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Ms. Amy's Pick
Adult title

AMC's Best Day Hikes In The Berkshires
by Rene Laubach

“Spring hiking is upon us!
The Keystone Arches-Bridge Trail in Chester is a wonder and only
1 & 1/2 hours from Spencer.”
 
 
Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult title

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

“A story of family, the south, the civil rights movement, of belonging to more than one place, and not belonging at all—all woven together in a lyrical masterpiece.”

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult title

Lady in Waiting
by Anne Glenconner

“The New York Times review
nails it: ‘sometimes amusing, sometimes appalling.’ I found
Anne Glenconner’s memoir smashingly entertaining! If you
get a kick out of Princess
Margaret in The Crown,
this is the book for you”
 
Ms. Linda's Pick
DVD Title

Casablanca

“If you’ve never seen Casablanca you should check it out. It has stood the test of time. You’ll be surprised at how much it has influenced films that were made after it. Many famous lines from this movie have entered our everyday speech.”
 
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

All The Devils Are Here
by Louise Penny

“This cozy mystery, the 16th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series, transports  you from familiar life in the Village of Three Pines to the streets of Paris. A vacation intended to visit family and celebrate the birth of a new grandchild runs amok when murder and suspicious events become the focus of attention. What’s next? Book 17
comes out this summer.”
 
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Oona Out Of Order
by Margarita Montimore

“Can you imagine waking up on your birthday every year and not knowing how old
you are? Every year Oona leaps to another age at random. This is a fun, enlightening story.”
 
Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade title
&
Beware: Observing eagles and their adorable young closely through live cameras is addictive, entertaining, heartwarming, and heartbreaking!
“The live hummingbird nest cam speaks for itself.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade title

The One and Only Bob
by Katherine Applegate

“Bob is humorous and tender and just the friend everyone needs!”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Adult title

The Growing Season
by Sarah Frey

“If you enjoy a true story about a young person with gumption and a no-nonsense attitude, read this! Against most odds, Sarah makes her success happen.”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult title

Dearly
by Margaret Atwood

“Writer Margaret Atwood’s latest offering is a book of poems, “Dearly”. In her eighties, she speaks of the past and what’s to come. ‘You can wander away. You can get lost. Words can do that.'”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

The Bear by Andrew Krivak

“Although this little gem of a book takes place in the future, I was instinctively  transformed to a past I know we as humans once lived. It was somehow a gentle reminder of a simpler and at the same time much more challenging period in our evolution.What was also clear is that it could once again become our present. I found it somehow comforting.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Books by
Mike Lawson

“If you read Lee Child and John Sandford et al you may like a series by Michael Lawson. His political thrillers are real page turners.”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Miss Janie's Girls
by Carolyn Brown

“Foster mom, tough teenagers, private investigator, dying, and romance are part of this book. We never know how our lives can be changed for the better, by one person.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade title

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
by Leslie Connor

“Leslie Connor is rapidly
becoming a go-to author for me. She writes such relatable characters. I found myself
routing for Perry and his entire extended family the
whole way through this book!”

Available in e-book, Audio-book and hardcover formats

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult title

The Constitution Decoded
by Katie Kennedy

“A colorfully illustrated book explaining the United States Constitution simplifies the complex document for ages 12 to adult. “

Available in paperback format

Ms. Linda's Pick
DVD

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

“I recently watched the Ghost and Mrs. Muir again. What a charming movie! The film is based on a book of the same name.”

Available in DVD and e-book formats

Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

The Family Upstairs
by Lisa Jewell

“Curiously interesting mysterious psychological drama. Started off a little slow but quickly pulled me in. The characters portray life in the shadows. The story keeps glimpsing into the past to reveal the present. I look forward to reading more from Lisa Jewell.”

Available in e-book, large type, and hardcover formats

Ms. Denise's Pick
Young Adult Title

The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. Book 1)
by Eoin Colfer

“Assassins, time travel, Victorian England, suspense and more in this can’t put down book. Highly recommend.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover, paperback, PlayAway, and Book on CD formats

Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade title

Sunny Side Up
by Jennifer L. Holm

“A sweet graphic novel set in the 1970’s about ten year old Sunny’s solo trip to Florida
during summer vacation to stay with her grandfather. The reason for her visit, however, reveals serious undertones affecting many families today. “
Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult title

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland

“Zombies meets the Wild West–with strong female characters–this YA book delivers!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Young Adult title

When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
by Patrisee Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

“An adaptation for teens of the 2018 powerful memoir about what it means to be Black in America by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele. Patrisse is an organizer committed to criminal justice reform and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Rated G

My Octopus Teacher
Found on Netflix

“Heartwarming, inspiring, a must see!”

Available on Netflix

Ms. Amy's Pick
Picture Book title

The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle
by Anne Renaud and Milan Pavlovic

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Non-fiction

Sheet pan suppers : 120 recipes for simple, surprising, hands-off meals straight from the oven
by Molly Gilbert

“Easy, delicious recipes using 1 sheet pan. We had a cookbook club and used this book to make different recipes. Everyone said their recipe was so easy, and we all agreed every dish was delicious!”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade title

Look Both Ways
by Jason Reynolds

“Caste by Isabel Wilkerson describes the caste system here in our country, comparing it to India. Attention is paid to racism, which is important to examine during these times of division. Her book looks at who we are and how we got here.”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Caste
by Isabel Wilkerson

“Caste by Isabel Wilkerson describes the caste system here in our country, comparing it to India. Attention is paid to racism, which is important to examine during these times of division. Her book looks at who we are and how we got here.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Books by Erik Larson

“Eric Larsen is the author of six best sellers. ‘Dead Wake’ and ‘The Devil in the White City’ are two of his award winning books. His stories are rich in historical and social detail and they read like fiction.”
Ms. Sam's Pick
Adult Title

Darkly Dreaming Dexter
by Jeff Lindsay

“Dexter is such an amazing insight into the mind of serial killers with the main character being complex, with dark and light motives.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
“This is a thick book, but is really hard to put down! Suspenseful with lots of unexpected twists and turns.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title
Quick and Easy Mug Cakes
by Jennifer Lee
“Sweet Beer Cake”? “Lemon Dream Cake”? and our favorite “Honey Swirl Cake”? Yum! With the longer nights and holidays fast approaching, this book provides an easy way to make quick (literally, 5 minutes total) and yummy recipes with the kids, while still helping them learn the chemistry and math that is baking.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult Title
Heist Society
by Ally Carter
“Sooooo much fun!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title
Anxious People
by Fredrik Backman
“Fredrik Backman has done it again! I read his latest, “Anxious People” in one sitting. During the pandemic I’ve been struggling with reading, but this book captivated me by his fine writing style and fast-paced story line.”
Ms. Sam's Pick
Adult Title
Weird Massachusetts : your travel guide to the Bay State’s local legends and best kept secrets
by Jeff Belanger
“A fascinating book for those who enjoy the cryptic and weird things in life. This book makes me nostalgic as I always read it at my aunt’s and wonder at my state’s weird, scary, and cryptic background.”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title
A Better Man
by Louise Penny
“The 15th book in the Three Pines Series by Louise Penny, “A Better Man”, continues following the spirited characters we have come to love nestled in a  quiet remote village outside the city of Quebec Canada. Knowing that there is yet a 16th book available,
is the happy ending.”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Cooking for one : scaled recipes, no-waste solutions, and time-saving tips
by America’s Test Kitchen

“Delicious recipes. Includes ways to use leftover ingredients before they spoil.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Amy's Pick
Kids' Podcast

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls (Kids’ Podcast)

“The Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls podcasts are not only extremely interesting and no longer than 25 minutes, they are inspirational for us all! I especially liked the ones about Greta Thunberg and Jane Goodall.”

Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin


“Wow, does this author know how to tell a story. My heart just broke and then…well, I’ll let you read it.”

Available in e-book and hardcover formats

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Foolproof Fish
by America’s Test Kitchen (Adult Title)

“Do you love eating seafood? I’m crazy for it, eating some sort of fish dish every weekend. this book is filled with simple recipes. I’ve had the best tuna of my life using their recipe for grilled tuna steaks with vinaigrette. Paella is another favorite. Dive into fish and shellfish cookery with confidence.”
Available in hardcover format

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Books by Bill Bryson

“Everything written by Bill Bryson is very readable. He has covered a wide range of subjects with smarts and humor.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Sam's Pick
Young Adult Title

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan (Young Adult Title)

“When I first picked up this book, I wished the protagonist was female–but then I couldn’t put it down!”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova (Adult Title)

“Early onset Alzheimer’s from the patient’s perspective.”

Available in e-book, large print, regular print, and DVD formats

Ms. Amy's Pick
Adult Non-Fiction Title

Eager
by Ben Goldfarb (Adult Non-fiction Title)

“There’s a very good reason why beavers are a keystone species. Read to find out why these amazing rodents are instrumental to the health of our world.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Katie's Pick
Kids' Podcast

Six Minutes Podcast

“I’ve only just started this podcast, but what an adventure! All told to you in 6 minute bites. I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett

“Brit Bennett presents a timely book on racial identity and bigotry in “The Vanishing Half”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Linda's Pick
DVD

Songcatcher (DVD)

“Songcatcher is a wonderful movie with a great cast and interesting characters. Since the plot involves a musicologist searching for old folk songs in the hills of Appalachia, the soundtrack is amazing.”

Available in DVD format

Ms. Fiona's Pick
Young Adult Title

An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

“Beautifully written–will leave you wanting more!”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats.

Ms. Denise's Pick
Teen/Adult Title

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

“A must read adventure filled with non-stop action in a virtual gaming world. The movie is just a great as the book.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, hardcover, and DVD CD audiobook formats.

Ms. Amy's Pick
Young Adult Title

The Leaf Reader
by Emily Arsenault

“This book is a page turner! I enjoyed the many twists and turns this tale takes. It kept me guessing until the very end.”

Available in e-book. From other libraries available in regular print, book on CD.

Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult Title

The Dirt Diary
by Anna Staniezwski

“We’ve all been there. Those cringey moments you’d like to take back– the times you wish you could have a do over…The Dirt Diary depicts them so well in all their embarrassing glory.”

Available in e-book

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Hidden Valley Road Inside the Mind of an American Family
by Robert Kolker

“Schizophrenia strikes over three and a half million young adults in this country, resulting in heartache for the sufferers and their loved ones. Meet the Galvin family: half of their tribe of twelve is diagnosed with this malady. The story is intriguing and gripping. Mental illness has a profound and lasting impact on families.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and from other libraries regular and large print.

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Titles

“It wouldn’t be summer without a book by Elin Hilderbrand. She is well known as the ‘queen of the beach reads.’ “

Available in regular and large print, e-book and e-audio, audio-CD and PlayAway formats.

 

Ms. Fiona's Pick
Adult Title

The Fifth Season
by N. K. Jemisin (Adult Title)

“An incredibly well-written and amazing book.”

Available in e-book, e-audio. From other libraries regular print.

Ms. Denise's Pick
DVD

Lark Rise To Candleford


“A heartwarming trip into the past.”

Available in DVD format