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Books Recommended at Tea on Tuesday

Members of the Tea on Tuesday group discussed these books at their recent meetings. Click on the titles to link to the Library catalog for more information. Many of these books are available in large print, audiobook, and electronic formats. Enjoy these recommendations from some of our most...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Did you know that the U.S. Navy practiced segregation during WWII? Due to long-standing policies, African Americans enlistees were barred from combat and leadership roles and allowed to serve only as mess attendants and cargo loaders. At the Port Chicago naval base in the San Francisco Bay, legions...

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Fiction Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Set in the late 1970s in small town Ohio, Everything I Never Told You is a masterful account of family dynamics. The Lee family sticks out in their small college town; the father James, is Chinese-American and his wife, Marilyn is white. Their three children are of mixed race. The story opens with...

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Picture Book Review: Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells

Stella's sparkling silver home may be small, but it's large enough to hold everything that Stella needs: a sofa that turns into a bed at the touch of a button and two loving parents. Stella is happy and proud to live in her "starliner"--until the neighborhood kids point out that her silver home is...

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Picture Book Review: I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora & Libby Martinez

A heartwarming story of the value of U.S. citizenship. Young Libby is learning the Pledge of Allegiance with her school class just as her great-aunt is practicing it for her citizenship ceremony. Children who listen to this book will have several opportunities to hear and practice the Pledge of...

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Fiction Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Atlanta in the 1970s was very different from the city most people know today. Still heavily segregated, the institutions that ran the town were only taking small steps to becoming inclusive. The Atlanta Police Department has only recently started allowing female cops. Cop Town focuses on two new—...

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Picture Book Review: How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler

Little Jumbo can't understand why his dad seems so grumpy. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the raisins that Little Jumbo spit toward the ceiling, or the bath that Little Jumbo just simply did not need, or the brown overalls that Little Jumbo decided just not to wear...could it?...

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Youth Fiction Review: Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

After her mother is deported to Honduras, 6th grader Gaby Ramirez Howard struggles to adjust to life with her estranged father. Gaby's best friend, Alma, and her family regard Gaby as one of their own, but Gaby nevertheless misses her mom and longs for her return. A school service project--...

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Good Summer Reads: Kindergarten through High School

Looking for something good to read this summer? Last week, we presented this slideshow with about 40 titles to K-8th grade District 15 teachers. Part 1 includes titles for Junior High + (high school students and adults are welcome). Part 2 includes new fiction and nonfiction for K-6th grade. Enjoy...

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Fiction Book Review: The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma

The Year She Left Us is a moving story about family and identity. The Kong family is composed of strong, fierce women: Gran the matriarch who left China during the Chinese Civil War; her successful daughters Charlie, an empathetic public defender, and Les, a brilliant judge; and Ari, Charlie’s self...

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