Staff Picks

2009 Newbery Award Winner

Announced earlier this month, Neil Gaiman is the 2009 Newbery Award winner for his story The Graveyard Book. Given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Newbery Award honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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The Soloist

The true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who becomes schizophrenic and homeless, and his friendship with Steve Lopez, the Los Angeles columnist who discovers and writes about him in the newspaper

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Obama: A New Force in Publishing

President-Elect Barack Obama is quite the reader. He is often photographed reading or holding a book. These photos have already proven to be a boon for book sales in the US. Wouldn't you like to be invited to a White House Book Club?

Listen to this fascinating report by Lynn Neary on NPR about Mr. Obama's power to create readers!

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Mazes of Bones

What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human hustory? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away... or get the first clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill in MAZE OF BONES by Rick Riordan, you take the clue - and begin a very dangerous race.

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Reference USA

ReferenceUSA is an internet-based reference service from the Library Division of InfoUSA. The database contains, in module format, detailed information on more than 14 million US businesses.

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The Cats of Mirikitani

"Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of community and art..."--Container.

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American Gangster

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in Harlem.

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Dragon's Egg

It is a rare talent, and only she can care for the Inn's herd. She feeds them, gathers their eggs, and tends to their injuries. But Mella dreams about the dragons of legend, even though hardly anyone believes they still exist. Dragons are small farm animals, not huge fire-breathing monsters. Everyone knows that. Until one day changes everything.

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Loving Frank

Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney's love story is -- as many early reviews of Loving Frank have noted -- little-known and often dismissed as scandal.

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Morningstar Investment Research Center

In these financially difficult time, are you wondering how your stocks are performing?

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See How They Run

Using witty anecdotes and clear explanations, the author takes readers from the birth of democracy to the electoral college; from front porch campaigning to hanging chads.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.

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The Living Room Candidate

The Museum of the Moving Image presents a fascinating look at the presidential campaign commercials of yesteryear.

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Project Smart Vote

As the election approaches, we know you're looking for information you can trust.

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First Day Jitters

It’s back to school time for Sarah, but she’s not going to her new school!

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