Spotlight On: Picture Books

Picture Books: Picture books are books that contain many illustrations, and are normally especially for children. We have many picture books in our collection and they are all located on the short shelves that are on the right side of the children’s area. They are arranged by author’s last name.

Rhino Rumpus / Victoria Allenby and Tara Anderson

In bouncing rhyme, three rhino siblings squabble and spat their way through their bedtime routine. When they realize how tired their bickering has made Mama Rhino, the three find common ground in giving her a sweet surprise. (E ALLENBY)

 

Arthur’s Birthday / Marc Brown

Their friends must decide which party to attend when Francine schedules her birthday party for the same day as Arthur’s birthday party. (E BROWN)

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar / Eric Carle

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days. (E CARLE)

The Cow who Clucked / Denise Fleming

When a cow loses her moo, she searches to see if another animal in the barn has it. (E FLEMING)

 

It’s an Orange Aardvark! / Michael Hall

A carpenter ant drills a hole to see what is outside his stump, worrying his fellow ants, and when new holes reveal different colors they fabricate a story about the horrible beast that will soon attack. Pages have holes through which different parts of the illustrations can be seen. (E HALL)

 

The Story of Ferdinand / Munro Leaf

Story of a gentle bull that refuses to participate in a bullfight. (E LEAF)

 

 

Amelia Bedeila’s First Day of Shool / Herman Parish

A literal-minded first-grader’s first day of school is filled with confusing adventures, much to her delight. (E PARISH)

 

The Lorax / Dr. Seuss

A greedy individual thoughtlessly pollutes the air, land, and water of the Bar-ba-loots’ paradise in order to build his giant industry. (E SEUSS)

 

The Thing About Yetis / Vin Vogel

Yetis love snow and all things winter, but sometimes they need a dose of summer as well. (E VOGEL)

 

Cat the Cat, Who Is That? / Mo Willems

Cat the Cat, in a sporty purple dress, says hello to her friends, whose greetings, printed in speech balloons, give a little glimpse into each new character’s personality. Mouse the Mouse is straightforward (“Hello there!”), Duck the Duck is a bit formal (“A pleasure, as always!”), and Fish the Fish is surfer-cool (“Hey, dude!”). (E WILLEMS)

 

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book.” ~J.K. Rowling

Varina by Charles Frazier

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

Charles Frazier’s debut novel, Cold Mountain, was a bestseller, National Book Award winner, and the basis for an Oscar-winning film. People who like Cold Mountain really like it, and people who don’t really don’t. It’s a meditative book, full of long descriptions and discourses on nature and meaning. I understand that is just not everyone’s cup of tea.

But I beg you to put aside your previous impressions of Frazier’s work when you pick up his third novel, Varina. The title character is Varina Howell Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis and the only First Lady of the Confederate States of America. Although Frazier is revisiting the setting of Cold Mountain–the post-war Confederacy–this novel is very unlike Cold Mountain.

Varina is more of a straightforward story, about a woman who tried to make the best of a life she never anticipated. She is a surprisingly sympathetic character, even to a reader as proudly Yankee as I am. I think this is probably because Frazier chooses not to delve too deeply into Varina’s opinions on slavery. The reader gets the impression that she was vaguely opposed to the Peculiar Institution, but Frazier does not dwell on the issue. While I wish the author had tackled slavery head-on, I understand that it would have made a very different novel. Instead, he chooses to focus on Varina’s inner life, her struggles with a difficult marriage, and her griefs and joys as a mother. (Can someone please give poor Mary Todd Lincoln a similar sympathetic treatment?) The narrative bounces around quite a bit in time and place, but Varina’s voice is strong enough to keep everything tied together.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC FRAZIER)

Game Night (2018)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Do you enjoy a good game night with friends and family? If the answer is yes, you might just want to watch this movie at your next game night. Game Night follows a couple, Max and Annie, as they throw a weekly game night. Max’s brother Brooks returns from overseas and wants to throw the weekly game night at his rental. But Brooks decides to kick it up a notch and arranges a murder mystery party where someone will be kidnapped and the others have to race to rescue them. All of a sudden, someone breaks into the house and kidnaps Brooks, so of course everyone thinks the game has started. But everything does not seem as it appears and what was a pretend kidnap, might actually turn in to a real thing.

This movie was fun and entertaining. It is full of twists and turns, and the supporting characters are funny. I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit. While it might not be the best movie I’ve ever seen, I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a fun and entertaining movie for your next game night.

Located in DVDs (DVD GAME)

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Killer Ambition / Marcia Clark

Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight teams up with Detective Bailey Keller to investigate the death of a Hollywood director that has far-reaching ramifications throughout Tinseltown.

 

The Gods of Guilt / Michael Connelly

Defense attorney Mickey Haller investigates after a former client, a prostitute who had left the life for the straight and narrow, turns up dead.

 

The Last Alibi / David Ellis

Indulging in drugs, alcohol, and casual sex after a traumatic case, Jason Kolarich resists the advances of a beautiful woman who is not who she seems at the same time he is hired to defend a serial killer who subsequently disappears.

 

Death Angel / Linda Fairstein

Discovering the murdered body of a young woman in Ramble urban park, New York Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman uncover disturbing links between the savage crime and a string of cold-case disappearances.

 

Blood Money / James Grippando

When he agrees to defend Sydney Bennett, a sexy nightclub waitress and party girl accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck embarks on the most dangerous and controversial case of his career.

 

Defending Jacob / William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next. His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

The Ophelia Cut / John Lescroart

Defending old friend Moses McGuire against wrongful murder charges involving a man who raped his daughter, attorney Dismas Hardy risks his career when the case threatens to expose old secrets involving him and police lieutenant Abe Glitsky.

 

A Case of Redemption / Adam Mitzner

A follow-up to A Conflict of Interest follows the efforts of a grieving, high-profile attorney to outmaneuver legal pitfalls and a media firestorm while representing a popular rap artist who has been wrongly accused of murdering his pop star girlfriend.

 

Accused / Lisa Scottoline

Thirteen-year-old Allegra Gardner wants to hire the firm, and she has the trust fund to do it. The murder of her sister, Fiona, six years ago still haunts Allegra because she believes the confessed and convicted killer is innocent. Now she wants Mary to prove it. Mary falls for the sad little rich girl and takes the case despite serious misgivings expressed by her associates and the Gardner family.

Tragic / Robert Tanenbaum

District attorneys Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi work to expose the corrupt and murderous leader of the longshoremen’s union.

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary is the first book in a series that follows Maggie Hope, an intelligent young lady with amazing codebreaking skills that rival even the men with the highest clearance in the government. In 1940, Maggie takes a job working as a typist for the new Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. But while working for Mr. Churchill, Maggie stumbles upon a mystery, and while trying to solve the mystery, secrets about her family come to the surface. The mystery is so important, that if it is not solved, the world might never be the same.

This book has been on my to-be-read shelf for far too long, so when I finally picked it up, I had high expectations. And I can’t wait to read the next book, so my expectations were definitely met. Maggie is such a likable character, full of personality and spunk and willing to keep going no matter the circumstances. This book had it all, mystery, suspense, history, and even a tiny bit of romance. And everything worked so well together to create a wonderful book. Luckily, there are plenty more in the series to continue reading!

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MACNEAL)

Spotlight On: TV Series

TV Series: TV series are part of our DVD section. They contain specific seasons of different TV shows, from Network TV, Cable TV, and even some online platforms, like Netflix. Our TV series are located in the DVD area, on the second shelving unit in the middle of the space. All of our TV series check out for 2 weeks, unless they are a part of the rental collection.

The Blacklist

A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.

Delafield has Seasons 2, 3, and 4, located in TV Series (TV SERIES BLACKLIST)

Call the Midwife

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

Delafield has Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7, located in TV Series (TV SERIES CALL)

 

Downton Abbey

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Delafield has Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, located in TV Series (TV SERIES DOWNTON)

Game of Thrones

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Delafield has Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, located in TV Series (TV SERIES GAME)

Homeland

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Delafield has Seasons 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6, located in TV Series (TV SERIES HOMELAND)

Mad Men

A drama about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Delafield has Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 Parts 1 and 2, located in TV Series (TV MAD MEN)

Outlander

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

Delafield has Seasons 1 Parts 1 and 2, 2, and 3, located in TV Series (TV SERIES OUTLANDER)

 

Sherlock

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Delafield has Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4, located in TV Series (TV SERIES SHERLOCK)

Veronica Mars

After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Delafield has Seasons 1, 2, and 3, located in TV Series (TV SERIES VERONICA)

The Walking Dead

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Delafield has Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, located in TV Series (TV SERIES WALKING)

 

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” ~Albert Einstein

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

“Perhaps you think you’ve heard it all from the “Young Adult fantasy fiction” genre. Between the Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.

You would be wrong.

Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel has been tearing up the literary world both for it’s brilliance as well as for the bidding war that it caused when released (a movie adaptation is already in the works, naturally).

Zelie Adebola is our heroine from the fantasy world of Orisha, where magic, once practiced and loved by its people, is now forbidden thanks to the evil King Saran. Zelie, along with her brother Tzain and a few friends and enemies along the way, venture from her homeland on a quest to bring back magic. The simple premise is anything but: issues of class, race, and systemic violence are all discussed and played out, sometimes to horrible effect.

Adeyemi is a young author and I would be lying if I said that it doesn’t show. She repeats herself a fair amount (i.e. the characters all have the same favorite curse words that are used ad nauseam) but I am really nitpicking here. Her writing was everything I want in a novel: I was racing to the finish to find out what happens while simultaneously dreading the inevitable wait for the sequel. A stunner.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC ADEYEMI)

New Reviews by Our Teen Patrons

For the Teen Program during the Summer Reading Program, one of the tasks the teens can accomplish is to write a review for our blog. Here are some more!

Life of Zarf: Troll Overboard / Rob Harrell

Reviewed by Brenna

The thing I loved about this book was it was like a fairy tale to me because I don’t like princesses but like trolls are awesome. There was nothing I hated about this book.

Available through the Bridges Library System

I Funny: School of Laughs / James Patterson

Reviewed by Maddie

I like I Funny School of Laughs because it tells about someone who has a hard time yet they make fun for them self. Also that there is 6 books in it the series.

Available through the Bridges Library System

How to Disappear / Sharon Huss Roat

Reviewed by Madison

This book is about a girl named Vicky who is very shy. She one day makes an Instagram account and photo shops herself into other peoples photo’s to make her look cool. I think this book is good for other people that are shy because it tells that you are not alone and that they can overcome it. Overall, this book is a good book because it can help people that are shy and can teach people to welcome others that are not as outgoing as them.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC ROAT)

The Selection / Kiera Cass

Reviewed by Anonymous

I personally loved this book. It was a perfect combination of teen romance, drama and a bit of action in a semi-dystopian society. I would recommend to anyone, how ever I think teens will especially enjoy this wonderful young adult book.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC CASS)

 

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Thunder Horse by Eve Bunting

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

When I was a child, I wanted a horse. Now, at our house we had a cat (Phoebe), and a dog (Skippy), and several anoles (they’re small lizards, and, as far as I can remember, had no names.) But no horse. So, when this book came in, the little girl still in me wanted to read it. It is the latest in Eve Bunting’s list of more than 200 titles, and though in her 90’s Ms. Bunting has not lost her touch. If anything, her “touch” is better than ever. It is the story of a little girl whose Aunt Aldora gave her a tiny white horse which she said she’d found on a hidden Greek island. The horse was toy-sized, but as time passes becomes larger and larger, soon growing wings. At school she finds out about a winged horse from mythology named Pegasus, and thus names her horse. This is a gentle tale, beautifully told and lovingly illustrated, and one I suspect will become a new Bunting favorite.

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BUNTING)