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Chook! Chook! Chook! - Early Literacy Roundup

Squirrel

An early Spring seems to be here to stay in this neck of the woods. There is but one word that epitomizes the feeling I get when I begin to see (and sniff) the first signs of Spring rebirth: squirrels. Whether at the zoo, park, in your own backyard, or in one of the following books, I hope you get the chance to visit a non-nibbling squirrel in the near future. Keep reading together!

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Resolution Reboots

Woman thinking

Have your New Year's resolutions already hit the dustbin? Feel like you already need a reboot on 2016? Circulation Clerk Brittany knows the feeling and she's got some library materials to cheer you up, make you feel better about your crazy life and help you have fun while getting started on some of the things you might want to achieve this year.

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Silly Love - Sizzle in the Stacks

Hearts

Yes, it’s February, the month of love, but don’t get too carried away. You’ve got the rest of the year to read dramatic love stories, so why don’t you take a break this month and keep it lighthearted and amusing? These titles are all what might be considered romantic comedies, with a hint of naughtiness thrown in.

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Gear Up for Health Resources!

excercising

If you've had trouble sifting through all the free health advice available on the Internet, Librarian Ngoc has your guide to the best digital health information availble from Metrolibraries. From informative databases and reference books to downloadable magazines we'll help keep you healthy, happy and fit!

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Remembering Harper Lee (1926-2016)

Harper Lee

We all have those moments in our lives when the innocence of childhood parts like a curtain to reveal people who are different from ourselves and big ideas we’ve never considered before. Reading To Kill a Mockingbird was one of those moments for Librarian Kassy. Read her poignant tribute to an American legend and delve deeper with these selections, available at Metro libraries.

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Pulitzer Prize Possibilities

Books

Our literature blogger Tracy likes literary prizes. Although she rarely predicts the winner, and is often disappointed, she feels the prizes generally do more good than harm. If nothing else, a prestigious literary prize keeps a (usually) good book in print, generates publicity, and hopefully sells a few more copies. Check out Tracy's picks for the gold medal.

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How Lucky We Are to Be Alive Right Now: What to Read When You're Obsessed with Hamilton

Hamilton the musical

Look around, look around! Based on founding father Alexander Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that bears his surname has become a pop culture obsession for many. If you've listened to the soundtrack on repeat for weeks, don't throw away your shot to learn more. We have these titles, plus further suggested reading highlighted on our catalog.

 

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WWII: Views from the Other Side

Soldier monument

There is no shortage of research material documenting the Second World War. Much has been discussed of the war from the perspective of the Allied powers, but were all citizens of these respective nations truly in support of their leaders’ actions? What was life like for those living under these regimes? Where did the hearts and minds of citizens, politicians and soldiers truly lie during this time of conflict? Librarian Chris recommends books with some interesting answers to these questions.

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Well done, Sister Suffragette!

Womens suffrage poster

It’s that time again!  We all know it well.  Political banter at the office water cooler.  Commentary on the debates on every news channel and in every paper.  Uncertainty hanging in the air. Campaign season is upon us and what better holiday to remind us of our right to vote (if you’re a woman) than Susan B. Anthony Day on February 15. Check out some of these great reads and discover what these incredible women went through to secure the vote!

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Death of a Cozy Writer - Cozy Up to a Good Mystery

Mysterious 1920s lady

Agatha Christie—have you heard of her?  She is probably the best known writer of cozy mysteries, having published her first novel in 1920.  She went on to publish 66 mysteries, 14 collections of short stories, and 6 romantic suspense novels.  The Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the best-selling novelist of all time.  Only the Bible and Shakespeare’s works have been more widely published than Christie’s. Librarian and cozy mystery fan Phyllis has your read-alikes.

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