Our Winter Reading I was looking at my recent reads trying to decide what book to talk about here and when I got a little stumped I decided to ask my co-workers about their reading instead. With this never-ending winter it seems we've been doing a fair amount of reading. Tina just started a graphic novel about dinosaurs called, Dinosaurs: In the Beginning which she says is pretty AWESOME. She's also been consulting more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 26, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life by Melissa Joan Hart

Are you familiar with the '90s television shows Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Well, Melissa Joan Hart, the actress who played Clarissa and Sabrina has written a book. And it's highly entertaining. First and foremost, like the subtitle suggests, Melissa is very normal for a child actor with a continuing professional career in Hollywood as an adult. By more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 25, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Dig Dogs Dig by James Horvath

Attention fans of earth movers! These dogs are ready to roll. Follow along with some canine construction workers as they use heavy equipment to make great discoveries and build a park for their community. The rhyming text explains the action and the bright, detailed illustrations give the readers plenty to peruse. The heavy equipment is accurately depicted in the illustrations. The text and the illustrations work together to create understanding of each earth mover's special job. For those who more

Reviewed by Ruth on
February 21, 2014 | 0 comments
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Reading Suggestions from Librarians Looking for your next great read? Follow Madison Public Library on Facebook and tune in on Monday, February 24 for our first ever Facebook online event.Madison librarians will be on Facebook from 5:30-7:30 pm with custom book recommendations just for you. Post the last three books you read and enjoyed on our Facebook page from 5:30-7:30 pm, and we’ll respond with another title we think you’ll enjoy. more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 20, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Beethoven: The Man Revealed by John Suchet

Beethoven is everywhere. Cell phones trill ‘Fur Elise,’ parents dote as their offspring murder ‘Ode to Joy’ and the first four notes of the Fifth Symphony practically define classical music for many. For all his familiarity, though, Beethoven the man is frustratingly hard to pin down. Little written evidence survives of the composer’s formative years, and later documents have become burnished by fame over the more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Aida Mollenkamp

As part of the Big Library Read program, Wisconsin's Digital Library will be featuring Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen in eBook format from February 17th - March 5th, 2014. During this two-week reading more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

John and Marta are surprised when they find a young boy sleeping on their porch. A note in his pocket states that Jacob is a good boy and they--whoever left him there--will come back for him. As days turn to weeks, John and Marta witness and encourage Jacob's creativity and musical genius, despite his muteness. This is a sweet story about making a hard decision between doing the right thing and keeping something you want so very much. The impact of this little boy affects the way John and Marta more

Reviewed by Jody on
February 14, 2014 | 0 comments
Upcoming Mysteries For the past couple of years I have been periodically sharing the mysteries that I have been looking forward to reading.  In honor of the cold weather I have put together another list of mysteries that I would like to curl up by the fire and read. Which favorite character would you like to go on an adventure with? Lake of Tears by Mary Logue [1/1]setting: rural Wisconsincharacter: deputy more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Above the door at Island Books it says "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World" which is the best description I have for this quiet, lovely book. Bookstore owner A. J. Fikry is struggling, really he's slowly killing himself. His beloved wife Nik was killed in a car accident and he has lost his will to live. He goes through the motions, irritably dealing with the business of his bookstore, and drinking himself to sleep every night. But, really he can't see the point. A couple of events force more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump was written by a thirteen-year-old autistic boy from Japan in order to share how he thinks and feels and perceives things when it's difficult to communicate with the rest of the world. Unable to use speech or write with pen and paper to convey his thoughts, Naoki Higashida was able to write this book using an alphabet grid invented by his mother. This was something that worked for the two of them and with practice the author was able to further his communication more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 10, 2014 | 0 comments
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