All Staff Picks

The Dog Who Danced
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We start off traveling in an 18-wheeler towards Boston with Justine Meade and her dog Mack Blue Merle Shetland Sheepdog. Events transpire that cause them to be separated and the story of the bond between them and healing power of unconditional love as they navigate back towards each other is wonderfully told. What can we learn about ourselves and our relationship to the world through partnerships with animals is touchingly explored.
Nory Ryan's song
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An historical fiction about a young girl who faces the hardships of the Irish potato famine of the 1840s.
Thirteenth Princess
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A beautiful retailing of the twelve dancing princess.
The Beginner's Goodbye
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Anne Tyler has written her nineteenth novel in the same bright style that pulls the reader into the heart of her characters in this story. Aaron is a middle-aged editor who undergoes a traumatic widowhood. He must try to see past the event and find his footing in an unclear world. While his house is being remodeled and repaired so must also be feelings regarding his wife and those who are still actively remaining in his small neighborhood of friends and family.
Celebritrees
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For the budding arborist. This book includes illustrations and brief histories of some notable trees throughout the world, including The Bodhi Tree of Sri Lanka and The Major Oak of Sherwood Forest—which is said to have been a meeting place for Robin Hood and his merry men.
Nothing Daunted
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A story of two young women who follow their sense of adventure traveling by train and horses to the remote settlement of Elkhead, Colorado in 1916 to teach school. The travel reflects just a portion of the transitions then moving from the civilized East into the wild West.
Dragons Wild
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So Griffen finally graduates from college with a lackadaisical academic career and hopes to land a comfortable job with his Uncle Mal who has supported him and his sister Valerie after their parents died. His interview is an eye opening jolt and derails his best intentions in a decidedly unexpected fashion. What if you found out you were a possible dragon and under potential pursuit by others of your kind? This first book in this series uses humor to make the situation charming.
The Darjeeling Limited
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Visually engaging and uniquely funny, this film tells the story of three brothers who reunite on a spiritual journey through India to confront unsettled family issues and “let go of baggage” along the way.
Little Mouse Gets Ready
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This is a charming graphic novel for beginning readers from Eisner Award-winner Jeff Smith. A determined young mouse goes through all the intricacies of getting dressed. Will he master them all in time?
Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin
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The Rockabye Baby! collection provides renditions of well-known songs by mainstream artists, which are great for introducing the little ones in your life to the music you enjoy, or for winding down yourself. With compilations of songs by everyone from The Beatles, the Beach Boys, to Bob Marley and the Wailers, to Nine Inch Nails, and Bjork, there is something for everyone
Matilda Bone
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Matilda is sent to a bonesetter in an apprenticeship. The wisdom that is shared with her is sometimes hard for her to believe
Minnie And Moo And The Haunted Sweater
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Denys Cazet’s Minnie and Moo series are a hoot. The series is funny, clever and never disappoints. In this one, it’s the farmer’s birthday and Moo knits him a sweater which has one sleeve longer than the other and big lump in it. By the way, has anyone seen Elvis?
Beekeeping
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A cursory look into apiculture and the fascinating life of the honeybee. This book includes information on the many benefits and uses for everything that bees produce and collect in their hives, from wax to pollen to honey.
Shakespeare Retold
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Modern telling of Much ado about nothing, Macbeth, The taming of the Shrew, and A midsummer night’s dream. These tales will have you laughing, crying and falling in love.
The Big Hungry Bear
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Little Mouse is very fond of his beautiful strawberry, but then someone tells him about the big hungry bear. What can little Mouse do to keep the Big Hungry Bear from getting his strawberry? Beautiful illustrations, humor, and a surprise ending make this a great read-aloud story.
Deceptively Delicious
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Jessica Seinfeld mixes pureed vegetables into everything from pancakes to chicken strips to cupcakes in order to sneak more nutrition into her family’s diet. Some personal favorites of mine include her Greek dip with chickpeas and artichoke hearts and blueberry cupcakes with spinach
Stephanie’s Ponytail
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Stephanie is finding it hard being the trend setter.
CLAM Mokona’s Okimono Kimono
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A good Non-Fiction look at the art and artistry of wearing kimonos. Written by an author and illustrator of manga added photos of accessories and interview with the owner of an antique and used kimono store makes this an interesting glimpse into an age old fashion in Japan moving into contemporary designs.

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