What It’s About: “If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo is about a transgender teen named Amanda who has just moved from Atlanta to Tennessee to live with her Dad after being brutally beaten for entering a female dressing room at the mall. As Amanda acclimates to her new life, she starts making friends while capturing … Continue reading “Review: “If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo”
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“The Girl With All the Gifts” was written with by a screenwriter, and it shows. The action unfolds like a movie in the best dystopian sci-fi tradition, beginning with the very limited worldview of Melanie, a genius-level 10-year-old who knows only her classroom and her cell. As Melanie’s understanding of her world grows, so does … Continue reading “Reader Review: The Girl With All the Gifts”
When I was a girl, I liked browsing through my parents’ books about famous art museums — the Hermitage, Louvre, Prado, etc. These books illustrated the best works of Western art, but they didn’t cover anything modern.
Kids are curious. They ask a million questions. And as far as I know, there’s no definitive book of answers for how to talk to your little ones about serious issues, such as the Holocaust or slavery or hurricanes or death. It’s difficult to navigate how much to tell them when you want to be … Continue reading “Tackling Tough Topics”
Book I Read: “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue Why I Checked It Out: The author already has one critically-acclaimed book under her belt (“Room”) so I was curious to see if she had created another. The story features a nurse who trained under Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War, so it promised to deliver a … Continue reading “Staff Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue”
Kristy Toplikar, Public Services Librarian Summer is the perfect time to challenge your body with physical activities like sports and games. It’s also a great time to challenge your mind with some awesome summer reads. This year, we get to celebrate the combination of these two seemingly opposite things with the Summer Reading theme “On … Continue reading “Literary Links: Summer Reading 2016”
With so many companies, government agencies and schools requesting that people fill out applications and forms online, some people are left behind. Not everyone has a computer at home, and dial-up internet access is still as fast as it gets in some parts of Mid-Missouri.
In honor of Black History Month, here are some newer titles that explore the varied experience of being black in America, some from historical perspectives and others from a contemporary point of view. “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author … Continue reading “Books for Black History Month”
My library coworkers’ reading tastes vary widely. Some are graphic novel and comics experts, others are sci-fi and fantasy aficionados and some kill it at every trivia night because they are voracious nonfiction readers. Many best-of lists in book-ish publications (both in print and online) offer recommendations that lean towards what you might call literary, … Continue reading “Top Ten Books Librarians Love: The February 2016 List”
We are excited to announce that DBRL has recently acquired six children’s digital magazine subscriptions through Zinio! To use Zinio, you need an active DBRL library card. Multiple readers can check out the same magazine at the same time, and you can keep issues on your computer or mobile device as long as you wish. This service is PC and … Continue reading “New Digital Magazines for Kids”