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The Wind in the Willows

  We others, who have long lost the more subtle of the physical senses, have not even proper terms to express an animal’s inter-communications with his surroundings, living or otherwise, and have only the word ‘smell’ for instance, to include the whole range of delicate thrills which murmur in the nose of the [...]

By | April 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

While You Wait For… Where the Crawdads Sing

One of the most popular books right now is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Set on the coast of North Carolina, it tells the story of Kya Clark, a loner living in the marsh outside of town. When a man is found dead, she's suspected of killing him. It's a coming-of-age story, with odd [...]

By | April 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hoopla? Overdrive? Libby? What’s the difference?

As a busy working mom, most of the books I read these days are ebooks or eAudiobooks from the library.  They are available wherever I go as long as I have my phone, and I don't have to worry about returning them to the library.  Plus, they're free! If you've ever looked into getting ebooks [...]

By | April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Attucks!

The perfect read for March Madness! If you are a basketball fan, this is the book for you. Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City by Phillip Hoose (2018; 212 pages) tells the true story of the all-black basketball team at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis that broke the color barrier [...]

By | March 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nonfiction on Women

I'm a believer in good nonfiction. Done right, nonfiction can be as compelling as novels, and it teaches us about our world in a more direct way. In observance of Women's History Month, I've prepared a list of six exciting and educational books about real women, in chronological order: Mistress of the Vatican by Eleanor [...]

By | March 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Power of Empathy: Kids Books with Muslim Characters

Did you know that reading fiction increases empathy and emotional intelligence? According to research, reading fiction can help children put themselves in other people's shoes. And I think encouraging empathy for all types of people can make the world a better place. Want a place to start? Here are some great children's books featuring Muslim [...]

By | March 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Family History for Kids

Are you looking for ways to interest your kids in family history?  We are having Family History for Kids at the Galena Digital Library on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.  Click here to register and find out more about it!  This class will include a make your own family tree craft.  If you'd like to get [...]

By | March 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons (2018; 336 pages) Ella is a teen with synesthesia - a rare medical condition that scrambles the senses and allows Ella to see colors that reveal people's true emotions. She uses this attribute to suss out when people are lying, however she admits it is not always correct. [...]

By | March 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Navigating Middle Earth

I’m a pretty big J.R.R. Tolkien fan, but most of the books published under his name are pretty complex and inaccessible.  After readers finish The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which tell the story of the end of the Third Age of Middle Earth, the natural place to go seems to be The [...]

By | March 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Kid

A great contemporary graphic novel for fans of Smile.  Jordan Banks loves art and would give anything to go to the art school of his dreams, but his parents think the key to his success will be attending an elite private school on scholarship. Not only is Jordan the new kid, but he's the new [...]

By | March 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments