Staff Picks

We’re always reading and watching everything in our collection. We’d say we were doing that so that we can make better recommendations for our patrons, but that’s not entirely true… we just REALLY like to read. And anytime you want to talk with our staff about books, just stop on by. We are ready to give you personalized recommendations based on the books you already know and love.

adi's memories, or other people's memoirs that adi recommends

Nonfiction Memoirs, as Told by Adi

As much as we love fiction, a good memoir has the ability to reach and affect a reader on a deeper level, thanks to the benefits of stories that actually happened. From Edward Snowden to Anthony Kiedis and everyone in between, the best storytellers are those who are telling their own story.

chelsie and lorene's young adult reading recs. also recommended: reading YA even if you're a grown-up

Chelsie & Lorene’s YA Book Recommendations

You don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy these books. Don’t believe us? Stephen Colbert gets it. He’s quoted as saying, “As far as I can tell, a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.”

the ultimate independent film recommendations according to conrrado

Conrrado’s Ultimate List of Independent Films

There are so many wonderful films—fiction and nonfiction alike—that never make it to theaters. Check out this list of small or independent films that are worth a watch (even if you’ve never heard of them).

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Taste Tested & Kate-Approved

Get crazy in the kitchen with Kate’s cookbook recommendations. From ethnic food to healthy and clean eating, there’s something on this list for every cook and every table.

Fantastical fantasy for all ages curated by Lisa A.

Lisa A.’s List of Fantasy Stories for All Ages

Do you love fairy tales and stories of derring-do? Does the idea of a knight rescuing a princess or slaying a dragon make your heart skip a beat? No matter what age you are, we have the book for you. Check out our list of fantastical fantasy for any reader.

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Chauntel’s Best Books to Read as a Family

If you’re looking for ways to encourage your kids to read, try reading with them. We’ve pulled together a list of chapter books and kid-friendly series that even you will love. The trick will be keeping your kids from reading ahead without you.


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