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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What Kind of Book Are You in the Mood For?

Posted by Library Staff

Are you looking for an unusual, suspenseful book or a calm, conventional one?  Use this graph to help find your next book.  We've plotted books on the chart according to where we felt like the fell on different continuums. For example, as you move from the center to the right of the chart, the books become more unusual. When you move the other direction the books become more conventional.  The book titles/authors are all listed below the graph. 
Graphic created by Melissa P.

#1 (13, 3) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

#2 (11, -10) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

#3 (15, 15) Confessions by Kanae Minato

#4 (12, -8) Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

#5 (13, 9.5) The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

#6 (4, 10) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

#7 (10, 5) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

#8 (13,11) The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway

#9 (-14, -10) Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

#10 (11, 11) Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

#11 (13, 5) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

#12 (5, -3) History of the Rain by Niall Williams

#13 (-15, 5) The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

#14 (-15, -14) The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills

#15 (-11, 10) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

#16 ( -5, 14) Guilty Wives by James Patterson

#17 (-14, -5) Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Need a Good Laugh? Read These Biographies!

Posted by Megan P.

I have a confession to make; I love to laugh.  For those that know me, this is much less a confession than an obvious truth.  I’ve always been a good audience to anyone trying to get a laugh and this is why I love reading funny books and learning about famous people who make me laugh as well.  These Biographies/Memoirs are sure to make you chuckle:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brilliant Biographies for Kids: Recommendations from the Youth Staff

Posted by Youth Staff
The youth library has a great selection of biographies for young children all the way up to teenagers. The collection includes biographies about famous celebrities and sports stars as well as scientists, historical figures, and activists.  Many of these biographies include great illustrations and writing that makes you want to read more. Below is a list of some of our favorites.

Denise T. recommends:
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Wilson Bentley lived in Vermont in 1865. At age fifteen, after studying all forms of moisture, he began to draw snow crystals and found that no design was ever repeated. During his lifetime he developed the technique of micro-photography, and is often referred to as a "world famous snowflake authority" Wonderful book for wintertime learning!

Katherine R. recommends:
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan PinboroughThis is the biography of Anne Carroll Moore. When she grew up children were not welcomed into libraries of allowed to check out books to take home. Great illustrations and a fun look at how one woman helped to make big changes.

Mason S. recommends:
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman. Fleishmann writes the story of Harry Houdini through his most famous tricks and the author's own fascination with his childhood hero.

Melissa P. recommends:
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by women by Catherine Thimmesh.
Lots of fun stories of inventions by women! They'll love hearing how products came to be.