Staff Picks

The Halloween Tree

Halloween Tales!

Not-so-spooky chapter books for kids

Halloween is my favorite time of year. I spend the month of October reading spooky stories to get ready for the season. But spooky books aren't just for adults. There have been some excellent ones written for children. Here are some that are just the right level of scary for your young reader.

Lean Logic

Confronting Limits to Growth

Economics and Culture in a Post-Growth World

Goals of economic growth often go unquestioned in mainstream economic theory and in platforms across the political spectrum. But the books below argue compellingly that unlimited growth on a finite planet is impossible long-term. Many contemporary ecological, economic, and political crises indicate that the industrial growth economy is hitting hard limits.

The Weirdness

The Devil and His Pets

In many stories about the Devil, a pet helps him with his mischief, like a witch's familiar.  After all, being the ultimate evil in the world must be tiring, lonely work. Or perhaps the Devil is just a misunderstood character. Whichever the case may be, sometimes he needs the comfort and help that only a pet can bring. I originally wanted this list to be all about the Devil's cat, but I could only find a couple of examples, so I expanded the parameters to include other pets. 

Version Control

The Tournament of Books 2017

Every year, I get excited to fill out my brackets in March. However, more than basketball, I get excited about my book brackets! Last year, I highlighted some of my favorite books from past Tournament of Books, but this year I wanted to talk about some of my favorites from this year's contest. I haven't read them all yet - yes, librarians have to wait for holds, too, but here are some of my favorites of the ones I have read!  

Rat Queens

Strong Women in Comics

Women have always been a part of comics, whether portrayed simply as superheroes, spies, damsels, villains, temptresses, scantily-clad distractions, or merely one-dimensional characters. The following brief (and certainly not comprehensive) list contains more recent titles and women characters who cannot be confined to one-dimensional comic tropes, but more diverse and complicated women of our modern age.

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Eat Your Way to Better Health

Looking for some inspiration to kick your junk food binges and poor eating habits to the curb? A healthier diet not only promotes improved overall health, but you will feel better as well, both mentally and physically. Have you been wanting to eat healthier but are unsure where to begin? Or perhaps you’ve already incorporated healthy eating habits into your lifestyle and are in search of new recipes? Either way, a cleaner way of eating need not be complicated nor overwhelming.Here are six books to help with your “clean eating” journey.

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Latino-themed Children's Books

An engaging resource for children and families seeking to celebrate la Latinidad.

DCPL children's collection contains hundreds of excellent children books that reflect the Latino experience. The following list brings together stories either written or illustrated by Latino authors and artists or tales that explore Latino characters and cultural identity. I have included an assortment of English, Spanish or bilingual titles in hopes that this list becomes a resource for children and families who want to read great stories that celebrate La Latinidad.

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Andrew Carnegie Medals 2017

During the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in Atlanta, the winners of the annual Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction were announced. The winners will officially receive their awards in June. Below are the winning titles available to check out and download from the library.Fiction

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'Victoria' by Daisy Goodwin

Begins Jan. 15 on WETA-26

Kensington Palace, June 1837. A young Princess Alexandria Victoria is told that her uncle, the King, is dead and she is now the Queen of England. Her reign begins in the new novel Victoria by Daisy Goodwin.

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