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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Edgar Award Winners Announced Print Email

Photo of the Edgar Award statuette, a ceramic image of Edgar Allan Poe, mostly white, eyes closed, black mustache and hair, a blue collar with a black ribbon tie

The prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars) are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.  Ken Follett and Margaret Maron are this year's Grand Masters, a special award that recognizes authors who have made significant contributions to the mystery field over time, as well as producing work of consistently high quality.  Isn't the ceramic statuette of Poe an interesting little figure compared to the gold Oscar and Emmy Award statues!  See a list of Edgar winners HERE.

Four Corners Big Library Read Print Email

Jacket cover of The Four Corners of the Siky showing a young girl in a print dress running through the golden grass of an open field holding a toy airplane above her head

The worldwide Big Library Read starts today!  From May 15th to June 1st, Overdrive is offering unlimited access to Michael Malone's The Four Corners of the Sky and encouraging readers from participating libraries (over 2,000 in eight countries) to borrow and read the ebook format.  The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone's novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families.  Malone explores questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others...or a gift we give ourselves?

You've probably heard some of the ongoing debate about whether or not publishers will make their ebook collections available for library borrowing.  Overdrive hopes that this unique program designed to unite the world in reading the same eBook title at the same time will also demonstrate to publishers the influence library patrons can have.  Join us - borrow your copy today!

A Mother's Unconditional Love Print Email

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When Kristine Barnett's son was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism.  Doctors quickly informed her of the lifelong limitations he would face because of his condition.  In The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius, Barnett explains how she focused not on the disability, but on what her son could do, encouraging his interest in math and science.  By age 13, he was attending college and astounding scholars with his advanced knowledge of astronomy and mathematical calculations.  Barnett's uplifting narrative captures her efforts to nurture an extraordinary boy whose talents might have been lost in a world where strict borders define what is considered "abnormal."  Happy Mother's Day to all Moms!

National Teacher's Day Print Email

Jacket covers from Tony Danza's book (mentioned in article) showing him in a white shirt and tie in front of a classroom, and the DVD cover of The Hobart Shakespeareans, showing teacher Rafe Esquivel in front of a classroom.

National Teacher's Day is today (May 7th), a day to recognize and honor educators.  TV star Tony Danza developed a new appreciation for teachers after he spent a year teaching English at Philadelphia's largest high school.  He recounts the experience in an enlightening and funny memoir, I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.  Danza struggled to keep his students engaged while realizing they had needs beyond education that were difficult to meet.  For another story about what it takes to be a truly inspiring teacher, check out the DVD The Hobart Shakespeareans about Los Angeles elementary school teacher and winner of the American Teacher Award, Rafe Esquith, who teaches his students to understand and perform Shakespeare as a motivational teaching tool and unique method of education.

Latino Book Month Print Email

Jacket cover from Junot Diaz's During May's month-long celebration of books by and for Latinos, check out This Is How You Lose Her, the critically acclaimed short story collection by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz. In these dazzling stories, Diaz chronicles the romantic pursuits and disappointments of Yunior, a recurring character who longs to be in a loving relationship but can't seem to sustain one. In several of the stories, Yunior struggles to deal with the machismo legacies of his Dominican culture and change his cheating ways. As always, Diaz writes with breathtaking insight about love, cultural assimilation and family heritage.

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