Books

Fall brings cooler air, leaves changing colors, and back to school.  If you missed our back to school themed storytime, here are some books you can read on your own---not homework, but funwork!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Songs We Sang--ABC's, Skinnamarink, You Are My Sunshine

 

 

Death and grief can be a challenge to talk about at any age or time. The following titles might help to start those difficult conversations. Simpler books are at the top of the list, but might appeal to a wider audience. Books for older readers are toward the bottom.

For additional suggestions, or for resources specific to any given situation, please ask a Reference Librarian or use our May We Suggest service.

 

Ida, always by Caron Levis
The purple balloon by Christopher Raschka

Clothing--something we all put on at some point everyday. Clothes can be plain, silly, lightweight, or really warm. Did you miss our Clothing Themed Storytime? Catch up on some great reads about clothes and be sure to wear your favorite outfit while reading them!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Songs we listened to this week included Skinnamarink, Bouncing, Hopping and Jumping, and You Are My Sunshine.

For our Flannel today, we did a fun Mitten Match to help us with our colors.

Bugs, creepy crawlies, insects! So much fun in such a small package. If you missed our Bug Themed Storytime, have no fear--here are some songs and books from storytime and a few suggestions to keep you reading about insects and bugs galore!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Songs from Storytime included singing our ABC's, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and also listening to Skinnamarink.

This year has been great for adaptations. Check out this list of new and upcoming movies and TV shows based on books, then grab one and get reading! 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

May 20, 2018 (HBO)

Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Davis, Sofia Boutella

August 10, 2018

Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Michiel Huisman

If you're looking to fill the long wait until the next Star Wars movie is released, check out some of these great stories from the Star Wars Universe.

Last shot by Daniel José Older
Also available in: print

Nonfiction Book Group November 2018

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Murder on the Orient Express: a Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie is one of the author's most famous mysteries. The story was inspired by two real-life crimes and the author's own experience being stranded on the Orient Express during Christmas of 1931.

In the book, the dapper detective Hercule Poirot, for whom murder-solving is a precise, intellectual exercise, agrees to interview all aboard the famous train's Calais coach, hoping to find the killer of an American millionaire before the local police arrive.

If you enjoy fast-paced mysteries like Murder on the Orient Express, then you may enjoy...

Also available in: audiobook

In 1914, a bold young American names Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper in the English countryside. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And though many years have passed since he astonished Watson by solving Scotland Yard's most baffling crimes, the Great Detective is no fool. He instantly spots a fellow intellect in Mary. When his greatest enemy returns with a fiendishly resourceful plan for revenge, Holmes knows he faces the case of his lifetime - and that he needs Mary's help to solve it.

Also available in: audiobook

Nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who in the name of healing have turned to homicide. The monomaniacal Rand brothers--Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist--are utterly ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for the fatal "white-blood disease." In London's Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers' dying patients--wealthy Bryson Radnor--when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children, and learns to her horror that they've been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes. But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cure to allow their experiments to be exposed. Before Hester can reveal the truth, she too becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends--distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them--scour London's grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester's time, as well as the children's, is quickly draining away.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Kirsten Larson, the American Girl character who immigrates to the United States from Sweden in the 1850s, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

Lucky broken girl by Ruth Behar

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: November 29, 2018

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son's inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel's favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed--by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster--Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.
 
The trio find themselves in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected.
 
As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life's beauty and surprising possibilities

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