Staff Picks for November 2019

Robin recommends:

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  About Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft

A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods

Franklin and Winston by Jon Meachem.

Justin recommends:

Just read Guts by Raina Telgemeier.  Highly recommend.  Telgemeier is the author of several best sellers including Sisters, Smile, and DramaGuts is based on her childhood with the storyline focusing on conquering your fears as a teenage child.

Nina recommends:

I picked up Ambush by James Patterson at the Library tonight.

May 2018 Staff Picks

The Detective London McKenna mystery series by Alex Gates is dark. I’ve read a few of them, but they are not easy reads. The pace is very quick, though.

Nina E.

I am currently reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. For fans of Wonder, but 10 times a better read!

Out of My Mind is narrated by a girl with cerebral palsy who’s very intelligent but unable to express herself verbally or physically. Hoping for the ending I expect, but there have been some unexpected story lines.

2018-2019 Middle School Battle of the book list

Justin M.

I am reading Flat Broke with Two Goats which is a memoir by Jennifer McGahan.  Her book was chosen for The Big Read.  She was at Main St. Books in Davidson on Saturday evening.  I enjoyed seeing her.  The first part of the book is difficult to read as her first marriage was an abusive relationship.  The second part of the book is about homesteading in North Carolina near Asheville.

Cheri S.

I just read The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.  I read it for pleasure.  It was on the Battle of the Book reading list last year.  This was an exciting fantasy book about young teens that run a ghost hunting agency.  I would definitely recommend it, but it is probably not for everyone since it is can be bit dark and scary. 

Rachel V.


What the kids enjoy this Spring

Hi, it’s Ms. Crystal from the Outreach department in Youth Services.  Some of my teachers have been asking for a list of the books that we have been reading during our preschool and school visits this month.  Here are a few of my favorites that I have been using and they have been big hits with my Story Time listeners!


Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

By: Susan Shea


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By: Eric Carle

dontletthepigeondrivethebus_bookcoverDon’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

By: Mo Willems


Knuffle Bunny

By: Mo Willems


Polar Bear’s Underwear

By: Tupera Tupera


Tap the Magic Tree

By: Christie Matheson


Mother Bruce

By: Ryan T. Higgins


The Curious Garden

By: Peter Brown

August Kids Picks

Animal FactsAnimal Facts to Make You Smile
by Grace Hansen
E 590 HAN

First book in a fantastic series about animals and facts that most of us don’t know. Simple text and real life photos of animals in their habitat. Guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

GruffaloThe Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Silly tale of a mouse who escapes being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake by inventing a lunch date with a strange monster: the gruffalo. Then, to his surprise, the mouse encounters the gruffalo himself–only some quick thinking will get him out of this mess!

Spy GuySpy Guy
by Jessica Young

Spy Guy is a spy—but not a very good one. He’s too loud, too squeaky, and in need of a good disguise. All Spy Guy wants is to figure out the secret to spying. But as the Chief says, that he must discover for himself. With a lot of trial and even more error, can Spy Guy figure out the secret to spying?

The Last Train: A Holocaust StoryThe Last Train: A Holocaust Story
by Rona Arato
J 940.531 ARA

The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.

The Nazi occupation forces the family into situations of growing panic and fear: first into a ghetto in their hometown; then a labor camp in Austria; and, finally, to the deadly Bergen Belsen camp deep in the heart of Germany. Separated from their father, 6-year-old Paul and 11-year-old Oscar must care for their increasingly sick mother, all while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy amid the horrors of the camp.

by Lisa McMann

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths . Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret–behind the mirage of the ‘death farm’ there is instead a place called Artime.

July Kids Picks

We have kids books, picked out just for you!

Circus Mirandus Circus Mirandus
by Cassie Beasley

Do you believe in magic?
Micah Tuttle does.

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

Princess Plot Princess Plot
by Kirsten Boie

Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess–sweet! In the wink of an eye, she’s whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the “shoot.” But something’s amiss: First, she finds out she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away following the death of her father, the king. Then she learns that the conniving regent plans to use her to take control of the country, now being fought over by rebels. As the plot twists and turns, Jenna discovers just what she’s made of–and just why she resembles the missing princess so much!

Saving Lucas Biggs Saving Lucas Biggs
by Marisa de los Santos

When thirteen-year-old Margaret’s father is unfairly sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, she is determined to save him, even if it means using her family’s secret-and forbidden-ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man.

U.S. PresidentsU.S. Presidents
by Ken Jennings, illustrated by Mike Lowery
J 973.009 JEN

Become a genius of presidential trivia with this guide from Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings. Learn all about the weird habits and activities of our nation’s great leaders and impress your friends and family!

Buk Buk BukThe Buk Buk Buk Festival
by Mary Jane and Herm Auch

Feathers fly and humor abounds as the literary adventures continue for Henrietta, the talented chicken from The Plot Chickens. Thrilled to have her picture book published, Henrietta is all aflutter with excitement when shes invited to a local book festival. However, the event organizers did not count on having a chicken show up to sign books. Luckily, just when the festival director gives chase, Henrietta comes up with a clever plan to make herself heard and be respected.

Hug MachineHug Machine
by Scott Campbell

No person or thing will go unhugged when the hug machine is around! Charming watercolors highlight this tale of an extremely affectionate little boy.

Beach HouseBeach House
by Deanna Caswell

In a funny and heartfelt celebration of family, vacations, and the joy of the sea, Deanna Caswell and Amy June Bates capture the essence of summer—building sand castles, jumping the waves, and watching the stars come out after a long day at the beach—and the love that warms every moment.

Being WendyBeing Wendy
by Fran Drescher

In this delightful picture book, we meet Wendy, a girl who lives in an odd town where everyone has to wear a box. These boxes are labeled with what each person does. The teacher wears a TEACHER box. The baker wears a BAKER box. Even the doctor wears a DOCTOR box! These boxes are worn for life and Wendy has to choose hers soon. How will she ever decide on just one box? She’s interested in so many things! Wendy’s moxie makes her break out of her box . . . And she sets the whole town on end when she does!

Summer Kids Books

Even more kids books to keep you reading through the summer because you can never have too many!

Hi, Koo Hi, Koo!
by Jon J. Muth
J 811.54 MUT

An exuberant journey through the alphabet with panda bear, Koo.

Telephone Telephone
by Mac Barnett

Clever page turns, hilarious details, and delightful wordplay abound in the bird world’s version of the classic game of telephone.

Monster My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not)
by Peter Brown

Bobby thinks his teacher is the worst. . . that is until he accidentally meets her in the park.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!  The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
by Mo Willems

Pigeon returns- – this time he needs a bath but has other things to do. When he is finally convinced, he won’t get out of the tub!

Witch's Boy The Witch’s Boy
by Kelly Barnhill

Following the adventures of new friends Ned and Aine in this imaginative tale of tricky magic. A complex journey about finding your voice.

Absolutely Almost Absolutely Almost
by Lisa Graff

In this relatable tale, fifth grader Albie is not very good at a lot of things, but with a little help from a new babysitter, he finds out that being himself is the most important thing.

Half a Chance Half a Chance
by Cynthia Lord

A young girl struggles to determine her place when her family moves to a new community. An authentic story of friendship, loss, and self-identity told through the lens of her interest in photography.

Rain Reign Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin

Rose’s obsession with homophones and rules distinguishes her from most other fifth graders, but also provides insights into the world of a child challenged by Asperger’s Syndrome.