Library staff pick favorites—December 23, 2011
Have you been looking for something good to read lately? Or maybe looking for a good movie to watch. Well the staff at Hastings Public Library has recently created a shelf of some of our favorite books, movies and music. The Staff Pick shelf is currently located by the Spanish collection across from the main circulation desk. Look for a bright green book mark inside of the books that will tell you who on the staff recommended the book and in some cases a brief description of the book or the reason why it is recommended.
Several of the books currently on the staff picks shelf include: “Celebrate!” by Sheila Lukins. This book recommended by library page Sarah D. is a cookbook with 43 menus and over 350 recipes designed to bring friends and family together.
Library assistant Karen recommends Dave Barry’s “I’ll Mature When I’m Dead,” a brilliantly funny book that explores the treacherous state of adulthood. Karen says that “this book will cause serious pain…. from laughing.” Karen also recommends the children’s book “Wherever you are My Love Will Find You,” by Nancy Tillman. This book talks about the greatest gift to give children: Love. Karen says that this book is the “perfect bedtime story for mom and dad to share with their children.”
Now for a few of my own recommendations. “The Cardturner,” by Louis Sachar is a great story about a teenager Alton Richards who spends his summer break helping his recently blind Uncle Lester. Lester used to play the card game Bridge, but because of his blindness he can no longer play the game that he loves, so Alton becomes his card turner, reading Lester his cards and then playing them when told. This is a great story of how a younger person can learn many important things from someone from the grand generation.
I would also like to recommend the book “Guitar Boy,” by MJ Auch. Travis is a boy whose mother suffers a serious brain trauma after a car accident. His father in a fit of rage kicks him out of the house with only his mother’s guitar. Travis takes to the road and is taken in by a guitar maker who encourages him to pursue his love of music and helps him find a way to repair his broken family.
The staff picks shelf is constantly being added to, so stop in to the Hastings Public Library and find something good to read.