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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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Print Email

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March 2nd marks the 110th birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, Seuss abandoned plans to earn a doctorate in literature and instead pursued his love of drawing.  He went on to write 46 children's books.  Seuss himself said, "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child," so celebrate this literary life by picking up a copy of Green Eggs and Ham, the author's most-read classic.  Laugh along while Sam-I-Am offers a plate of green eggs and ham to the frustrated unnamed narrator in all kinds of silly locations, from a house to a box and a tree to a train, and inspire a new generation of bookworms!

 
A Spirited Portrait of Three Pioneering Sisters Print Email

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Diane Jacobs explores a famous family's activism in Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters.  On shelves just in time for Women's History Month, this intriguing joint biography follows Abigail Adams, the wife of President John Adams, and her two sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody.  Jacobs draws heavily on their lively correspondence to paint a picture of the three women, who shared progressive ideas in early America.  From serving as mayor and establishing the second coeducational school in U.S. history to taking charge of a vital family farm, these women have independent stories that shine.

 
Best Romance of 2013 Print Email

Happy Valentine's Day!  Celebrate by curling up with a little romance and take the weekend off.  Here are the five romance titles published last year that Library Journal editors felt topped the list of heartthrobs, dashing charmers and the mystery of love.  (Click on book covers to be linked to the library catalog.)

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Paranormal Teen Novel Hits Theaters Print Email

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The first of Richelle Mead's edgy, bestselling teen series, Vampire Academy, hits theaters on February 14th.  Rose (played by Zoey Deutch), a half-human/half-vampire, is sworn to protect Lissa (Lucy Fry), a vampire princess.  The two best friends are sent to St. Vladimir's Academy--a posh boarding school where vampires learn the ways of magic.  Forbidden romance, ancient feuds and the more relatable trail of navigating high school have made this a crossover hit.  Pick up a copy before you see this fun paranormal romp on-screen.

 
Alex Awards 2014 Print Email

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Written for adults, recommended for teens ... the Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens.  Of this year's list, the chair of the selection committee says, “The 2014 Alex Awards has a book for every teen reader. From dysfunctional families to alien-inhabited brains to a savory graphic memoir, this diverse list will not disappoint.”  The broad audience appeal of these titles is a clue that they are just plain good reads - check out one of this year's winners (listed below) or winners from previous years (such as The Glass Castle or The Night Circus).  Read with a teen!

 
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