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Bountiful Bonsai

Caring for Houseplants (e-books)

The "new normal," as a result of the public health emergency, encourages more time spent at home. Maybe you've picked up a new hobby, brought a new pet-- maybe (like me) you've invited new houseplants into your space. This shortlist is dedicated to caring for houseplants.   

Secrets of Podcasting: Audio Blogging for the Masses by Bart G. Farkas

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Start Your Podcast Today!

"There's an app for that!" Well, there's a podcast for that, too!  From business to hobbies, podcasts are EVERYWHERE.  What's your podcast idea? Want to learn more? Here's a collection of e-books (and an audiobook) to get you started.

Miss Austen cover

August Staff Picks

A famous novelist and a First Lady are remembered by their sisters in these two new novels. Both novels are available to download from Overdrive. Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Let's Play School

Books to help you homeschool and support distance learning

With the world and education paths thrown into chaos over the last several months, you might be at a loss as to how to manage your child’s education. There may be no easy or right answers, but we can look to existing literature for guidance.

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Strong Appeal

Books I Put on Recent Recommendation Lists for Both my Mom and Sister

I like to think there are many perks to having a librarian in the family. My arts and crafts skills are impeccable, I can organize like nobody’s business, and, provided I know you well, I can produce book recommendations at the drop of a hat. That is why, for the last few years, I have gotten into the habit of creating recommended reading lists for my immediate family members for birthdays and other holidays. With Mother’s Day having recently passed, and my sister’s birthday coming up soon, I thought I’d share some of the books I recently recommended to both of them.

On the Other Side of Freedom The Case for Hope

Perspectives on Black America

...challenging the status quo

Happy Juneteenth! A holiday to commemorate the end of slavery! Indeed, all lives matter. Presently, there is a resounding call echoing across the globe, declaring: "Black Lives Matter" in response to systemic oppression and racism that continue to thrive. This list of books challenges the status quo. A cohesive message exists urging readers to become aware, empowered and to stand for equity and lasting change.

Master the Grill

Things to Do When There is Nothing to Do

Looking for ways to keep busy and learn more as we all stay home together? Read on! Mastering the Grill by Andrew Schloss, David, Joachim, & Alison Miksch

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes cover

Staff Pick: "Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" by Suzanne Collins

Before Katniss Everdeen became a tribute for her district in the Hunger Games, a tribute from her district was paired with a future president.

A Little Life

Escape to an emotional read!

Books that make you cry and laugh out loud.

The list of books below has a combination of genres such as contemporary fiction, romance and erotica. Giving proof that you do not need to focus on one specific genre (fantasy) to escape through books. These are all books that I have read and while reading them I found myself laughing out loud, crying, or clutching my pearls. I hope that if you are in need of an emotionally draining book you find one that fits you within this list!

choke hold

Policing Black Bodies in America

Books that Touch on Police Brutality and Black Lives Matter

The protests of 2020 are an opportunity to remember individuals who were stripped of their humanity---Sandra Bland. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Dominique Clayton. Michael Brown. Christian Taylor. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd.