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College 101: A Girl's Guide to Freshman Year is a comprehensive and authentic guide for girls to everything college. Unlike other college guides,College 101 is written from the honest, humorous, and relatable first-person perspective of a young woman who recently experienced her freshman year, while also offering the advice of experts and unique experiences of other college-aged women. This dynamic guide shows girls what to really expect from their first year of college, including pro tips and common pitfalls to avoid. From managing academics and navigating frat culture on campus, to avoiding debt and getting enough sleep, this book answers all girls' questions about university life, including those they didn't even know they had! Presented in a dynamic and varied format, College 101 imparts seriously valuable information and secrets about the freshman year that every girl needs to make sure she survives (and actually enjoys) her first college experience.

College bound high school students have one thing in common: the extraordinary number of details to keep track of. With standardized test-taking, school visits, essays to write and so many forms to fill out, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Packed with worksheets, lists, advice and invaluable insight, The college bound organizer will help you: understand what admissions officers are looking for in an applicant, Prevent the common mistakes often made on applications, Build your personal profile and write your resume, Plan your individualized testing schedule, Research colleges to identify the schools that are a good fit, Develop a balanced list of schools, Secure your letters of recommendation, Ace your college interviews, Complete and submit the best applications possible, Apply for financial aid and scholarships, Meet all your deadlines, and help you make your final decision.

Completely updated to cover critical new changes to FAFSA deadlines and college application procedures, this revised edition of Get It Together for College covers everything from how to look for colleges to what to take to the dorm. Checklists, timelines, and FAQs are presented in a practical, quick format that helps students relieve stress and take control of the process. Features: * complete junior-senior year calendar showing what to do and when to do it * tips on how to wisely use social media to research colleges * best ways to prepare for college admission tests, including the redesigned SAT * step-by-step walk-through of the new FAFSA financial aid form * how to put an art portfolio together, or prepare for a music audition * how to get recommendations * journal pages for campus visits and college fairs Students and parents recognize the College Board and its #1 college planning website, collegeboard.com, as providers of clear, easy-to-use tools for college planning. More than two million students visit collegeboard.com each month.

Shake puppies by Carli Davidson

The highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling book Shake, Shake Puppies also features 61 dogs caught mid-shake--only this time they're even more adorable and laughter inducing. Shake Puppies features two images of each dog placed side by side to capture the action of the shake--the tousled hair, the distorted expression, the flying water droplets. The photographs capture the dogs in the most candid of moments and were shot against brightly colored backdrops to make them fresh, lively, and inviting. Shake Puppies includes a roster listing the names, ages, and breeds of the dogs, as well as behind-the-scenes images that take readers into the studio with Carli Davidson and the smiling, playful pups. In the accompanying text, she offers never-before-shared insight into her creative process and reminds readers of the importance of animal adoption and quality pet care. Funny and heartwarming Shake Puppies is a colorful assemblage of photographs that are startling and endearing, revealing and irresistible.

The Puppy Bowl is the biggest event of the year for puppy athletes (and puppy lovers) everywhere. These pups might be cute, but they take their play seriously, tumbling over each others’ wagging tails, sniffing with wet noses, and barking in happy scrums, all in pursuit of good fun and friendly competition. Celebrating more than a decade of frolicking fun, Puppy Bowl: The Book collects all the most adorable and hilarious moments from The Cutest Show on Earth. From the starring puppy players to the halftime kitten show to the game’s coveted MVP (Most Valuable Puppy), this is one book no puppy fan will want to miss. Puppy Bowl: The Book captures all of the excitement you love most about the game—the playful tackles, the cutest stumbles, and the cheerful, yipping touchdowns—into one action-packed collection of the cutest puppies you’ve ever seen.

Dog lovers who haven't raised puppies from birth have missed out on one of the most remarkable and adorable times in a dog's life. From one to twenty-one days old, puppies undergo great changes, from needing their mothers' complete care to opening their eyes and ears to the outside world, growing, stretching their legs, and learning to become the dogs that they are. Author/photographer (and new mother) Traer Scott's love of dogs shines through these intimate images of a range of breeds and types, from champion pups to shelter strays, all of them irresistible. Including an introduction on puppies' development and the importance of their welfare, this delightful book reveals young dogs as they embark on the adventures of growing up.

To celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in the month of June, we wanted to highlight some graphic novels in our YA and Adult collections. From comic book heroes to real-life heroes, introverts and extroverts, butt-kickers, heart-melters, and heart-breakers. For more titles and information, check out the new Queer Comics Database.

Profiles of inspiring women, some who are world famous and some who are little known in graphic format, including Nellie Bly, Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, Tove Janssen, and Naziq al-Abid.

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means...leaving him.

"Mr. Roth was the last of the great white males: the triumvirate of writers — Saul Bellow and John Updike were the others — who towered over American letters in the second half of the 20th century. Outliving both and borne aloft by an extraordinary second wind, Mr. Roth wrote more novels than either of them. In 2005 he became only the third living writer (after Bellow and Eudora Welty) to have his books enshrined in the Library of America." - New York Times

American pastoral by Philip Roth
Also available in: audiobook

Seymour "Swede" Levov, a hard working man who came of age in triumphant postwar America, must give up his dreams of a peaceful life when his daughter grows up to be a 1960s revolutionary terrorist.

Tracing the full span of Philip Roth's career - from the early controversies surrounding the stories in Goodbye, Columbus to his recent assessments of his work and corrections of the record - this retrospective summation of his essays and interviews shows at every turn the vigour, acuity, and persuasive power of our most celebrated living novelist.

Tuesday has a personality that shines. I am not kidding when I say it is common for people to pull out their cell phones and take pictures of and with him. Tuesday is that kind of dog. And then, in passing, they notice me, the big man with the tight haircut. There is nothing about me--even the straight, stiff way I carry myself--that signals disabled. Until people notice the cane in my left hand, that is, and the way I lean on it every few steps. Then they realize my stiff walk and straight posture aren't just pride, and that Tuesday isn't just an ordinary dog. He walks directly beside me, for instance, so that my right leg always bisects his body. He nuzzles me when my breathing changes, and he moves immediately between me and the object--a cat, an overeager child, a suspiciously closed door--any time I feel apprehensive. Because beautiful, happy-go-lucky, favorite-of-the-neighborhood Tuesday isn't my pet; he's my service dog." Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, having survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three broken vertebrae. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That's when he met Tuesday - his best friend forever. Tuesday came with his own history of challenges: from the Puppies Behind Bars program, to a home for troubled boys, to the streets of Manhattan, Tuesday blessed many lives on his way to Luis. Until Tuesday unforgettably twines the story of man and dog.

A decade ago, former military counterintelligence officer Terry Henry joined his precocious young daughter, Kyria, on a trip to a nursing home in order to allow its residents to play with their family dog, a golden retriever named Riley. Terry was astounded by the transformations that unfolded before his eyes. Soon after, Terry and Kyria started their service dog organization, paws4people, with the goal of pairing dogs with human beings in need of healing, including traumatized and wounded war veterans and children living with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.In A Dog's Gift, award-winning journalist and author Bob Drury movingly captures the story of a year in the life of paws4people and the broken bodies and souls the organization mends. The book follows the journey of pups bred by the organization from their loving, if rigorous, early training to an emotional event that terry and Kyria have christened "the bump," where each individual service dog chooses its new owner through an almost mystical connection that ignites the healing process. incorporating vivid storytelling, insights into canine wisdom, history, science, and moving tales of personal transformation, A Dog's Gift is a story of miracles bound to be embraced by not only the 60 million Americans who own dogs, but by anyone with a full heart and a loving soul.

Max : best friend, hero, marine by Jennifer Li Shotz

When Justin's family adopts the military canine that was handled by Justin's departed brother, Kyle, Justin helps the troubled dog recover from the trauma it suffered in Afghanistan when Kyle was killed as the two investigate how Kyle died.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Grace Thomas, the American Girl character who visits Paris and wants to start her own bakery, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

The 12 dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

Thirteen-year-old Christa's plans for her favorite holiday are derailed when her parents announce their divorce and Christa spends Christmas in Europe with her mom, but even though her dad remains in Chicago, he sends Christa on a scavenger hunt made up of dares that send her all over Florence, Paris, and London.

"A host of animals portrays all kinds of non-traditional families"--.

A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

"An innovative journalist and novelist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like 'The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,' 'The Right Stuff' and 'Bonfire of the Vanities'..." - New York Times

In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.

Sherman McCoy, a young investment banker in Manhattan, finds himself arrested following a freak accident and becomes involved with prosecutors, politicians, the press, and assorted hustlers..

Celiac disease is a serious condition that's caused when the body's immune system damages the small intestine. Gluten is the trigger. It's a protein found in wheat, rye and barley products. The disease can occur at any age, but it can be treated and managed by sticking to a gluten-free diet. Want to know more? Check out these resources and stayed tuned for a gluten-free program in June!

After being diagnosed with celiac disease, actress Esposito founded Jennifer's Way Bakery in New York City, where she served up delicious gluten and allergen-free delights to customers. (The bakery is currently being relocated to an as-yet undisclosed location.) Now she's sharing her favorite recipes with us. Beginning with helpful tips to living gluten- and allergen-free, like taking a look at beauty and cleaning products, the book then makes its way to the heart of the home: the kitchen. Recipes are broken down into three parts: Pure Recipes for Healing, Clean Recipes for Living, and Indulgent Recipes for Splurging. While the Pure recipes are meant to restore digestive health, and the Clean recipes are meant to maintain it, both sections offer plenty of options for delicious eating. Start your day with a fruity hemp smoothie, have some herb-lemon-honey tuna steaks for dinner, and top it off with apple honey cake. Also including recipes for homemade milks and breads, Jennifer's Way Kitchen will be a welcome addition to the shelves of anyone looking to maintain their digestive and/or autoimmune health.

Nancy Cain came to gluten-free cooking simply enough: Her teenage son was diagnosed with celiac disease. After trying ready-made baking mixes and finding the results rubbery and tasteless, she pioneered gluten-free foods made entirely from natural ingredients--no xanthan or guar gums or other mystery chemical additives allowed. That led her to adapt many of her family's favorite recipes, including their beloved pizzas, pastas, and more, to this real food technique. In Against the Grain, Nancy finally shares 200 groundbreaking recipes for achieving airy, crisp breads, delicious baked goods, and gluten-free main dishes. For any of these cookies, cakes, pies, sandwiches, and casseroles, you use only natural ingredients such as buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, and ripe fruits and vegetables. Whether you're making Potato Rosemary Bread, iced Red Velvet Cupcakes, Lemon-Thyme-Summer Squash Ravioli, or Rainbow Chard and Kalamata Olive Pizza, you'll be able to use ingredients already in your pantry or easily found at your local supermarket. With ample information for gluten-free beginners and 100 colorful photographs, this book is a game changer for gluten-free households everywhere.

In 1992, the month of May was designated Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate by reading a YA book by an author of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry this month! Some selections are listed below. 

American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

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