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Emily’s Picks

Libby Audiobook: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
castle movingYou won’t be able to put this breezy, lighthearted, and hilarious fantasy down! It has lots of humor and heart, memorable characters and dialogue, and a perfect happily (or scrappily!) ever after. Plain but spunky Sophie is transformed by a curse into an old woman, and must enlist the help of the cowardly, wizard Howl. They butt heads, and bicker constantly, but there is a spark between them that Sophie can’t seem to extinguish. And Howl may need her help to break a curse of his own…

CD: The First Band on the Moon by The Cardigans
Probably best remembered for its one hit, “Lovefool,” this album boasts a dreamy, psychedelic sound that feels more likeFirstBandOnTheMoon a product of the 70s than of 1996. It’s fun and funky, and easy to listen to over and over. Standout tracks include “Your New Cuckoo,” “Step On Me,” and the band’s very groovy cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.”


Jessie’s Picks

DVD: Soul
soulPixar once again successfully tackles a big, heavy topic with humor and heart.  Soul is about a Middle School music teacher/Jazz pianist and an unborn soul that grapple with finding purpose and living life fully.  This movie is a must-watch for fans of Up or Inside Out.

CD: Complete Greatest Hits by The Carscar greatest hits
This is a good collection of this New Wave band’s hits.  It includes one of my favorites, “Moving  in Stereo,” which is not included on some of their other greatest hits compilations since it was not released as a single.


John’s Picks

DVD: How the States Got Their Shapes
how the states gotEver wonder why Pennsylvania and Delaware share a rounded border?  Or what about all those perfectly square states out west? And why the heck is Rhode Island so tiny?  If these questions interest you, then this History Channel series is perfect for you! It’s a super interesting show that explores why each state in the USA looks the way it does. Combining history, geography, and culture—host  Brian Unger uncovers the stories behind the familiar shapes on our modern American map.

CD: Game of Thrones Season Eight: Music from the HBO Seriesgame of thrones s8 music
Revisit Westeros through the soundtrack to the final season of HBO’s legendary series—Game of  Thrones. Season 8 was when so many storylines we’ve been anticipating finally wrapped up, and these were the songs accompanying the hype.  “Jenny of Oldstones,” “The Last of the Starks,” and “The Night King” may leave you with goosebumps.


Kim’s Picks

DVD: The Railway Children
railway childrenBased on Edith’s Nesbit’s 1906 novel of the same name, this 1970 film is a charming and episodic (in the most complimentary way) tale of the numerous childhood adventures of the Waterburys, trying to make due in Yorkshire after the father is falsely accused of spying and imprisoned.

Libby Audiobook: Middlemarch by George Eliotmiddlemarch
This is sometimes considered the greatest novel (1871) in English.  Eliot, nom de plume for Mary Ann Evans, describes life in a 19th century English town on the verge of modernity.  She draws masterful life-like portraits of all its denizens, from bankers and physicians to clerics and politicians, from farmers and auctioneers to stay-at-home biddies and young women waking up to potentialities.


Mary’s Picks

DVD: Once Upon a Time
once upon a time s1All the classic fairytales in one place with a new twist. Enchanting and fun to watch for any fan of fantasy and fairytales. Makes for a great girls night; I used to watch this every Sunday in the fall and winter with my roommates and we loved it.

Audiobook: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pinkwhen perfect timing
An interesting read that can help you plan when to make important decisions in life. Timing  really is everything. Includes such topics as circadian rhythms, time of year, beginnings, endings, motivation, restorative breaks, and group behavior. Will make you look at things you’ve done in the past and things you’d like to do in the future in a different way.

Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: The Hate U Give
hate u give“Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she’s forced to make a decision. Allow the media to skewer her friend to protect the status quo, or stand up and tell the truth in memory of Khalil?”

CD: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse
After topping the charts with hits off the album Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Wewe were dead Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank brings more of a mainstream vibe without losing any authenticity.

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Celebrating Juneteenth

On Saturday, June 19, Americans across the country will celebrate the end of slavery.

What is the history of this observance, which is separate from the Emancipation Proclamation? Juneteenth is a day of observance, celebrating Black freedom and culture. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation into law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday and naming it Juneteenth National Independence Day.

The end of slavery began on January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but in many states, news traveled slowly and Black Americans were not immediately freed. This was especially true in Texas, the most distant state.

Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger, from the Union army, arrived in Galveston, Texas and demanded that enslaved Blacks be set free. Upon hearing the news, Black Americans celebrated their freedom and new rights, including buying land. Slavery was officially abolished on January 31, 1865 when the 13th Amendment was ratified.

To help you learn more about racial justice, here are selected lists of fiction and nonfiction, linked to our print and digital catalogs.


Beloved by Toni Morrison: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora: print, large type, eBook, eAudiobook
Dear Martin by Nic Stone: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Hell of a Book by Jason Mott: print, large type
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison: print, eAudiobook
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin: print, eBook, eAudiobook
Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain: print, large type, audiobook player, eBook, eAudiobook
The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham: print, Book Club in a Bag, eBook, eAudiobook
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall: print, eBook, eAudiobook
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi: print, large type, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: print, book on CD, audiobook player, eBook, eAudiobook
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown: print, eBook, eAudiobook
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: print, book on CD, eBook, eAudiobook, YA eAudiobook, DVD, Blu-Ray DVD
A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib: print, eBook
A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier and Lisa Frazier Page: print, eBook
The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza: print, eBook
Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: print, eAudiobook
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson: print, book on CD, audiobook player, eBook

Looking for more? Visit our Black Voices digital collection here.

For print, books on CD, and DVDs, try these keyword searches:
Black independence
End of slavery
Black freedom
Black lives matter
Juneteenth (in Children’s Collections)
Juneteenth (in Adult Book Collections)

You can learn more about Juneteenth at these websites:
National Museum of African American History & Culture

Business resources for entrepreneurial success!

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If you’re a business owner or thinking about starting a business, we have resources for you, available online and in our libraries.

Check out Entrepreneur and Fast Company magazines on Flipster, free with your library card.

Entrepreneur magazine is the trusted source for growing your business and offers surefire strategies for success.

Fast Company magazine is dedicated to reporting about how the “fast companies”; entrepreneurs, and cutting-edge are doing what they do.

Visit and scroll to Flipster to sign in with your card.

For more business books, visit our print catalog here.

These eBooks and eAudiobooks are available now. Visit our OverDrive catalog here.

And check out our online, self-paced course on Entrepreneurship from Cisco Networking Academy to help you explore potential career pathways, develop technical mastery, and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed. This course is free and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. Get started here.

World Mental Health Day – October 10 – valuable resources for you

Today is World Mental Health Day, observed with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

You can learn more from the World Health Organization here and about past World Mental Health Days here.

In addition, the World Health Organization will host, for the first time ever, a global online advocacy event on mental health. World leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it. Learn more about this event here.

Our library system also has many print and digital library resources for you.

In addition, you can access Yoga and Mindfulness magazines on Flipster, free. Visit and scroll to Flipster to sign in with your library card.

Celebrate Global Sleep Under the Stars Night with these digital downloads

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Tonight is Global Sleep Under the Stars Night and whether you pitch a tent in your backyard or study the skies from your deck or patio, here are a few astronomical digital titles to help you celebrate:

First on the Moon – The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience by Rod Pyle

Packing for Mars – The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

The Sun, Stars, and Galaxies – The Solar System by Britannica Educational Publishing


Series Starters – eBooks and eAudiobooks ready to download

If you like book series, we have a whole digital collection of Series Starters in a variety of genres ready for download to your device. Take a look at these selections of fiction, mystery, thriller, romance fantasy and historical fiction and get ready to dig into something new! Here is just a sampling of what we have:

Visit our Series Starters collection here and you’ll be on your way to a great reading weekend!

Biographies – fascinating life histories – available for download today!

Like biographies? These selected life stories are currently available for download as eBooks.

Ansel Adams by Mary Street Alinder

Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles

The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

Mandela by Anthony Sampson

Napoleon by Andrew Roberts

Sonia Sotomayor by Sylvia Mendoza

Steve McQueen by Marc Eliot

Vincent Van Gogh by Jan Greenberg

The Watcher by Jeanette Winter

Looking for something else? Click here to view all currently available biographies.

Sharing recipes on National Chili Dog Day!

Happy National Chili Dog Day! This month’s issue of Taste of Home magazine has two tasty chili dog recipes for you. Why not try out a Detroit Dog or a Chili Coney Dog?

It’s easy to access these recipes in Taste of Home magazine with your library card: Visit and scroll to Flipster.

For all you cooks and grillers, check out these other magazines to help you plan your next meal:

And be sure to visit our Backyard Time digital collection – offering these and many more titles for your outdoor dinners!

Sink into a book in celebration of National Hammock Day!

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Today is National Hammock Day and what better time to sink into an eBook or eAudiobook from our digital collection!

Take a look at our current downloadable collections:

Librarian Likes

Library Reads

Just Added

Black Voices

Summer Vibes

Backyard Time

No Holds Audiobooks

No Holds Classic eBooks

Forgotten Favorites

Spanish Language Collection

What’s going to be your next read?