staff picks


Booklovers Episode 10: Season of the Witch

To celebrate the changing of the seasons from summer into Pumpkin Spice Everything, Meghann and I talk books about witches. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants […]


Booklovers Episode 9: Recently Enjoyed Books

Enjoy the banter as Andrea and Laura discuss books that they’ve recently read and enjoyed. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month so make sure you have a library card! Sign up online for an eCard. Our Suggestions The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman. Collin James is young, creative, and unhappy. A college dropout, he waits […]


Booklovers Episode 8: Fairytales Retold

When you say “fairy tale,” most of us think of the Brothers Grimm or even Charles Perrault. They captured stories that had long oral traditions reaching back hundreds, even thousands of years. Recent research has scientists believing those traditions might stretch all the way back to the Bronze Age! Read more about the research. During […]


Booklovers Episode 7: Young Adult Novels

This week, Andrea and Sam join Laura to talk about exciting new young adult novels. Not a young adult? No worries. These books are so well written and fun that you’ll enjoy them no matter age you are! Our Young Adult Suggestions The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Henry “Monty” Montague […]

By Laura | Podcast

We Talk About Mysteries

This week we’re talking about mysteries. Specifically, mysteries that remind us of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. We’re talking full on darkness, intricate plot twists and surprise endings. Subscribe to our Podcast Don’t miss an episode. Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS Rate our podcast! Click on that iTunes button and give us […]

By Laura | Podcast

9 Amazing Teen Books We’re Raving About Now

Recently, members of the library staff competed against other area libraries in a Teen Read Challenge. The challenge was to read as many teen books and graphic novels as possible. And the library’s team, Dewey Ever, came in third place, winning bragging rights AND a Raspberry Pi computer. Visit the Raspberry Pi at our Maker […]

By Laura | books

Hillbilly Elegy Readalikes

If you’ve read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and you’re looking for a similar book, we have three great suggestions for you. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls. While Jeanette didn’t grow up in Appalachia, she and Vance did share being raised by very dysfunctional parents. Her parents were both very bright but […]

By staffwriter | books

Charlotte Brontë’s Birthday

Charlotte Brontë was born 201 years ago, on April 21, 1816.  She died at age 38 but still lived longer than her five siblings.  Much has been written about the often difficult lives of the Brontës, from shortly after their deaths until now.  You can bury yourselves for weeks in biographies like Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1857 […]



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