This week we shine the spotlight on some compelling new reads: All the Fierce Tethers by Lia Purpura and Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell S. Jackson are both on the non-fiction shelf. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first in a trilogy that is called an African Game of Thrones, by … Continue reading New Title Tuesday-New Perspectives
Each month we invite patrons to Meet the Staff. This month we introduce Robert our Youth Services Assistant. We first met Robert as a tutor for the SIUE America Reads program. He impressed everyone so much that he was asked to join the staff last summer. Robert is always friendly and eager to help young … Continue reading Meet the Staff – Robert S.
My husband and I have an uneasy truce in the argument over whether the words or the music is most important in a song. I contend that the words dictate the mood and kind of music to reflect the meaning. After all, the lyrics are poems set to music, right? So in observance of National … Continue reading New Title Tuesday – National Poetry Month
Here Come the Girl Scouts Written by Shana Corey Illustrated by Hadley Hooper From the Publisher: Juliette Gordon Low—Daisy to her friends and family—was not like most girls of the Victorian era. Prim and proper? BOSH! Dainty and delicate? HOW BORING! She loved the outdoors, and she yearned for adventure! Born into a family of … Continue reading Picture Book Recommendations for Women’s History Month
In the spirit of supporting a shared positive outlook, today's suggestions promote a general sense of peacefulness and happiness - just like pie. The first course is an appetizer: Paul McCartney's most recent album, Egypt Station - and not just because I'm a fan. I went looking for something to listen to and was put off … Continue reading Wake-Up Wednesday
When I woke this morning, I did my usual time-wasting scroll online and came across the famous words, "These are the times that try men's souls," from Thomas Paine's first "American Crisis" essay published December 19, 1776. Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word by Sarah Jane Marsh is a wonderful way to tell young people about this … Continue reading Wake-Up Wednesday
We often begin the last month of the year ping-ponging between events, shopping, and preparing to host visitors. As the new year approaches, some people make resolutions. Rather than pretend I'll try to lose weight or start exercising, I prefer to enjoy the quiet and contemplative mood of long, ever-darkening nights lingering over lovely books … Continue reading Titles for Embracing 2019 – New Title Tuesday