a foster family in a refugee camp Kenya, and through perseverance, achieved his dreams. This inspiring story is a testament to foster families, friendship, support, and determination, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Birds

Birds enrich our lives in many ways. They are beautiful to behold, melodious to listen to, and provide us with bird-watching as a hobby.


"The Phantom Tollbooth"

"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster is a classic and the perfect book for the whole family to read and enjoy together. This fun fantasy story is full of great lessons for kids and adults, says our Librarian Lexy.


Picture Book Biographies

Readers in kindergarten through grade 3 can learn about these amazing people.


"How Not to Die Alone"

Andrew lives a solitary life and mostly socializes online, although his boss and coworkers think he's happily married with children. Andrew's secret life may come to light, however, when he meets and forms a friendship with a new coworker. Now he has to decide whether it's time for him to start living life again. "How Not to Die Alone" by Richard Roper is perfect for anyone looking for uplifting tales of second chances and found families. And fans of "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" need look no further for their next read, says our Librarian Erin.


New on the Shelves

Still Looking for your next great read? Fans of non-fiction look no further!


"When Dimple Met Rishi"

What do you do when everyone around you is trying to force you into a real-life rom-com? In "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon, Dimple is torn between tradition, parental expectations, and her desire to make her own path. This sweet romance is recommended for fans of "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan, "American Panda" by Gloria Chao, and "Love from A to Z" by S.K. Ali.


Book First

Did you know these movies were books for middle school readers first? Read the book then watch the movie!


"The Lost Man"

Is it murder, or suicide? That's the question at the heart of "The Lost Man" by Jane Harper as Nathan Bright tries to find out how and why his beloved brother Cameron died. In the process, Nathan will have to unearth some painful family secrets. Leisurely paced and atmospheric, Harper creates well-drawn, sympathetic characters and slowly reveals their motivations. This book is highly recommended for anyone who loves Tana French's Dublin murder squad series.


On Beyond Phonics

Is your child in grades K-2 ready to read and looking for a place to start? Give these books a try!


"Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family"

Readers who enjoyed the complicated family dynamics of Tara Westover's “Educated,” and the breakthrough genetic research of Rebecca Skloot's “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will love “Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family” by Robert Kolker. This memoir combines the best elements of Westover and Skloot's books, as the Galvin family's American dream shatters following the revelation that six of their 12 children have schizophrenia. While the family grapples with the fallout of the diagnoses, scientists work to find the breakthrough the medical world needs to treat the illness, says our Librarian Erin.


Stories that Span Decades

Engross yourself in one or more of eight sagas that take place over several decades.


"The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln"

"The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln" by David Alan Johnson is a well-written account of the last weeks of this beloved president's life. Johnson takes readers behind the scenes into President Lincoln's daily routine as he triumphantly led the nation through the end of the war, drew up plans for reconstruction, and dealt with personal problems. This is an excellent book for those seeking engaging, accessible nonfiction.


Ready for Chapters

If your first or second grader is ready to start reading chapter books, these are the books for them - and you can find plenty more in our Early Chapter Books section at the Library!


"The Heart and Other Monsters"

A simple drug overdose or murder? That's the central question of Rose Andersen's memoir "The Heart and Other Monsters." At first, it seems like Rose's sister Sarah died of a drug overdose. Then Rose discovers evidence that suggests Sarah's lethal overdose was not accidental. A story of both grief and unconditional love, Andersen's memoir is an intimate portrait of the opioid epidemic's toll on addicts and those who love them, says our Librarian Erin.


Catch Up with the Classics

It's never too late - these eight titles are great places to start.


The Searcher

Tana French writes the most complex and atmospheric crime novels around, and her latest, "The Searcher," is no exception. After two decades on the Chicago Police force and following a painful divorce, Cal Hooper moves to Ireland to start over. However, he gets caught up in an investigation for a missing boy and learns that he didn't leave violence behind in the U.S. French is the modern master of the thinking person's crime novel, and she takes it to a new level with this book, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Under the Sea

Under the Sea: Readers in grades 3-5 can dive into the deep ocean and explore marine life.


"I Killed Zoe Spanos"

A young woman's dream gig for the summer turns into a nightmare when she is accused of murdering another girl who looks exactly like her. "I Killed Zoe Spanos" by Kit Frick is perfect for fans of Courtney Summers' novel "Sadie." They will enjoy this atmospheric, intense, and intricately plotted mystery, says our Librarian Erin.


OwnVoices Sci-fi and Fantasy

Discover new worlds in OwnVoices Science Fiction and Fantasy!


"Pet"

A creepy, ethereal modern fairy tale, “Pet” by Akwaeke Emezi is a 2019 National Book Award finalist recommended for readers in grades 8 and up. This 200-page book jumps right into the action and packs a serious punch, says our Librarian Kylie.


Imagine That

Spark your imagination with these playful books for readers birth to age 2!


"The Thousandth Floor"

“The Thousandth Floor” combines Gossip Girl by way of Blade Runner, interlacing juicy scandal with high tech and luxury. This sci-fi vision of New York City's Upper East Side takes readers to a place where the wealthy literally look down on the entire world, and no one tells the whole truth about their lives.


New in Stitching

Calling all crafters! Here’s what’s new on the stitching front.


"The Hemingses of Monticello"

Readers looking to immerse themselves in meticulously researched, sprawling historical nonfiction should look no further than "The Hemingses of Monticello" by Annette Gordon-Reed. This book delves into the little known life of Sally Hemings, one of the most famous, and least known, African-American women in U.S. history. The half-sister of President Thomas Jefferson's wife Martha, Sally spent 38 years as Jefferson's slave, bore his children, and eventually bought their freedom. Her extraordinary story is fascinating.


Royal Reads

Prince and Princess fans birth to grade 2 are sure to love these royal reads!


"Stepsister"

"Stepsister" by Jennifer Donnelly is a dark reimagining of the classic fairytale "Cinderella." Heroes are great, but sometimes villains are a lot more fun, and readers in grades 6 and up may find they have a lot in common with this ugly stepsister, says our Librarian Kylie.


Romantic Graphic Novels

With beautiful illustrations, superb dialog, and diverse characters, these romances pop off the page and come to life in graphic novel form.


"You Should See Me in a Crown"

Liz Lighty doesn’t care about high school traditions like prom. But in her school, prom king and queen receive college scholarships, and after her own scholarship plan falls through, Liz decides to run. She’s not the typical candidate - she's unpopular, poor, and black, but Liz tackles her fear of the spotlight and takes steps toward her dream of becoming a doctor. This is a delightful read featuring competition and romance, friendship and family, says our Librarian Erin.


Animal Friendships

You'll be amazed by these remarkable and unlikely friendships between animals of all species in these books aimed at readers in grades 2-5


"The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James"

Sunny St. James has a new heart thanks to a transplant, and a new lease on life. She’s got a second chance and she doesn’t want to blow it. After her surgery, she creates a life plan: she wants to do amazing things she's never done before, find a new best friend, and kiss a boy for the first time. “The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James” by Ashley Herring Blake is a sweet, summery LGBTQ+ romance for grades 5 and up, says our Librarian Kylie.


"The Wife Upstairs"

“The Wife Upstairs” by Freida McFadden is a psychological thriller full of twists and turns. Sylvia is down on her luck, and a chance meeting and job offer should be the answer to all of her problems. She can’t shake the feeling that it all sounds too good to be true… but she takes the job as a companion to Victoria Barnett anyway. Sylvia will soon understand why she should have trusted her instincts.


Novels to Read Together

These great family read-alouds will appeal to a range of ages and be an experience to remember.


Once Upon a Time, Redux

You may think you know the story, but you've never experienced fairy tales like these. Check out these updated twists on modern classics.


"Hollywood Park"

"Hollywood Park" is a memoir by Mikel Jollett that begins with his childhood in the infamous Church of Synanon cult. After escaping the cult, he had to contend with a highly dysfunctional family, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, and emotional trauma before he found his passion - and outlet - in music. Filled with poetic prose, this memoir is an engaging exploration of coming of age while overcoming innumerable odds, says our Librarian Erin.


Libraryland

Explore the world of libraries in ways beyond what you have previously known. Prepare to be fascinated!


"Gideon the Ninth"

"Gideon the Ninth" by Tamsyn Muir defies classification. This science fiction space odyssey features necromancers that talk to the dead and reanimate skeletons, and stars a character who is very good with a sword and pretty good at letting her mouth get her into a whole lot of trouble. This spooky mystery drips with humor, dusty hallways, and so, so many skeletons.


Adopt a Shelter Cat

Pets make life better, and shelters are full of animals who need a good home. Celebrate our feline friends by curling up with a book about one of these amazing creatures.


"The Canyon's Edge"

"The Canyon's Edge" by Dusti Bowling is a gritty and honest story for readers in grades 5 and up who like survival stories. Nora's mother was killed in a shooting on Nora's birthday, and both she and her father struggle with physical and emotional injuries from the event. Disaster strikes a year later while Nora and her dad are hiking in a canyon, and Nora has to dig deep to find the strength and courage to save herself - and her father. This is a fast-paced adventure story that will keep readers turning the pages!


Superheroes

These characters might be a little unconventional, but they're super none the less! Save the day with these unlikely heroes for middle grade readers ages 8-12.


"Four-Four-Two"

“Four-Four-Two” by Dean Hughes is a popular, exciting World War II story recommended for grades 7 and up. This book examines the impact of internment camps on Japanese-Americans from the perspective of Yuki and his friend Shig. To prove their loyalty to America, they sign up for an all-Japanese regiment called the Four-Four-Two and fight Nazis in Japan. This is bloody and thought-provoking historical fiction that draws on the real experiences of Japanese-American soldiers, says our Librarian Kylie.


Female-Led Fantasy

Get into some girl power! These fantasy epics are the first in a series that are sure to hook readers with their combination of magic, romance, and adventure.


"Death on the Nile"

"Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie is her 17th novel featuring the detective Hercule Poirot. His cruise vacation is interrupted by murder, and he is surrounded by several conspicuous and suspicious characters. The twists in this story will keep you guessing until the killer is finally revealed, says our Librarian Erin.


Crush Hour

Drama, intrigue, and a little bit of romance - discover these fun middle grade titles suitable for ages 8-12 for a great escape!


"The Belles"

"The Belles" by Dhonielle Clayton fully immerses you in the fantasy world of Orleans, where beauty is currency, and illustrates what can hide under the facade of magic and pretty dresses. This is a recommended read for fans of The "Selection" series by Kiera Cass, "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld, and "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas.


Code Read

Looking to start your journey in coding? Here are some kid-friendly titles for grades K-5 to teach you the basics!


"My Dear Hamilton"

"My Dear Hamilton" by Stephanie Dray is a riveting book about the life of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of one of the most famous men in America's history: Alexander Hamilton. The story grabs readers and doesn't let them go until the very last page. This is a great read for fans of historical fiction and fictional biographies.


American Cults

Take a deep dive into these fascinating true accounts of various cults, their leaders, and the terrible crimes they committed in service of their twisted belief systems.


"Behind Closed Doors"

The thriller "Behind Closed Doors" by B.A. Paris has the potential to trap you and not let you go, says our Librarian Erin. We meet the perfect couple: Jack and Grace, only to discover that Jack is a psychopath. Grace needs to outsmart her husband to save herself - and her sister - but time is running out. Paris ramps up the suspense and keeps readers guessing until the end.


Gross and Smelly Books!

Caution! Gross & Smelly Books: For kids in grades 2-5 (and parents!) who find foulness fascinating, try these reads.


Enemies to Lovers

Love is complicated, especially when you hate the person you are meant to be with!


"Before the Ever After"

"Before the Ever After" by Jacqueline Woodson is a middle grade story that reveals the tragic side of America's favorite sport. A lyrical novel told in verse from a child's perspective, the book examines the impact CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) has on a star pro football player and his family. Ultimately, this book shows the importance of love and support received from friends and family and being grateful for what you have, says our Librarian Erin.


Awesome Anthologies

Try out a bunch of different stories and voices in these collections. Perfect for when you're looking for something short but memorable!


"Transcendant Kingdom"

"Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is a quiet and moving novel that masterfully addresses addiction and depression with intricate and compelling characters, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Sci-Fi Graphic Novels

Cosmic fun awaits for readers in grades 2-5; grab one of these science fiction Graphic Novels!


"Mexican Gothic"

You'll want to read "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia with the lights on, says our Librarian Erin. All the alluring themes of gothic literature are here: mystery and horror, curses, nightmares, the paranormal, romance, villains, and flawed heroes – set against the backdrop of 1950s Mexico.


Dinosaurs

Readers in grades 3-5, are you looking for that next great dinosaur read? Here's a thrilling, educational, and flat-out fun booklist just for you!


"The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep"

"The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep" by Allan Wolf is a Young Adult novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy dark and spooky history, says our Librarian Lexy. Fans of the morose and macabre, and even true crime podcast listeners will enjoy this book based on a true story.


Get the Job You Want!

The Library has everything you need to prepare for your job hunt. These books cover everything from perfecting your resume to answering difficult interview questions.


"Game Changer"

"Game Changer" by Tommy Greenwald is a novel in verse recommended for grades 6 and up and told partially in poetry, and partially in texts and social media posts. This book examines sports culture and how it can build strength, confidence, and promote teamwork – yet also be toxic. This quick, exciting read keeps you turning the pages as the mystery unfolds, says our Librarian Kylie.


Jail Break

Read about a variety of daring plans, escapes, and death-defying efforts to break free from confinement.


"Deacon King Kong"

"Deacon King Kong" by James McBride features a delightful cast of characters with the best of nicknames and intentions who live in a 1960s housing project. Their seemingly desperate and disconnected lives merge in the most unlikely of ways, revealing the best of humanity, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Schoolroom Drama

With a mix of humor and drama, these books prove that schoolroom intrigue is not limited to the kids, but often started by the adults!


"Yes No Maybe So"

Politics can be divisive, but in the Young Adult novel "Yes No Maybe So" by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, politics brings two teens from different cultures together, says our Librarian Erin. The book highlights political and racial injustices Muslims face in America, and encourages teens to become politically active.


"The Rumi Prescription"

"The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life" by Melody Moezzi is the perfect companion to the pause button we are all having to press right now, says our Library Associate Ruth. This book of self-discovery draws inspiration from the wisdom of the 13th Century Persian poet as well as the challenges in the author's life.


Adult Picture Books

Some books hit home no matter how old you are. Look at these poignant titles audiences young and old will appreciate.


"The Kids Are Gonna Ask"

A podcast search for an unknown father leads to a national sensation in "The Kids Are Gonna Ask" by Gretchen Anthony. This is a story of family, the effects of secrets, and the unexpected paths that curiosity can take, says our Librarian Erin.


Choose Your Own Adventure!

Itching for an adventure? Readers in grades 3-5 can choose their own path with these awesome books.


"Here In the Real World"

"Here in the Real World" by Sara Pennypacker is a great read for grades 5 and up. This book will appeal to daydreamers and people who like to spend time alone, says our Librarian Lexy. And it asks the question: Can a dreamer be a hero in the real world?"


Peter Pan Retellings

The classic tale of a boy who never grows up is retold in these eight novels filled with many recognizable characters, although their stories are not as we remember them.


Graphic Novels for Young Readers

These books are a great alternative to traditional early readers. Kids who enjoy reading become lifelong readers.


"Bloom"

Love and freshly baked pastries heat up the scene in the Young Adult graphic novel "Bloom" by Kevin Panetta. Ari has always wanted to pursue his dream of living in the big city and playing in his band. But after he meets Hector at his father's bakery, he is faced with a difficult choice. This is an intimate portrayal of a slow-burning romance and the artistry of baking, says our Librarian Erin. Fans of Bill Konigsberg's "The Music of What Happens" and Colleen Venable's "Kiss Number 8" will enjoy this book.


Military Thrillers

These action-packed, high octane reads offer unrelenting intrigue, espionage, and political fiction. Strap in for an explosive ride!


"A Burning"

“A Burning” by Megha Majumdar is one of those books that leaves you deeply glad it was written, says our Library Associate Ruth. This novel has a lot to say about the intersections of power, fame, and being a good person, and Majumdar is a great new voice in fiction.


Magical Realism

Experience a little bit of magic in everyday life with these great reads for grades 3-5!


"The Dark Lord Clementine" 

"The Dark Lord Clementine" by Sarah Jean Horwitz is a great read for grades 3-5, says our Librarian Lexy. Clementine, the daughter of Dark Lord Elithor, is next in line to be the Dark Lord. When her father begins to waste away, she's forced to take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord - and reverse the curse an unknown rival placed on her father!


Great Reads for Gamers

Like video games? You'll love these gamer and gamer-adjacent titles.


"Holding Up the Universe"

Two teens learn the meaning of self-worth and see beyond first impressions in "Holding Up the Universe" by Jennifer Niven. This novel tackles several teen issues, including the death of a parent, divorce, anxiety, and bullying, says our Librarian Erin. Fans of Natasha Friend's "How We Roll" or Jennifer Gilmore's "We Were Never Here" will enjoy this touching, romantic, character-driven story of two people who find out what it means to be yourself.


Audiobooks

Audiobooks for older readers in grades 4-8 can be enjoyable anytime – on a long car ride, before bed, or relaxing under a shady tree!


"Istanbul Passage"

"Istanbul Passage" by Joseph Kanon is a book with a great sense of place. The writing is also smart and engaging - without being so action-driven that it becomes predictable, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Nonfiction for Younger Readers

These nonfiction titles for readers in preschool through grade 2 will show them that true stories are cool!


"The Indigo Girl"

"The Indigo Girl" by Natasha Boyd is a story of friendship, betrayal, ambition, and love that is based on the true story of Eliza Lucas, a 16-year-old who was left in charge of her family's South Carolina plantation in 1739. To save her family, Eliza grows the riskiest crop of all - indigo - while fighting against the gender and racial inequalities of the era. This is the story of a young woman who accomplished remarkable feats in the face of insurmountable odds, says our Librarian Erin.


"This Was Our Pact"

"This Was Our Pact" by Ryan Andrews is great for graphic novel lovers and readers in grades 3-5. This is a book about magic, friendship, and adventure that will also appeal to fans of "The Phantom Tollbooth," says our Librarian Lexy.


Fractured Fairy Tales

If you enjoy fractured fairy tales and The Land of Stories series, try these titles recommended for grades 4 and 5 that are inspired by characters like Rapunzel, Prince Charming, and Rumpelstiltskin.


Weird Science

Books that stretch the boundaries of what science can accomplish. Bonus? Most of them are also hilarious.


"Best Babysitters Ever"

"Best Babysitters Ever" by Caroline Cala is a hilarious middle grade book recommended for grades 4 and up, says our Librarian Kylie. Malia, Bree, and Dot decide to form a Babysitter's Club to raise money to throw an epic birthday party. But they are terrible businesswomen who don’t really like kids. What could possibly go wrong?


Friends

The good, the bad, and the ugly of friendships.


"Rodham"

"Rodham" by Curtis Sittenfeld has a simple premise: What if Hillary had not married Bill Clinton? This work of fiction is engaging and imaginative, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Founding Fathers and Mothers

Learn more about the men and women who worked to establish our great nation!


Brightstorm

"Brightstorm" by Vashti Hardy is a great read for grades 4-6, plus teens and adults who like steampunk adventures. This book is fast-paced and exciting from start to finish, and anyone who enjoys fantasy and adventure should check out this book, says our Librarian Lexy.


Coffee Table Books

For a visual treat, bring home a Coffee Table Book.


"The Lovely War"

"The Lovely War" by Julie Berry is a romantic Young Adult read for grades 7 and up. This is a tense and heart-wrenching story of the strength forged by the bonds of friendship and love in a world wracked by tragedy, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie.


Lots of Laughs

Readers in grades 1 & 2 with a good sense of humor will enjoy these stories with silly characters that will make them giggle!


"When Dimple Met Rishi"

What do you do when everyone around you is trying to force you into a real-life rom-com? In "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon, Dimple is torn between tradition, parental expectations, and her desire to make her own path, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


Stories of Survival

These gripping adventures will leave you on the edge of your seat, breathless know what happens next.


"City of Scoundrels"

"City of Scoundrels" by Gary Krist recounts the headlining and outrageous incidents in Chicago that occurred over 12 days during the summer of 1919. This book will give fans of history, true crime, and political commentary much to love, says our Librarian Erin.


New in the Middle Ground

Check out our hot-off-the-presses new fiction!


"Mooncakes"

"Mooncakes" by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu is a cozy supernatural mystery with just a touch of romance, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


Magical Animals

Readers in first and second grade will love these Magical Animal Series, especially if they have ever wanted a magical animal for a friend.


Walt Whitman

Viewing the "Whitman Alabama Project" sparked a new joy to hear this poet's words. The project uses the book-length poem "Song of Myself," which was written in 1855. Whitman invites us to share the song, engaging materials, ideas, emotions, and affections. It's a big poem with big ideas, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Make Something Beautiful

"Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world" - Brené Brown. Relax and rejuvenate with a new craft project!


"Girls Survive"

The "Girls Survive" series is perfect for readers in grades 3-5, and shares the perspective of a girl who lived through that time. Our Librarian Lexy highlights four of those books that cover the following events: the Trail of Tears, the Oregon Trail, the 1918 Influenza pandemic, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.


Suspenseful Reads

A comfortable seat is required for these gripping, suspense-filled reads — they will keep you reading long after the sun goes down!


"Barnum: An American Life"

"Barnum: An American Life" by Robert Wilson brilliantly captures the life of P.T. Barnum, the world's greatest showman. Barnum made stars of the unusual and the talented - and may have committed a fraud or two along the way, says our Librarian Erin.


"American Cake" 

"American Cake" by Anne Byrn is a beautiful cookbook that chronicles the history of cake in America, beginning with recipes favored by the earliest colonists, and ending with today's modern trends, says our Librarian Dana.


Junior Detectives

Young readers in first and second grade will enjoy these mystery series. Follow the clues and find out who did it!


Concentrated Awesome

Great stories of all kinds under 300 pages.


"Summer of a Thousand Pies"

Middle grade readers who like a good foodie story will enjoy "Summer of a Thousand Pies" by Margaret Dilloway, says our Library Associate Ruth. This sweet, contemporary story is about a girl named Cady who works through her relationship and trust issues by developing recipes and baking in her aunt’s pie shop.


Dreams

Dive into these eight novels which share a glimpse of the unconscious.


"Beloved"

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison is a Pulitzer-prize winning book that carries an unforgettable message with each word, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.


At the Zoo

Love animals? Explore our many books for readers in grades K-2 that will make you feel like you are at the zoo!


"The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms"

"The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" by N.K. Jemisin is fantasy like you have never experienced, with enough political intrigue and magic to satisfy fans of all high fantasy, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


Spy Series

Have you ever wanted to be a spy? Check out these exciting adventures for readers in grades 3-5 that feature kids who save the day!


"How Much of These Hills is Gold"

"How Much of These Hills is Gold" by C. Pam Zhang is a story that examines the various definitions of home and where you belong, says our Library Associate Ruth. Zhang's writing is beautiful and truly transports you to the twilight of the gold rush and the Californian landscape.


Inspiring and Feel Good Reads

Motivating and completely relatable, these books will move you!


"The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln"

"The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln" by David Alan Johnson is a well-written account of the last weeks of this beloved president's life, and an excellent book for those seeking engaging, accessible nonfiction, says our Librarian Dana.


Thrills and Chills

Is your middle grade reader a fan of thrills and chills? Check out these books!


"Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes"

Schoolroom drama, both on and off the stage, reverberates through the townspeople of Liston Heights in "Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes" by Kathleen West. This debut novel is a breezy beach read that highlights the ins and outs of overbearing parents and overworked teachers, says our Librarian Erin.


Family Sagas

Try the first in a series, and get swept up in an engrossing family saga!


"The Hunger Games"

The bestselling book "The Hunger Games," about a dystopian America ruled by a corrupt government, has had a lot of influence over its readers, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi. For instance, protestors in Thailand used the three-fingered hand symbol made famous in the book to protest government-instituted oppression.


Meet Cute

The best part of any romance is always at the beginning, sometimes from the very first meeting!


"Lumberjanes"

The graphic novel "Lumberjanes" is a summer camp romp appropriate for readers age 10 and up, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha. This action-packed comic is full of fun, humor, and friendship to the max, with spunky, lovable characters that support and help each other through their adventures.


Dog Days

The “dog days of summer” is an idiom based on astrology and the appearance of the dog star Sirius during the hot summer months. Take a break from the heat and enjoy these titles for readers in Kindergarten to second grade about real dogs who lived amazing lives.


"American Wife" 

"American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld is a fictionalized look the life of former First Lady Laura Bush and provides a very plausible insight into her mind, says our Library Associate Ruth. The book makes the reader think about the relationship between spouses when high-stakes politics are involved.


Nonfiction Narratives

Nonfiction doesn't have to be dry and boring. These page-turning nonfiction titles are as engaging as fiction!


"Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire"

Middle grade readers who like a little mystery mixed with magic and adventure will enjoy "Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire" by John August, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Turn Back Time

Travel back in time with these great books recommended for grades 3-6. Older readers who can't get enough history will love the books on this list!


"The Lost Man"

Is it murder, or suicide? That's the question at the heart of "The Lost Man" by Jane Harper as Nathan Bright tries to find out how and why his beloved brother Cameron died. In the process, Nathan will have to unearth some painful family secrets, says our Librarian Dana.


Boarding School Books

Ever think your school is boring? Experience the boarding school life by reading one of these thrilling books!


"Gods of Jade and Shadow"

The historical fantasy novel "Gods of Jade and Shadow" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the story of Cinderella, set in the jazz age, and mixed with Mexican folklore, says our Librarian Erin. This excellent fairytale features a wonderful female heroine, Casiopea, who is both relatable and enviable.


Cake!

Here's a tribute to everyone's favorite dessert. Get inspiration and ideas from these fabulous books.


"The Giver"

Our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi recommends "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, a unique dystopian novel that remains a children's literature favorite to this day.


Crazy Creatures!

Readers in grades 3 to 5 will enjoy these nonfiction crazy creatures and learn some fascinating facts!


"The Charm School"

"The Charm School" by Susan Wiggs is an opposites attract historical romance that is sweet, witty, and charming, says our Librarian Dana.


Poetry Helps

Like a brisk walk outside, poetry can provide a healthy distraction; a meaningful change in perspective; nourishment for the soul.


"The Cheerleaders"

"The Cheerleaders" by Kara Thomas is a Young Adult thriller you won't be able to put down until the very end, says our Librarian Erin. Thomas expertly weaves together the clues in this compelling mystery that also celebrates the power of female friendship.


Discover Crime Fiction

From old-school to cutting-edge, these Crime Fiction reads will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Unicorns!

Do you love unicorns? Then you will love these magical books!


“The Beekeeper of Aleppo”

“The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri is a debut novel that packs a powerful punch, says our Library Associate Ruth. Lefteri provides readers with a stunning portrayal of refugees that experience devastating loss.


"The Westing Game"

"The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin is a middle grade mystery. If you enjoy puzzles and secrets, you'll love solving the mystery alongside the main characters, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


Armchair Travel

Unable to take a trip? The books on this list allow you to discover the world from the comfort of your home!


“Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court”

“Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recommended for grades 7 and up, is our Middle School Librarian Kylie's favorite sports autobiography. The book shares how Abdul-Jabbar struggled with his identity and how he also became a pivotal part of the civil rights movement – all while becoming a basketball legend.


Gods Are Such Characters

From the smallest deities to the major gods of legend and scripture, their personalities are often larger than life! These eight titles give life not only to gods of various cultures around the world, but rewrite the stories we know of them.


"Clean Getaway"

"Clean Getaway" by Nic Stone takes readers on a journey across the South to important sites from the civil rights movement. Our Librarian Lexy recommends this book for grades 4 and up. Join Scoob and his grandmother as he learns about important people and moments in civil rights history – and finds out what his grandmother has been hiding from him.


Courtroom Drama

While you may not be sitting in an actual courtroom, these riveting courtroom dramas will leave you at the edge of your seat!


"The Authenticity Project"

If it's escapist fiction you're looking for, our Library Associate Ruth recommends "The Authenticity Project" by Clare Pooley. This has it all: struggles, triumph, and complex characters who are remarkable, she says.


Memorable Journeys

Some journeys change you forever. Check out these books at https://gpld.org/read.


"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

In "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, the author recounts his experiences as a Native American in a country that no longer feels like home, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.


Learn Something New

Keep your brain sharp this summer with these fast-paced and fascinating nonfiction titles!


“The Night the Lights Went Out”

If you enjoy women's fiction, check out “The Night the Lights Went Out” by Karen White. Our Librarian Dana says the characters slowly stole their way into her heart, feeling like good friends by the time she finished the last page.


"Strange the Dreamer"

"Strange the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor is an epic fantasy full of gods and monsters, ghosts and demons, and dreams and nightmares, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha. This book will leave you breathless - and also desperate to read the sequel, "Muse of Nightmares."


Summer Romance

These fun and fluffy romantic Young Adult stories offer a sunny perspective on life.


“The Stars Beneath Our Feet”

“The Stars Beneath Our Feet” by David Barclay Moore is a middle grade novel about 12-year-old Lolly and his struggle to find his way - while surrounded by gang influences. He uses his creativity in building LEGOs to help himself heal through - and escape - his grief. It’s a book with an important message, says our Library Associate Ruth.


Historical Mystery

Embark on a Historical Mystery: Go back in time and solve a mystery with these first entries from eight popular and exciting historical mystery series.


"The Flatshare"

"The Flatshare" by Beth O'Leary is a romantic novel that asks the question: Is it possible to fall for someone you've never met face-to-face? Our Librarian Erin says this is a sweet and hopeful romance that is perfect for fans of "500 Miles From You" by Jenny Colgan and "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell.


Friendship Books

Friends can make the world a better place. Here are some books celebrating the gift of friendship that are perfect for our young readers ages 3 to 5!


Eat Your Books List

For those that love reading about food, from the home cook to the professional, this list covers it all.


"Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune"

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner is an epic tale full of betrayal, backstabbing, honor, loyalty, war, and feuding families - and it's all real history, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie. This book is recommended for grades 6 and up.


"Kitchen Confidential"

"Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain is a fascinating ride of his culinary journey and the mistakes he made, says our Library Associate Ruth. Bourdain sets the bar high with this book, and it holds up.


"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky is a contemporary Young Adult novel that packs a potently emotional punch, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.


"Jackaby"

If you like mysteries, monsters, and a good pulse-pounding adventure story, "Jackaby" by William Ritter is all of these and more, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


"Eight Perfect Murders"

"Eight Perfect Murders" by Peter Swanson is a book with a unique premise, says our Library Associate Ruth. Someone is committing murders - based on books about perfect murders that a bookseller wrote about on his blog. It's a clever premise that makes for a good read, she says.


“Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee”

“Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” is the true crime novel Harper Lee researched but never wrote. Author Casey Cep weaves together a gripping true crime case and the biography of a beloved yet complicated writer who struggled as well as triumphed in her works, says our Librarian Erin.


"The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle"

"The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton is an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, but with body swapping. Deeply atmospheric and intricately plotted, this unique novel will appeal to lovers of complex mysteries and puzzles, says our Librarian Dana.


"Thornhill"

"Thornhill" by Pam Smy is scary, creepy, and weird, and our Librarian Lexy says it's also one of her favorite books. She recommends this book for older kids who like reading scary books - or even grown-ups who like horror novels.


"The Epic Crush of Genie Lo"

“The Epic Crush of Genie Lo” by F.C. Yee is “the summer book blockbuster you’ve been waiting for,” says our Young Adult Librarian Martha. This hilarious mix of Chinese mythology, Kung Fu action, and sarcastic humor will have you alternately laughing and gripping the edge of your seat, she says.


"Fahrenheit 451"

The themes in the science fiction classic “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, about a dystopian society where reading is banned and television is taking over, are still relevant today, says our Library Associate Madi.


"Echo Mountain"

"Echo Mountain" by Lauren Wolk is a middle grade book that our Library Associate Ruth recommends. Although set in the Depression, the book is interwoven with such an amazing fortitude and determination that readers are encouraged to continue to hope, she says.


Rumi

Our Library Associate Ruth is a big fan of poetry, and highly recommends Rumi, a 13th Century Persian poet. His works will capture your heart, she says, and she shares one of her favorite Rumi works, the poem "The Guest House."


"Solo"

"Solo" by Kwame Alexander is told as a novel in verse, with a combination of poetry, text messages, and song lyrics. It's the story of someone finding themselves through music and using their talents to make the world a better place, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


"Vinegar Girl"

"Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler is a modern, quirky, and humorous twist on William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," says our Librarian Erin. She recommends this quick read for its humor and heart.


"You Deserve Each Other"

Our Librarian Dana shares one her recent favorite romance novels, "You Deserve Each Other," by Sarah Hogle. This "lovers-to-enemies and back to lovers again" romance features witty dialogue and warm, tender moments, she says.


"Alice in Wonderland"

The classic novel “Alice in Wonderland” is our Banned Book Club feature today, and our Library Associate Madi discusses the controversy surrounding this book.


"The Water Keeper"

"The Water Keeper" by Charles Martin is about love and redemption - and more: it's also a gritty, action-packed thriller that made for a captivating read, says our Library Associate Ruth.


"My Family and Other Animals"

Discover the adventures - and misadventures - of the Durrell family when they move from England to the Grecian island of Corfu in "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell. It's joyous in its chaos and touching in the heartfelt memories Durrell recounts, and the book is a great escape read, says our Librarian Martha.


"Over the Moon"

"Over the Moon" by Natalie Lloyd is a great book for grades 3-5 and anyone who likes an adventure story with some fantasy and magic, says our Librarian Lexy.


"Nyxia"

If "The Hunger Games" set in space sounds like a cool concept, you have to check out "Nyxia" by Scott Reintgen. It's an exciting sci-fi story for grades 6 and up, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie.


“Fun Home”

“Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel is a graphic novel memoir that offers a story many people live, and acts as a safe space to contemplate the complexities of sexuality, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.


“The Story of Arthur Truluv”

“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg is a beautiful read about three people trying to fill the void their losses have created, and ultimately, it’s a feel-good story our Library Associate Ruth recommends.


"The Mother-in-Law"

The complicated relationship between a woman and her mother-in-law turns into a murder in "The Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth. This is a slow-burning suspense that shows how small misunderstandings lead to larger consequences, says our Librarian Erin.


"Destiny of the Republic"

"Destiny of the Republic" is a nonfiction page-turner that often reads like a thriller, as the author seamlessly interweaves the narratives of President James Garfield's life and presidency with the mentally ill man who shot him, says our Librarian Dana.


"The Nix"

“The Nix” is a literary book of social satire, brimming with humor, says our Library Associate Ruth.


"The Shadow Queen"

You’ve probably heard the story of Snow White before, but “The Shadow Queen” weaves magic, intrigue, and adventure to take this tale to places you’ve never imagined, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


"The Lovely and the Lost"

"The Lovely and the Lost" is an exciting thriller recommended for grades 6 and up that is full of mortal danger, long-hidden secrets, and twists, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie.


"The Hate U Give"

Our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi says: "The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas provides a scope into police brutality, white privilege, and the power of a single voice."


"Small Spaces"

The middle grade novel "Small Spaces" is an "atmospheric paranormal tale that is equal parts mystery and an exploration of moving on through grief," said our Librarian Erin.


"The Starless Sea"

"The Starless Sea" is "beautifully written, with a cast of authentic and complex characters. This novel is a love letter to stories," says our Librarian Lauren.


"The Hemingses of Monticello"

Readers looking to immerse themselves in meticulously researched, sprawling historical nonfiction should look no further than "The Hemingses of Monticello" says our Librarian Dana.


“Killing November”

Learn why “Killing November” is a dangerous and twisty tale, according to our Middle School Librarian Kylie.


“Trouble at Table 5”

“Trouble at Table 5” is recommended for grades 1-3 and anyone who likes a good story about mischief, says our Librarian Lexy.


"Dope Stick"

Discover why our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi says “Dope Sick” by Walter Dean Myers provokes thought about poverty and institutional racism.


"The Cuckoo's Calling"

Discover why our Library Associate Ruth says the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) is gripping and unexpected.


“My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life”

Our Young Adult Librarian Martha says “My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life” is a coming of age story about a girl’s journey to understanding who she is and what she values.


“Twilight Man”

Learn why our Librarian Erin recommends the graphic novel “Twilight Man,” which is about the fascinating life of “The Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling.


“The Vineyards of Champagne”

Our Library Associate Ruth says “The Vineyards of Champagne” has something for everyone: mystery, romance, friendship, and history.


“Life Undercover”

Our Librarian Dana discusses why “Life Undercover” by Amaryllis Fox is a “nonfiction page-turner.”


"Every Heart a Doorway"

“Every Heart a Doorway” is short and sweet but packs an emotional punch, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


“Secret Solders”

“Secret Solders” is historical fiction that takes teens to an era they don’t often see in books, says our Librarian Kylie.


"Effren Divided"

Effren Divided is a timely and moving story about the enduring bonds of family, says our Library Associate Ruth.


"Inheritance"

"Inheritance" by Dani Shapiro is a nuanced and vulnerable look at a secret uncovered and how it impacts so many lives, says Library Associate Ruth.


“A Wish in the Dark”

“A Wish in the Dark” by Christina Soontornvat is a wonderful book for grades 4-6 and shows us that those born in darkness are not doomed to return says our Librarian Lexy.


“Nothing to See Here”

A babysitting gig becomes more than one woman bargains for in “Nothing to See Here,” which our Librarian Erin recommends.


“The Wolf’s Boy”

“The Wolf’s Boy” is a beautiful story that will draw you in, says our Library Associate Ruth.


“I Found You”

If you need a good mystery to escape, “I Found You” is the perfect read, says our Librarian Lauren.


“The Thousandth Floor”

“The Thousandth Floor” combines Gossip Girl with a technological thriller, says Young Adult Librarian Martha.


“The Gunslinger’s Vow”

Readers will delight in the hilarious banter and epic battle of wills in the love story “The Gunslinger’s Vow,” says our Librarian Dana.


“Brave New World”

Discover why our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi recommends you read “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, a classic that depicts a dystopian future.


“The Summer of Jordi Perez”

Learn why our Young Adult Librarian Martha recommends the frothy rom-com “The Summer of Jordi Perez.”


"Home Cooking"

“Home Cooking” by Laurie Colwin will make you appreciate the joy of food and eating accordng to our Library Associate Ruth.


"Caroline: Little House, Revisited"

Fans of “Little House on the Prairie” will enjoy reading Ma’s side of the story in “Caroline: Little House, Revisited,” says Librarian Dana.


“The Book of Longings”

Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Book of Longings” is moving and lyrical, says our Librarian Lauren.


“Dorothy Must Die”

“Dorothy Must Die” is a twist on the classic movie of the same name that’s a great read for those who love fantasy and horror novels, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.


"The Faithful Spy"

Our middle school librarian Kylie highly recommends the graphic novel “The Faithful Spy,” which is a story about trying to do the right thing in Hitler’s Germany.


"They Called Us Enemy"

The graphic novel “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei is “a riveting yet saddening piece of our American history,” says our Librarian Erin.


"Another Good Dog"

Discover why GPLD’s Librarian Dana says “Another Good Dog” is feel-good nonfiction at its finest.


"Dread Nation"

Our Young Adult Librarian Martha describes “Dread Nation” as “Zombies meet the Wild West.” Discover why she highly recommends this “genre-bending historical fiction novel.”


"Tiny Beautiful Things"

Discover why our Library Associate Ruth feels “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed is like a "warm hug."


"1984"

George Orwell’s 1984 remains relevant today even though it was published 70 years ago, says Librarian Madi, who leads our Banned Book Club.


"Sorcery of Thorns"

Learn why our Librarian Erin says “Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson is a “dynamic, action-packed fantasy/adventure.”


"All-American Murder"

Discover why Librarian Dana says “All-American Murder” by James Patterson provides a “heartbreaking yet fascinating glimpse” of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots football star convicted of murder.


"Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction"

Our middle school librarian Kylie recommends “Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction” and shows us how to make a pencil crossbow! All you need is a pen, a pencil, duct tape, and a fat rubber band.


Miss Ginny's Favorite Author

Miss Ginny’s favorite author just had a birthday! Can you guess who it is? Join us to learn more about this amazing author.


“From the Desk of Zoe Washington”

“From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks is a great book for grades 5 and up and is a mystery with a dash of sweetness thrown in, says GPLD Librarian Lexy.


"With the Fire on High"

Discover why GPLD’s young adult librarian Martha recommends “With the Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo to fans of books about food, coming of age, and travel.


“There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly”

Our Miss Sarah recommends the kid’s book “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” by Simms Taback. You can get a digital copy of the book through gpld.org/databases – go to BookFlix for a sing-along version.


"The Lager Queen of Minnesota"

GPLD’s Library Associate Ruth says “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is “storytelling at its best.” Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.


"You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington"

Discover why our Librarian Erin has high praise for “You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington” by Alexis Coe. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.


"The Best of Iggy"

GPLD’s Librarian Lexy Jones says “The Best of Iggy” by Annie Barrows is an entertaining book for grades 3-5. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.


"Sadie"

Our Teen Librarian Martha explains why the modern-day Young Adult thriller “Sadie” by Courtney Summers is such a great read. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.


"American Princess"

Learn why GPLD's Librarian Dana highly recommends "American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt." Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.


"The Handmaid's Tale," "Carrie," and "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

Our Banned Book Club supports freedom to read. GPLD's Library Associate Madi talks about three books worth checking out: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood; “Carrie” by Stephen King; and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz. Find these and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.


"Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum"

Enjoy a book talk with middle school librarian Kylie on "Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum" by Michael McCreary. Get it through OverDrive at gpld.org/read.