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The Best Books of 2021

Each year, magazines, websites, newspapers, book review journals, awards committees, and libraries share their lists of the best books of the year. Some lists are short, with only 10 titles. Others highlight books from various genres and can be as long as 200 titles once all are combined. These lists demonstrate just how subjective reading…
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Struggling this Holiday Season?

Everyone is happy during the holiday season...except those who aren’t. For people who have experienced loss, trauma, or estrangement from their families, the holidays can be a difficult time of year. Some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder when the days become shorter.  If you or someone you know is struggling this holiday season, the…
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The 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Today is the 80th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, “a date which will live in infamy. We have both nonfiction and fiction books and the 2001 movie about that fateful day in 1941 that led the United States into World War II. Let us know if you read and enjoy any of the…
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Book Award Season

Are you wondering what you should read next? Take a look at the books below, which have been nominated for The Booker Prize, The National Book Award, or the Carnegie Medal for Excellence. You’ll notice that some of the books appear on more than one list. The Booker Prize and National Book Awards were awarded…
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October is National Cookbook Month!

I enjoy looking through cookbooks even if I don’t expect to cook from them. While we can pinpoint exactly what we want to cook online, I find more pleasure in flipping through a book on the topic of choice. We have books centered around ingredients, types of diets, cuisines, and appliances. We have books that…
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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month

Each year, thousands of families in the United States experience the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Of people who know they are pregnant, 10%-15% have a miscarriage within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the majority of them occurring during the first trimester.[1] Many people who suffer a miscarriage treat it as a…
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15-October 15, we celebrate the contributions of people of Hispanic descent. To better understand and appreciate the Hispanic experience, we have a display of memoirs, biographies, fiction, and cookbooks in the reference room on the second floor, including a brand-new cookbook on Colombian cuisine and a memoir by Sonia Manzano, who played Maria…
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September is National Recovery Month

What is Recovery Month? Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery…
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Celebrate National Honey Bee Day on August 21!

We're happy to be celebrating National Honey Bee Day on August 21! National Honey Bee Day is celebrated annually to recognize the important contribution honey bees make to human lives and bring awareness to the effort to protect this critical species. It also acknowledges the work done by beekeepers to maintain healthy bee populations. The…
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August is Romance Awareness Month

Has this past year taken the romance out of your life? A book can inspire you to rekindle your relationship. Romance books come in a wide variety of subgenres, from Paranormal Romance to Romantic Comedies to Historical Romance (think Bridgerton), so there is something for everyone. The titles below can get you started. The library…
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Eat the Rainbow!

I never thought I would say this when I was a child, but sometimes I crave a salad or a fresh fruit or vegetable. This a wonderful time of year for produce. The variety of local fruits, vegetables, and herbs increases and Farmers’ Markets pop up across the area. You can explore the bounty of…
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Celebrate Pride Month with a new read!

The Lambda Literary Society recently announced the winners of the Lammy Awards, which are judged on literary merit and content relevant to the LGBTQ+ community. Celebrate Pride Month by checking out or reserving some of the winning books from this year and years past. Click on the links for a complete list of this year’s…
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May is Mental Health Month.

While we often focus on our physical health, it is equally important to take care of our mental health. It has been a particularly difficult year, with COVID affecting many people’s mental health. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, or another mental illness, information is available. You can check out some…
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