Recommendations

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Viewsonic Projector Viewsonic Projector

With Bluetooth Speaker

Perfect for movie nights and parties. Connect the projector to a PC, MAC, iPad/iPhone or DVD player to display movies, or presentations. (Speaker audio cable included.)

Digital Services Recommended by Digital Services August 21, 2019
The Friend The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

Unexpectedly profound is the outcome of Nunez's endeavor to marry together themes of loss and despair with wry, yet sincere ponderings over the nature of our canine companions. Nunez writes a darkly humorous and poignant story of a woman grappling with the death of a friend. This book generates its value in an emotional currency not often found in literature and is a well-earned recipient of the… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services August 09, 2019
Return to Zero Return to Zero

by Pittacus Lore

Lorien Legacies Reborn #3

The third and final book in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series is here! Set in the same world as I Am Number Four, this book finalizes the story of the Garde, a subspecies of the population who are gifted with powers known as “legacies.” Legacies include speed and telekinesis, and the main job of the Garde is to defend their planet from attack. This series is a fun summer read full of… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 09, 2019
The Missing Baseball The Missing Baseball

by Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica brings his sports knowledge and great writing to early chapter book readers. This is book one in the Zach and Zoe Mysteries series about a brother and sister duo who love sports. In this story, Zach and Zoe follow clues to find Zach's missing baseball, signed by his favorite major league player. If your beginning chapter book reader loves sports and is ready to delve into a good… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services August 09, 2019
Slammed Slammed

by Colleen Hoover

Her father’s death was devastating, and now 18-year-old Layken’s mother has uprooted her Texas family and relocated them to Michigan. Things look brighter when she meets Will, the hot, friendly guy from across the street. They go on one wonderful date to a poetry slam before the bottom falls out of their budding relationship in a shocking way. Layken must make mature decisions in the… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services August 09, 2019
Starry Eyes Starry Eyes

by Jenn Bennett

Former best friends and couple, Zorie and Lennon, are stranded together after a group camping trip in the California wilderness goes awry. With no one but each other, they are forced to face their issues and come to terms with lingering romantic feelings in order to survive. It doesn’t help that their families are also the modern-day California version of the Montagues and Capulets.… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 09, 2019
Meet Yasmin! Meet Yasmin!

by Saadai Faruqi

Yasmin, a spirited second-grader, boldly uses her imagination and ingenuity to have adventures and solve life’s little problems. In this four-part early chapter book series, Yasmin’s curiosity leads her to new discoveries, trials and mishaps. Readers will cheer on Yasmin's creativity and determination as she becomes an explorer who creates her own neighborhood map, or as she finds the… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services August 09, 2019
A Gathering of Old Men A Gathering of Old Men

by Ernest J. Gaines

When a brutal Cajun farmer is killed on a Louisiana plantation, a white woman and 18 elderly black men each claim responsibility. The sheriff believes he knows who did it, though plenty of people had motives. Meanwhile, the dead man’s father debates whether to form a lynch mob while his college student son tries to convince him “the old days are over.” This is a fascinating… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services July 11, 2019
A Taxonomy of Love A Taxonomy of Love

by Rachael Allen

Spenser, a hopeful scientist and all around nerd, understands that one never grows too old to climb trees. He also has Tourette syndrome. When Hope moves next door the summer before seventh grade, they form the beginning of their life-changing friendship. The pair grow up together and experience the highs and lows of life in high school, including sibling rivalries, family tragedies, new… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 11, 2019
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon

by Dean Robbins

Alan Bean was one of the astronauts on board the Apollo 12 mission, and the fourth person in history to set foot on the moon. He wanted everyone to feel the magic and mystery of outer space, so when he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. The words in this book explain the beauty he saw, but the paintings are what really capture the experience. Recommended for ages 4-6.

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services July 11, 2019
The Secret Scripture The Secret Scripture

by Sebastian Barry

The tragic story of a 100-year-old Irish woman unjustly installed in a mental asylum for most of her life is told through journal entries. Roseanne McNulty had several strikes against her when she was locked up. She was Protestant in a strongly Catholic county, beautiful and joyfully sexual with her new husband, and acquainted with local rebels. Now, the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital is… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services July 11, 2019
Bridge of Clay Bridge of Clay

by Marcus Zusak

From the author of The Book Thief, this story is set in the Sydney, Australia suburbs. Five brothers have been left to their own devices after the death of their mother and their father’s abandonment soon after. (Their father is only referred to as "The Murderer.") The Dunbar boys invent individual ways of coping and surviving, and as they love, fight and learn to deal with the adult world,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 11, 2019
How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer

by Alice Delacroix

Randall moved to a new town and is worried his summer won’t be as fun, but he and his friend decide to start a chess club. They find a meeting place, recruit members, set the meeting time and the Checkmate Squad is born! But they are met with a grumpy man who takes over the chess tables and the school bully who causes problems. How will they deal with these unexpected issues? Read this… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services July 11, 2019
What Doesn't Kill Her What Doesn't Kill Her

by Carla Norton

Seven years ago, Reeve was rescued from the predator who kidnapped her at age 12 and kept her as his toy for four years. Her former captor, Daryl Wayne Flint, has escaped from the mental institution that has been his home since. Knowing Flint will soon begin hunting other young girls, Reeve leaves the relative safety of her new life as a college student and returns to Seattle to assist the FBI in… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services June 14, 2019
The Hazel Wood The Hazel Wood

by Melissa Albert

17-year-old Alice spent her youth moving from town to town. Her mother Ella never explained what they were running from. Maybe it had to do with her unusual grandmother Althea who wrote about a scary, magical world called the Hinterlands. Maybe it had to do with her missing father who Alice thinks kidnapped her when she was a kid. Now Ella is missing and Alice knows she needs to go to the one… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 14, 2019
Just Like Rube Goldberg Just Like Rube Goldberg

by Jerry Craft

The incredible true story of the man behind the machines

Rube started out quiet and shy, but he grew up with a passion for drawing and ended up being one of the most famous cartoonists ever! After earning an engineering degree (to please his father) he decided to pursue his dream of being a cartoonist for a big-time newspaper instead. One of Rube’s most famous characters, Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, became popular because of the fanciful… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 14, 2019
Stuff to Die For Stuff to Die For

by Don Bruns

James and Skip are recent college grads whose plans of becoming rich are progressing much too slowly. At loose ends with no solid career plans, the friends start a hauling business because everyone has “stuff” to move. Their first job involves them with a messy divorce, a high school classmate and a dangerous plot by ex-pat Cubans. There’s humor and not too much gore in this… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services June 14, 2019
Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?

by Ally Carter

Ally Carter, the author of popular teen series The Gallagher Girls and Embassy Row, spreads her writing wisdom in this new book. Carter covers the basics with chapters like “Developing Your Plot” and “Starting Your First Draft.” Her advice is practical as she breaks down a process that can be overwhelming. Realizing that hers is not the only method for writing, tips from… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 14, 2019
The Bridge Home The Bridge Home

by Padma Venkatraman

Viji and her sister Rukku runaway from home, and Viji must take responsibility for her sister Rukku who has a developmental disability. They make their new home on an abandoned bridge, and along with their new friends Muthi and Arul, spend their days digging through trash to find items the garbage collector will pay them for. After a bad rainfall, Muthi and Rukku fall very ill, and Viji and Arul… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 14, 2019
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
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