This September PBS will present Ken Burns' epic ten-part, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War. Written by historian Geoffrey C. Ward,  and including archival footage and historic television broadcasts, it was six years in the making.

The best and the brightest by David Halberstam
The handmaid's tale [kit] by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale is the #1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood. It is now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 3.5 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

Have you seen the fiction window displays near the adult fiction stacks? There are three displays in the windows across from the stacks. Every few weeks, a librarian updates the books with a new theme. RIght now, we have a selection of books made into movies. Check out a title today!

The last song by Nicholas Sparks
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | video | large print

Seventeen-year-old Ronnie Miller is resentful when her mother insists she and her ten-year-old brother spend the summer with their estranged father in North Carolina, and while things get off to a rocky start, Ronnie eventually makes friends and begins to better understand her dad and why he wanted her to visit. 'Includes SAT and ACT comprehension questions and sample writing prompts.

Also available in: audiobook | video

Kate Fitzgerald has a vicious form of leukemia. To treat her symptoms, she needs the cord blood of a genetically perfect donor. Her parents find a geneticist to help them select the embryo from which they can create a second daughter and a donor for Kate. Enter Anna. For 13 years Anna gives platelets, bone marrow, and cells to her sister, helping her to fight the disease. However, when she is asked to donate a kidney, Anna sues her parents for medical emancipation, wanting to control the decisions over her body. Kate is dying, Anna is suing, and older brother Jesse is out committing arson. Amazingly, the Fitzgerald family stays together and sees the issue through many surprising twists and turns, wrestling with ethical and moral questions that have no "right" answer. 

 

In case you missed our sharing storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras for sharing your own storytime at home. 

From Storytime

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. Has he learned to share or not?

While Harvey and Irma have already made landfall, hurricane season has begun with a bang in the southeast states. Since we don't experience this weather phenomenon locally, here are some books featuring both fictional and factual stories about surviving the storm what some other parts of the country experience.

Picture Books and Readers

Various wetland creatures, from alligators to egrets, enjoy what begins as a calm and peaceful day in the bayou, then prepare for and endure a passing hurricane, and finally settle in for a peaceful night.

Profiles everyday life in fourteenth-century England, covering everything from period beliefs and styles to hygiene and medical practices, and also discusses the influence of warfare.

My beloved world by Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular and astonishing man--a Quaker dwarf who became one of the first ever to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world.

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

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