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03/14/2018 - 9:00am
Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Corporate retreats. They are designed for companies to experience working together in a different, less stressful environment with little-to-no interruptions. It may even enhance company morale. Team retreats allow workers to indulge in tasks that usually don't happen in a normal office environment.

Even if that includes murder.

03/12/2018 - 1:45am
Cover to Everybunny Count! By Ellie Sandall

This gentle, jaunty rhyming book is perfect for springtime. With Everybunny Count! children will not only be counting the many interesting things the bunnies see as they go on their hide-and-seek hunt for Fox. They will also be encouraged to name what they see:

“We’ve spotted something in the tree,
Everybunny count to THREE!”

03/09/2018 - 9:21am
If you like Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon) by Becky Albertalli

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity—and that of his pen pal—will be revealed. 
 

Love, Simon is an upcoming American romantic teen comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti. The film stars Nick RobinsonKatherine LangfordAlexandra ShippJorge Lendeborg Jr.Miles HeizerKeiynan LonsdaleLogan MillerJennifer GarnerJosh Duhamel and Tony Hale. Robinson stars as Simon, a closeted gay boy in high school who is forced to balance his friends, his family, his email pen pal Blue, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school. The film is scheduled to be released on March 16, 2018. See the trailer below.

If you're looking for more teen LGBT romantic and comedy, check out the titles below.

03/07/2018 - 12:42am
Cover to The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by C. Alan Bradley

Have you met Flavia de Luce? The girl genius/sleuth, whose adventures began with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, finds her young and eventful life in discord after the events of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd. In the latest mystery, The Grave's a Fine and Private Place, Flavia, her family, and her faithful, brilliant, and PTSD-stricken family retainer Dogger, whilst taking a lengthy boating outing complete with picnic hamper, snag something utterly unlike the fish they hoped to enjoy for dinner. No, indeed, their catch is a young man—or, was a young man—dressed in tights and wearing one red silk slipper.

03/05/2018 - 12:41am
Cover to The Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language

Is your child Deaf or does your family know someone who is Deaf? Are you or your family simply interested in learning basic sign language? American Sign Language (ASL) is the native language for thousands of Deaf* children and adults in the United States. Gallaudet University, a four-year liberal arts college focusing on deaf students, has produced materials to help people of all ages learn ASL for years. The new Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language is a welcome resource for the Deaf community and those who love them and work with them.

02/28/2018 - 12:38am
Cover to King's Fool: A Notorious King, His Six Wives, and the One Man Who Knew All Their Secrets

Will Somers was nobody’s fool—until he became the King’s Fool. Born in the medieval English countryside, he should have led the rest of his life unremarkably, as an undersized farmhand who happened to be able to read and write and add figures—and tell jokes, which there wasn’t much need for on his uncle’s small farm.

02/27/2018 - 10:02am
The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood.
Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak . . .

William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Salem, Massachusetts, is already a town filled with rich and terrible history. But, little does anyone know, for 28 years a notorious cold case has haunted Salem's residents more than the infamous 1692 witch trials.

02/23/2018 - 12:34am
If you like Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
"Area X" has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. (catalog summary)

There are two other books, along with a single volume called "Area X" which brings together all three volumes of the Southern Reach Trilogy.

Authority by Jeff VanderMeerAcceptance by Jeff VanderMeerArea X (The Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff VanderMeer
 

Annihilation is an upcoming science fantasy action horror film written for the screen and directed by Alex Garland based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. It stars Natalie PortmanJennifer Jason LeighGina RodriguezTessa ThompsonTuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. The film is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures on February 23, 2018. See the trailer belowIf you enjoy this sci-fi epic adventure, check out these similar titles.

02/21/2018 - 12:32am
A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

Elsa Myer has a lot on her hands. Her father (whom she holds plenty against) is dying of cancer. Her other family relations are strained, between her sister and trying to handle her 16-year-old niece, Mel. She also finds herself constantly struggling with the demons of her childhood, wondering when the nightmares and memories will stop. She's just turned 40, after all, and she still dreams of self-harm due to neglect from her long-dead mother.

03/07/2018 - 3:51pm
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle

"We have a gift, and we have a cake, and today we're going to drive all the way to the big city to see my new baby cousin on his zero-year birthday!"

So begins Margarita Engle's joyful picture book, All the Way to Havana. The narrator, a young boy who lives in Cuba, and his family are preparing to go see his new cousin in Havana. They take "Cara Cara," their 1954 blue Chevy that is supposed to purr like a kitten. But Cara Cara is so tired, she just chatters away like a baby chicken: "Pío, pío, pío, pío, pffft." The narrator's father fixes Cara Cara with each clunk clunk, something he does often to the old vintage vehicle.

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