Monday, September 18, 2017


Next month, we will be discussing The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.  This novel travels between Syria in the 1910s and New York in the 2010s.  This is a book of parallel stories of Elizabeth Endicott during her time in Syria during the Armenian Genocide and Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in modern day New York.

Chris Bohjalian is the author of over 15 novels.  His newest work, The Flight Attendant, is set to be published in March 2018.

Already finished The Sandcastle Girls and want to know what to read next?  Check out the novels listed below.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult - Sage Singer befriends an old man who is beloved in their community.  One day he asks Sage for a favor; he asks her to kill him.  Sage refuses, but then he tells her that he deserves to die.  After he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he is right.

Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian - After Orhan's grandfather is found dead, Orhan inherits the old family business.  However, his grandfather's will brings more questions than answers.  His grandfather left the family estate to a stranger.  Why would he leave his home to an unknown woman rather than his own son or grandson?

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams - This story follows Vivian Schuler in 1964 Manhattan and Violet Schuyler Grant in 1914 Berlin.  One day Vivian receives mail from overseas that contains items that draw her back into her family's past, to the hushed-over crime of an aunt she never knew.

The Last Day of the War by Judith Claire Mitchell - This is the story of a Jewish girl and an Armenia-American solider who enter a maze of politics at the end of World War I.

The Photographer's Wife by Suzanne Johnson - Years after participating in a project to redesign Jerusalem with British parks, William Harrington visits the daughter of his former employer, and his revelations about the past transform her life.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton - During a summer party at her family home, Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house.  While there she sees a stranger approach and speak with her mother.  Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a crime; that crime will challenge everything she knows about her family.

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Monday, September 11, 2017


School is back in session!  Whether you are starting school for the first time or are a seasoned veteran, this time of year is always full of excitement; you get to meet new people, start new classes, and learn new things along the way.

Here's a list of some school-themed books for kids and teens:

Picture Books and First Chapter Books:
School's First Day of School by Adam Rex
Chu's First Day of School by Neil Gaiman
Rufus Goes to School by Kim Griswell
Puddle's New School by Amber Stewart
Angelina's New School by Katherine Holabird
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
The Class Trip from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
If You Take a Mouse to School by Lara Numeroff
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

Middle Grade:
From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
School of the Dead by Avi
Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions by Sheila Grau
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Amber Brown is not a Crayon by Paula Danziger
Harriet, the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Young Adult:
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
A School for Brides by Patrice Kindl
Surviving High School by Max Doty
Two Roads From Here by Teddy Steinkellner
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Selden Edwards is the author of The Little Book (2008) and The Lost Prince (2012).  Edwards graduated from Princeton and Stanford, and began writing his first novel while working as an English teacher. 

The Little Book is a love story that spans generations, from the end of the century Vienna through the twentieth century.  It tells the story of Wheeler Burden.  He is living in San Francisco in the late 1980s, when he suddenly finds himself wandering around in 1897 Vienna.

The Lost Prince is a sort of sequel to Edwards' first novel.  This novel is set in the late 1890s and early 1900s.  After a stay in Vienna, Eleanor Burden returns home where she marries the man she is supposed to marry, and waits for life to come to her.  What sets Eleanor apart from the other women of this time is her belief that she has advance knowledge of every major historical event to come during her lifetime.

For something similar to Selden Edwards' books, check out one of these books today!

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan
A Curable Romantic by Joseph Skibell
Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Books To Sing

Singing is one of the 5 early literacy practices, along with reading, talking, writing, and playing. These early literacy practices help to build the skills children need to be ready to learn how to read. There are many reasons that singing to young children is important. Children learn new sounds and new vocabulary through songs. Singing can be soothing and attention grabbing. So, reading stories that can be sung is a great way to get your little one interested in books!

Jane Cabrera is a storytime favorite! She has many great books based on classic songs like Ten in the Bed and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that are great sharing in a group or one on one.

We end Movers & Makers every Friday dancing to We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner. A book based on this song just came out a few months ago. The artwork is bright and you'll enjoy singing (and marching!) along as you read.

Pete the Cat by James Dean and Eric Litwin is another fun story to sing along. You can even download the songs from the books online!

10 Little Puppies / Diez Perritos by Ala Flor Ada is a bilingual book adapted from a traditional Spanish nursery rhyme. The text is accompanied by adorable puppies illustrated by Isabel Campoy.

5 Little Ducks by Denise Fleming is a fun read aloud. There are many variations of the "5 little somethings" rhymes and songs that help children learn about numbers and counting. This rendition of 5 little ducks is one of my favorite because of it's lovely illustrations and the inclusion of both Mama & Papa Duck.

Hush Little Digger by Ellen Olson-Brown is a fun take on the classic lullaby "Hush Little Baby". In this book a dad lulls his son to sleep through verses about different construction vehicles. It's adorable.

Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr. is based on the classic playground clapping song "Down Down Baby". The rhythm is undeniable and kids will love chanting and dancing along.

You can read more about the 5 early literacy practices including singing on this great website from Colorado Libraries for Early Litercy

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Memoirs of the Year (so far)

"A memoir (from the French, meaning memory or reminiscence) is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life," according to Wikipedia.  These writings can make for wonderfully rich books that let you enter another person's memory while you read. This year has seen several great memoirs come out so far. Here's a list of a few notable ones:

Chronicling his journey from Saturday Night Live to the U.S. Senate, Al Franken reflects on what he's learned about our country and our culture. Released May 30, 2017.

The author/artist tells the story of growing up in war-torn Vietnam and moving to the United States. The illustrations add another level of emotion to the memories shared in this book. Released March 7, 2017.

Riggs, the granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, shares her story of being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and the impact on her life in all of her roles as a wife, mother, friend, and daughter. Released June 6, 2017.

There's no surprise that you'll find some science mixed in with Nye's personal memories. Released July 11, 2017.

The best selling author of Bad Feminist tells of her experiences with food, body image, and weight and how these issues intersect with our culture. Released June 13, 2017.

This well known author shares his favorite entries from the diary he kept for over forty years. The outrageous, the mundane, and everything in between told in his humorous style. Released May 30, 2017.

Sherman Alexie is a National Book Award Winning author for his work The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. In his memoir he shares the heart-wrenching complexity of his relationship with his mother growing up, in adulthood, and in the period following her death. Released June 13, 2017.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Coding for Kids

This month we hosted a Coding Camp for kids in grades K-5 as a part of our Summer Library Club activities. We talked about computer science, tried out some games using coding principles, and thought about careers that use coding. We also used an app on our mini iPads called Kodable where kids programmed their way through mazes.

More and more we're hearing about coding and computer science. If you have a kid in your life who is curious about this stuff (or if you're looking to find out more yourself!) here are some great books to get you started.

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley
Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, The World's First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson
Computers by Christine Taylor-Butler
Computer Math by James Fisher
Computer Science in the Real World by Lisa Idzikowski
How Things Work: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercrafts, Robotics, and Everything In Between by T.J. Resler
The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed: A Book About Computers by Joanna Cole
A World of Programming by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Celebrate Sisters Day!

Did you know that the first Sunday in August is the annual celebration of Sisters Day? You may never have heard of this holiday, but why not celebrate with a great book about sisters and sisterhood.

If you favor the classics, try one of Jane Austen's works. Dive into 19th century England in Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. Or try a modern retelling of Jane Austen's work. Check out our booklist from March for some suggestions.

For younger readers try one of these great books.

Contemporary adult fiction is full of stories about sisters.

Lastly, a book list about sisters would not be complete without Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. Join the March family in this coming of age tale. There are movie adaptations, sequels, and spin-offs for fans of the book to enjoy.

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Monday, July 31, 2017


Next month we will be reading Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts.  This nonfiction work takes a look at the women of colonial America.  These women worked hard on behalf of their families and country and were just as crucial in the formation of the United States of America as their husbands.  While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their businesses, raised the children, provided political advice, and generally made it possible for the men to do what they did.

For a deeper look at the founding women and this time in our nation's history, check out some of the books listed below.

Abigail Adams: A Life by Woody Holton
Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs
The Muse of the Revolution by Nancy Rubin Stuart
Written Out of History by Mike Lee
Martha Washington: an American Life by Patricia Brady
Ties That Bound by Marie Jenkins Schwartz
American Treasures by Stephen Puleo
1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillilps
1776 by David McCullough
The American Revolution by Robert J. Allison
The General and Mrs. Washington by Bruce Chadwick
Daily Life in Colonial New England by Claudia Johnson
Founders as Fathers by Lorri Glover

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Monday, July 24, 2017


It's hard to believe that July is almost over!  That means you have about 1 month left to take a family vacation before school starts back up.  Here are some books centering on vacationing.  Hopefully your vacation is better than what you find between these pages!

Adult/Young Adult Books:
The Werewolf of Bamberg by Oliver Potzsch
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer
The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
The Red House by Mark Haddon
The Barefoot Summer by Carolyn Brown

Children's Books:
Arthur's Family Vacation by Marc Brown
Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan
Fudge-a-mania by Judy Blume
Trolls on Vacation by Alan MacDonald
The Vacation by Polly Horvath
A Whirlwind Vacation by Nancy Krulik
The Bears' Vacation by Stan Berenstain
Emma's Vacation by David McPhail

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Monday, July 17, 2017


It's National Ice Cream Month!  July has held this honor since the mid-1980s.  For more information on National Ice Cream Month as well as more about ice cream in general, visit

Even if you missed celebrating National Ice Cream Day yesterday, you can still celebrate ice cream throughout the rest of this month.  Here are a few books to help you enjoy this tasty treat!

No-Churn Ice Cream by Leslie Bilderback
Ice Cream and Iced Desserts by Joanna Farrow and Sara Lewis
The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein
Food52 Ice Cream and Friends by Amanda Hesser
Mexican Ice Cream by Fany Gerson
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream by Laura O'Neill
Vegan Ice Cream by Jeff Rogers
Coolhaus Ice Cream Book by Natasha Case
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts by Jeni Britton Bauer

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Monday, July 10, 2017


This month we are reading Holes by Louis Sachar for our Book to Movie Club.  Sachar has written over 25 books for children and young adults.  Holes won the National Book Award and Newbery Medal and was made into a movie in 2003.  For more information on Louis Sachar, visit his website:

Books by Louis Sachar:
Fuzzy Mud
Wayside School Series
Marvin Redpost Series
The Cardturner
Small Steps
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
Dogs Don't Tell Jokes
Sixth Grade Secrets 
Johnny's in the Basement
The Boy Who Lost His Face
Someday Angeline

If you liked Holes, then you may want to give these books a try:

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

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Monday, July 3, 2017


In 2011, Red Riding Hood was released as a feature film starring Amanda Seyfried.  At the same time, a tie-novel was written by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright.  This novel was based on the screenplay written by David Johnson.

This novel and movie are not the only retellings of Little Red Riding Hood.  If you are looking for more, give one of the books below a try.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
Scarlet Moon by Debbie Biguie

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Amazing Art!

This week at our Summer Library Club we are getting creative and making art! We're hosting some workshops inspired by Hervé Tullet's work and his book Art Workshops for Children. Hervé Tullet is the artist behind the great picture books Press Here, Mix it Up!, and so many more! Some of the art we make this week will be featured permanently in our meeting room, so come by and check it out!

In honor of our week of Amazing Art, here are some amazing books for kids about art and artists.


Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Weatherford Boston
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan
My Name is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippen by Melissa Sweet
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Stories About Creating & Making

Art & Max by David Wiesner
Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzberg
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Nico Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka

How To & Inspiring Ideas

Art World Series by Kate Riggs
The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van't Hul
The Big Book of Art by Hervé Tullet
Busting Boredom with Art Projects by Mary Boone
Checkerboard How To Library by Anders Hanson
How to Draw Books - Nonfiction 740

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Great Outdoors

Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer! It's time to get outside and enjoy the natural world. This time of year is perfect for exploring, playing, and creating outside. Kids are naturally curious and playing outside gives them many opportunities to follow their interests, explore nature, experiment with different materials, and learn a lot while having fun! Whether you're camping, out on the lake, at a park, or in your backyard, these books have some great ideas for games, projects, activities, and experiments to try out with the kids in your life this summer.

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca P. Cohen

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul

The Beach Book: Loads of Things to Do at Lakes, Rivers and the Seaside by Fiona Banks and Jo Schofield

Born to be Wild: Hundreds of Free Nature Activities for Families by Hattie Garlick

Busting Boredom in the Great Outdoors by Tyler Omoth

Cool Outdoor Arts & Crafts: Great Things to Do in the Great Outdoors by Alex Kuskowski

Go Wild! 101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up by Fiona Danks

The Kids' Guide to Nature Adventures: 80 Great Activities for Exploring the Outdoors by Joe Phatigan

Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Exploring the Outdoors by Sarah Levete

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer

Looking for more? Our library system also has a great online resource about the great outdoors called - check out the site for book recommendations, online resources, and event information in our area!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Under the Sea

We are kicking off the summer with a drop in activity for all ages this week! Stop by anytime this week when we're open to make faux stained glass sea life pictures. All of the supplies are available at the Children's Desk.

Here is a booklist of some great underwater stories for you to enjoy!

Picture Books

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Octopus's Garden by Ringo Starr
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Easy Readers

About the Ocean by Sindy McKay
At the Beach by Alexa Andrews
Deep Ocean Creatures by Lisa L. Ryan-Herndon
The Magic School Bus Presents Ocean Adventure by Mary Kay Carson
Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat by James Dean
Ocean of Color by Bill Scollon

Chapter Books

Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Pope Osbourne
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Pattle to the Sea by Clancy Holling
Pearl's Ocean Magic by Catherine Hapka
Shannon the Ocean Fairy by Daisy Meadows
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

Monday, June 5, 2017

Building A Better World

We are so excited for summer at the library! We have our reading programs for kids, teens, and adults starting on Wednesday, June 7th and loads of fun events planned for the whole summer! Our theme this year is "Building a Better World" - we love the idea of learning to make, grow, and shape our world into a better place. Here are some books to get you inspired for this awesome summer! Check out our website for more information on all the cool stuff going on this summer:

For Little Ones

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
Blocks by Irene Dickerson
Can You Say Peace? By Karen Katz
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
One Love by Cedella Marley
What A Wonderful World by Bob Thiele

For Kids

Hooray for Inventors! by Marcia Williams
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella

For Teens

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Gand
March Series by John Lewis
Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague & Robby Novak