Archives for Staff Picks

Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers Lily King Rebecca says, A moving story of grief, heartache, love, and being an artist on the verge of success. A relatable coming-of-age tale that feels very current, despite the lack of cell phones and laptops.
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Snapdragon

Snapdragon 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.
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Skyfire

Skyfire 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.
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Hades

Hades 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.
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Hidden Valley Road

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.
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Late Spring

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.
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Bluestem Award Winners 2022

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. See the full list in the catalog >>
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Home Before Dark

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?
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