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Picturebooks about Animals in Libraries

My daughter is animal mad. She loves anything and everything animal related. Animal print clothes, pretending to be a wolf cub, watching Wild Kratts, and so on. I am a librarian, and so it follows that I love all things book related. I love the feel of books, the smell, and of course the reading experience. This inspired me to combine our passions and look at picture books about animals in the library. There is an unexpectedly large number of picture books featuring critters of some nature spending some quality time at their local library.

1. Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library! by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter

2. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies

3. The Fox in the Library by Lorenz Pauli

4. Can I Bring Woolly to the Library, Ms. Reeder? by Lois G. Grambling

5. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

6. There’s a Dragon in the Library by Dianne de Las Casas

7. Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk

8. Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea

9. No T. Rex in the Library by Toni Buzzeo

 10. Homer, the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh

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You might want to look at A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, Library Mouse: a Friend’s Tale by Daniel Kirk, Our Library by Eve Bunting, Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home by Daniel Kirk, Dewey’s Christmas at the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, Quiet! there’s a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman, and Llama in the Library by Johanna Hurwitz as well.

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Author Jill Shalvis Never Disappoints!

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I read a lot of contemporary romance books, although lately, I haven’t been reading much.  The books seem to carry the same theme and they were all starting to sound alike.   I’ve even passed on some new books by a few of my favorite authors.  But then one of my most favorite authors came out with a new series and I gave her new book a shot.  Nirvana!  I was not disappointed in the least!

second chance summerSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis is the first book in her new series, Cedar Ridge.  Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it’s the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there’s an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance .


There have been plenty of books about firefighters and rescuers, but somehow (because she’s overflowing with talent?), Ms. Shalvis consistently writes books that are fresh, new, and exciting –  and this one is a real page turner.  From the very first chapter, you are completely engaged in the characters and the location.  Readers can relate to the Kincaid family – it is flawed and struggling with a life that hasn’t been easy.  Ms. Shalvis’ description of the town of Cedar Ridge makes you want to move there.  The story flawlessly moves along enveloping you in lots of romance and laughter, great chemistry between characters, and enticing secondary characters throughout that make you very excited for the next book to come out!

happy face POST NOTE:  On July 25, 2015, Ms. Shalvis was awarded a RITA award at the Romance Writers of America one in a millionconference in New York City for her book, One In A Million, the last book in her Lucky Harbor series.

(RITA Award – The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.  The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.)

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Adult Non Fiction about Librarians and Libraries

libworkI was inspired by the new series of posts about the work that goes on behind the scenes in our library to gather some of the best books about working in a library and the history of libraries to share. If you want to know a little more about life behind the desk, and some history of our little corner of the world and beyond, you might want to take a look at these titles.

I Work at a Public Library: a Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridanlibquiet
Collects strange-but-true anecdotes, heartwarming stories, and humorous interactions with patrons from a public librarian.

Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
An autobiography set in a Southern California public library offers a quirky description of life as a caretaker of modern literature and furnishes an account of the history of libraries from the Gilded Age to the present day.libstrongest

The World’s Strongest Librarian: a Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
Traces the public librarian author’s inspiring story as a Mormon youth with Tourette’s Syndrome who after a sequence of radical and ineffective treatments overcame nightmarish tics through education, military service and strength training.liboverdue

This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
In a celebration of libraries and the dedicated people who staff them, the author argues that librarians are more important than ever, and discusses a new breed of visionary professionals who use the Web to link people and information.

libbreedDear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference by Joanne Oppenheim
Provides the story of life in a Japanese internment camp during World War II through the correspondence of the children in the camp to their librarian, Miss Clara Breed, who worked on their behalf to show the injustice of their imprisonment.

Library: an Unquiet History by Matthew Battleslibunquiet
Provides an intriguing historical study of libraries and books, their preservation, and destruction, from the U.S. to Europe and Asia, from medieval monasteries and Vatican collections to the ever-changing information highway of today.

For further reading about the history of libraries and what it can be like on the other side of the counter check out: Running the Books: the Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg, Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don libhistoryBorchert, Dewey: the Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, The Library: an Illustrated History by Stuart A.P. Murray, Library: the Drama Within photographs by Diane Asséo Griliches ; essay by Daniel J. Boorstin, The Librarian’s Book of Quotes compiled by Tatyana Eckstrand, and Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out edited by Katia Roberto and Jessamyn West.

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10 Good Books for Aunties’ Day

Did you know about Aunties’ Day? It is the fourth Sunday in July, a celebration of aunts that I, frankly, had never heard of. But I delved into the subject without a qualm and made some interesting discoveries about aunts in fiction.

First of all, fictional aunts spend a great deal of time raising the children of their siblings:

HistoryThe History of Us
Two decades after the tragic accident that killed their father, Theodora, Josh, and Claire return to their childhood home to confront painful realities about their incapable mother and the devoted aunt who raised them.

First Time in Forever Forever
From becoming a stand-in mom to her niece, Lizzy, to arriving on Puffin Island, Emily Donovan’s life has become virtually unrecognizable. Between desperately safeguarding Lizzy and her overwhelming fear of the ocean that surrounds her everywhere she goes, Emily has lost count of the number of “just breathe” talks she’s given herself. And that’s before charismatic yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her.

And they are frequently in danger:

ForgottenThe Forgotten
After he receives a posthumous note from his aunt hinting that things are horribly amiss in her Florida Gulf Coast town, Army Special Agent John Puller uncovers a shocking conspiracy.

secretThe Secret Life of Violet Grant
Manhattan, 1964. When Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family’s past, and the hushed-over crime passionnel of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history.

However, aunts have their outrageous/extravagant sides, too:

WoostersThe Code of the Woosters
Aunt Dahlia demands that Bertie Wooster help her dupe an antique dealer into selling her an 18th-century cow-creamer. Dahlia trumps Bertie’s objections by threatening to sever his standing invitation to her house for lunch, an unthinkable prospect given Bertie’s devotion to the cooking of her chef, Anatole. A web of complications grows but never fear! As usual, butler Jeeves rescues Bertie from being arrested, lynched, and engaged by mistake!

Great-Aunt Sophia’s Lessons for BombshellsSophia
Grace Cavanaugh, who is hell-bent on proving her Women’s Studies dissertation thesis that beauty only leads to misery, didn’t reckon on her great-aunt Sophia, a former B-movie star, transforming her into a femme fatale who purrs for her suitors … or devours them.

But aunts are always there when we need them:

BellfieldBellfield Hall, or The Observations of Miss Dido Kent
Visiting Bellfield Hall to comfort her niece, who has been seemingly abandoned by her wealthy fiancee, Miss Dido Kent investigates the possibly related death of a young woman, a situation that is complicated by surprising secrets and an unexpected romance for Dido.


SecretsSecrets of the Lighthouse
Ellen Trawton is running away from it all – quite literally. She is engaged to marry an aristocratic man she doesn’t love, she hates her job, and her mother…well, her mother is not a woman to be crossed. So Ellen escapes to the one place she knows her mother won’t follow her – to her aunt’s cottage on Ireland’s dramatic Connemara coast.

Even if we don’t exactly get along with them:

FlightFlight Lessons
For sixteen years Anna has studiously avoided her Aunt Rose. Exchanging cards at holiday time — that’s as far as Anna is willing to go with the woman she once loved more than anyone else in the world. That love died the night Rose betrayed Anna and her mother — Rose’s fatally ill sister — and Anna can’t forgive or forget. But when Anna needs an escape, the only place for her to go is home: to the family, to the restaurant, to Rose, who has been trying for more than a decade to regain Anna’s trust.


And let’s not forget the greatest aunt of all the aunts of fiction:

MameAuntie Mame
Mame is the world’s most beloved, madcap, devastatingly sophisticated, and glamorous aunt. She is impossible to resist, and this hilarious story of an orphaned ten-year-old boy sent to live with his aunt is as delicious a read in the twenty-first century as it was in the 1950s.




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On Our Shelves: New Romance June and July 2015

i love youAdd some romance to your summer reading!



Falling Hard – Helenkay Dimon

Hell Or High Water – Julie Ann Walker

You Can’t Escape – Nancy Bush


In The Air Tonight – Lori Handeland

Heat of the Moment – Lori Handeland

SEAL Wolf Hunting – Terry Spear


The Beautiful One – Emily Greenwood

Lady’s Maid – Dilly Court

Only A Promise – Mary Balogh

Love In The Time of Scandal – Caroline Linden

The Best of Both RoguesSamantha Grace

The Duke But No Gentleman – Alexandra Hawkins

Do Not Forsake Me – Rosanne Bittner



At His Service – Suzanne Rock

I’ll Stand by You – Sharon Sala

Rules of the Game – Lori Wilde

All Of Me – Jennifer Bernard

Sharp Shootin’ Cowboy – Victoria Vane

Kiss Me – Susan Mallery

A New Hope – Robyn Carr

Can’t Fight This Feeling – Christie Ridgway

Redemption Bay – RaeAnne Thayne

Second Chance Summer – Jill Shalvis

Last Chance Hero – Hope Ramsay









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