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Racial Equity Resources In 2014, the City of Madison undertook a deliberate, focused and organized effort called the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJI).  One of the guiding principles of the City's RESJI is authentic, ongoing public engagement and participation, with the goal of changing the culture of our city - including addressing institutional racism. The city, and the library, are committed to supporting and aligning with other racial equity and social justice efforts - including the work ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre

Without reading ahead, what would you guess is the heaviest living thing on the planet?  Would you guess an elephant? A blue whale? Maybe a giant squid? I was surprised to discover that by weight, giant sequoia trees are the biggest thing on Earth.  Giant Sequoias live for about 3,000 years, and at maturity can weigh 2.7 million pounds, as much as eleven full grown blue whales.  Focusing on nature and natural processes, Pulley Sayre invites readers to slow down and learn all ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

We’ve all said it: today will be the day I…and we fill in the blank with whatever event will make all the difference in life.  That’s the case with Eleanor Flood, a cartoonist who is ready to radiate calm, actually attend her yoga class, exercise enviable self-control and confidence, and stop saying ‘amazing’ so often. But Eleanor lives in Maria Semple’s world, where the mere mention of calmness is a guarantee of ensuing chaos. Today Will Be Different is no different.  Like ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Solomon is sixteen years old, and he hasn't left his house since he was 13. Ever since he had a majorly public (and still talked about) anxiety attack in middle school, the teen has been content to stay in his house and earn his diploma online, with only his parents and grandmother for company. Enter Lisa-- a former classmate who is eager to infiltrate his happy but private world in order to gather material for a winning college essay she hopes to write. Accompanied by her handsome boyfriend ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
September 21, 2016 | 0 comments
Nonfiction Nominees Looking for something to read? Check out the long list for 2016 National Book Awards. The categories include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult. The winners will be announced November 16th. Below are the nonfiction nominees.   America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History by ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates by Abraham Lincoln

It's that time!  The dates and venues have been announced for the 2016 Presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as well as the date for the Vice Presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. Find the complete 2016 Presidential Debate schedule here.  As our nation prepares for the upcoming presidential election, let us think back to electoral ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles October has to be the perfect month for curling up with a good novel, and there are plenty of new titles to choose from. Brit Bennett’s debut The Mothers has been generating lots of buzz; her tale of love and its fallout in a tight-knit black Southern California community hits shelves October 11. Sticking with Los Angeles, author Joe Ide assigns his unconventional PI the cases the LAPD refuse to touch (and with good reason) in his debut novel IQ. MPL favorite Maria Semple ( ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Morgan Yancy leads a dangerous life as a team leader in a paramilitary super-secret group is back in DC for a little rest and relaxation after the latest mission.  So, he is not expecting to be shot outside his condo or to be in a hospital fighting for his life. Isabeau (Bo) Maran has finally established a life she loves in a small town in West Virginia with a part-time administrative job as the chief of police which allows her the time to restructure her life after her last job went up in ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 13, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

I'm not sure where I heard this one mentioned, but as soon as I did I knew I had to read it. The title alone, Just One Damned Thing After Another, was enough to suck me in. And the introduction of the historical research department at St. Mary's was as funny, adventurous and delightful as the title suggests. Professor Maxwell has just lost her funding for her archaelogical work, so when a former teacher (who had a major impact on her life) suggests she apply for a researcher position ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

Imagine a precocious young Cleopatra sneaking away from her royal tutor to hang with her pal amidst the Egyptian pyramids. She's having a great time playing hooky when she unexpectedly gets teleported to a future time where she's considered to be the savior of the galaxy. Her education now includes combat training and stun gun target practice and her assignments require flying secret missions on a Sphinx hover craft.  The world building in this series is AWESOME. The instructors at Yasiro ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 9, 2016 | 0 comments