Monday, November 27, 2017


Next month we will be reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain for book club.  Mark Twain is the pen name used by Samuel Clemens.  Samuel Clemens was born in 1835 and died in 1910 at the age of 74.  He was a writer of novels, poetry, short stories, essays, and nonfiction.

For more information on Mark Twain, visit

If you are interested in reading some of his novels, take a look at the list below.

Want to learn more about Mark Twain?  Here are some books that will get you started.

Monday, November 20, 2017


It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is already here!  Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season for many people.  What does this mean?  It means a lot of family functions, food, and fun.  Whether you are hosting the holidays, volunteering to bring one item, or just looking for new recipe ideas, we have plenty of options for you. 

Cooking Books:
Mad Hungry Family by Lucinda Scala Quinn
Tasty Fall Cooking by Gooseberry Patch
Adventures in Slow Cooking by Sarah Digregorio
Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good

Baking Books:
Holiday Cupcakes by Anne Rigg
One Bowl Baking by Yvonne Ruperti
Great Gluten-Free Baking by Louise Blair
How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman
The Harvest Baker by Ken Haedrich
Delicious Dump Cakes by Roxanne Wyss

Monday, November 13, 2017


Hollywood has had an impact on movies since the early 20th century, and since that time, the U.S. film industry has largely been based in and around Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.  The major studios in Hollywood produce some of the most successful movies in the world.

Whether you are looking for a glimpse into Hollywood or for more information on a favorite actor or actress, biographies are a great place to start.  Check out one of these biographies today!

Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner
By Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Bossypants by Tina Fey
What If by Shirley MacLaine
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Unsinkable by Debbie Reynolds
Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd
Child Star by Shirley Temple Black

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Monday, November 6, 2017


November is National Adoption Month.  This is an initiative of the Children's Bureau that seeks to increase awareness and bring attention to the need for families for children and youth in the foster care system.  This year's theme is Teens Need Families, No Matter What.  Oftentimes, teens will age out of the foster care system without a stable support system.

For more information about adoption and this year's initiative, visit and

Here is a list of some books centering around adoption, foster care, and adopted main characters.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
One For the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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