Staff Recommended Seasonal Reads (Rachel)

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz “I Know Your Secret . . . Boarding school junior Stacey Brown has nightmares too real to ignore.  Her nightmares come true. This time they’re about Drea, her best friend who’s become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. To  try and protect her, Stacey’s working with…

Staff Recommended Seasonal Show (Becca)

Sleepy Hollow: The Complete First Season “Ichabod Crane, a British expatriate who dies in the American Revolution, is revived in upstate New York during the time of the cell phone – as is the evil Headless Horseman, who plans to annihilate mankind! Teaming with a feisty police lieutenant, Crane races to vanquish the newly unearthed…

Staff Reading/Viewing List (Charlotte)

Autumn – Ali Smith “From the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be both: a breathtakingly inventive new novel–about aging, time, love, and stories themselves–that launches an extraordinary quartet of books called Seasonal. Readers love Ali Smith’s novels for their peerless innovation and their joyful celebration of language and life. Her newest,…

Staff Recommended Seasonal Movies (Angelina)

A Quiet Place Angelina’s Note: I’m excited to see part II which was scheduled to be released in September but has now changed to April 23, 2021. About the movie: “If they hear you, they hunt you. In this terrifyingly suspenseful thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that…

Staff Recommended Seasonal Movies (Lisa)

Lisa’s Note: I geared my selections for children under 8 years. 1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! 2. The Nightmare Before Christmas 3. Halloweentown and Return to Halloweentown 4. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie 5. Hotel Transylvania (1, 2, and 3) 6. Curious George A Halloween Boo Fest 7. Toy Story of Terror 8. The…

Staff Recommended Seasonal Selections (Jen)

Jen’s seasonal reading recommendations First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen “Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble…

Staff Recommended Seasonal Reads (Skylis)

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern Skylis’ Note: Night Circus is heavily atmospheric and fantastical, with several cozy sensory passages about food smells that always remind me of fall and fair season. And of course, there’s magic! Publisher’s Summary: “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it…

Staff Recommended Seasonal Movies (Chris)

Chris’ Note: The Roger Corman adaptations of Poe stories are good seasonal viewing material if cheesy. My two favorites are House of Usher (1960) and The Masque of the Red Death (1964) The Fall of the House of Usher “Upon entering his fiancée’s family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that…

Charlotte Recommends: Face It – Debbie Harry

Charlotte’s note: Anyone who has an interest in the iconic Debbie Harry or the outrageous history of New York’s punk rock scene will eat this up! “Musician, actor, activist, and the iconic face of New York City cool, Debbie Harry is the frontwoman of Blondie, a band that forged a new sound that brought together…

Skylis Tries: Game Bar

Recently I’ve been producing tutorial videos on our digital resources collection. Essential to shooting these videos is a good screen recording program. There are an abundance of programs for both Mac and Windows operating systems out there, but I wanted to start with something basic. Windows 10 comes with one built-in app that allows users…

Ari’s Top Four Overdrive Recommendations

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk – Kelli Estes “Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’s brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories. The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets… Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt’s…

Rachel’s Hold List

Books I have on hold and am hoping to read but probably won’t because I have been in a slump: Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman (Overdrive & print) Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their equally messy and life-affirming Big Friendship…

Sarah’s LGBTQIA Non-Fiction Picks

Hear Us Out by Nancy Garden Nancy Garden, author of popular LGBTQ+ book Annie on My Mind set out in Hear Us Out! to bring life to the history and struggles behind the LGBTQ+ community. In this non-fiction book, Garden weaves together two tales, one from the 1950’s and one from the 2000’s, both of which…

Sarah’s LGBTQIA YA Fiction Picks

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren Do you know what it’s like to be kept a secret? Do you know how it feels to hide part of your identity from the world? For Tanner Scott and Sebastian Brother, this is just part of their daily lives as they navigate the intricacies of living in Provo, Utah, a…

Charlotte Recommends: I Am Not Your Negro – Directed by Raoul Peck

About the documentary: “Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. It is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond and examines the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.”…

Jim Recommends: African History Reading List

Current events have reminded me that like many white Americans I am sadly lacking in my knowledge of African History. Over the course of the pandemic I’ve put together an African history reading list that I have been slowly working my way through. This is only the beginning of the list which focuses mostly on…

Skylis Reviews: Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a captivating, exploratory speculative fiction novel set in a pandemic-ravaged United States. The narrative follows the entwined stories of several people across time, all connected to an actor who dies the night the pandemic begins. St. John Mandel’s writing is intimate and lyrical in this melancholy work…

Patron Recommendation: Hidden Valley Road – Robert Kolker

Our patron’s thoughts on the book: Story of an American family with 12 children – six of whom are diagnosed schizophrenic. Fascinating look at mental illness in America through the mid-20th century. Riveting detail about the scientific pursuit for answers, medical treatments, social stigmas associated with diagnosis, and the impact of all these factors in…

Jen Reviews: Unorthodox – Deborah Feldman

“As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. Yet in spite of her repressive upbringing, Deborah grew into an independent-minded…

Michelle Recommends: A Fortune For Your Disaster – Hanif Abdurraqib (National Poetry Month)

Along with Pagie Lewis’ Star Struck, Abdurraqib’s A Fortune For Your Disaster was another one of my favorite collections released in 2019. (His previous collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, might be one of my favorite collections full-stop.) The audiobook – read by Hanif Abdurraqib(!) – is available on Hoopla. About the collection: “In his…

It’s National Poetry Month!

Throughout the month I will be recommending poetry collections available via Hoopla and/or Overdrive. In the meantime, a few related items of note: This snippet from the poem “Pain Can Warn Us Of Danger,” from the 2011 collection by G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher, Your Father On the Train of Ghosts, is eerily relevant still:…

Ebooks & Audiobooks For Your Teen Reader: Fantasy Novels

If your teen reader enjoys fantasy novels with deep, intricate worldbuilding, point them towards Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer (and its sequel Muse of Nightmares). Both titles—in ebook and audiobook formats—are available on Overdrive. About Strange the Dreamer: “The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian,…

Jen Recommends: Flower Confidential – Amy Stewart

“Award-winning author Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought—for better or worse—to achieve perfection. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists working to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature can provide. There’s a scientist…

Jim Recommends: The Hoopla Edition

The library may be closed but our elibrary is open 24/7 with ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more. But today I’m going to be recommending ebooks and audiobooks you can have right now from our Hoopla service. The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley. Audiobook I was first exposed to Buckley’s quirky style when I read…

Michelle Recommends: Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry – Adrienne Rich

“Demonstrating the lasting brilliance of her voice and her prophetic vision, Essential Essays showcases Adrienne Rich’s singular ability to unite the political, personal, and poetical. The essays selected here by feminist scholar Sandra M. Gilbert range from the 1960s to 2006, emphasizing Rich’s lifelong intellectual engagement and fearless prose exploration of feminism, social justice, poetry,…

What The Library Director Is Reading

—“I’ve just started Poppy by Avi. So far, it’s wonderful.” At the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhouetted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owl’s name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death himself. With his piercing gaze, he surveyed the lands he called…

Jen Recommends: Catch and Kill & She Said

Coinciding with the Harvey Weinstein trial, these are must-reads. Both are excellent reporting stories and rapid page turners filled with revelations that are at the same time disturbing, infuriating, and riveting.  Add to that the backstory of surveillance and  harassment of the reporters and alleged victims. If I had to pick one, I’d go with…

Patron Recommendations

A patron recently returned the two books below and said: “These were both really good.” The Paris Orphan – Natasha Lester “New York City/Paris, 1942: When American model Jessica May arrives in Europe to cover the war as a photojournalist for Vogue, most of the soldiers are determined to make her life as difficult as…

Rachel Reviews: Rebel Girls – Elizabeth Keenan

When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mix tape than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter—and her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at her conservative Catholic high school. Then a malicious rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister…

Patron Recommendation: Lies – T.M. Logan

“Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife’s car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend’s husband. Before Joe confronted the other…

Jim Reviews: African samurai – Thomas Lockley

Before William Adams (immortalized as John Blackthorn in James Clavel’s novel Shogun) became the first English samurai in the early 1600s there was Yasuke. Yasuke was an African slave/mercenary who ultimately become a samurai and served as a retainer of Ode Nobunaga a Japanese warlord from the Waring States period of Japanese history. Lockley’s African…