If you like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson, try the Rick Riordan Presents books, published by Disney-Hyperion. These books are packed with middle grade adventure, humor, and action, featuring gods, heroes, and folklore from underrepresented cultures or backgrounds. These original fantasy stories are written by various authors that share their own heritages and world mythologies. These books are available from our catalog in print and electronic format.[Read more…] about Rick Riordan Presents: Stories from Under-Represented Cultures
There are many ways to promote and encourage your child’s creativity at home. The good news is, you don’t need to call in HGTV to redesign your home to create an arts and crafts studio! Here are some ideas that can be done on a budget at the kitchen table or outside on the driveway or picnic table. Of course, if you do have the space and resources to create an art space at home go for it! Here are some aspects of learning and development that you may want to consider when gathering your art materials.[Read more…] about Arts and Crafts at Home
The shortest month has an extra day this leap year, which gives you an extra day of reading time! So slip into your favorite reading spot and open one of these great titles.
Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin
Although Africaville is a work of fiction, it has its roots in a real neighborhood in Halifax, Nova Scotia, founded in the early 1800s, and lasting through the 1960s. Settled by former slaves from the original thirteen colonies and black loyalists freed by Great Britain after the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, the community became an important symbol for Black Canadians.[Read more…] about Adult Reads for the Shortest Month
BCFL’s new read-alongs from VOX Books are hardcover print editions of your favorite kids’ books. They have an audio recording built right into the book — no CD player or digital device required! Just plug in a pair of headphones or use the built-in speaker to hear the narration, and you’re ready to go! VOX books can be charged with any standard micro-USB charger.
There are a wide variety of choices, with over 100 different VOX titles that include both fiction and non-fiction picture books. Check out timeless favorites, such as Goodnight Moon, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs or Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, as well as newer popular titles such as I Am Enough, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, and A Hundred Billion, Trillion Stars.
Find them at your local branch, or search the catalog under “Readalong children’s books” to browse the full collection!
–Kathleen L., Collection Management Librarian and Jennifer M., Collection Management Coordinator
Here are some of our favorite books for Black History Month for younger readers — from infants through young adults. These books make great reads all year long and include award winners (Newbery Medal, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King awards), picture books, easy readers, and fantasies.[Read more…] about Black History Month Reads for Younger Readers from Infants through Teens
Children can learn about the contributions African Americans have made to sports, politics, the arts, and society by reading these biographies.
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein: An evocative study of the speechwriting process behind Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, this work takes a familiar topic and shapes it into a moving portrait of undeterred determination and conviction.[Read more…] about Black History Month: Biography Reads for Kids
Today, we’re unveiling our new visual identity. The brand revisualization includes new logos, an engaging color palette, and a new visual system that will grow alongside the library and our community.
Our new identity expresses a sense of excitement and energy and reflects our commitment to evolution, growth, and innovation. From updating our collections to meet the interests of the community, to adding maker spaces to bring creative-minded people together, to innovating children’s programming to ensure that learning is always fun, we continue to evolve and expand the boundaries of what a library can do and be.[Read more…] about Announcing Our New Visual Identity
To commemorate Black History Month, celebrated every February, we recommend these eight reads for adults. All are new titles and include memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction.
Remembrance by Rita Woods: Remembrance is a stop along the Underground Railroad, a magical pleat in time and space. If the enslaved can find their way to it, they disappear from the slave hunters and from white people altogether, and can live in peace and freedom. The trauma of slavery forms the core of Woods’s arresting debut, which weaves together tales of four black women from the late 1700s to the present day.[Read more…] about Eight Great Reads for Black History Month
If your TARDIS, Time Turner, or DeLorean is in the shop, never fear! With your library card and a good book, time travel has never been easier. Here are some amazing time machines for kids you can check out for FREE at the library![Read more…] about Borrow a Time Machine for Kids From the Library
If you are caring for an older family member, the library has resources to help you manage and plan.
Our Large Print Collection has a wide assortment of current fiction and non-fiction books. Just search “Large Print” in the catalog.
For those who read e-books, the fonts can be adjusted larger and e-readers can weigh less than books.
Our Ability Tools collection allows you to try some products before you buy.
Here are some particularly good books I recommend:
Elderhood by Louise Aronson – Geriatrician Aronson lays out what older people need to thrive as our population lives longer.
How to Be a Patient by Sana Goldberg – Registered Nurse Goldberg gives tips for patients and their advocates in navigating our complicated health care system.
Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher – Pipher offers common sense advice on aging using engaging stories from women she has interviewed, from different walks of life, plus her own experience.
— Recommended by Ceil H., Manager, Collection Management Department