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Reader Spotlight Today's reader is Rachel Werner, a very busy woman who still manages to find time to read and work with the library. In addition to teaching occasional writing and yoga classes at the Central Library, she's also a mentor for one of the teams planning events in this year's Library Takeover program. Stay tuned for more information about these events coming this spring and summer. Rachel is digital editor of more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 1, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner

In 1946 the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregated seating on interstate buses was unconstitutional. Eight years later the 1954 landmark ruling from the Supreme Court in the Brown v. Board of Education declared public school segregation violated the Constitution. And in 1960 the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of interstate bus passengers at station restrooms, lunch counters and waiting rooms also violated the law.  Despite these rulings the practice of segregation more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 27, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis

Édouard Louis’s The End of Eddy is a brisk and brutal roman à clef about a white gay teen growing up in rural 1990s France. Alcoholism, racism, violence, and impugnable choices abound. Gross and upsetting things happen in riveting ways. Yet its ending is oddly uplifting. A bestseller in France, its young author is now regularly called upon by popular media to explain the advent of French populism and the alleged moral stagnation of France’s white underclass. If this reminds you of 2017 more

Reviewed by Tyler on
February 26, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Good night! Good night! by Carin Berger

Bunnies at bedtime saying goodnight may conjure up thoughts of ANOTHER classic bedtime story.  However....these bunnies aren't quite ready for "goodnight" just yet..  Mama Bunny gives the usual goodnight stories, songs, hugs and kisses but still her three little bunnies have other ideas in mind!  They want goodnight dances!  What?  Dances??  And jumping beans and monkeys and tickles.  Finally, Mama Bunny has enough and tucks those rambunctious bunny babies more

Reviewed by Ruth on
February 23, 2018 | 0 comments
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New Titles Is it really time to start talking about spring? March is one of the quieter months, publishing-wise, before the big surge into the May and June summer reading months, but there’s still quite a few titles that will be in demand hitting shelves this month. On to the highlights: -Fantasy fans! Reviewers are running out of superlatives in describing Tomi Adeyemi’s debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first volume in a planned YA trilogy. Centered on Zelie, a young woman determined to more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 22, 2018 | 0 comments
New History Books Do you like reading history? Then check out this new booklist History Books, Recommended in 2017. Below is a sample from that list. The selections are from the more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 20, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

This prize-winning first novel from George Saunders bends the mind and history in a way that still has me reeling. Lincoln in the Bardo is set in the days following eleven-year-old Willie Lincoln's death in February of 1862, at a borrowed crypt in a Washington, DC cemetery filled with ghosts of all sizes and stripes, many of whom don't know they are dead, and all of whom are surprised when a very tall, very alive President Lincoln comes to visit.  The President spends a more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 19, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of: The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

Smash YA hit The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas took home a handful of awards at American Library Association Youth Media Awards, a few months after winning the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. The hype is real, you guys, it's THAT GOOD. Starr, a black teen that lives in a low income neighborhood but attends a fancy private school, watches her worlds collide, clash, and come crashing down after she witnesses the shooting death of a friend at the hands of a nervous police officer. Starr' more

Reviewed by Beth M on
February 16, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Earning multiple awards including a Newbery Honor, a Caldecott Honor (for illustration), and Coretta Scott King Honors for writing and for illustration, Crown celebrates one black boy’s experience in the barber’s chair, and how that fresh cut can elevate both self-esteem and self-confidence. James’ realistic illustrations are dazzling, with bold painterly strokes of color, that capture subtle nuances of feeling, character and setting. And Barnes’ words resonate with references to barbers as more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 15, 2018 | 0 comments
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Reader Spotlight Today we're talking with one of our library partners about what they're reading - Madison-area author Catrina Sparkman. Read on to find out a little more about Catrina and some books she recommends, and come hear her and two other Madison-area authors, Poet Fabu and Sherry Lucille, read from and speak about their own work and the work of three African American writers from the 20th Century with ties to Madison at the upcoming program Hidden more

Reviewed by Kylee on
February 14, 2018 | 0 comments
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