Ferdinand (2017)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

Super Cute! Anyone who has enjoyed the book will find the movie entertaining and charming. It sticks to the original story as best as can be expected when you turn an illustrated children’s book into a hour and a half long movie. Between the addition of a sassy goat and some snobbish horses, Ferdinand manages to stay funny, upbeat, and exciting enough to keep kids attention, while not being obnoxious or so annoying that parents start to go mad after the 3rd viewing.


If you liked The Shining by Stephen King…

…then try one of these similar books!

The Amityville Horrror / Jay Anson

An account of the four weeks of terror experienced by an Amityville, Long Island, family after moving into a house in which a particularly gruesome mass murder had once been committed.


Sopaths / Piers Anthony

Killing children is an ugly business, but the alternative is so much uglier. Abner Slate just watched his five-year-old daughter, Olive, kill his wife and son. Olive is a sopath. Born without souls, sopaths are children who will lie, cheat, rape, and murder to get what they want. There’s one in every family these days, destroying America’s heartland from within. After murdering his daughter in self-defense, Abner is taken in by a secret network of sopath victims called Pariah.

The Loveliest Dead / Ray Garton

The Kellar family finds their illusions of starting over shattered when they discover that their new home harbors an unimaginable evil as the dead, determined to destroy the living, come to life.


Heart-Shaped Box / Joe Hill

A collector of obscure and macabre artifacts, unscrupulous metal band musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend’s stepfather.


Mr. Splitfoot / Samantha Hunt

Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women—Ruth (a scam-artist foster kid), and, decades later, Cora (her pregnant niece)—as they march, each in her own time, toward a mysterious reckoning.


The Haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson

Anthropologist and ghost hunter Dr. John Montague invites three strangers to stay in haunted Hill House for the summer. One of the guests is 32-year-old Eleanor, for whom three months in a haunted house is preferable to caring for her invalid mother. Soon, Eleanor begins to see and hear things that the other guests cannot. Is it all in her imagination, or is she the only one who can perceive the evil that lurks in Hill House?

The Vision / Dean Koontz

Mary Bergen, a gifted clairvoyant, uses her psychic ability and haunting visions to help the police solve crimes both past and present while feeling powerless to stop the murders, until she envisions her own death.


Hell House / Richard Matheson

An aging millionaire seeking proof of life after death employs an unusual team of of investigators to probe the mysteries of the supposedly haunted and evil Belasco House.


Midnight Voices / John Saul

Cheryl Evans is a recently widowed mother of two. Things seem to have fallen into place when she meets Anthony Fleming and they are quickly married. She and her two children move into Fleming’s luxury apartment on Central Park West despite her son’s misgivings about the building and the people who dwell there. The building is home to a monstrously evil secret.

A Head Full of Ghosts / Paul Tremblay

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of what at first seems to be acute schizophrenia, a condition which only gets worse, leading them believe its actually demonic possession, as they become the center of a reality TV show.

Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure by Isla Fisher

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This book was a “comfortable” read for children in Grades 3-5. It also has been hailed as a good read-aloud. This is the second book in what appears to be an emerging series written by the TV/film star Isla Fisher. No doubt Ms. Fisher has “pirated” many ingredients from past babysitters/nanny book characters. Not too much different than Mary Poppins and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. While this recipe is nothing new these books may revive the old concept of a likeable and exciting caretaker. The books consist of three episodes or adventures each. Each episode can be read separately and thus they provide a good one sitting read aloud. The episodes are well written and mildly entertaining. I would HIGHLY recommend reading and sharing the original literature pieces. BUT in attempts to make things fresh and new these books might make a good alternative.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Spotlight On: Children’s Bins Chapter Books

Children’s Bins Chapter Books: In our children’s area, we have a selection of chapter books that are located in bins. These consist of beginning chapter books, as well as different categories of books. For example this includes The Magic Tree House; Rainbow Magic Fairy, and Bailey School Kids series, as well as other series. Each bin is numbered, and the books have their bin number on the top right corner of each book, in bright green. These bins are located on the left hand side of the children’s area, two shelves in, underneath the new Children’s fiction and Children’s Series.

The Mystery of the Missing Dog / Elizabeth Levy

When an invisible dog “disappears” from a local show, the young sleuths from Invisible Inc. must employ the help of their invisible associate in order to solve the mystery. (Bin 8 Beginner Chapter Books)


Ghosts Don’t Eat Potato Chips / Debbie Dadey

Spooky things are happening in Aunt Matilda’s house. Potato chips on the floor are spelling out secret messages and forming trails. And if Aunt Matilda is snoring in her bed, then who is whistling a tune? There must be a ghost in Aunt Matilda’s house. (Bin 10 Bailey School Kids Series)


Bella / Ellen Miles

Lizzie and her family take in Bella, a newborn cocker spaniel, as a foster dog, but Lizzie doubts her ability to care for a dog as young and ill as Bella. (Bin 14 Puppy Place Series)


Sunset of the Sabertooth / Mary Pope Osborne

The magic tree house transports Jack and Annie on a mission to the Ice Age where they encounter Cro-Magnons, cave bears, sabertooth tigers, and woolly mammoths. (Bin 17 Magic Tree House Series)


Can You Survive the Desert? / Matt Doeden

This book describes the fight for survival while exploring the Sahara, Sonora, and Gobi Deserts. (Bin 20 Choose Your Own Adventure)



Arthur and the Popularity Test / Stephen Krensky

Fern and Sue Ellen change their personalities after taking a magazine popularity test. (Bin 21 Arthur)



Meet the Superhero Squad / Lucy Rosen

Enter Super Hero City and meet all your favorite Super Heroes, from Iron Man to Spider-Man and from Hulk to Wolverine. Find out who SMASHES and CRASHES his way to victory, who BLAZES past bad guys, and who tells his friends to ‘ARMOR UP! (Bin 24 Superheros)


Horse Sense / Bonnie Bryant

Lisa comes up with some new rules for the Saddle Club that threaten to destroy her relationship with her two best friends, fellow members Carole and Stevie. (Bin 25 Saddle Club)


Pirate School: Ahoy, Ghost Ship Ahead! / Brian James

While on lookout duty, the students of Pirate School spy a ghost ship following them, and when they bravely board it they receive a warning that may save their lives, if only they can convince Rotten Tooth or the captain that danger lies ahead. (Bin 27 Pirates)


Evie the Mist Fairy / Daisy Meadows

Evie, the mist fairy might have caused Wetherbury to get all fogged up by losing her feather, and the weather fairies must bring back the good weather. (Bin 30 Rainbow Magic Fairy Series)


“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~C.S. Lewis

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Can history be about to repeat with a tech twist? Boy doesn’t want to be a bouncer like his father, Frankenstein, yes that Frankenstein, nor does he want to go to Geneva where his father’s creator is located. What he wants to do is go into the real world away from the circus, and fortunately his pet project and unique ability with computers is going to make it possible… but dangerous for everyone. Can Boy survive on his own outside the Circus? Find out in this teen fiction title best for grades 7-12.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC SKOVRON)

Ikiru (1952)

Reviewed by Rebecca (Library Staff)

Ikiru (which means “to live”) is a Japanese film by my favorite director Akira Kurosawa. Ikiru is a beautifully poignant story about Kanji Watanabe, a city clerk who has never done anything exceptional in his life. For 30 years he has been a mindless bureaucrat just maintaining his status and never making waves. Until he finds out he has terminal stomach cancer with about 6 months left. Watanabe goes on a quest to start living and find a purpose in the last months he has left on earth. The theme and ideas in the film are are universal and timeless: life, death, a person’s legacy, what we leave behind, and how we are remembered when we are gone. Takashi Shimura is an amazing actor who does one of his best performances of his career as Watanabe. I highly recommend this bittersweet commentary on what it means “to live”.

Available through the Bridges Library System

If you liked The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory…

…then try one of these similar titles!

Equal of the Sun / Anita Amirrezvani

When the court of 16th-century Iran is thrown into turmoil by the heirless Shah’s death, his daughter, Princess Pari, incites dissent with her efforts to instill order and taps the assistance of a eunuch servant to navigate a Machiavellian power struggle.


The Queen’s Lover / Vanora Bennett

Catherine de Valois, widow of Henry V, finds both strength and kinship with her childhood friend, Owain Tudor. When their friendship turns to love she risks her life, her son’s life, and the uneasy balance of power in England and France.


The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette / Carolly Erickson

Awaiting her execution, Marie Antoinette writes the story of her life, describing her privileged childhood as an Austrian archduchess, years as the glamorous mistress of Versailles, and imprisonment during the French Revolution.


The Last Queen / C.W. Gortner

A fictional portrait of the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit the throne chronicles the troubled and turbulent life of Juana of Castile, daughter of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand, sister of Catherine of Aragon, and mother of Hapsburg Emperor Charles V, as she becomes caught up in the fierce struggle for control of the throne of Spain.

Gone with the Windsors / Laurie Graham

In a fictional diary, Maybell Brumby, a wealthy, young American widow, records the efforts of her best friend, Wallis Simpson, to land the world’s most eligible bachelor, Edward, the future king of England.


The Secret Bride: In the Court of Henry VIII / Diane Haeger

Discovering that her brother has promised her in marriage to the elderly and ailing King Louis of France, a grieving Mary Tudor, the determined younger sister of the ruthless King Henry VIII, agrees to the marriage, but only after extracting a promise from her brother that after the old king dies, she will be free to pursue her own destiny.

Lady Macbeth / Susan King

Lady Gruadh, called Rue, is the last female descendant of Scotland’s most royal line. Married to a northern lord, she is widowed while still carrying his child and forced to marry his murderer: a rising warlord named Macbeth. Encountering danger from Vikings, Saxons, and treacherous Scots, Rue comes to respect the man she once despised–then realizes that Macbeth’s complex ambitions extend beyond the borders of the vast northern region. Among powerful warlords and their steel-games, only Macbeth can unite Scotland–and his wife’s royal blood is the key to his ultimate success.

The Heretic Queen / Michelle Moran

In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history. Nefertari has been left to run wild in the palace, but catches the eye of the Crown Prince. All of Egypt opposes this union, and political adversity sets the country on edge.


Shadow Princess / Indu Sundaresan

A continuation of the series that includes The Feast of Roses returns readers to 17th-century India a few years after Menhrunnisa’s death, where sisters Jahanara and Roshanara plot against one another to seize power.


The Lady Elizabeth / Alison Weir

A vivid fictional portrait of the tumultuous early life of Queen Elizabeth I describes her perilous path to the throne of England and the scandal, political intrigues, and religious turmoil she confronted along the way, from the deaths of her parents, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, to the fanaticism of her sister, Mary I.

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

Reviewed by Zach S (Library Staff)

This psychological thriller by P. D. Eastman has held fascination for me for many years. The book transports you to an alternate world, a place without the problems and toil brought upon by Man’s hubris, a world without man at all! Instead we are taken to a land of sentient dog’s whose only concerns are leisure activities and head fashions. The book chronicles the endless struggles of the dogs as they attempt to navigate through their hat loving, human less society. The book offers the viewpoints of many different dogs and their various snazzy caps and fun loving hobbies but culminates the story in a twist neither I, nor the books original 1961 audience, nor the countless children who have since stumbled into this books gripping tale for almost sixty years, could have ever anticipated. An ending that lingers with it’s audience long after the final page has been read. It forever asks the eternal question, “shall we ever go where the dogs go?” I sure hope so.

Located in Easy Readers (ER 2 EASTMAN)

Spotlight On: Magazines (Adult)

Magazines (Adult): We subscribe to a number of magazines that are available for checkout. The most current issues is “In House Only” but all of the back issues are able to be checked out. We have a wide range of magazines, from cooking to crafts, and animals to entertainment and news. Our magazines for adults are located in the back corner of the library, but the newspapers and fireplace. The back issues of the magazines are under the metal shelf, you just have to life them up. Magazines check out for 3 weeks.

Architectural Digest

The definitive design magazine, Architectural Digest takes you inside the world’s most beautiful homes. With stunning photography and the best writers, it is the premier interior design magazine, featuring classic and contemporary styles.


Consumer Reports on Health

Get expert, unbiased reporting on how to live healthier, longer. Discover what works and what doesn’t from prescription drugs and alternative therapies, to disease prevention and nutrition. All from a name you can trust, with no outside advertising.


Country Living

Country Living is your guide to creating the ultimate in country style. Each issue offers inspirational ideas on: Decorating & Remodeling, Antiques & Collecting, Gardening & Landscaping, Entertaining & Travel.


Family Circle

Family Circle celebrates today’s family and champions the women at its center. Every page provides smart, practical solutions to help moms raise happy, healthy families. With a particular emphasis on the concerns and issues faced by mothers of tweens and teens, Family Circle fills a void as the only family service magazine. Family Circle delivers essential advice for tough parenting challenges; provides fun suggestions for family activities; offers healthy and delicious recipes; and showcases projects to create a comfortable home. Family Circle helps readers look and feel their best by delivering the latest health, diet and fitness news, and beauty and fashion tips

Hobby Farms

The magazine for rural enthusiasts, from small farmers working the land for their livelihood, to pocket farmers aiming to make a profit, to hobby farmers. Addresses basic and core information for newcomers, but also dives into advanced how-to information and numerous resources for more information.


Each issue is packed with celebrity style secrets, hot fashion trends, best beauty buys, hair, makeup, accessories and more.



Money is the nation’s largest personal finance magazine. Money helps you take charge of your finances, providing trusted advice to successfully earn, plan, invest, and spend. Money provides in-depth coverage of stocks, mutual funds, the markets, the economy, and the best things money can buy – from travel and technology to home and luxury goods. Money also gives you advice on college savings and retirement planning.


Redbook is the must-read magazine for today’s young, married woman: an individual as passionate about her own needs as she is about those of her family. Each issue offers exciting, provocative features that address the all aspects of her life?everything from stylish fashion and beauty portfolios to scintillating stories on keeping her marriage fresh, to ideas on balancing home and career demands.

Runner’s World

Each monthly issue of Runner’s World brings you advice on new running techniques, introduces you the latest running products and national and international race information. You’ll find the strategies, tips and advice to fuel your performance, prevent injuries, burn fat, shed stress, and achieve your personal goals.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers Magazine is the perfect publication for anyone who is dieting. Although the magazine is aimed at those following the Weight Watchers program, there is a lot of assistance here for anyone who just wants to eat better and feel healthier. With a blend of weight loss advice, healthy recipes, and fitness tips-all designed to help you look and feel your best-this magazine has something for every dieter.

“I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

The first in a three-part fantasy series, Rebel of the Sands is a story about a teen girl who is “more gunpowder than girl.” Headstrong and stubborn Amani is bound and determined to get out of her backwards little town of Dustwalk in Last County and be something more than a “worthless girl.” Fighting against prejudice, sexism, murderous royalty, mythical beasts, powerful djinn, and an unforgiving desert, she will do whatever it takes to make a better life for herself. Even if that means disguising herself as a boy and making her way across the desert on the back of a Buroqi (a creature of fire and sand) with only her guns, her smart mouth, and a strange boy named Jin to help her.

Rebel of the Sands has fantasy, adventure, romance, humor, and suspense all wrapped up and complete with descriptive imagery and captivating storytelling. As a YA fantasy novel it is well suited towards its intended audience, with an exciting and adventurous story line and appropriate themes and language. Readers will become invested emotionally with Amani’s story and her fight against the wrong doings in her world. The final lesson one can take from this book is to never let others determine your worth, only you can decide that.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC HAMILTON)