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West With Giraffes

An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America.

by Kat Leyh

Amber says,

Snapdragon isn’t afraid of the local witch, Jacks. In fact, she needs a favor from Jacks! Ghost possums, motorcycles, a three-legged dog, family lore, magic, skeletons, roadkill, friendship, and a whole lot of queerness! Absolutely delightful.


Michael says,

Volcano goes boom. A lightly buttered popcorn film that loses a little of the silliness factor when you read the disaster movie’s predominately Mandarin Chinese dialog as subtitles. I waited patiently for the guy on a jet ski to get hit with volcanic debris and wasn’t disappointed.


Maddy says,

Hades is one of my favorite games. First off, the gameplay structure is fantastic. You start each run in the House of Hades where you get to meet all kinds of interesting characters from the underworld in Greek mythology.


Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family Kolker

Erin says,

An insightful book on the history of the science and treatment of mental illness,  specifically schizophrenia. This family had 12 children born between 1945-1965 and 6 of them eventually were diagnosed with schizophrenia. The study of this family has been integral to the ongoing research of this disorder and this book is a fascinating read.

Late Spring

Ben says,

Among Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu’s most beloved works is this moving portrait of an aging father and his adult daughter. Starring Ozu regulars Setsuko Hara and Chishū Ryū, Late Spring finds the director exploring generational conflict with characteristic grace and his distinctive visual grammar. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Bluestem Award Winners 2022

The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the award may include both timeless classics and current titles.

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I Love You, Phillip Morris

Scott says,

No, not the cigarette manufacturer. Jim Carrey has one of his best parts in one of the funniest LGBTQ love stories around – & it’s all true! Co-starring Ewan McGregor.

Home before Dark
by Riley Sager

Melissa says,

Maggie grew up in the shadow of her father’s book about living in a haunted house. Will she finally learn the truth after returning to rehab and sell the house? What secrets will she uncover about the town, her parents, and herself?

Rot, the Cutest in the World
by Ben Clanton

Amanda says,

Rot is a mutant potato who enters a “cutest in the world” competition. That’s really all that needs to be said about this subtly sweet and funny read aloud. One of my all-time favorites!