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Ms. Amy's Pick
Picture Book Title

Dark On Light by Dianne White

“With watercolor and colored pencil illustrations, this pretty rhyming book features discoveries made when twilight arrives.”
 
Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult Title

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

“A mystical journey of first love, fitting in and the complications of having magical powers.”

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

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

 
“I see why this book was made into a tv series. The story is amusing and uplifting; with quirky, intelligent characters.”
 
 
Ms. Mary Anne's Pick
Adult Title

Liberation Day by George Saunders

“This is a book of short stories that caused me to think about justice, fairness, the potential dangers of technology, the complexities of human relationships, and so much more. Saunders is a master of the short story form and his stories will make you laugh and cry.”
 
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

The Flight Girls By Noelle Salazar

“Did you know that women trained pilots in Hawaii during World War II? The dynamic characters give life to the stories of female Airforce service pilots and more. I couldn’t put down 
this fantastic read.”
 
Ms. Amy's Pick
Picture Book Title

Dark On Light by Dianne White

“With watercolor and colored pencil illustrations, this pretty rhyming book features discoveries made when twilight arrives.”
 
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

“An absolutely  heart wrenching adventure.”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Normal Family: On Truth, Love and How I Met My 35 Siblings by Chrysta Bilton

“Find out what it’s like to discover you have many, many siblings thanks to your father who’s also known as Donor 150. Artificial insemination can be a gift and a burden.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Dinners With Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships
by Nina Totenberg

“During their near fifty year friendship Nina Totenberg and Ruth Bader Ginsberg helped tear down professional and legal barriers for women.”
Ms. Fiona's Pick
YA in Verse

Baby Teeth
by Meg Greham

“Beautiful verse and an interesting take on the paranormal!”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

One Italian Summer
By Rebecca Serle

“I want to move to the Amalfi coast! Great story.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Wordless Picture Book Title

Forever Home: A Dog and Boy Love Story
by Henry Cole

“A great story of kindred spirits finding one another!”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Picture Book Title

A Spoonful of Frogs
by Casey Lyall

“Hilarious! For frogs, witches, and anyone who cooks!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Lioness
by Chris Bohjalian

“The lions, a Hollywood crowd, take an African safari excursion. Told through the eyes of ten narrators, this trip turns deadly. Out of the few who escape the Serengeti alive, two are female characters who have what it takes to survive: guts and brains.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure
by Rinker Buck

The author built a wooden boat and traveled down the river to New Orleans. Also by Buck is The Oregon Trail a tale of his travels in the American West in a covered wagon pulled by mules.”
Ms. Fiona's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Healer of the Water Monster
by Brian Young

“A touching story that draws from Navajo traditional culture.”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Faye, Faraway
by Helen Fisher

“Time travel, mother/daughter relationships and lots more are found in this quick read.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Picture Book Title

The Witchling's Wish
by Lu Fraser

“A sweet story of friendship.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

The Mortification Of Fovea Munson
by Mary Winn Heider

“I found myself laughing out loud and at other times feeling sympathetic for Fovea’s ordeals–What a great read!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

The Latecomer
by Jean Hanff Korelitz

“The New York Times review sums it up perfectly: “compulsively readable and thought-provoking”. This family drama is full of characters readers will love to hate, yet care what happens to them in the end.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

The Bodyguard
by Katherine Center

“If you are in the mood for a cute, light read try this romance.”
Ms. Fiona's Pick
Young Adult Title

The Inheritance Games
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

“An engaging mystery that I consumed so quickly!”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

With Love From London
by Sarah Jio

“First a trip to London, then meeting her mother’s friends through letters. This getting to know the neighborhood book is a delightful read.”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

Arctic Daughter
A Lifetime of Wilderness

“Beautiful journey, a life well lived. This story takes place over several decades, is never boring and warms the heart. I will watch it again.”
Available through Amazon Prime
Ms. Amy's Pick
Picture Book Title

Make Way for Animals! A World of Wildlife Crossings
by Meeg Pincus

“I love this book! It presents
real-life examples of engineering solutions used to help the animals who live among and within our busy world.  Also its picture book format makes for a quick and
easy read.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Cress Watercress
by Gregory Maguire

“This animal adventure wonderfully depicts the big feelings we all have no matter our age and reminds us that emotions such as grief and memory wax and wane like the phases of the moon–never staying with us forever, but there to challenge or console us.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

The Librarian Spy
by Madeline Martin

“The Librarian Spy is a delight as we follow the World War II adventures of an endearing, quiet bookworm.”
Ms. Fiona's Pick
Young Adult Title

Out Of The Blue
by Jason June

“Super sweet story that was perfect for summertime!”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Picture Book Title

Clothesline Clues To Jobs People Do
by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

“This book is a very creative way for young children to learn about workers by the clothes on and near the clothesline. My grandson and I had to read it over and over!”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult Title

The Light in Hidden Places
by Sharon Cameron

“Wow…Wonderfully written. Sharon Cameron truly captures the emotions of the main character.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Picture Book Title

A day for sandcastles
JonArno Lawson

“This wordless book takes me first to my childhood summer days spent on the beach, then to the days of being a parent on vacation with my kids. This book is as beautiful as a warm sea breeze.”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Happy-Go-Lucky
by David Sedaris

“One of my favorite writers made me laugh out loud with his latest. His musings on life during the pandemic are both funny and poignant.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Project Solomon: the true story of a lonely horse who found a home and became a hero
by Jodi Stuber and Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

“This is a powerful story of resilience, sacrifice and love.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Fiona's Pick
Young Adult Graphic Novel Title

Spy X Family
Tatsuya Endo

“Super unique and entertaining plot. I can’t wait to pick up the second book!”

Available in hardcover and e-book formats

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Her Hidden Genius
by Marie Benedict

“Did you know that Rosalind Franklin discovered that DNA has a double helix structure? Get to know what life was like for her in this fascinating story.”

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

Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Storm
by Nicola Skinner

“This is a tale told from a poltergeist’s point of view. It’s a bit horror, sci-fi, and adventure all rolled into one.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Playing the Cards You're Dealt
by Varian Johnson

“Such big topics for young hearts…wonderfully written.”

Available in hardcover and PlayAway formats

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

One By One
Ruth Ware

“I figured out whodunnit halfway through this murder mystery, but was compelled to read to the very end anyway. The author is clearly a fan of Agatha Christie in her suspenseful, modern day nod to the classic “And Then There Were None.”

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

 

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Fly Girl: A Memoir
By Ann Hood

“When Ann Hood was young she wanted to be a stewardess and a writer when she grew up. Both dreams came true. She became a flight attendant when air travel was still glamorous and people dressed up to fly. Her memoir of her experiences is quite entertaining.”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
DVD

Ötzi Iceman Reborn
Documentary

“Otzi the Iceman was named after the Ötztal Valley Alps where he had been murdered and frozen intact 5300 years ago. Well preserved in the ice, scientists, historians, and archeologists have been able to uncover so many interesting facts about his genetics, health, diet and way of life. Fascinating.”

Available in DVD format

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Cloud Cuckoo Land
by Anthony Doerr

“This novel has many recommendations and five star reviews. The book requires dedication to keep track of four stories happening by chapter.
I couldn’t put it down, but had to figure out, at each new chapter, what story we were in. Regardless of the work involved, the story held my attention until the very end.”

Available in audio, e-audio, e-book, PlayAway, large print and hardcover formats

Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

The Secret of Glendunny: The Haunting
by Kathryn Lasky

“A beaver colony set in Scotland, a pair of ghosts, a swan, and a mystery all swirl together into a great story. If you like the Warrior series or other animal fantasy tales, you might just want to give this a try!”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Last Gamer Standing
by Katie Zhao

“Beautifully written with exquisite artwork!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story Of Obsession And Danger In The Himalayas
by Harley Rustad

“Searching for spiritual enlightenment does not always turn out as hoped. Adventurer and social media influencer Justin Alexander Shetler mysteriously disappeared in India’s Parvati Valley. Author Harley Rustad takes the reader on a fascinating trek in the footsteps of the missing backpacker.”

 

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

The Dirty Life: A Memoir Of Farming, Food And Love
by Kristin Kimball.

“This is a well written account of a couple’s year on their Vermont farm.”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adults

Flavorful Origins
(Netflix Original Docuseries)

“So beautifully produced, the cinematography on location is amazing and the content is jammed full of historical and geographical Information. Cooking techniques that require, in my mind, “magic,” are demonstrated in everyday food stands and restaurants.”
Available on Netflix
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Series

Yellowstone

This binge worthy series is enthralling. The viewer is shown how Native Americans, cattle ranchers, and land developers view the vast land in Montana. Warning: foul language.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

The Who Was? Podcast

“Fun for the whole family!”
Available in podcast format
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Last Gamer Standing
by Katie Zhao

” An action-packed, enthralling read. I couldn’t put this one down!”

Available in paperback, e-book, and PlayAway format

Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

(History Channel
Original Series-Season 7)

Survive 100 days for a 1 million dollar prize. So interesting on so many levels. 10 contestants are left at drop sites in the Alaskan wilderness with 10 objects of their  choice to survive on their own. This is the real deal, no camera crews at the ready, they film themselves.
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Wish You Were Here
by Jodi Picoult

“It’s current: COVID fiction at it’s best.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life With 600 Rescue Animals
by Laurie Zaleski

“This book will warm your heart.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Northwind
by Gary Paulsen

“You lived or you died. And in between the two, if you kept your mind open and aware and listened and smelled and watched… In between you learned.”
Gary Paulsen’s last book is a universal tale about survival, reminiscent of Hatchet.
I really enjoyed it.”

Available in hardcover, Book on CD, and PlayAway.

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

These Precious Days
by Ann Patchett

“Ann Patchett, writer and bookseller, planned to write her ninth book when the pandemic hit. In isolation, her focus shifted to what matters most: stories of her precious life. Ann’s talent for storytelling shines through in this collection of essays.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, large type, and CD Audiobook, hardcover formats

Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult Title

The Downstairs Girl
by Stacey Lee

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Daughters of War
by Dinah Jeffries

“A sweeping historical novel of three sisters in World War II France.”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Magazine

Reader's Digest
(Magazine)

“An oldie but a goodie. The articles and humor sections just make you feel good.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Picturing a Nation: The Great Depression's Finest Photographers Introduce America to Itself.
by Martin W. Sandler

“This book does best what photography books should do: tell a million stories without words. Also, it is an excellent homeschool supplement, couch-cuddle conversation piece, addendum to a history/social studies/language arts class, or fascinating browse-through collection.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Our Country Friends
by Gary Shteyngart

“Longtime friends spend time together eating, drinking and reminiscing in this pandemic version of the “Big Chill”. In 2020, as in 1983, love is all that matters.”

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

Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Hello, Universe
by Erin Entrada Kelly

“A wonderful story of friendship, courage, and the power of self assurance. “

Available in hardcover, large print, PlayAway, e-book, and e-audio format

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

The Book Of Hope
by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams

“This book professes hope for both humanity and our planet”

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

Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

The Madness of Crowds
by Louise Penny

“Ethical, social and economic responsibility are at odds with human nature and the battle between the mind and the heart in book 17 of the Inspector Gamache series. “

Available in hardcover, large print, CD audio-book, PlayAway, e-audio and e-book format

Ms. Denise's Pick
Young Adult book

Stolen Time (Dark Stars Trilogy)
By Danielle Rollins

“Time travel, action-filled, suspense. I couldn’t read it fast enough.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Front Desk
by Kelly Yang

“I couldn’t help but root for Mia throughout this book!”
Ms. Amy's Pick
DVD

Miracle

“One of the best sports movies of all time! Based on a true story, it’s got it all: adrenalin, grit, rivalry, growth, and life-lessons.”

Available in DVD format

Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Refugee
by Alan Gratz

“Gripping…equal parts heart wrenching and hopeful.”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
DVD

The Beatles Get Back
(Documentary)

“The last live performance by the Beatles happened on my 11th birthday. Their music has been a gift to me for more than half a century! After spending almost 8 hours watching “Get Back”, the brilliance of their creativity is astonishing. Share the evolution of classic songs through this documentary which is as fresh and exciting as the rooftop performance of 1969.”
Available on Disney+
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Finding Freedom: Remaking A Life From Scratch
by Erin French

“This is a life affirming memoir about survival, renewal and finding a community.”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

The Poacher's Son
by Paul Doiron

“Book 1 in a series of 13 introduces you to Mike Bowditch, a game warden in the backwoods of Maine and the community of locals that call this place home. This is a book of fiction illuminating dysfunction, and the ability to surpass obstacles when raised in a less than perfect world.”

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

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult book

Sunflower Sisters
by Martha Hall Kelly

“This follow up to the book, Lilac Sisters, is a great adventure. I couldn’t put it down.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, PlayAway, Audio CD, large print, and hardcover formats

Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

The Beatryce Prophecy
by Kate DiCamillo

“This is my favorite book of the year!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

The Storyteller
by Dave Grohl

“Musician Dave Grohl shares wildly entertaining stories from his life. He’s met (and sometimes jammed with) legends Tom Petty, Little Richard and Paul McCartney. Aside from being a talented drummer, guitarist and lead singer, Dave Grohl is a superb storyteller and writer.”

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

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

A Cat Abroad Series

“If you love cats, armchair travel stories and food you will enjoy the Cat Abroad series by Peter Gethers. The first book is The Cat Who Went to Paris, followed by A Cat Abroad and finally, The Cat Who’ll Live Forever.”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

Legacy
by Nora Roberts

“Nora Roberts takes you through decades of the private and very public lives of a mother and daughter as they maneuver their separate yet connected paths to success.
Family, friends and strangers become entwined in a mystery that threatens to disrupt the life they have worked so hard to build.”

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

Ms. Denise's Pick
Childrens book

A Beasty Story
by Bill Martin Jr and Steven Kellogg

“Get ready to read this picture book over and over again.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Adult Title

The Quiet Zone
by Stephen Kurczy

“This interesting book, about an area in West Virginia known as the “Quiet Zone,” reveals just how “quiet” this zone is. Is it possible in modern society for a place to exist without radio waves? “
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

When you Trap a Tiger
by Tae Keller

“Korean folktales come to life in this Newbery Award winning tale. Would you make a deal with a tiger? Find out what happens when the main character is faced with that choice.”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

The Music of Bees
by Eileen Garvin

“Beekeeper and author Eileen Garvin’s “Music of Bees” reminds us of the power of friendship and second chances. Nature’s lessons are at the heart of this uplifting story.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

On Animals
by Susan Orlean

“In stylish prose, Susan Orlean examines human-animal relationships. These tales bring to life a range of animals, both tamed and untamed. This book got great reviews.”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
by Paulo Coehlo

“Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, takes you on a journey full of adventurous twists and turns. The voice of Jeremy Irons brings to life the colorful characters and exotic places traveled along the way. I truly enjoyed this audio version of such a wonderful story.” Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats
Ms. Denise's Pick
Children's Music CD

Jim Gill Sings
The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes
by Jim Gill

“Jim Gill’s music is so much fun. My three-year-old grandson could not stop laughing and asked to play it repeatedly. The songs are great for preschool and early elementary school.”

Available in CD formats

Ms. Amy's Pick
YouTube

Classic Candid Camera
(YouTube)

“As the nights get longer, we need more laughs!  My how times have changed….Classic Candid Camera takes you back in time when many things were different but laughter was still the same.”
Available on YouTube
Ms. Katie's Pick
Podcast

Smash Boom Best
(Podcast)

“This is a fun format! Two people debate the benefits of two different things and are awarded points for their arguments. Some topics include Rats vs. Pigeons, Teleportation vs. Telekinesis, and Ice Cream vs. French Fries. Which will come out on top? Listen to Smash Boom Best to find out.”
Available in Podcast format
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

The Last Mona Lisa
by Jonathan Santlofer

Jonathan Santlofer’s latest novel The Last Mona Lisa has much in common with DaVinci’s masterpiece: atmosphere, romance and mystery.”
Available in hardcover format
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

The Comfort Book
by Matt Haig

“Since I could not describe it any better, here are the notes from the back of the book:”
“This is a book to pick up when you need the wisdom of a friend, the comfort of a hug, or the consolation of knowing the messy miracle that is being alive.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Fiona's Pick
Young Adult Title

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Arlire Saenz

“An amazing book but be warned–I cried multiple times.”
Available in e-book and e-audio formats
Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

The Afterwards
by A. F. Harrold

“Will December find Happiness? This new fantasy novel about friendship and loss and healing is a treat!”
Available hardcover format
Ms. Katie's Pick
Podcast

But Why
A Podcast For Curious Kids

“This podcast has an amazing format. Kids send in their questions and the adults
interview experts to find the answers. Not only was it interesting, but it was wonderful
to see that all the questions were taken seriously and a real effort was made to find the answer. That warms this librarian’s heart.”
Available in podcast format
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Streaming on Hulu

Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie
(streaming on Hulu)

“Whether you love her (I do!) or think she perpetuates negative stereotypes, this documentary entertains with it’s dissection of the history and impact of the most popular doll.”
Available on Hulu
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Vegetable Simple: A Cookbook
by Eric Ripert

“The latest cookbook from a Michelin rated chef focuses on simple but stunning recipes for seasonal produce. It was named one of the best cookbooks for the year by Publishers Weekly.”
Ms. Fiona's Pick
Young Adult Title

Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor

“I couldn’t put it down and had to start book two immediately after finishing this one!”

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

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

The Awakening
by Nora Roberts

“Set in Ireland with enchanting characters, travel to a new land of magic, dragons, witches, pixies and more. Follow Breen on her adventures in this 5 star read.”

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

Ms. Amy's Pick
Adult Title

The Outer Lands
by Dorothy Sterling

“This excellent classic originally published in 1967 makes an entertaining companion to
the East Coast traveler. From geologic history to ocean life, Dorothy Sterling provides a comprehensive guide to your ocean trip.”
Available in hardcover format.
Ms. Katie's Pick
Picture Book Title

Itty-Bitty Kitty Corn
by Shannon Hale

“Cute, up-lifting, and heartwarming–reminding us all of the importance of being seen.”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Migrations
by Charlotte McConaghy

“Charlotte McConaghy’s novel plunges and soars like the flock of Arctic terns tracked on their flight from Greenland to the South Atlantic Ocean. The birds and their world play as big a role as the crew members who follow their breathtaking journey.”
Ms. Fiona's Pick
Adult Title

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Ms. Amy's Pick
Picture Book Title

The Secret of Saying Thanks
by Douglas Wood

“We don’t give thanks because we’re happy. We are happy because we give thanks.”
Celebrating gratitude for our natural world and the simple things, this book reminds us of what’s really important in life and how gratitude shapes our attitude.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Ghost Boys
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Podcast

Down the Hill:
The Delphi Murders

“Down the Hill” podcast series asks the question who killed Abby and Libby, two Indiana teens, in 2017. The murder remains unsolved even though video and audio of the suspect were recorded on one of the victim’s phones.”
Available as a podcast
Ms. Linda's Pick
DVD Title

12 Angry Men

“This is a life affirming memoir about survival, renewal and finding a community.”

Available in regular and large type, CD Audiobook, PlayAway, e-audio, e-book

Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title

A Treacherous Paradise
by Henning Mankell

” In early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, Hanna Renström sets out on a journey that will shake her naïveté, exposing her to a wild world of racism and unimaginable conditions that existed in a 1904 bordello in colonial Portuguese East Africa.
This evocative story of a woman who manages to wrench wisdom, empathy, and grace from the most unforgiving circumstances takes you to a place in time that most of us forget was once a reality.”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

The Invisible Library
by Genevieve Cogman

“Irene collects books for the invisible library by traveling through alternate realities.
Is this library good or bad? Part 1 of a 7-part series, this adventurous fantasy
 includes secret societies, suspense, chaos infested worlds and more.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Babe the Gallant Pig
by Dick King-Smith

“This classic written in 1983 will warm your heart! Talking animals who enjoy good friendships and a sheep-herding pig make this a great summer novel. Watch the adapted movie once you’ve read the book to compare your imagination with
the movie-maker’s! “
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
by Carlos Hernandez

“Filled with realism, adventure, and a good dose of sci-fi, this book has it all!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Podcast

The Daily

“When I’m having trouble sleeping I tune in to my favorite podcast “The Daily” from the
New York Times. I often stay awake listening to stories told by some of the best journalists in the world. I find the “Sunday Read” episodes especially enlightening and enjoyable.”
Available podcast format
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Finding Freedom: Remaking A Life From Scratch
by Erin French

“This is a life affirming memoir about survival, renewal and finding a community.”

Available in regular and large type, CD Audiobook, PlayAway, e-audio, e-book

Ms. Sam's Pick
Graphic Novel

Snapdragon
by Kat Leyh

“A wholesome story of witches and long lost love.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Denise's Pick
DVD

Great Museums

“Travel to 36 American Museums. I’ve learned so much and seen such beautiful things. This series is amazing.”

Available in DVD format

Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Feathers
by Jacqueline Woodson

“Follow Frannie through a winter of surprises, including the arrival of a new student to her class that the kids call “Jesus Boy”. This is a great and quick read.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Non-fiction Picture Book Title

Honeybee
The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
by Candance Fleming

“Equal parts suspenseful and beautiful. What a joy to read!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult title

Between Two Kingdoms
by Suleika Jouad

“Coping with pain and isolation for three and a half years led Suleika Jaouad to reflect and write: first, a blog “Life Interrupted”, then a book “Between Two Kingdoms”. Take this journey with her to healing and living.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Middle Grade/ Adult Title

The Elephant Whisperer
My Life With the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony

“This is a heartwarming memoir of a man’s experiences with a rescued herd of wild elephants. It is set on a game preserve and has exotic wildlife and unforgettable characters.”
Ms. Fiona's Pick
Young Adult Title

Girl, Serpent, Thorn
by Melissa Bashardoust

“A page turner that I didn’t want to put down!”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

The Rent Collector
by Camron Wright

“This book is based on a true story where people live and make a living in a municipal waste dump collecting recyclables. Even in these deplorable conditions, this tale is one of hope, redemption and second chances. It is an engaging read full of twists and turns.”

Available in e-book and hardcover formats

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