Book Reviews

26 Dec What gifts were under your tree?

Ho! Ho! Ho! Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! Did you receive a cool new kitchen appliance under the tree? Maybe a new air fry cooker or an electronic pressure cooker? Need some culinary inspiration for recipes? The library is the first place to look...

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12 Dec Snowy Day Read Alouds

When the weather is frightful, cozy up with some of these great reads to share. Searching the online catalog for winter, snow, snowman or snowmen will give you many treasures to choose. If you are looking for something specific, just ask and we can help...

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21 Nov Nervous Nellie

Have you ever gotten butterflies in your stomach when you go somewhere new and you might not know anyone else who is there? Children often face this when they start school each year. If you've got a child who is anxious in new situations, it...

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22 Apr A Wrinkle in Time

If you watched the recent movie or read Madeleine L'Engle's classic book A Wrinkle in Time (or both), you'll want to check out some of these readalikes.  Superfans should also read Becoming Madeleine, a new biography of the author written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis...

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28 Mar Read Local

This year La Porte County Public Library invites the community to “Read Local” in a year long celebration of Indiana authors. The Read Local series offers neighbors a chance to read the same great stories and engage in stirring conversations. Karen Day, a La Porte...

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12 Feb Coretta Scott King Book Awards

This February,  I thought it would be relevant and inspiring to highlight the comprehensive collection of more than 3,000 instructional resources TeachingBooks.net offers for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Black History Month. Since its inception in 1970, the Coretta Scott King Book...

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05 Oct Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to English author, Kazuo Ishiguro. Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, describes Ishiguro as a "mix of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, then you have Kazuo Ishiguro in a nutshell, but you have to add a...

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23 Sep Final Girls Review

If you are a fan of psychological suspense, give Final Girls by Riley Sager a try. The lone survivor of a massacre, Quincy Carpenter gains notoriety despite her inability to remember the events of that night. Labeled a “final girl” by the press, in reference...

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20 Sep New John Green Book…Finally!

John Green is finally publishing a new book! The beloved Nerdfighter, author of “The Fault in Our Stars”,  will release “Turtles All the Way Down” on Tuesday October 10th. Reserve your copy today from the Library! Be first in line to enjoy this new powerful...

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07 Sep How To Read To Your Child

We can all agree reading to your child is very important. But have you ever thought of how you read to your child? Here are some helpful tips on how to read to your child. Ages 0-3  Try to read at least 15 minutes a day to...

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07 Jun Love Mystery Series?

I was looking for a new mystery series to listen to and decided to try Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series a couple of months ago. Still Life is the first in the series. We have the entire series in our digital audiobook collection....

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30 May Winning Books Announced!

The Indiana Library Federation announced the winners of the Young Hoosier Book Awards (YHBA) and Eliot Rosewater Award (Rosie) for this school year. These awards are chosen annually by students across Indiana. Students who read any of the nominated books may rate each book they've read. In...

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23 Jan 2017 Youth Media Award Winners Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. Congrats to all the winners!  For ALA's complete list click here. Here are some highlights: John Newbery Medal...

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06 Jan Review: Lunar Chronicles Series

I have always enjoyed young adult (YA) literature and fantasy novels. I also appreciate authors who can cleverly weave a fresh telling of traditional fairy tales. Therefore, I was delighted when I finally took the plunge and listened to Marissa Meyer's Cinder, book 1 of the...

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19 Dec Review: Yes, Please

With holiday traveling in full swing, I thought I'd share what I am currently listening to for those wanting suggestions to break up travel boredom: Amy Poehler's Yes, Please. I am pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying it which is probably due to my vague...

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21 Nov National Book Award Winners Announced!

And the winners are….On November 16th the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the prestigious National Book Award. The Award is given in four different categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature. This year’s winners are:   Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead   “After Cora,...

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04 Nov The Latest – October Bestsellers

  October went by in the blink of an eye, and there were a lot of releases from popular authors. Meg Cabot, John Grisham, and Jodi Picoult are among the many who had new books come out last month. If you want to make sure you didn't miss any of your favorite authors, check out our list of October releases and click the title to place your hold. Happy reading!
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31 Oct Seriously Creepy Reads

It’s October and just like the arrival of Pumpkin Spice flavored everything, it’s time to read some creepy stories. To help you get in the spirit (get it?), here are some fantastically creepy books to check out. -The Diviners Series by Libba Bray New York City in...

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17 Oct Happy Birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh!

Beloved children's character, Winnie-the-Pooh, is celebrating his 90th anniversary this month! Author A.A. Milne published his first volume of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh 0n October 14, 1926. Take your own trip through the Hundred Acre Wood with these awesome titles:             Winnie-the-Pooh isn't the only British icon celebrating...

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08 Aug Bess Crawford. Nurse. Crime Solver.

Bess Crawford is one tough, but polite, cookie. She is a combat nurse, working in war zone Europe during the Great War. In addition to her bravery, intelligence and compassion, Bess is also a crime solver. She is the kind of character this reader wishes...

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01 Jul A Book Club For Everyone!

Did you know that La Porte County Public Library system has several book clubs? There is a great variety of titles each month and lovely groups of people to have some intelligent conversations with. No sign up required. Read the book in any format you...

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06 May Explorers Unite!

Are you daring enough, brave enough, gutsy enough to take on three books full of high risks and adventure?  Buckle up your seat belt.  These books are not for the faint of heart! Airman by Eoin Colfer In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a...

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13 Apr Road Trip!

Are any of you lucky ducks planning a trip? Help that traveling time fly by with an eAudiobook the whole family can agree on. With your La Porte County Public Library card, you can access hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks for FREE using our OverDrive...

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25 Mar Online Catalog Update

In May of 2015, we changed to a new online catalog.  Those of you who regularly use the online catalog to place holds, look for new titles, or renew your items definitely noticed.  It took time for you to learn this new site and its...

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07 Mar Need a Downton fix?

All you faithful Downton Abbey fans who are grieving the loss of your favorite show, chin up. Downton may be over, but now is the perfect time to explore the history of Highclere Castle (the real Downton Abbey!) and the adventures of the real family who still lives...

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29 Feb Silly Read Alouds

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." -Dr. Seuss Wednesday, March 2, 2016 is Read Across America Day, a celebration of reading that honors the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to most of us as Dr....

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26 Feb Growing Gardeners

Happiness is a sunny, mid-50's February day in Northwest Indiana! Last Saturday was gorgeous. As I watched the snow melt, I thought about my plan for 2016 flowerbeds and veggie gardens. I want more cottage garden flowers like hydrangeas, foxgloves, and hollyhocks. I will definitely plant less labor...

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26 Feb Wow, What?

Wowbrary.  What is it?  Wowbrary is a great way to keep up with all of the new materials at the library.  There are three great ways to keep up with what's new at the library using Wowbrary.  One, you can just click the Wowbrary link...

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27 Jan My Name is Lucy Barton

As a fan of works by Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys) I was really excited to get my hands on her latest book entitled My Name is Lucy Barton. I could hardly put this book down and finished...

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25 Jan Snow Day Science

Cooped up in the house with energetic, curious little minds? Try some hands-on science activities! La Porte County has been hit with some brutally frigid weather this January. In anticipation of snow days to come, I've stocked up on some books and activities to keep my...

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25 Jan Meet Some REAL Characters

I have a soft spot for nonfiction books that read like fantastical novels. They suck me in and dominate my thoughts for months (sometimes to the great annoyance of my coworkers and family members who are forced to listen to my rants and wonderings.) Below...

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14 Jan 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced this week. Books that receive these awards often become classics. Many awards are granted during this ceremony, but the top announcements are the Newbery, the Caldecott and the Printz. Each of these awards recognizes excellence in a specific...

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04 Dec Random First Lines

It has been said that in order to hook a reader you must get their attention from the very first line of the book. So I randomly picked books from our new book shelves. Do any of them hook you? "In the dining room, the men...

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30 Nov The Rest of Us Just Live Here

As a die hard fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have a deep appreciation for supernatural teen dramas. In these stories, a special teen, the “Chosen One”, must battle a fierce evil in order to save the world from utter destruction. Teen literature is...

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12 Nov Big Little Lies Book Review

We just finished reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty for this month's Mystery Lovers Book Club. What a good book! Who knew that kindergarten politics could lead to murder! The novel follows the friendships and relationships (in and out of school) of three moms...

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15 Oct Walk on Earth a Stranger Book Review

The year is 1849. The United States government has just announced that for anyone daring enough to make the journey to California there are endless opportunities, prosperity, and gold waiting for them. Leah ‘Lee’ Westfall is more than daring: she’s desperate.  Her best friend ran off to...

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