I picked this book up on a whim, hoping it would prove to my kids that putting your elbows on the table qualifies as poor table manners (check out the book to find the answer). This is a very quick read full of practical and relevent advice, dished out in a fun and amusing way. A great read for anyone who needs a refresher on everyday or business etiquette. Check our catalog.
Tanya H., Reference
I chose to read this book to see if I could get a better understanding of what being transgender means. It’s written by a teen transgender girl. Jazz was born a boy but knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a girl. Her parents allowed her to live as a girl beginning around age 4. This book tells the story of her life from infancy to about 15. It was interesting insight into the world of transgender people. The writing was so-so but it did hold my interest all the way through the book. Check our catalog
Laura G., Youth Services
Are you looking for ways to save money? Then check out this book! It is filled with 150 tips on how you can save money on all sorts of things; like which credit card to use, how to lower your cable bill, how to save money when traveling and how to cash those old savings bonds that you don't have the certificate for anymore. I really enjoyed the different websites Pogue suggest you check out for further savings. All in all, a great little book I'm sure you'll find something you can use in. Check it out today!
Jan H., Technical Services
Cindy A., Circ.
I usually enjoy books by Russell Freedman and this one caught my eye. I was a child during the time of the Vietnam War: old enough to be aware of it, but too young to understand any of the politics behind it. The author did a great job of explaining the history of Vietnam and things that led up to the U.S. war in the country. Facts were presented in a clear and very readable manner. I learned a lot!
Laura G., Youth Services
The book is about "A Man, A Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in WWII." The smarts and instincts of the dog, Judy, are amazing given the circumstances she was in. If you enjoy WWII books and/or dog stories, this is a book worth reading. The book is well written and is a quick read.
Jeremy E., Administration
Volume 1: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places
Are you a Potterhead of the first order? Did you come to our library’s Harry Potter Day this past Saturday, November 12, 2016? Are you ready to see more of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in the upcoming new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening this Friday? Then this book is for you!
In it, you'll get brief, fun look at the production of the movies Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Harry Potter films full of tidbits about set design, costume design, art design, and other behind-the-scenes info with lots of full-color photos and illustrations. A quick read recommended for fans of the Harry Potter films and his magical world.
Brandi T., Reference
Don’t let the title discourage you! I picked up this book when it first arrived, curious about the phrase “tiger mom”, quickly thumbed through the pages and decided this was information worth reading. I currently have school aged kids and I was specifically drawn to the information related to the educational approach between Eastern and Western cultures.
I was quite amazed at the differences between the education that students receive here, in the Eastern hemisphere, and the education that students receive in the Western hemisphere. She spends the first few chapters discussing math and reading and answering questions such as, why is math more popular in Asia, and why are so many books for children and teens being published in the U.S.?
After reading this book, it was clear each culture has vastly different strengths and weaknesses. I appreciated the tips and resources she provided to help find the balance between the two cultures and find an educational style that works best for your child. I have certainly taken some interesting ideas from reading this book.
Tanya H., Reference
How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything
As an avid fan of Seinfeld, I was happy to discover this book. It is a detailed accounting of the creation of the show, as well as a behind-the-scenes story of the making of it. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David went out for coffee and dreamed up the show, not really thinking that it would get very far. An NBC executive took a chance and ordered up four whole episodes to be broadcast in the summer of 1989 when not many people were watching anyway. It didn’t have a lot of viewers, but the critics liked it, so they ordered another half season to start in January the following year. It built from there, with more and more people watching “a show about nothing,” which was really about everything. Seinfeld and David drew stories from their everyday lives, mundane events that were made watchable because of the universal themes that everyone could relate to, such as waiting forever for a table at a restaurant, picking up dry cleaning, or returning an overdue library book--all the myriad boring details of life. The writers were instructed to write stories based on actual events in their lives, not to write like a normal sitcom. They would only be on staff for a year or two, because they would run out of material! All in all, a good read about a show that still resonates because of the timeless quality of the stories, and the great ensemble acting of Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer.
Pat P., Technical Services