Great Recordings You Might Have Missed

One of the best things about working at a public library is coming across random jewels that I wouldn't intentionally seek out. Case in point, I recently rediscovered a new Broadway recording of the defining rock musical "Hair." The last time I listened to "Hair" was probably in my childhood living room spinning my father's vinyl copy. Although I was used to the 1968 original Broadway recording, I quickly fell into groovy love with the 2009 Broadway recording.

City Homesteads

Interested in starting a garden or raising chickens but worry you don't have the space? Then check out Scott Meyer's "The City Homesteader Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage." 

In this book you'll learn to grow vegetables in a container, get tips on food preservation techniques, find out how to raise baby chicks and keep honey bees, and how to make your own cold frame. The book also has an appendix with tons of great resources including a growing guide and a list of helpful websites for further reference. If you live in a McMansion or a small apartment, you too can be self-sufficient and save a few dollars.
--Laura T., Weber Road Branch

New Release from The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks released their latest offering "Mockingbird Time" on September 20th. Customers of the library have shown much interest, with multiple holds on the copies owned by the library.

Cranky Agnes

"Agnes and the Hitman" by Jennifer Cruisie is a funny romance that avoids a formulaic plot. Agnes is an engaging character who's found uses for frying pans beyond cooking. Agnes isn't a typical heroine. She has curves like a real woman and has difficulty paying her mortgage just like normal people.

Recharge Your Book Group

If picking a book for your group makes you anxious or stressed out, then a book discussion kit may be just what you need. Don't have a title in mind? The library can help with that too. We'll help you find that perfect book.

When Creativity Kills

The only kind of book I enjoy more than a cozy mystery is a cozy crafting mystery. In Lois Winston's "Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun," Anastasia Pollack, the crafts editor of a women's magazine, is in the hot seat after a disliked co-worker is found murdered in Anastasia's office. The murder weapon, her trusty hot glue gun.  

Irreverent Adventure

"The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making" by Catherynne Valente is "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" for tweens, but is also recommended for adventurous adults who like British wit.

December Romances Worth Waiting For

Below are some pre-pub picks for December romances. You can reserve your copy now, then check out my recommendation while you wait!

Modern Fables

Fairy tales for older teens and adults. Urban fantasy. Metafiction. Fables can be a hard series to categorize, but once started, it is even harder to put down. Created and written by Bill Willingham, Fables is an ongoing comic published by DC Comics' Vertigo since 2002. The overarching storyline stars reinterpreted characters from legends and folklore escaping from "The Adversary" and traveling to Earth, forming communities in New York City and upstate New York.  Within each graphic novel, readers will be introduced to characters such as Snow White, who is divorcing Prince Charming because of his infidelity, or the Big Bad Wolf, who is their community's sheriff. Crisp and witty dialogue matches the beautiful artwork, which changes depending on the mood of a particular storyline.
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