What We’re Reading: Staff Suggestions

As you might guess, many library staff are big readers. Here is a selection of what some of us are reading and enjoying these days, and why. Find a longer list of staff favorites in our catalog.

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Anticipation: New books in 2015

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by Andrea G.

We’re a month into the new year and SPL staff are getting excited about new books slated to come out in 2015. Here are a few we’re particularly looking forward to:

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
An intrepid hero, clever mysteries, entertaining villains, and some wizardry – this fifth book in the Rivers of London series continues to be tremendous fun. Start here or begin at the beginning with Midnight Riot. Continue reading “Anticipation: New books in 2015”

Seattle Public Library’s Favorite Picture Books of 2014

Posted by Erin M.

Can we all take a moment to celebrate the magic of a picture book? I am constantly amazed by the artistic and literary talent brought out in what is perhaps my favorite book format. The interplay between illustrations and prose found in a great picture book creates a special impact found nowhere else in the book world. So, it’s not surprising that through these books, many children first discover the magic of reading.

This year, it seems there was an abundance of great picture books, capturing everything from whimsy to wonder in fewer than 40 pages. Seattle Public Library’s Children’s Librarians have come up with a list of their favorites, and we are sharing them with you. What were some of your favorite picture books of 2014?

sparkySparky by Jenny Offill

A sloth is a sloth and nothing else. Sparky may not be able to kick like a Kung Fu fighter, fetch a stick, or play hide-and-seek, but this slow moving creature is still irresistible. This is a simple story about expectations and choosing to love someone for who they are. Delightful watercolor illustrations with a retro feel add something special to this understated and sweet tale of acceptance and love. Continue reading “Seattle Public Library’s Favorite Picture Books of 2014”

Staff favorites: books with attitude

Posted by Jen B.

The 2014 Spring/Summer edition of Staff Favorites is now available! Here, in their own words, Library staff members talk about why they love books with attitude.

The Monkey Wrench GangThe Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
Ever wonder where the colloquial term “monkey wrench” comes from? Abbey’s zany characters show us how to sabotage heavy machinery, and they are bent on saving the desert from development and degradation by “progress.” Abbey leads us on a merry ramble through the desert of the American Southwest in a grand read. –Bob, Central Continue reading “Staff favorites: books with attitude”

Staff favorites: fantasy

Posted by Jen B.

The 2014 Spring/Summer edition of Staff Favorites is now available! Here, in their own words, Library staff members share some great fantasy fiction for your summer reading list.

Thinking Woman's Guide to Real MagicThe Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
A doctoral candidate on the verge of ditching her thesis takes a weekend trip to attend a wedding. After losing her way in the woods, she finds herself in an alternate world governed by shape-shifters and magic-wielders. What ensues is a surprising adventure—a blend of the Harry Potter series and Pride and Prejudice. –Sarah, Lake City Continue reading “Staff favorites: fantasy”