Book: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (click on title to preview the book)

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.

eBook: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (click on title to preview)

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.

Audiobook: I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda (click on title to preview)

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter…

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin’s class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and fifty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives. In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends –and better people–through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

Published in: on October 28, 2019 at 9:05 am Comments (0)

BANNED BOOKS WEEK! September 22-28

From the website of the ALA office for intellectual freedom:

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.”

Celebrate your right to read! Take a look at some of the frequently challenged books (by year).

Published in: on September 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm Comments (0)

Featured Books

New Book:

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera (click on link to preview the book)

Dealing in Dreams

Sixteen year old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City, but when she sets her sights on giving this life up for a prestigious home in Mega Towers, she must decide if she’s willing to dot he unspeakable to get what she wants.


New Audiobook:

The Call of the Wild by Jack London (click on the link to preview the book)

The Call of the Wild

The story begins at the dawn of the Klondike Gold Rush, when capable sled dogs are in high demand. Half St. Bernard and half sheep dog, Buck is stolen from an estate in California’s idyllic Santa Clara Valley and shipped north.


New eBook:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (click on the link to preview the book)

The Upside of Unrequited

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t seem to stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful.


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Welcome Back!

It’s a new school year and it’s going to be a great one!!

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Published in: on August 12, 2019 at 11:17 am Comments (0)

Free AudioBooks ALL Summer Long!!

SYNC is a FREE summer audiobook program. Returning April 25, 2019, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

Published in: on April 29, 2019 at 12:21 pm Comments (0)

Check these out!

New book in the library

The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey

(click on the title to preview the first book)

The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #1)

When David moves in with Elizabeth Pennykettle and her eleven-year-old daughter, Lucy, he discovers a collection of clay dragons that come to life. David’s own special dragon inspires him to write a story, which reveals the secrets behind a mystery. In order to solve the mystery and save his dragon, David must master the magic of the fire within – not only with his hands but also with his heart.

New eBook on Overdrive/Sora

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

(click on the title to preview the book)

Fish in a Tree

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

New Audiobook on Overdrive/Sora

The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

The Lovely Reckless

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Published in: on April 25, 2019 at 3:13 pm Comments (0)

Google Tips!

I’ve created 10 short videos on various Google Drive elements. You can email me with suggestions for new videos anytime. (Click on “10 short videos” to see a list with links.)


Published in: on March 18, 2019 at 12:47 pm Comments (0)

Important Research Tip!

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Featured Items

New Book:

Dragon Hunter by Paul Marks (Our very own!!!)

In what is left of the wild reaches of Columbia, a series of vicious attacks have caught the attention of veteran reporter Thomas Blake. As he begins to investigate, Thomas starts to unravel a secret that has been kept for a thousand years: Dragons are real, and only a few brave people stand between us and them.

New Audiobook:

QB1 by Mike Lupica (click on title to preview the book)

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Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season–not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who’s merely a freshman.

New eBook:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon (click on title to preview book)

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.


Published in: on February 27, 2019 at 11:25 am Comments (0)

Featured Book

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (click on title to preview the book)

“In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.”

Published in: on January 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm Comments (0)