Six Books From Ireland for St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2017 | Kelli

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I'll admit, I generally avoid novels in the magical realism genre. In the past, I've found the added element of magic in a story otherwise based in reality more irritating than interesting. That's just me. Yet, when I came across Himself by Jess Kidd, I thought I'd try again. I'm...

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March 13, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Pi Day is observed each year on March 14 (3.14). It has become traditional to eat pie as part of the celebration. I am fond of pie. Except pumpkin. Who came up with that nonsense? These books will help you find the perfect pie for your own Pi Day bash....

Welcome Back to the Hellmouth

March 6, 2017 | Andrea

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Buffy Summers and Daria Morgendorffer are turning 20! Fictional characters don't age like we do, so it may be slightly surreal to learn about the milestone birthdays of these two iconic teenage heroines. Fun fact: their TV shows premiered in 1997 within a week of each other — Daria first...

Freedom to Read Week, February 26 - March 4, 2017

February 25, 2017 | M. Elwood

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My mother says that my love of words began when I was a baby and she held me while reading stories to my older sister. Three of my grandparents were teachers so I figure I was doomed from the start. Car trips always involved word and alphabet games. To this...

Order of Canada: Canadian Authors

February 24, 2017 | Lynn

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Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year and the Order of Canada has been around for 50 years. Recently one of my favourite authors Louise Penny was awarded this honor in Ottawa. Louise Penny has written 12 books in her Inspector Gamache series and they are primarily set in...

2017 Oscars Reading List

February 23, 2017 | Winona

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Pop your popcorn, place your bets, alert the fashion police, and make room on your to-be-read pile: it's Oscar time again! Filmmakers have long found inspiration in books and this year's crop of Academy Award nominees is no exception. This year, 18 of the nominated films were adapted from books,...

Love, Passion and Candy Hearts

February 10, 2017 | M. Elwood

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Who doesn't love candy hearts? For Valentine's Day, enjoy one of these sweet reads. Young Adult Fiction: All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin • Audiobook • eAudiobook • eBook Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan • Audiobook • eAudiobook • eBook The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder •...

Hidden Figures and Upcoming Books to Movies - Winter 2017

February 3, 2017 | Kelli

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The movie Hidden Figures is having an incredible awards season. It has already won the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and has been nominated for many other awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and three Oscars. If you have wondered...

Best Books of 2016 Selected by Library Staff: Young Adult and Children's Literature

January 26, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Good books are good books whether they are written for adults or not. These are some of the young adult and children's books that library staff members enjoyed in 2016. Cameron: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige • eBook Diana: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalastier • eBook The protagonist, a...

Best Books of 2016 Selected by Library Staff: Part 5

January 25, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Then there are the staff members who can't narrow it down to just or two titles and send an entire list! Welcome to the Kelli and Jane recommendations, Part 5 in the series of staff-recommended best books of 2016. Kelli: Fiction: Homegoing by Yaa Gaasi • Audiobook • eAudiobook •...