15 01, 2020

Staff Picks: “1919: The Year That Changed America”

By |January 15th, 2020|

1919 was a big year for the United States of America. The country experienced several earth-shattering events in only twelve months time: The Great Molasses Flood. The Black Sox Scandal. The First Red Scare. Labor Movement Strikes. Suffrage. Red Summer. Prohibition. Each of these events would have been monumental in

22 08, 2019

Staff Picks: When Aidan Became a Brother

By |August 22nd, 2019|

The gorgeously illustrated picture book, When Aidan Became a Brother, is about understanding and appreciating oneself and making space for others to feel unconditional love and support.  “When Aidan was born, everyone thought he was a girl.” He hated the sound of his name and he would “accidentally-on-purpose” rip and

18 04, 2019

Staff Picks: “Arctic Solitaire”

By |April 18th, 2019|

Some photographers will do anything for a great shot. Ask Paul Souders. Over four summers from 2012 to 2015, Souders explored the Hudson Bay region of Canada, hoping to take the perfect picture of a polar bear. He traversed the area by himself in a small C-Dory fishing boat and

28 02, 2019

Staff Picks: A Heart in a Body in the World

By |February 28th, 2019|

As hard as it may be to believe, 16-year-old Annabelle begins a 2,700-mile cross-country run with zero planning or foresight. She just knows that she needs to start, and she cannot stop until her heart gives her permission. Her life has imploded and running is the only thing that keeps

19 11, 2018

Staff Picks: “Educated”

By |November 19th, 2018|

How does someone who grew up with no education end up with a Ph.D. from Cambridge? Tara Westover’s memoir Educated recounts her incredible journey from an isolated life in the mountains of Idaho to a scholar at Harvard and Cambridge. Born to extremely conservative Mormon parents who did not believe

2 10, 2018

Staff Picks: “I’m Just No Good At Rhyming”

By |October 2nd, 2018|

What happens when Chris Harris, a producer known for his work on the T.V. show How I Met Your Mother, decides to take a stab at writing children’s literature? The answer is a book of poetry that will leave readers of all ages (even self-proclaimed “not poetry people”) laughing out

17 08, 2018

Staff Picks: “All the Answers”

By |August 17th, 2018|

Long before Jeopardy!, there was Quiz Kids, a trivia program for children that debuted on the radio in the 1940s. One of its stars was Chicago’s Joel Kupperman, who became a regular contestant at age six and charmed listeners with his precocious math skills. He received thousands of fan letters

21 06, 2018

Staff Picks: “The Power”

By |June 21st, 2018|

  What would happen if suddenly every woman on the planet had the power to electrocute others with the flick of her fingers? Naomi Alderman takes you on a terrifying ride that digs deep into human nature and how a sudden shift in the power dynamics between men and women

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