All Staff Picks

The Goose Girl
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The full cast audio recording (each character is voiced by a different actor) makes this a lot of fun to listen to. Princess Anidori, betrayed by those she loves, must work as a goose girl until she is able to reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
Three Black Swans
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I loved the suspense. Teen drama, girls figuring out their place in life, and family secrets all play into the conclusion of this great book.
Ruby Holler
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Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.
Wings of Life
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This DVD offers a fascinating look into the world of pollinators - birds, bees, bats, and butterflies. The photography is stunning!
Circus Ship
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With the shipwreck of the circus ship, the animals swim to shore and find a village to explore. As they find camouflaged places to hide, the villagers realize the animals are not so scary and they end up helping hide them. A fun story with beautiful illustrations.
Hunger Games
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Excitement, great characters, surprising plot twists. You won't be able to put it down!
The Hobbit
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One of the most beloved classics of all time, Tolkien's warmhearted and adventurous tale has endeared children and adults for decades. The most unlikely of heroes, Bilbo Baggins finds himself pushed out of his door one day by Gandalf, the Wandering Wizard. Through a series of adventures, Bilbo discovers that even the smallest of peoples have a seed of courage hidden in them.
A Thousand Days in Venice
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When Fernando spots Marlena across the Piazza San Marco, it is love at first sight. A year later he manages to meet her and convince the American chef to marry him and move to Venice. Romance and great recipes.
October Baby
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Lifelong illness, a surprise discovery, tension with Dad and Mom, a road trip with friends. This movie has much to say about growing up, facing tough situations and moving forward. I loved it.
Fatty Legs
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Margaret, an 8 year old Inuit girl, wants to learn how to read so badly she is willing to leave her family and attend a boarding school. There, her indomitable spirit allows her to overcome hardship and bullying. I especially liked the photos from the author's collection!
Bernie
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A brilliant and quirky story of a likeable Texas mortician who befriends a widow that no one can stand, then murders her and manages to hide the crime for months! With Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine.
Paper Made!
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From repurposing a book into a purse to creating desktop organizers, you'll love this book. Great ideas, fun pictures and easy directions.
The Last Runaway
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This was an interesting look into the Quaker Lifestyle and the early settlers of Ohio, including both groups' involvement in the underground railroad.
Argo
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An edge of your seat thriller based on the real-life rescue of 6 American diplomats from Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
May Bird
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Three years after her return from the Ever After, May Bird, now thirteen, draws her scattered friends--Pumpkin, Fabbio, Beatrice, and Lucius--out of hiding to take a final stand against Evil Bo Cleevil, as May herself makes ready to live up to the prophecy that placed the fate of the Ever After, and her own world, in her hands.
Moonwalking with Einstein
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Joshua Foers takes us along on his journey from forgetful everyman to US Memory Champion. Along the way he explores how memory works and the impact memory has on our lives.
Fish
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A subtle and sophisticated exploration of life, the strength of humanity, and survival in an unforgiving world, Fish is a story that will teach those who doubt that, when hope is almost extinguished, miracles can happen.
A Painted House
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Using his own childhood for inspiration (and leaving the lawyers behind), bestselling author John Grisham sets A Painted House in 1950s rural Arkansas. During harvest time, together with hired Mexicans and hill people, seven-year-old Luke Chandler picks cotton on his family's rented 80 acres.

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