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Booktalking "Red Thread Sisters" by Carol Antoinette Peacock

A Chinese legend decrees that a red thread connects those who are destined to meet, and it never breaks. A red thread connects Wen and Shu Ling, as close as sisters in their Chinese orphanage.Read More ›

Booktalking "Not in the Script" by Amy Finnegan

Emma Taylor is rich and famous... the dream of any teen, right?Read More ›

Booktalking "Zebra Forest" by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Eleven-year-old Annie, 9-year-old "Rew" (Andrew) and Gran reside together in a country house adjacent to the Zebra Forest. That is, white birch trees interspersed with darkness makes the trees reminiscent of a zebra's stripes. Annie and Rew love the Zebra. They also adore acting out Treasure Island and enjoying other books. Read More ›

Summer Reading Kickoff 2015: Superheroes!

I was excited to attend the system-wide summer reading kickoff on June 4, 2015 at the Mott Haven Library. Many staff members, parents and kids, NYPL president Tony Marx, City Council Member Andy King, graphic novelist Nathan Hale and the Mott Haven library staff turned out for this event. Read More ›

Booktalking "Millions of Cats" by Wanda Ga'g

An old man and a woman live in a beautiful house in the countryside, but they are lonely without any other people or animals about. Enter cats. Millions of cats. Read More ›

BookExpo America 2015 Recap

I was excited to attend my fourth BookExpo this May. The exhibits, as always, were fantastic. Read More ›

Booktalking "Priceless" by Robert Wittman

Wittman's first assignment landed him in Philadelphia, a mecca of art. He loves art, so fighting art theft and crime was second nature to him.Read More ›

Booktalking "The League" by Thatcher Heldring

Wyatt wants to play football. His father wants him to enjoy golf, as he and his daughter, Kate, do. Brother Aaron extols the virtues of football with Wyatt. Their mother does not want the injuries that come with tackle football. Read More ›

Booktalking "Life is But a Dream" by Brian James

Sabrina hears and sees things that are invisible to other people. These experiences are what drives her parents to admit her to the euphemistically named "Wellness Center." There, nurses fill her body up with pills, and the psychiatrists fill her mind with advice and talk, talk, talk.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sugar Hill" by Carole Boston Weatherford

Sugar Hill is at the heart of Harlem, New York, the mecca of African American art and culture. Read More ›

Booktalking "My Dad Thinks He's Funny" by Katrina Germein

The lame jokes, the corny repertoire. None of it is funny, yet you are supposed to laugh. We've all been there with our parents.Read More ›

Booktalking "PushGirl" by Chelsie Hill

Kara Moore was a dancer: The dance studio was home to her, and she even had a Dance Mom to complete the picture. Then, Kara gets hit by a drunk driver on her way to Taco Bell.Read More ›

Booktalking "News for Dogs" by Lois Duncan

Andi and Bruce love their dogs, Bebe, Friday, and Red Rover more than anything.Read More ›

Booktalking "Doctor White" by Jane Goodall

Hospitals can be scary places for kids. All of the machines, strange noises and people that they do not know can be confusing. Sometimes, they endure painful procedures. They do not feel well, and they do not know what is going on. They miss their friends and family. Luckily for them, they have Dr. White.Read More ›

Booktalking "All Four Stars" by Tara Dairman

Gladys Gatsby is a sixth-grade chef-in-training. A bona fide foodie, she loves everything pertaining to food. Read More ›

Booktalking "Return to Sender" by Julia Alvarez

12-year-old Tyler is enjoying life at his Vermont farm, and all seems well. Then, his family hires illegal immigrant Mexican workers. Read More ›

Booktalking "Flying Changes" by Sara Gruen

Annemarie Zimmer loves her 17-year-old one-eyed warm blood, Hurrah, and her teenage daughter, Eva.Read More ›

Booktalking "Hider Seeker, Secret Keeper" by Elizabeth Kiem

Lana Dukovskaya is a ballerina in the Bolshoi company. She is thrilled to get a chance to go to NYC and dance in The Rite of Spring... but only because star soloist Nina is unwell. And there is speculation as to what caused her injury. Read More ›

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Learn how to access Morningstar through the library and the kind of information you can find to support your financial decisions.Read More ›

Booktalking "Librarian on the Roof" by M. G. King

This is a story about the oldest library in Texas, the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. This library is over a century old, and it was suffering from disuse due to its old, outdated books. Then, RoseAleta Laurell changed all of that.Read More ›
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