Friday, July 17, 2020

Ready to Book Display: Humor

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. This month we are showcasing some humorous novels.

Recommendations for Adults:

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (Jul 2017)
The surviving members of a forgotten teen detective club and their dog reunite as broken adults to embark on an effort to solve a terrifying cold cast that ruined them all and sent the wrong man to prison.

The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith (Apr 2019)
Tasked with their Swedish Police Department's most unusual cases, lead detective Ulf Varg and his colorful associates investigate a bizarre stabbing, a lost imaginary boyfriend and a haunted spa.

Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson (Oct 2019)
 Agreeing to help her former college roommate care for two stepchildren who possess the ability to spontaneously combust when agitated, Lillian endeavors to keep her young charges cool in the face of an astonishing revelation.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Jan 2013)
A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

Recommendations for Teens:

The Haters by Jesse Andrews (Apr 2016)
A road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees, who against every unrealistic expectation, become a band.

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles (Jan 2020)
High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke (Jan 2018)
Jane Sinner sets out to redefine herself through a series of schemes and stunts, including participating in a low-budget reality TV show at her local community college.

Recommendations for Children:

We Don't Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins (Jun 2018)
When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel (Dec 2019) 
Complemented by a mylar mirror for making faces, a picture-book by the late night host depicts a whimsically cheek goose who rediscovers its sense of humor while reminding young readers to take "serious" approaches to silliness. 

Presents a collection of humorous stories from over two dozen contemporary female authors, as well as autobiographical essays, comics, poems, and comic strips.

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett (Jan 2015)
When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.


Friday, June 19, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Newer Nonfiction

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. This month we are showcasing recent nonfiction titles.

Recommendations for Adults:

Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Mar 2020)
An activist, speaker and philanthropist offers a memoir wrapped in a wake-up call that reveals how women can reclaim their true, untamed selves by breaking free of the restrictive expectations and cultural conditioning that leaves them feeling dissatisfied and lost.

Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir by Madeleine Albright (Apr 2020)
Revealing, funny and inspiring, the author and former Secretary of State - one of the world's most admired and tireless public servants - reflects on the final stages of her career and how she has blazed her own trail in her later years.

The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors.

This tour of real-world mathematical disasters reveals the importance of math in everyday life. All sorts of seemingly innocuous mathematical mistakes can have significant consequences. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire and an Olympic team, Matt Parker uncovers the ways math trips us up.

A debut memoir by the son of working-class Mexican immigrants describes his upbringing in Washington State, membership in the Peace and Dignity Journeys movement and competition in the Native American cultural marathon from Canada to Guatemala.

Following the completion of her pregnancy memoir Kid Gloves (and the birth of her baby), Lucy embarked on a new project: documenting new motherhood in short, spontaneous little cartoons, which she posted on her Instagram, and which quickly gained her a huge cult following among other moms.

Recommendations for Teens:

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds (Mar 2020)
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist American is acknowledging America's racist past and present. This book takes you on that journey, showing how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited.

Moving abruptly from Seoul to Alabama, a Korean teen struggles in a hostile blended home and a new school where she does not speak English before forging unexpected connections in a local comic drawing class.

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (Jan 2020)
This book is written for the young person who doesn't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. It is written so children and young adults will feel empowered to stand up to the adults who continue to close doors in their faces. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it.

The Edelweiss Pirates were a loosely organized group of working-class young people in the Rhine Valley of Germany. They faced off with Nazis during the Third Reich and suffered consequences for their resistance during and after World War II.

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott (Jan 2020)
Inspired by the African American Policy Forum's #SayHerName campaign and the work of such notables as Lucille Clifton and Nikki Giovanni, a collection of poems stands as a tribute to Black Lives Matter activists and victims of police brutality.

A teen adaptation of the best-selling TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking shares tips and techniques for becoming a confident and capable speaker at school presentations, in interviews, and during special occasions.

Recommendations for Kids:

A picture book biography sharing the inspiring and incredible true story of the nation's oldest student, Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116.

Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey by Magdelena & Nathaniel Newman (Jan 2020)
This moving memoir follows a teenage boy with TC syndrome and his exceptional family from diagnosis at birth to now. Also check out the memoir written for adults: Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son (Jan 2020).

Engaging comic artwork and comprehensive expert information combine in an empowering introduction to understanding everyday consent, body autonomy and personal boundaries.

Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye (Feb 2020)
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye shines a spotlight on the things we cast away, from plastic water bottles to refugees.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, Jennifer Keelan grew up battling-and overcoming - the limitations others set for her. This illustrated biography of Jennifer's life and celebration of youth activism will teach all children that they have the power to make a difference.

Selena: Queen of Tejano Music by Silvia Lopez (Feb 2020)
Nearly 25 years after her death, the musical origin and cultural impact of Mexican American performer Selena Quintanilla are celebrated.

Monday, May 18, 2020

A Note From Quarantine

Hello, friends.
I would like to apologize for not having written much (anything) for the last several weeks. Life has gotten away from me a bit, and all the topics that I was working on (the dying art of bulletin boards, programming ideas, etc.) no longer became relevant.
New content will resume shortly.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Podcast Reads

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. Check out these books on starting your own podcast or related to your favorite podcast.


Recommendations for Adults:

Limetown by Zack Akers (Nov 2018)

In this prequel to the popular fiction series podcast, a student journalist investigates what happened to the people of Limetown and uncovers a shocking secret that has spiraling ramifications for the town and her own family.


Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron (Oct 2017)

Here host, March Maron, has organized his guests' insightful revelations into 11 categories (like "Identity" or "Relationships.")


The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe (Oct 2019)

An Emmy Award winner presents a collection of transcripts from his favorite episodes from his popular short-form podcast The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations and insights.


Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink (Oct 2015)

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. 


The Last Book on the Left by Ben Kissel (Apr 2020)

An equal parts haunting and hilarious deep-dive review of history's most notorious and cold-blooded serial killers, from the creators of the award-winning Last Podcast on the Left.


Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice after Serial by Rabia Chaundry (Aug 2016)

A full-length account of the story investigated by the award-winning Serial podcast draws on some 170 documents and letters to trace the experiences of Adnan Syed, who is 2000 was sentenced to life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and who the author and other supporters are certain is innocent.


Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca (Nov 2019)

The popular television correspondent and writer presents an irreverent celebration of the dead people who made life worth living, chronicling the stories of less-remembered notables, from political families and sitcom characters to a forgotten Founding Father. 

Unexplained: Real-Life Supernatural Stories for Uncertain Times by Richard MacLean Smith (Oct 2019)

An immersive and engaging exploration of the world's ten most mysterious and spooky stories of the unexplained. 

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke (Oct 2017)

A book inspired by the popular podcast LORE - which tells the fascinating, and sometimes terrifying, true stories behind the myths and legends around the world.


Unqualified by Anna Faris (Oct 2017)

The popular actress and host of the hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified shares funny stories about her misadventures with romance to offer offbeat counsel on navigating the bizarre, chaotic and ultimate worthwhile challenges of finding love.



The Moth by Catherine Burns (Sep 2013)

In the tradition of book anthologies created from public radio programs such as StoryCorps and This I Believe, THE MOTH collects the best storytelling moments straight from their archive of more than 3000 shows since the first Moth Evening in 1997.


Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (May 2019)

A dual memoir by the hosts of the My Favorite Murder podcast share never-before-heard stories about their battles with depression, eating disorders and addiction, sharing insights into the cultural forces that prevent people from being their own advocates.

Recommendations for Teens:

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Mar 2018)

Now abridged for YA audiences, the book is a companion to the celebrated scientist's popular podcast.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (Mar 2017)

A studious girl and a quiet, straight-A boy start a controversial podcast together that challenges their courage and forces them to confront issues in the form of backlash and censorship.


Sadie by Courtney Summers (Sep 2018)

Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie's disappearance.

Recommendations for Kids: 

How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons by Shane Birley (Jun 2016)

Step-by-step illustrations and instructions outline 10 key steps for developing and promoting a new online blog, vlog or podcast, drawing on professional tips and practical techniques that cover everything from planning and identifying suitable content to staying safe online.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Mythology

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. This month we are showcasing mythology books in anticipation of the CSLP theme "Imagine Your Story."

Recommendations for Adults:

Mythology by Edith Hamilton (Jul 1942)
A collection of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology including eight genealogical tables.

The Mythology Book (May 2018)
In this installment to the Big Ideas series, 80 of the world's greatest myths and characters, from Greek gods to Norse heroes, and brought to life through engaging text and bold graphics, getting to the heart of the importance of mythology to different cultures around the globe.

Myths in Minutes by Neil Philip (Nov 2017)
The world's great fables, sagas, and legends dramatically retold.

Circe by Madeline Miller (Apr 2018)
Follows the banished witch daughter of Titans as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Sep 2018)
Reimagines The Illiad from the perspectives of the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.

Recommendations for Teens:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Feb 2017)
Presents a rendering the the major Norse pantheon that traces the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and the exploits of its characters, illuminating the characters and natures of iconic figures Odin, Thor, and Loki.

  A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman (Jun 2018)
Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge.

Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner (Apr 2007)
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will be called queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world.

Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters by Emily Roberson (Oct 2019)
The daughter of a royal family becomes a leading contestant in a near-impossible reality TV competition alongside a gorgeous teammate only to find her ambitions complicated by her constant viewership and a criminalized monster's true nature.

Ithaka by Adele Geras (Jan 2005)
The island of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors demanding that Penelope choose a new husband, as she patiently awaits the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War.

Olympians Series by George O'Connor
Retells in graphic novel format the stories from Greek mythology about the exploits of the young Zeus; Athena, goddess of wisdom; the heroes who sought and won Hera's patronage; Hades and Persephone; Poseidon, god of the seas; Aphrodite and more.

Recommendations for Kids: 

Myths and Legends of the World by Alli Brydon (Oct 2019)
Retells twenty-one myths and legends from around the world, including tales featuring gods and goddess, talking fish, and clever spiders.

Everything Mythology by B.A. Hoena and Adrienne Mayor (Mar 2014)
Introduces children to the gods of ancient worlds, including Greek, Norse, Chinese, American Indian, African cultures and more.

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Jan 2020)
Guided by her Navajo ancestors, seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay discovers she is descended from a holy woman and destined to become a monsterslayer, starting with the evil businessman who kidnapped her father.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Mar 2018)
Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (May 2010)
After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Good Job, Athena! by Joan Holub (Mar 2016)
Athena can tie a bow better than anyone, but when Arachne tries to take credit for Athena's work, she is forced to admit that it was Athena who tied her bows.