The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDanielThis debut novel is generating some buzz and being hailed a new classic along the lines of To Kill a Mockingbird.  McDaniel sets out to examine our interpretation of good and evil as seen through the lens of a small town in rural Ohio in 1984.   The plot is woven with prominent issues of that era – racism, homophobia, AIDS, cult mentality and serial killers - nearly all of which persist today.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I started this book with much trepidation in light of many lackluster reviews piling up on Amazon. The story centers around the Drowning Pool, a spot on a river that runs through an English town, where troubled women leap to their deaths from the cliff above. It is a spot with a long history of victims dating back to the witch trials.  The crux of the story focuses on the most recent victim, Nel, who leaves behind her teenage daughter Lena.  Nel’s sister, Jules, comes from London to take care of the aftermath.

Summer is Here!

Beach BallSummer is in full swing and many families are heading to the beach.  Whether your beach is near or far, you are bound to have a wonderful time.  Kids can spend hours playing in the sand.

J.R.R. Tolkien's 100-year-old novel, Beren and Lúthien, has arrived!

When he died in 1973, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien left his personal magnum opus largely uncompleted.

2017 Tony Awards

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Last night, new and old stars from Broadway came together to celebrate the theater at the 71st Annual Tony Awards. The big winner was the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which took home six awards. Longstanding Broadway favorites Bette Midler (Best Actress: Hello Dolly) and Kevin Kline (Best Actor: Present Laughter) were winners as well.

Pout Fish

fishThe Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Illustrated by Dan Hanna tells the story of a very sad fish.  All Pout Pout fish can do is spread his gloominess all over the ocean.

You had me at Murderbot

Martha Wells All Systems Red The Murderbot DiariesAll Systems Red (Book 1 of the Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells.

In a corporate-dominated space-faring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear is the tale of two mothers, one who was impelled to leave her infant to be raised by strangers, and the woman who raises the child.

3 Sherlock Holmes Series to Try

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most enduring characters in literature.  The sight of his iconic hat and pipe bring this fictional detective to mind, even when his name is not used.  In film alone, he has taken many forms, from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett, Michael Caine, Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch.  But, of course, everyone's favorite detective has also had a very colorful history on the printed page, far reaching the scope that his original author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could possibly have imagined for him.  If he had known that Holmes would be such an enduring character, would he have been so quick to kill him off at Reichenbach Falls--only to resurrect him years later--or would he have had a bit more respect for the eccentric detective who had taken over his life?

In honor of Conan Doyle's 158th birthday (which happens to be today), here are a selection of books written in honor of his most famous creation.  Conan Doyle will never be forgotten, as long as Sherlock Holmes lives on.

Libraries Transform: Continuing the Conversation

Cuyahoga County is on pace to hit 650 overdose deaths in 2017. Heroin, Fentanyl, Carfentanil are all taking a heavy toll in our communities. Over the past several days I have listened to police detectives, fire chiefs, medical personnel and parents who have lost children to overdose talk about the devastating effects of this epidemic.