Five Movies for MLK Day

Martin Luther King day, observed on the third Monday of January each year, celebrates the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal …

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You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

A telenovela veteran and soap opera sensation fall in love in Alexis Daria’s You Had Me at Hola.

Ashton and Jasmine land leading roles on a new Netflix show, Carmen in Charge. Ashton needs this role to catapult …

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Mother Land by Leah Franqui

When New York native and newlywed Rachel moves to Mumbai with her Indian-born husband Dhruv, the last thing she expects is the arrival of her mother-in-law, Swati, suitcases in hand.

Rachel’s big adventure is turned on its head when the …

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Throwback Thursday: Into the Wild

It’s Throwback Thursday! Twenty-five years ago this month, Jon Krakauer’s classic nonfiction book, Into the Wild was published. It was adapted into a film in 2007.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, Chris McCandless had roamed through the West …

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Pippa Fitz-Amobbi is a highly precocious and dedicated teenager who chooses to solve a murder as her senior capstone project. The town put the case to bed five years earlier when their chief suspect, the victim’s boyfriend, committed suicide.

Pippa …

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Check Your News Sources

In times of turmoil, it is more important than ever to check your news sources. Below are some online resources to help you separate truth from misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies.

Have a news story you’re not sure about? Give …

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The Seed of Compassion by the Dalai Lama XIV

This is an autobiographical storybook about the Buddhist and spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet). This is a role for which he was chosen when he was a very young child, around 1940.

We see …

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Luster by Raven Leilani

23-year-old Edie begins her affair with Eric with high hopes. He’s twice her age, has a respectable job and nice car, looks good and has an excellent command of grammar. He’s also white with a wife and kid in the …

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Debuting on Netflix on Christmas Day, Bridgerton is set to become the next great streaming sensation. Based on the books by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton, follows the eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family as they look for love and …

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BYO Book Club Recommendations

At the last meeting of the Bring Your Own Book Club, a bunch of book lovers chatted about the books we’ve all been reading lately. Looks like we’ll be doing it again on January 15th if you’d like to join …

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Patron Pick: Paul and Me

One of our loyal patrons, Walter, thinks you’ll enjoy Paul and Me: Fifty-three Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman by A.E. Hotchner.

Playwright and biographer Hotchner affectionately reflects on his decades-long friendship with iconic actor Paul …

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January 2021 LibraryReads Hall of Fame

Every month at, librarians across the county nominate their favorite upcoming books. Any writers who appear on the list three times are moved into the Hall of Fame to recognize their new books while making room on the main list for less well known authors.

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Paul Farmer Wins 2020 Berggruen Prize

First awarded in 2016 with the overt purpose of becoming a “Nobel prize for philosophy” the Berggruen Prize is a million dollar award given each year to a significant individual in the field of philosophy. It is awarded by the …

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Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Mira’s on her way home to New Jersey from her elite west coast art high school when winter weather forces her flight to land early. It’s the anniversary of her aunt’s death so she’s desperate to get home. She doesn’t …

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2020 Harriet Tubman Prize Finalists

The Harriet Tubman Prize is awarded annually to a distinguished nonfiction book published in the United States on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World. A Readers’ Committee of scholars and librarians selects a short list of …

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