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Romance for Adults

The 100 best romance novels: from Pride and Prejudice to Twilight, books to fall in love—and lust—with by Jennifer Lawler and the editors of Crimson Romance

Fifty shades of grey by E.L. James

Beautiful disaster: a novel by Jamie McGuire

Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen ; edited with notes by Vivien Jones

The notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Bared to you by Sylvia Day

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ; edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davies

Be Well: Yoga

Yoga girl by Rachel Brathen

Yoga for dummies by Larry Payne, PhD, and Georg Feuerstein, PhD ; foreword by Felicia Tomasko, RN, editor in chief, LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health Magazine

Yoga for warriors: basic training in strength, resilience, & peace of mind by Beryl Bender Birch

Gentle yoga arthritis by featuring contributions by Laurie Sanford and Nancy Forstbauer

Flat belly yoga!: the 4-week plan to strengthen your core: no crunches required by Kimberly Fowler with the editors of Prevention


Under a painted sky by Stacey Lee


Beauty queens by Libba Bray


The edge of nowhere by Elizabeth George


Providence by Lisa Colozza Cocca


Threatened by Eliot Schrefer


Circus and Magic Acts for Kids

The show must go on! by Kate Klise ; illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Two mice and a crow, who travel with a circus, cleaning up the spilled popcorn after every performance, come to the rescue when a greedy con artist takes over the management of the circus. Book #1 in The Three-Ring Rascals series

Escape!: the story of the great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926.

Circus and Magic Acts for Adults

The night circus: a novel by Erin Morgenstern — A circus, known as Le Cirque des Rêves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences

Last chain on Billie: how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top by Carol Bradley — Against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, Carol Bradley's Last Chain on Billie charts the history of elephants in America, the inspiring story of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and the spellbinding tale of a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to conquer her past, who never lost sight of the life she was meant to have.

Water for elephants: a novel by Sara Gruen — Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, the beautiful star of the equestrian act, and the obstinate elephant named Rosie.

Flavorful Nonfiction for Kids

Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos — Songs, oral histories, maps, and more than eighty archival illustrations help trace the history of sugar and the sugar trade.

The story of Coca-Cola by Lonnie Bell — Discusses the founding and development of Coca-Cola, which calls itself "the world's soft drink."

The seed vault by Bonnie Juettner — The seed vault in Norway houses plant seeds from around the world to be stored in the event that the plant needs to be re-introduced into the food supply.

Flavorful Fiction for Kids

Chapter Books

Pickle: the (formerly) anonymous prank club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker ; illustrated by Tim Probert — Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.

Salt: a story of friendship in a time of war by Helen Frost — Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes — In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.

Middle School Mysteries

These great middle school mysteries are available as audiobooks or printed copies. Listen to them for the Sleuth It: eLectrified badge, or read them for the Sleuth It: Super Bookworm Badge.

Hold fast [sound recording] by Blue Balliett —  On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father

Also available in print.

Imagination and Innovation in Picture Books

It's only Stanley by Jon Agee —  Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.

Rosie Revere, engineer by Andrea Beaty ; illustrated by David Roberts —  A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

Journey by Aaron Becker —  Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.