Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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Andrew Carnegie Medal Longlists Print Email

Images of the Carnegie medal (a winged horse) and six jacket covers of various longlist candidates

Longlists of fiction and nonfiction candidates have been announced for this year's Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence.  These awards were established in 2012 by the Carnegie Corporation and the American Library Association in to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. the previous year.  The selection committee is made up of library professionals who work closely with adult readers and Nancy Pearl is the committee chairperson!  The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be announced in late April, and the two winners will be announced at the ALA Annual Conference on June 30th in Chicago.

 
Dr. Weil on the Internet, Depression and Processed Food Print Email

Jacket covers from Andrew Weil's

The new website Bookish recently published an exclusive interview with health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, the author perhaps best known for his books Spontaneous Healing and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health.  In the interview, he talks about the possible relationships between the Internet, processed foods and depression; specifically, that the socially isolating qualities of the Internet and the refining processes and additives in manufactured food could be contributors to chronic depression.  Read the interview HERE and see what you think.  Dr. Weil's two most recent publications address these issues - the cookbook True Food offers advice on how to improve physical and mental well-being through diet, and Spontaneous Happiness weighs in on this state of being that can be elusive.

 
Redecorating for Spring Print Email

Jacket cover from

In a new book based on their popular blog, Sherry and John Petersik catalog 243 easy and attractive ways to update your home.  The bright photo-filled chapters in Young House Love are full of out-of-the-box strategies for improving the whole house, from the bedroom to the exterior.  Ideas range from free (rearranging furniture) to inexpensive (using a fabric pen to design a pillowcase) to pricier but worth it (hanging wallpaper on a focal wall).  The Petersiks are known for making their own suburban ranch-style house look great on a budget, and their suggestions for repurposing what you already have can help your house shine this spring.

 
Poems for Every Occasion Print Email

White letters on black background, reads Happy National Poetry Month!  If you are looking for ways to celebrate by bringing more poetry into your life, Poets.org is the place.  The "Poems for Every Occasion" page references poems that express feelings - from funerals to friendship to fathers - or ruminate on topics from space to sports to spring.  It could help you find the perfect poem for a wedding, anniversary, mother's day, or birthday.  Besides these ideas for virtual poetry communion, several WCLS library branches are hosting poetry evenings, festivals, or slams to celebrate - click HERE for event details. 

 
Egg-cellent Ideas Print Email

Image of a two-story chicken coop

As interest grows in sustainable living, more people are keeping chickens in urban and suburban settings as a way of returning to local food sources.  One of the first hurdles to raising hens is the coop, which can be expensive to buy and difficult to construct.  Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe's extensive guidebook Reinventing the Chicken Coop can help!  With 14 step-by-step designs ranging from coop-tractor to log cabin, you'll be able to house the ladies in style.  And with the book's beautiful photographs of these imaginative designs, you may have to retire Reinventing the Chicken Coop to the coffee table once you're finished building your coop.  Click HERE for a list of other books on housing and raising chickens available at the library (eBooks, too!).

 
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