Summer is coming and that means movies. Lots of movies come out in the summer and your kids will most likely want to go and see at least one or two over their vacation. The real problem is you don’t know (until it’s far too late sometimes) what exactly is in these movies, despite the MPAA ratings. Here are a couple of websites that are dedicated to helping parents rate movies based on their content for things like violence, nudity, substance abuse and profanity: Kids In Mind and Common Sense Media.
Common Sense Media also reviews games, TV shows, apps, websites, books and music.
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Two of our staffers read this book, and they loved it. It has secret societies, an unsolvable puzzle (supposedly), and characters you’ll absolutely adore. Once you get involved in Clay’s story, you won’t want to put it down. We definitely recommend this winner of the Alex Award, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. A perfect summer read, or something to help distract you from the fact that no, it’s not vacation time yet for you, check it out from the Library today! We have it in regular and large type.
“The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.”– Taken from Amazon.com
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This week’s staff pick isn’t an individual work, but the entire collection of Maya Angelou, who passed on this week. Maya was a strong civil rights supporter and voice, and her work has affected millions. She was a truly great literary voice, and will be missed.
We have several of her works if you’d like to bring some home via book, ebook, or audiobook.
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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko is this week’s staff pick, chosen by one of our superb Children’s Librarians!
“In this appealing novel set in 1935, 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family move from Santa Monica to Alcatraz Island where his father gets a job as an electrician at the prison and his mother hopes to send his autistic older sister to a special school in San Francisco. When Natalie is rejected by the school, Moose is unable to play baseball because he must take care of her, and her unorthodox behavior sometimes lands him in hot water. He also comes to grief when he reluctantly goes along with a moneymaking scheme dreamed up by the warden’s pretty but troublesome daughter. Family dilemmas are at the center of the story, but history and setting–including plenty of references to the prison’s most infamous inmate, mob boss Al Capone–play an important part, too. The Flanagan family is believable in the way each member deals with Natalie and her difficulties, and Moose makes a sympathetic main character. The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers with an interest in what it was like for the children of prison guards and other workers to actually grow up on Alcatraz Island.–Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library”– School Library Journal.
This book is aimed at middle school students, and is a great, interesting read for boys and girls. It’s also the beginning of a series, so if you or your kids love it, the story continues!
We have multiple copies in print and an audiobook edition.
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“Billie Breslin has traveled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York and, thus, the world. When the publication is summarily shut down, the colorful staff, who have become an extended family for Billie, must pick up their lives and move on. Not Billie, though. She is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine’s deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the “Delicious Guarantee”-a public relations hotline for complaints and recipe inquiries-until further notice. What she doesn’t know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery.
Delicious! carries the reader to the colorful world of downtown New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors, and from the lively food shop in Little Italy where Billie works on weekends to a hidden room in the magazine’s library where she discovers the letters of Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, who wrote to the legendary chef James Beard during World War II. Lulu’s letters lead Billie to a deeper understanding of history (and the history of food), but most important, Lulu’s courage in the face of loss inspires Billie to come to terms with her own issues-the panic attacks that occur every time she even thinks about cooking, the truths about the big sister she adored, and her ability to open her heart to love.”–Goodreads.com
Our staff member was lucky enough to get their hands on an advanced reading copy, and they devoured this in less than a day. Now, they can’t stop talking about it. A great vacation read, or one for that stage before the end of the year where you need a distraction but not one that requires a lot of brain power like Neal Stephenson.
Check it out today!
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