Fall Into Reading: Beyond Halloween

The leaves are crunching beneath our boot heels, the sweaters are coming out of the corners of our closets, and cozying up with a book goes along with this season like a warm fire and fuzzy socks! Fall into the season with these reads celebrating all the various festivities the season has to offer!

The Progress of a Crime: a Fireworks Night Mystery by Julian Symons

After witnessing a murder of a local tavern owner on Guy Fawkes Night (Nov. 5), Hugh Bennet has trouble remembering what took place as he attempts to write the story for the paper. It doesn’t help that the witnesses aren’t very reliable as none can actually recall seeing the stabbing itself. Combining classic sleuthing with a concerned inquiry into troubled society, this 1960 crime classic by the grandmaster Julian Symonds is an excellent commentary of the Autumn of the year, and of the 20th Century.

Leda and the Swan by Anna Caritj

It’s Halloween night and the party atmosphere is abuzz as our main character Leda makes her way to a campus party. Hours later when she wakes, she can only remember bits and pieces of the night. What happened with her and her crush, Ian? She remembers talking to a swan…named Charlotte? Charlotte, who is now missing? And as the weeks go on, she uncovers more about what happened on Halloween night, to her growing alarm.

A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

Niki Randhawa has always treaded through life carefully and practically, but that doesn’t pay off when she finds herself laid off. Seeking solace in her best friend Diya, she flies to Mumbai for Diya’s wedding and gets derailed by Sameer. Sam is everything she’s not, and as the days go on that turns out to be exactly what she needed. But when a job offer back home comes knocking, she’ll need to decide to head down the same predictable path or throw caution to the wind? (This year, Diwali is on Nov. 4, with festivities all that week.)

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The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Sure, you’ve seen all those classic horror movies like Halloween and Scream, but did you ever wonder what happens after? Five final girls – lone survivors – Heather, Marilyn, Julia, Adrienne, Dani, and Lynnette, meet up for group therapy and attempt to move on with their lives after enduring brutal violence. However, their survival is at risk again when something starts hunting them down.  And this time it’s Lynnette who is ready to face the monster head on.

Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Isabel meets her father-in-law Omar for the first time on her wedding day. The trouble is, he’s dead. He continues to visit her every year on her wedding anniversary, which is also the Day of the Dead. Only she can see him and he needs her help to reconcile with his wife and son. Weaving from past to present, it’s tells the story of a Mexican-American family – their struggles, their love, and their path to finding deeper understanding of one another. This year’s Day of the Dead is on Nov. 1st and 2nd.

          ~ posted by Kara P.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Germs

One thing I was not prepared for in this new thing called mom life, was that once you put your kiddo in daycare they will be sick FOREVER! To be fair, I was warned, but I had no idea the endless days of snot, coughing, and laundry would be this intense. As we all battle with sick days for a myriad of reasons, here are some books to help your own kiddos understand how germs, bugs, and viruses get to work.

Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome – An introduction to the good and bad bacteria in our bodies. (K-Grade 2)

A Germ’s Journey by Thom Rooke M.D. and Anthony Phillip Trimmer, Read by Jared Kaelber – Perfect book for a sick kiddo at home! A read along through Hoopla to explain what’s going in their tiny body. (K-Grade 2)

The Good Germ Hotel: Meet Your Body’s Marvelous Microbes by Sŏng-hwa Kim – A reminder to all of us that it’s not all bad. Get ready to meet your happy gut flora! (Grade 2-5) Continue reading “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Germs”

Watch and Read: Sweet Tooth

Those of us who have watched Sweet Tooth know that it’s a show that’s easy to love. The series takes place after an apocalyptic event called “The Great Crumble,” which kills off much of Earth’s human population due to a virus. Babies born in its wake develop certain animal characteristics. Gus, the main protagonist, resembles a deer. These babies are called hybrids, and they are being hunted.

The Bear by Andrew Krivak
Capturing the loving relationship between Gus and his father, this novel tells the story of a father and daughter who live in isolation surrounded by nature and animals. The father teaches his daughter how to survive for they are the last of humankind. Through fables the daughter learns all the necessary skills she needs, with the animals to keep her company, including a very important talking bear. While it has moments of melancholy, it is still a tale of hope.

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Fed is Best

I saw an Instagram post recently that said “Baby-led weaning is the next breast is best” — and that got me thinking. We do so much to shame parents for not “doing it right” when we need to support parents and each other. Baby-led weaning is great, if that works for you; homemade purées are great, if that works for you. Ultimately, though, fed is best — no matter what you do to feed your littles. I personally do a mixture of solid foods, purées, and store bought items to save me time, and that’s my version of what works best for me. Each family is different, and each family is doing it the right way for them. Here are a few resources I’ve found in the Library and online that have given me some inspiration.


Baby-led Weaning

Baby-led Weaning Made Easy: the Busy Parent’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers With Delicious Family Meals by Simone Ward

Simple & Safe Baby-led Weaning: How to Integrate Foods, Master Portion Sizes, and Identify Allergies by Malina Linkas Malkani

Baby-led Feeding: a Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters by Jenna Helwig Continue reading “Fed is Best”

Watch & Read: Ozark

Ozark is one of those shows that is just pure madness – it snakes in on itself in perpetual chaos. No breaks, no ease, just edge of your seat shenanigans the whole time. And I can’t get enough! While we wait for the next season, here are a few items in our collection that will also have you saying, WTF?!

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
Bazell gives us a brutal and entertaining rollercoaster ride, punctuated with clever footnotes. His main character, Dr. Peter Brown, is working as an intern in a Manhattan hospital, and his daily encounters of blood and mayhem don’t even come close to his nightmarish past career as a hit man for the mob. Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwna went into witness protection, changed his name, went to medical school and thought he’d left his past behind. But when patient Nicholas LoBrutto recognizes Dr. Brown, he asks him to help him beat the reaper – or the mob will be told where to find him.

The Nightworkers by Brian Selfon
It’s a family business: Uncle Shecky launders money and teaches his nephew, Henry, and niece, Kerasha, the trade. But everyone has secrets in this family, and when money goes missing, those secrets will rise to the surface. In this exceptionally good crime novel, the characters are developed beautifully and the sense of place truly shines. Just as the Ozarks are a character in that series, so here we delve into the avenues and back alleys of Brooklyn. Continue reading “Watch & Read: Ozark”