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Not sure what to read next? Try one of our staff picks! The items below were chosen by our very own local library staff.

This Month's Adult Recommendations:

The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum Khan

Librarian Anne says: This dark fantasy tale, set in the crumbling outskirts of Indian-settled South Africa, revolves around an abandoned boarding-house on the coast and a strange locked room, and the whispers of a long-forgotten love story that ended in a tragedy that seems to be reaching into the modern day. The language is beautiful and poetic - I loved it!

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

Librarian Julian says: This eye-opening volume takes a look at the business of natural disasters - who benefits from them, who uses them as excuses to loot or affect policy, and how examples like the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina destruction in New Orleans can tell us something about what governments and corporations are doing during times of disaster.

Wild and Distant Seas by Tara Karr Roberts

Librarian Anne says: This slow, reflective historical novel follows four generations of women living around Nantucket, and the quiet but stormy world they inhabit of fishing fleets and husbands lost at sea, children who long to escape and adults who long to return, and a very familiar tale about a white whale. With its evocative setting, it's a great choice for those who love to feel transported to another place.

This Month's Children's Recommendations:

Pepita Meets Bebita by Ruth Behar & Gabriel Frye-Behar
(Ages 0-4)

Librarian LeAnn says: This book is perfect for families with a new baby! Pepita is the beloved family dog who learns to adjust to life with a new "sibling" in the house. A great engaging story for young children to learn about families and babies, with both English and Spanish vocabulary words.

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin
(Ages 8-12)

Librarian LeAnn says: What a great book for learning math and size ratios! The book teaches kids how to eyeball and compare sizes in a fun and accessible way by asking how tall different creatures and landmarks are when compared with one another, all the way up to the size of the Milky Way.

A Stack of Alpacas by Matt Cosgrove
(Ages 3-6)

Librarian LeAnn says: This is a great book for kids who love to laugh! Macca the alpaca learns that babysitting three little alpacas is a LOT of work, and may not be the cakewalk he assumed it would be. Lots of rhyming words and fun rhythms to engage early readers, and of course plenty of silly alpaca tribulations for the whole family to laugh at!

This Month's Teen Recommendations:

The King is Dead by Benjamin Dean

Librarian Anne says: This modern-day story of the first Black heir to the British throne and his struggle to navigate a world full of people trying to take advantage of him is rife with intrigue, blackmail, romance, and a look at how paparazzi and social media affect the lives of those who gain fame (whether they want it or not). What's a seventeen-year-old monarch to do when no one wants to let him be himself?

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Librarian Anne says: A fun, romping adventure about a young girl who learns that only boys are allowed to become knights, and decides to do something about it by sneaking into training and becoming the first squire to be a girl. Lots of fantasy fun, medieval adventures, swords and swashbuckling, and follow-up sequels to continue to follow Alanna's journey to her destiny!

Lore Olympus, Vol. 1 by Rachel Smythe

Librarian Anne says: This gorgeous retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone is full of evocative artwork, modern-day takes on the gods, a romance that is both steamy and adorable, and laugh-out-loud humor when the characters show their more human sides. There's depth, too, though, with characters handling tough concepts such as confidentiality and assault with sensitivity and thoughtfulness in between the magical hijinks.

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