Staff Picks

Laughs Out Loud for Primary Readers

My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke (2016). When her best friend moves 10,000 miles away to Australia, Bea Garcia is positively glum. Despite her family’s best efforts, it seems that nothing—not even big chocolate chip cookies!—can cheer her up. As if losing her best friend isn’t bad enough, a ...Read More

Staff Pick: Columbine Lamentations

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebod, (2016) I was a junior in High School when the Columbine High School massacre occurred on April 20 1999. I remember feeling shocked and afraid, crying while watching the news. When I came across A Mother’s Reckoning: Living ...Read More

Director’s Review

News of the World (2016) by Paulette Jiles In post-Civil War Texas, Captain Jefferson Kidd makes his living as an itinerant news-reader, bringing news of the world to the small towns of Texas.  71 years old and a veteran of two previous wars, the Captain’s wife is dead and his daughters ...Read More

A Craving to Know God

Renegade: Martin Luther, the Graphic Biography by Andrea Grosso Ciponte and Dacia Palmerino, 2017 German theologian, Luther (1483-1546), driven by a deep-seated and ambitious craving to know God, boldly ventured into a dark, superstitious and troubled world to speak his truths. Bringing scholarship and discipline to the theological arena, he ...Read More


Tribe by Sebastian Junger (2016) Why do people occasionally miss the times when their country was at war once they have found peace? Why do military members have such a hard time transitioning back to life after service and, especially, deployment? Sebastian Junger seeks to address these issues in his ...Read More

Read it and shiver

People Who Eat Darkness: the True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry (2012) Tall, blond and twenty-one years old – Lucie Blackman, a former flight attendant, disappeared in the summer of 2000 from ...Read More