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The Sun Down Motel
by Simone St. James

Stephanie says,

Fans of suspenseful paranormal thrillers rejoice! This is a creepy and compelling book that follows 20-year-old Carly Kirk. She left her small hometown in Illinois determined to find the killer of her aunt, Vivian Delaney. Carly follows Vivian’s last footsteps to Fell, New York where she takes a job at an old run-down motel. (more…)

>Dear Girls
by Ali Wong

Amelia says,

A good gauge of whether or not you’ll dig her comedy will be watching her special “Baby Cobra” on Netflix – she’s funny, but raunchy. (more…)

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
by Deborah Feldman

Amelia says,

A young girl, deemed to be an orphan after her mother leaves her with her disabled father, Deborah navigates growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York speaking only Yiddish with an education guiding her towards her prescribed role as a wife and mother. (more…)

Kanopy For the Love of Cinema Documentaries

Out of Print – A cast of unique characters experience the memorizing lure of the 35MM cinema’s effect on their lives. Includes interviews of the most prominent filmmakers in the industry, including: Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright, John Landis, Rian Johnson and Joe Dante.

Learning Zoom Course

Stephanie says,

I had never heard of Zoom, the popular videoconferencing tool, before March. Suddenly I was expected to attend meetings and social events virtually. I discovered that, available through our Library’s research page, has a Learning Zoom class. In one hour, I learned what Zoom was and how to use it.

The Unteachables
by Gordon Korman

Melissa says,

Each person in this 8th grade class has learning and/or behavior difficulties. Kiana goes to the wrong classroom on the first day at a new school and is shocked that their teacher does crossword puzzles instead of teaching. (more…)

His Girl Friday

Scott says,

Cary Grant has his greatest role as a big-city newspaper editor free of scruples verbally sparring with reporter (& ex-wife) Rosalind Russell in this 1940 screwball farce. So much rapid-fire dialogue you may need to rewind mid-scene. My all-time favorite romantic comedy – because the 80-year-old ones were a lot less sappy, believe it or not.

Caudill Winners 2021

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.

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Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Amanda says,

The newest novel-in-verse by National Book Award-winner Elizabeth Acevedo tells the dual-narrative story of two teenage girls brought together by the death of their father. It’s a tragic story of secrets, family, and ultimately forgiveness.

Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller

Jaime says,

Song of Achilles takes a well-developed approach to the complex story of Achilles and Patroclus around the antebellum and during the Trojan War. While most stories focus on the war itself, this novel takes a more detailed approach to two of the most significant people of this mythic battle.