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Read what the library staff is reading

We've enjoyed a wide variety of reading, listening, and viewing during October.

Listening to:

  • Grump by Liesl Shurtliff
    • One staff member is listening to this children's book with her children. It is the tale of Grump, one of Snow White's dwarfs, in an alternate telling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from the point of view of a dwarf. In this tale, Grump has left his cave and the other dwarfs to come to the surface for the first time in his life. It is scary at times, but fun and enjoyable!
  • After the Flood by Kassandra Montag, available through Hoopla digital service
    • In this dystopian novel, the entire world has been flooded. There is no central government, and civilization is scattered among boats, mountain tops, and archipelago colonies. This is the world Myra and her young daughter, Pearl, find themselves in while on the voyage to find Myra's missing older daughter, Row.
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    • A Willard Book Club selection, Little Fires Everywhere deals with a mother-daughter pair (Mia and Pearl), identity, and family. Hulu has picked up this book to become a new series!
  • Lost at the Smithsonian with Aasif Mandvi
    • In this podcast, Mandvi visits some of the most iconic artifacts the Smithsonian offers and explores its symbolism in American culture.
  • Culpable by Tenderfoot TV and Black Mountain Media
    • Culpable is a true crime podcast that focuses on a different crime each season. The staff member is listening to the story of Christian Andreacchio and the mystery and incongruencies behind his alleged suicide on Feb. 26, 2014.


  • Lilac Girls by Martha Kelley Hall
    • Another Willard Book Club title, Lilac Girls takes place during World War II from the point of view of German girls. It is based on the true story of German experimentation done on these girls. While not explicitly graphic, some scenes are emotional.
  • Markswoman and Nahimala by Rati Mehortra
    • Mehortra introduces readers to the fantasy world of markswomen, a "sisterhood of highly trained elite warriors" who carry out the executions of those on the run for unforgivable crimes. However, who determines who lives or dies? This new series follows the young markswoman, Kyra, in adventures throughout Markswoman and Nahimala.
  • Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
    • Following the themes of motherhood, immigration, and sacrifice, Patsy is about a mother-daughter pair, Patsy and Tru, as they make separate lives for themselves and eventually find their way back to each other after more than 10 years apart.


  • Unbelievable on Netflix
  • Living With Yourself on Netflix
  • The Masked Singer on Fox
  • Rocketman available on DVD at the library
  • American Horror Story: 1984

If you've read a good book lately and would like to share it, please add it to the "Share A Good Book" display on the second floor downtown.

Jade is currently reading "The Serpent's Shadow" by Mercedes Lackey and listening to "The Underground Girls of Kabul" by Jenny Nordberg.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021