May 29

Summer Book Recommendations by Angela Salgado

Posted on May 29, 2020 at 10:17 AM by Angela Salgado

Summer’s finally here and hopefully reading is among the relaxing activities you plan to squeeze into this short season. Whether you are reading at the lake, by the pool or possibly even in a cabana by the ocean (lucky you!), here’s a list of light summer reads I would recommend for relaxation and entertainment. Most of these are available in paperback, which is great for toting along on your summer fun. Click on the title to see the book in our catalog. 

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang - From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart. Also available in large print format. 

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren - For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies. Also available in e-book through Overdrive. 

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen N. Arnett - Taking over her family's failing taxidermy shop in the wake of her father's suicide, grief-stricken Jessa-Lynn Morton pursues less-than-legal ways of generating income while struggling to figure out her place among her eccentric loved ones.

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes -  Evvie and Dean, the man renting the apartment behind her house, have one rule: Evvie won't ask about Dean's flagging major league baseball career and Dean won't ask about Evvie's dead husband. But when that rule gets broken, they realize they might need each other to reckon with their pasts and make peace with the future.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert - Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion.

Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden - A workplace novel that captures teaching with humor, insight, and heart. This perspective-hopping debut follows teachers at an urban high school as their professional lives impact their personal lives and vice versa.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca - Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

May 27

E-Book Notes 5/26/2020

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 9:10 AM by Angela Salgado

These are all e-books and can be accessed through our Overdrive library.  Email or call us for help getting started with e-materials. 

All Adults Here by Emma Straub

After witnessing a school bus accident, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been. Watching her children making parenting mistakes themselves and her grandchildren grow, Astrid wonders who gets to decide what apologies really count?

You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe

This biography about George Washington—who was raised by a struggling single mother but yet never backed down, and completely changed into the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips after marrying Martha—will have readers, including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads, inhaling every page.

The Holdout by Graham Moore

When a 15-year-old girl disappears, her teacher Bobby Nock, an African American, is the prime suspect. But Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, convinces the jurors to vote not guilty, a controversial decision that will change their lives forever.

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Micah’s meticulously organized life if thrown off-kilter when his women friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a “girlfriend”) tells him she’s facing eviction and a teenager shows up at his door claiming to be his son.

May 22

Take the Time on Memorial Day Weekend by Charlotte Helgeson

Posted on May 22, 2020 at 1:10 PM by Angela Salgado

We often miss the mark over Memorial Day Weekend by not remembering why we celebrate and hold special services during this weekend.  A day for honoring Americans who lost their lives while protecting our country started just after the Civil War.  A time when our country needed great healing.  

Gathering together has often given us the strength and hope needed to continue forward and thrive.  For now, our big celebrations are put on hold.  Staying home more may give us the time to read or watch a movie about some of these soldiers.  We can take the time to think about the effort put forward to keep our lives and families safe.

The East Grand Forks Campbell Library has a wonderful Military History Section named after a dedicated civil servant and vet, Henry Tweten.  He is one of the many who can relate to stories told about World War II and share his with others.  With fewer places to gather, we can still hear or read some of these great stories in the safety of our own homes.

Some of my suggestions from our great Military History Section are:

Hymns of the Republic:  the story of the final year of the American Civil War by S.C. Gwynne

The American Expeditionary Forces in the Great War by Maartin Otte

Or perhaps, this is the time to watch a DVD from our Military History Section.  Such as, Great Battles of World War II or The History Channel Ultimate Collections.

We also have many Junior reads about our military history.  I particularly enjoyed, I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 and I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 both by Lauren Tarshis.   

These materials can inspire questions for grandparents or help a family remember a story that has never been shared before.  

Take a little time this Memorial Day to think about the many brave and hardworking Americans that have kept us safe in our past and keep us safe today.