Genre Bookmarks Template

Have you checked out one of our Staff Picks yet?  The Staff Pick of the Week can be followed on our blog, Facebook Album, or you could look at one of our Staff Pick Bookmarks.

We have 12 bookmarks broken up by genre, including: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, YA, Nonfiction, and Classics.  They’re even color-coded!  Nonfiction titles are blue, fiction is green, and YA is black.  Bookmarks can be found at the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk and in the YA room on top of the display.   Not every bookmark is out all the time, so keep checking back!

We also want to know what YOUR favorite books are.  Tell us on Facebook or Twitter, and maybe one day we can have Patron Pick Bookmarks too!

Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading!  Registration just opened, get started today and earn some great prizes – check out our Summer page and look at the prizes you could win in your category. Please note that Children’s is broken into Toddlers and older children… both titled “Fizz Boom Read”.

 

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This week’s staff pick is “Fortune’s Pawn” by Rachel Bach, a sci-fi adventure that kicks off the Paradox trilogy- all of which are published, so you can read them all now instead of waiting for a couple years.  A few of our staff members have read this series and absolutely, completely love it.  If you take this to the beach, make sure you have an umbrella because you may forget to reapply your sunscreen because you’re so engrossed.

“Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet. 

That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you’d get Deviana Morris — a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.”–Summary taken from Goodreads.com


Fortune's Pawn

Rachel Bach

Published: Nov 05, 2013 by Orbit
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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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