Visually Simple Board Books for Young Children

Mon., Aug. 19
Children with visual impairments are a diverse group of readers. Some need books with braille and textures to touch and feel; others need large print and increased contrast. For young children with low vision, simple board books with realistic photographs against white backgrounds can be beneficial. Check out these titles featuring sturdy board pages and visually simple photographs against white backgrounds. Creature Colors by Andrew…
A Digital Talking Book Machine, with an audiobook cartridge inside of it, pictured in front of a backdrop of snow-topped mountains and trees

An Old Friend in a New Format

Mon., Jul. 22
Looking back on it, I definitely had low expectations when reaching into the depths of my mother’s childhood closet. I was an avid reader in middle school, and I was instructed to dig through a cardboard box stuffed with paperbacks to see if I wanted to keep any. I expected to come across old classics, a high school workbook or two (not exactly of interest),…
Paths of Heart book cover

Paths of Heart--Writing Stories Told at Life's End

Mon., Jul. 15
“Death and dying are radioactive topics.” So says Richard Haverlack, author of Paths of Heart—Writing Stories Told at Life’s End (DBC 16051). Haverlack, who personally recorded his book for the LBPH narration program, began his own journey into this realm following the death of his father and later his beloved Uncle Frank who struggled in a hospital setting in his last days, before being moved…
The Cover of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

An Epistolary blog post.

Mon., Jul. 8
Dear Reader/future reader/past readers/whoever wants to read this. It is just below an understatement how important books have been in my life. It isn’t just about the book itself but the memory I have attached to it. For instance, my very first journal entry was about my mom giving me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I wrote a couple pages on how much I…
Reamde Cover

Reamde: Yes I spelled that right

Mon., Jul. 1
Neal Stephenson has long been one of my  favorite authors, and Reamde is another awesome book by him.  I think I've written on him before, here and here, but Reamde has been on mind because the sequel came out.  But we do not have it so I cannot write on it.  Yet.  Anyways I reread this book in preparation for the sequel and loved it…
The poster for the Summer Reading Extravaganza

Blast off to Summer Reading!

Wed., Jun. 26
Summer at the library means books books books!  The Summer reading program is not just for teens and kids, it’s also for all our avid adult readers! There is a great list of books this year that you will not want to miss. Here are a few just to get you interested. There, There by Tommy Orange (DB91321) There There is a relentlessly paced multigenerational…
Newspaper image showing dinosaur peering into skyscraper window

Bone Wars

Mon., Jun. 3
In April of this year an unusual item appeared for sale on Ebay:  the 15-foot, 68-million-year-old remains of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, discovered in Wyoming, for the “buy it now” price of $2.95 million.  In the United States, unlike many other countries, fossil hunters who unearth skeletal remains on private land are entitled by law to keep (and sell) them.  Dinosaur trophies are much sought…
A colorful palette of Indian spices and herbs

The Mistress of Spices: a Spice Fantasy

Fri., May. 31
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni DB 87874 transports you immediately with a literary-sensory explosion of color, scent, and touch to an exotic land of spices. This exotic land is Oakland, California, where a powerful immortal named Tilo keeps shop in a nondescript Indian grocery--disguised as an old woman. Tilo takes special care of each customer: learning their hearts desire, their greatest fears,…
Book cover of Good Kings, Bad Kings

Good Kings, Bad Kings – and excellent cast of characters in an engaging novel.

Fri., May. 17
Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum (DB77648) is the Consumer Health Coalition Bookclub pick for May of 2019.  This is a book written for young adults, but is a very engrossing read about invisible kids who have been shut away.    Most of the book takes place within the walls of a nursing home for kids and teenagers with disabilities, and some have mental health issues…

Well I am in a hurry...

Fri., May. 10
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (DB 89846) by Neil deGrasse Tyson is an excellent book.  He goes through the entire history of the universe in a brilliant and funny manner.  Mr. Tyson has made great strides in educating people on astrophysics and in this intelligent and packed little book he shows his prowess.  And this is a short book, only 3 hours and 43…