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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I hesitated reading this one because so many people said you’ll either love it or hate it.

Rainbows

RainbowsRainbows always make kids smile.  We can all remember running outside after a good rain to look for a rainbow.  Many adults still marvel over seeing a rainbow.  Ava and the Rainbow (who stayed) written and illustrated by Ged Adamson is a new picture book in the Youth Services department.  Published in 2018, Ava and the Rainbow (who stayed) is sure to be a favorite.

 

The Olympics

olympic torchThe 2018 Winter Olympics begin this week.  Most of us will not be able to attend the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea, but we will be able to cheer for the United States from home.  G is for the Gold Medal written by Brad Herzog and illustrated by Doug Bowles will help you and your child learn more about the olympics. 

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Brynn Greenwood

Cover of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn GreenwoodGreenwood’s tale is a unique and controversial love story about two damaged people.  When we first meet Wavonna Quinn, she is 5, come to stay with her mother’s sister, Aunt Brenda and cousins Amy and Leslie. Her mother is an addict and her father is a dealer. She moves from her Aunt’s home to her Grandma’s, after who’s death she returns to her parents and a new baby brother, Donal.

Love with the proper amphibian.

Mrs. Caliban by Rachel IngallsLove affairs with creatures from black lagoons might be having a moment; Guillermo del Toro's film "The Shape of Water" features a green-scaled research subject paired with a mute lab worker. But before "The Shape of Water" there was MRS. CALIBAN.

60th Annual Grammy Awards

The music business celebrated last night with the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS. Among the big winners were Bruno Mars, Alessia Cara, and Ed Sheeran.

The Drinking Gourd

The Big DipperFebruary is Black History Month.  It is a time to celebrate the contribution African Americans have made to United States history.  Follow The Drinking Gourd written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter is an informati

Introducing automatic renewals, timelier overdue notices

To help make managing your library accounts a little easier, the Westlake Library is introducing a couple of changes.

Automatic renewals: Each day when the library closes, a computer program will check the system for items that were due that day and will attempt to renew them. Each card holder with successful auto-renewals will receive an emailed list of their renewed items along with the new due dates. Starting date: Monday, January 29, 2018.

RIP Ursula K. Le Guin

Cover of The Unreal and The Real Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le GuinUrsula K. Le Guin, one of science-fiction and fantasy’s greatest authors, has died at the age of 88.

Together with contemporaries like Philip K. Dick and Samuel R. Delany, Le Guin demonstrated that literate, moving stories could be told within the confines of genre, an important lesson for modern best-selling writers like Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell, who hailed her work.

Happy January!

InuitHopefully everyone is staying warm.  We have a little break, but the temperature is supposed to dip again this weekend.  These frigid temperatures don't allow for much time to spend outside.  While you are enjoying your time indoors with your children you can read Mama, Do You Love Me?  written by Barbara M. Joosse and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee.