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Hoodlum Hoodlum

by K'wan

Born into a New York City crime family, Shai was known as the “good” brother. While Tommy was groomed to inherit their empire from powerful Trinidadian immigrant Poppa Clark, Shai’s future plans included college and a pro basketball career. Shai loses his spot on the college team (for betting) so he returns home. There, he reconnects with buddy Swan and is sucked into the lure… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services May 16, 2019
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

by M.T. Anderson

It’s elves vs. goblins in this creepily illustrated tale of an elfin historian, Bragwain Spurge, venturing into enemy territory. Wars between the elves and goblins have made relations tense. No elf has returned alive from the goblin kingdom in over one hundred years. Brangwain is sent to sweeten relations by returning an ancient artifact. His host, Archivist Werfel, actually looks forward… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 16, 2019
Dragons in a Bag Dragons in a Bag

by Zetta Elliott

Nine-year-old Jaxon is sent to spend the day with cranky old Ma, but the day is anything but ordinary. Ma must deliver baby dragons from her apartment in Brooklyn to a magical world where they'll be safe. When the transporter malfunctions, Jax and Ma mistakenly end up in the Mesozoic era. A dinosaur threatens them, and Ma pushes Jax and the dragons into the transporter, but she is left behind.… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services May 16, 2019
Shakespeare and Company Shakespeare and Company

by Sylvia Beach

Paris in the 1920s! Imagine lounging in cafés late into the night and discussing the latest works of Joyce, Hemingway and Fitzgerald (who are also your neighbors and friends)! Author Sylvia Beach lived that dream life. An American who owned a bookshop specializing in American works, her store was frequented by all the major players of the era. Beach shares stories of her shop, her talented… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services May 15, 2019
Imposters Imposters

by Scott Westerfeld

In a world rapidly descending into chaos, twin sisters Frey and Rafi are royalty with a big secret; few people know that Frey exists! She has been raised to be Rafi’s guard and body double, while Rafi is the family’s heir who is being raised to promote her family’s political agenda. This story is set in the same world as Westerfeld's series The Uglies. However, readers… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 15, 2019
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants

by Andrea Beaty

When Rosie Revere's Uncle Ned gets a little carried away wearing his famous helium pants, it's up to Ada and friends to chase him down. As Uncle Ned floats farther and farther away, Ada starts asking lots of questions, like how high can a balloon float? Is it possible for Uncle Ned to float into outer space? What's the best plan for getting him down? The story combines humor, science and fun… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services May 15, 2019
The Noise of Time The Noise of Time

by Julian Barnes

The near-impossibility of maintaining artistic integrity under Soviet rule is explored in this fictional portrait of composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Though Shostakovich survives the potentially fatal experience of Stalin denouncing his work, the price he pays is great. To keep his family and friends (as well as himself) safe, he must submit to the political forces and represent himself as a good… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 19, 2019
Emergency Contact Emergency Contact

Penny Lee heads to college in Austin, Texas to become a writer. She gladly leaves behind her annoying mother and the social hierarchy of high school. Sam is a budding filmmaker living above the coffee shop where he works. He has no money, little family and a messy relationship with his ex. When Penny and Sam meet, they realize how good they are for each other, but are leery of a real… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 19, 2019
Blue Blue

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Colors evoke emotion. In this endearing story of a boy and his dog, we see just why colors are so meaningful, particularly the color blue. Baby blue, ocean blue and midnight blue are just some of the colors that Seeger links to the boy and his dog as they go through life together. Prepare for a few tears tempered with joy in this story of an enduring friendship. Recommended for reading aloud with… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 19, 2019
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

A. J. Fikry is an independent bookstore proprietor whose painful life of solitude and cynicism changes when an orphaned baby is left in his failing establishment. Fikry finds himself facing new circumstances that, over time, enable him to connect with the island’s townspeople who become like an extended family. This page-turning read is overall light and upbeat, but has some dark… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 11, 2019
Selfie Made: Your Ultimate Guide to Social Media Stardom Selfie Made: Your Ultimate Guide to Social Media Stardom

by Meredith Valiando Rojas

Up your social media presence with this book by the founder of DigiTour Media. Meredith Valiando Rojas took her dream of promoting online stars and turned it into a career. She has worked with over 500 social stars and has loads of tips on how to go viral and grow a loyal fan base. Whether your preferred platform is Instagram, YouTube or Twitter, this book has something for you.

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 11, 2019
A Boy Called Bat A Boy Called Bat

by Elana K. Arnold

Bixby Alexander Tam (B.A.T) has good and bad days. His parents are divorced, his big sister is annoying and he doesn’t like when his mom cleans his room. Bat also has autism. One day, Bat’s mom brings home a baby skunk to care for until it is strong enough to be released into the wild. Bat quickly becomes attached and is determined to show his mom he is responsible enough to care for… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 11, 2019
No Mercy No Mercy

by Lori Armstrong

When a Native American boy is found dead on her property, Mercy Gunderson can’t understand why the new sheriff isn’t trying harder to learn why. The teen was a friend of her nephew, so Mercy does some sleuthing herself, using her ex-military skills and contacts from her past. She soon finds herself in a tangle involving real estate developers and fraudulent religious leaders. A shaky… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 11, 2019
Mosquitoland Mosquitoland

by David Arnold

Mary Iris Malone, or Mim, is thrust into a new life with her dad and stepmom after her parents divorce. Upon discovering her mom is sick, she runs away from her new "home" to go to her mom. This story is narrated by Mim and focuses on the journey she takes to get across the Midwest. Along the way, she meets a cast of others that quickly become part of the story. Arnold’s prose helps make… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 11, 2019
The Big Umbrella The Big Umbrella

by Amy Bates

The simple text and vivid watercolors tell the story of how a single, smiling umbrella offers shelter from the rain to all those who need it. It doesn’t matter what they look like or where they come from, the umbrella gets bigger and bigger to cover everyone. This delightful but powerful story demonstrates the beauty of inclusion and the power of kindness. Recommended for children up to… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 11, 2019
The Hundred-Foot Journey The Hundred-Foot Journey

by Richard C. Morais

When an Indian family begins a new life in the French Alps, not all of the neighbors are pleased. The restaurant opened by the Hajis, with exotic aromas and loud music, angers Madame Gerturde Mallory, owner of a traditional French restaurant across the street. In a fit of pique, she accidentally injures young Hassan. However, she sees the potential for a gifted chef in him, and as an act of… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 11, 2019
Infinite Pieces of Us Infinite Pieces of Us

by Rebekah Crane

Set in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, it’s supposed to be a new start for Esther and her family. They are escaping the “mistake” Esther made in Ohio. But all this denial just make things worse. Only so much solace can be found at the bottom of the empty swimming pool where Ester goes to contemplate life. She needs to confront her past, and luckily, she finds a new group of… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 11, 2019
Superhero Harry: The Wild Field Trip Superhero Harry: The Wild Field Trip

by Rachel Ruiz

Second-grader Harry loves science and superheroes, and he is always working on inventions that will give him superpowers. Unfortunately, they don’t always work out the way he plans. When Harry and his class head to the zoo, it should be a fun day, but Harry accidentally sets a monkey loose. Can his super swinging wristbands help Harry and his best friend Macy save the day? This early reader… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 11, 2019
No One You Know No One You Know

by Michelle Richmond

20 years ago, Ellie’s sister was murdered. Lila, a math prodigy, had been secretive about a relationship before her death. Grief-stricken Ellie confided in her favorite teacher, who betrayed her by writing a best-selling true crime book naming a colleague of Lila’s as the murderer (though he was never charged). Now a coffee buyer by profession, Ellie is stunned when she meets the… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services April 11, 2019
The Gilded Wolves The Gilded Wolves

by Roshani Chokshi

Treasure hunter Séverin Montagnet-Alarie lives in a fantastical version of 1889 Paris. The city is on the cusp of change, but Séverin is privy to many of its old secrets. When he is contacted by the powerful secret society, the Order of Babel, he is given the challenge to find an ancient artifact and win his true inheritance in the bargain. He assembles a diverse crew made up of a… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 11, 2019
New Kid New Kid

by Jerry Craft

Middle school is all about trying to fit in, and being the new kid at a prestigious private school when you would rather be going to the art school of your dreams is a challenge. Jordan's new school also doesn’t have many people who look like him or live where he lives, and the teachers confuse him with other kids of color. Follow Jordan's journey as he makes friends, continues to make art… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 11, 2019
Melmoth Melmoth

by Sarah Perry

Lean, mean, and packed full of psychological dread. In true Gothic fashion, Perry pens a symphony of prose and perturbation as we follow Helen Franklin, an Englishwoman working in Prague under self-imposed exile. When Karel, a colleague of Helen's, goes missing after researching the folk legend of Melmoth the Witness, she finds herself despairing over his abandoned documents to discover the truth… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, February 06, 2019
Census Census

by Jesse Ball

Full of wisdom and compassion, Census is deeply thoughtful and affecting. The story follows a widowed father with a terminal illness, worried over the fate of his son once he is gone. Father and son depart on a journey together visiting households and serving dubiously as census-takers, witnessing, listening, and reflecting on poignant accounts of the human experience. It holds within it an… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, January 29, 2019
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

by Penelope Bagieu

Spanning the globe and the ages, Brazen, is a graphic novel that illustrates 29 stories of women who have dared to live life by their own rules. Subjects range from ancient Chinese Empress Wu Zetian, who founded the Zhou Dynasty, to astronaut Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. Bagieu portrays each woman’s life with clear visual story-telling and a sense of humor. These… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 29, 2019
Finding Langston Finding Langston

by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Langston must move from Alabama to Chicago, Illinois with his father after his mother's death in 1946. Langston is lonely in his new surroundings, and to make things worse, he's tormented by bullies. However, one thing provides a refuge: the library that allows and celebrates all people. It also introduces him to another Langston, poet Langston Hughes. Hughes' poetry allows Langston to keep his… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services January 29, 2019
Cherry Cherry

by Nico Walker

This semi-autobiographical fiction work gives readers a chance to discover a story that is as difficult to read as it is to put down. A young man leaves his home in Cleveland to join the Army and fights in the Iraq war. He then battles the aftermath of post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction and robs banks for drug money. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut may appreciate that Nico Walker's unnamed… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services January 16, 2019
Puddin' Puddin'

by Julie Murphy

Following the Dolly Parton-loving, pageant-subverting book, Dumplin’, this companion novel focuses on Millie Michalchuk. In Dumplin’, Millie stole hearts as the sweet pageant hopeful with the can-do attitude. In Puddin’ we learn that every summer, Millie’s mom sends her to “fat camp.” This year Millie wants to go to journalism camp instead. Fate brings Millie… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 16, 2019
Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy-Dog Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy-Dog

by Deborah Zemke

Bea Garcia is an artist who draws anywhere and everywhere, but mostly in her own notebook. She especially loves to draw pictures of her dog, Sophie. When Bea’s teacher makes her visit the Garcias’ neighbor, Bert, Bea brings Sophie along for extra security. Things get bad when Bert’s terrible cat attacks and Sophie runs straight out the door. Bea searches the neighborhood, but… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services January 16, 2019