Project Gutenberg

Have you heard of Project Gutenberg? It is a library of free ebooks that you can read on a device or online. Project Gutenberg consists of many older classic books that the U.S. copyright has expired. So check out the website at gutenberg.org and get reading!

Here are some popular books you can find:

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Read the book? Now watch the movie!

Are you struggling with what to watch on Netflix? There are so many choices!

Here are some movies that you can find on Netflix that are based on books:

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Goodnight Rainbow Cats by Barbara Castro Urio

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Goodnight Rainbow Cats has the winning trifecta of having charming drawings, simple repetitive, without rhyming, sentences, and a smart design to the book. A big white house has many feline visitors looking for a place to take a nap. My favorite is little crimson cat who is so tired she is yawning on her way to nap. The cutouts in the story make turning the page fun and easy even for the littles hands (my board book partner is two months old). If you are looking for an engaging but not visually overwhelming picture book to share I cannot recommend this one highly enough, but don’t forget to say goodnight to both little lime green cat and little green cat on your way to filling the big house with goodnight dreams.

Located in Board Books (BOARD BOOK CASTRO URIO)

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I was looking for a good vacation read and I found it with this novel. It follows the inter-twining lives of four women in New England.

Jules sells her eggs to a fertility clinic to pay for her dad’s rehab; Annie becomes a gestational surrogate to get her young family out of debt; India, the trophy wife, wants to become a mother to hold on to her new, rich husband Marcus; and Marcus’ daughter Bettina schemes to separate her dad from her young stepmother.

Each woman’s point of view is broadened as the book progresses. I really felt the desperation of each of them, either trying to make their lives better for the future or to just get things back to their old normal.

The plot had some twists that surprised me and kept me reading. I recommend this book.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC WEINER)

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

I have read nearly everything Raina Telgemeier has ever written and was anxiously awaiting her latest, Guts. I was not disappointed. The semi-autobiographical graphic novel delves into the medical issues she had as a teenager. After going from doctor to doctor, Raina finally receives advice that it might be a mental illness, rather than a physical one. She begins to see a therapist who helps Raina take some control of her myriad fears. Telgemeier’s illustrations leap off the page and will have you devouring the story. At times thoughtful and emotional, at times charming and funny, Guts is a fantastic addition to Telgemeier’s oeuvre.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

In this terrifyingly believable apocalypse, California has run out of water and suburban teenager Alyssa and her little brother Garrett find themselves on a journey of survival. Their experiences range from that first bewildering trip to Costco to find that cases of water are completely sold out, through their neighbors shift from civility to violence practically overnight, and finally to–well, I’m not going to tell you where they end up but it is quite far from “Gee, how weird that Costco is out of water.”

Alyssa and Garrett end up joining forces with some pretty unlikely companions (like that old saying, “apocalypses make strange bedfellows”…or something like that) who range in age from 10-20 and come from all different economic and family situations. Narration alternates between our handful of main characters, and also includes quick snapshots of what other people are experiencing, painting a very broad picture of a crisis of this scope with extremely engaging and straightforward writing.

As you read, you can’t help but ask yourself what you would do in these situations, and the answers become far more uncomfortable than you would have thought possible when you casually started this book with a tall glass of ice water by your side.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC SHUSTERMAN)

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Premier documentarian Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”) follows the fascinating, enigmatic and ultimately, riveting journey of Elizabeth Holmes and her medical company Theranos in this utterly absorbing documentary. Holmes, a wunderkind who never finished college, launched multi-million dollar enterprise Theranos when she was just 20. Theranos’ claim to fame was that it could diagnose a whole multitude of diseases and disorders with a single drop of blood from the patient. People bought into it hook, line and sinker, investing millions and millions of dollars into something that Holmes swore would change the world. Little did they know that the company was propped up by lies and deceit, while Holmes lined her pocketbook with their contributions. Gibney is an incredible filmmaker and this film is captivating.

Located in Adult Nonfiction DVDs (DVD 338.7 INV)

Extraordinary Dogs by Liz Stavrinides and John Schlimm

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

“To all the courageous and compassionate dogs and handlers who are hard at work in the world. And to all the dogs who are simply the heroes of our own individual hearts.” Liz Stavrinides and John Schlimm wrote this on the dedication page of Extraordinary Dogs, which features 40 tales of lives rescued and what each and every one of them does daily to save our lives. The photo on the front cover depicts a young boy and his furry counterpart, both with their eyes closed, pressing their foreheads together. It is pure love, makes me melt and speaks to those heroes in our hearts, the ones we know personally. Dog lovers will devour this book!

Located in Adult Nonfiction (636.7088 SCH)

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

Reviewed by Jen Bremer (Library Staff)

Who says children’s novels are just for kids?? Elizabeth Somers is an 11 year old orphan girl who finds herself locked out of her home and shipped off for Christmas break by her vicious aunt and uncle. But instead of a lonely trip to the middle of nowhere, Elizabeth finds herself at the awe inspiring resort, Winterhouse. What unfolds is a beautiful story full of magic, puzzle mysteries, enduring friendship, and the power of good. Accompanying Guterson’s compelling writing are illustrations by Chloe Bristol, which only adds to the story’s magic.

My 11 year old daughter and I read this book together, and I highly recommend it as a great family read.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Beastars Vol.1 by Paru Itagaki

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, friendships maintain the fragile peace. Who among them will become a Beastar – a hero destined to lead in a society naturally rife with mistrust?”

If you’ve seen Zootopia, you know the basic set up for Beastars: every character is an anthropomorphic animal and there’s some animosity between carnivores and herbivores. Unlike the Disney movie, Beastars opens with a murder. Cherryton Academy student Tem, an alpaca, was murdered, and the prime suspect is our protagonist, Legoshi, a grey wolf.

Beastars offers an interesting look at prejudice and the relationships that transcend judgement and bias. The art and characters are striking and distinctive. Beastars is an exciting read full of intrigue and drama. With the upcoming Netflix adaptation, now is the perfect time to pick up volume one. I recommend this series for older teens and adults.

Available through the Bridges Library System