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Five Frankensteins for Your Monday

October is upon us, dear readers, so for the entire month, I'll be sending you weekly selections of atmospheric and spooky titles to get everyone into the holiday spirit!  Of course, not everything will be horror.  But, most of these titles will be carefully selected to give you a good shiver.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

In a world where everything is shared, anyone's life can completely change overnight.

The Carls just appeared.

Five Banned Classics for Your Monday

Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, A Wrinkle in Time

As a librarian, Banned Books Week is one of my favorite times of the year.  Not because I'm happy to see so many excellent books banned, but because I appreciate the hard work that so many have put into keeping good books in the hands of the people.  And it's an important reminder of the dangers of censorship.

A social experiment (although I don't recommend actually doing it, since it would be a real mess to clean up):  Invite your patrons to go through the shelves and remove anything they feel shouldn't have a place in the library.  Or, if you want to be a bit less extreme, have them remove anything they don't agree with (personally, morally, religiously, politically, etc.).  Now, look at your shelves.  What do you have left?

Herbie the Hedgehog

HedgehogHedgehogs happen to be well represented in literature. Children love to read about animals and you can't find a cuter animal to read about. Herbie's Big Adventure written and illustrated by Jennie Poh tells the story of Herbie a little hoglet (that is what a baby hedgehog is called).

Five Moody Books for Your Monday

As we head into Fall, the dark, dreary, gloomy days are not that far ahead of us.  So, why not take advantage of the changing weather to pick up a couple of atmospheric reads?  Not sure where to start?  Well, we've got you covered!  From suspenseful to creepy, we have a quick selection of five moody books for your Monday!  And to help you choose the perfect title for you, we've turned to our friends at NoveList to get descriptors of tone, pacing, and general mood.

If you'd like to use NoveList to help you find your next favorite book, follow this link.  You'll just need to log in with your library card!

Fall is Around the Corner!

It won't be long before the leaves are falling.  We will be dressing warmer, enjoying hot beverages and the kids will be playing in the leaves.  It is the perfect time to cuddle up and share a book with your child.  Bear Has A Story To Tell written by Phillip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead is a touching story about a bear getting ready to hibernate.

Fall Tree

What happens when my OverDrive Instant Digital Card expires?

Below are some questions and answers about OverDrive’s instant cards, which allow access with a mobile phone number.

Screenshot of OverDrive sign up

What is an OverDrive Instant Digital Card?

Before logging in to use Westlake Library’s OverDrive collection, visitors might see a popup that asks whether they need a card. It offers signup via a mobile number.

This service provides temporary access to use the WPPL’s OverDrive collection for up to 365 days, after which the patron needs to visit the library and register for a regular WPPL card.

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

I confess, the cover pulled me in on this one.  The title of this book very accurately refers to the protagonist in this story, Susan, a rather prickly 40-something independent woman who finds herself pregnant as a result of a longstanding friends-with-benefits relatio

Other People's houses by Abbi Waxman

Waxman’s new release, following the highly praised The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a stand-alone story but features a few cameo appearances from Lili and her daughters, with Edward, from Garden.  Here we are treated to a small circle of neig

Frogs, Frogs Everywhere

Kids love frogs and this is the perfect time of the year to see frogs outside.  An entertaining story about a frog is Frog on a Log written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Jim Field.  Frog on a Log is an educational read for both pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.  The rhyming will catch your child's attention and keep him interested throughout the entire book.