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Monsters!

Ghosts, Skeletons and Monsters! Oh My! Halloween is around the corner and we are seeing creative costumes everywhere. It is fun to see children in the spirit of the holiday and having fun.

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Those of us who crossed the space time continuum with Marty McFly will likely enjoy Mastai’s take on time travel.   

Apple Pie

AppleIt is apple picking season and the local orchards are welcoming visitors of all ages.  Whether you are picking apples for an apple pie or to have as a snack a trip to an orchard is great family time.

Banned Books Week 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Banned Books Week postings.  Yesterday, we talked about the importance of Banned Books Week.  Today, I'm going to talk about a few banned books that might surprise you.  I was working with a coworker yesterday to add more books to the display, and found myself constantly questioning the titles she added.  Not because I didn't want them on the display*, but because I couldn't understand why that particular title would be banned.

Banned Books Week

Show your rebellious side and celebrate Banned Books Week with us!  This is one of my favorite times of the year, because its a perfect reminder of the importance of the library and the dangers of censorship.  By banning a book, you essentially are saying that no one should be allowed to read it.  And while your concerns are certainly legitimate, oftentimes, this leads to restricting access of books to other patrons.  A good way to think of it is like this: if everyone went into the stacks and pulled books that they didn't like or didn't agree with, we wouldn't have very many books on the shelves at all!  I once heard it put best: "A good library always has something to offend everyone".

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Look no further for your next suspense title.  Swanson delivers a tangled web of murderous schemes at the center of which is Lily Kintner.  Beautiful and aloof Lily is the daughter of an eccentric writer and his artistic wife, the product of a rather bohemian upbrin

Truth Doesn't Have a Side

A few years ago, a fascinating film hit theaters, called Concussion.  It told the story of a Nigerian doctor, Bennett Omalu, who discovered the debilitating brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated trauma to the head.  Most commonly found in athletes in high contact sports, such as football, boxing, rugby, and ice hockey, this terrible condition causes mood swings, sudden violent behavior, forgetfulness, and eventually death.  There is no known cure.

Crazy Hair

crazy hairCrazy Hair Day written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg is a heartwarming story of Stanley, a young hamster, who confused picture day with crazy hair day.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

MouseIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond has sold over a million copies. This story is a huge hit with young children and can bring back fond memories for adults. Numeroff and Bond have written several entertaining books following If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Dog a Donut are all written in a similar format that children love.