by Dinah Fried
I LOVE this book!!!! If you are a fanatic about classics and art then you will certainly enjoy this. Artist, RISD grad and now author Dinah Fried opens the book with her memories of reading the classics like Heidi, Lolita and Moby Dick. One of the more significant parts of these books though, for her, were the meals! Some of us might not think twice about that! Fried uses her talents as an artist to recreate some of the meals she read about and then photograph them. These meals are carefully curated and include a small excerpt from the story about the food along with some helpful and fun footnotes. It’s something book nerds and foodies can rejoice about! – Kristin
Q: Is there somewhere on your website that I can find recommendations for books my teenager might like to read? There are lots of suggestions online but I am really looking more for award winners and notable reads.
A: We actually have three pages of information on this topic! Click the links below to access the information!
Rhode Island Book Awards
Youth Media Awards
Young Adult Library Services Association
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman
I picked up this book because the blurb mentioned the main character being a bookish, self-proclaimed introvert. Those are some of my favorite kind of people! Well, this book was, cute. In the literary world that is probably an insult. But I certainly don’t mean it that way! It was a quick read, but I enjoyed it! The beginning reminded me a lot of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine but the surrounding story wasn’t quite as difficult. Each chapter begins with an illustration of her daily journal which adds a little humor and quirkiness.
Becoming – By Michelle Obama. I’ve been on the wait list for this audiobook for a long time. However, after listing to the first discs, and trying a random sampling of other discs, I’ve decided to go back on the wait list for the actual book.
I adore Michelle Obama, but her voice is too monotone. I prefer a livelier voice to keep me focused on the story. – Deb
There is nothing worse than waiting a week for a good book, coming here to pick it up, only to find you accidentally ordered the movie or cliff notes. Let us help you with that. When you are searching our catalog for say, Where the Crawdads Sing, you may find yourself with a long list of items to choose from. The fastest way to work with this list is to filter it by type using the bar on the top right of the search:
You can filter your search by adult, children, teen, magazines, large print, graphic novel or even by library branch!
If that doesn’t work for you, each list has an icon directly to the left of the item. Look carefully at each icon:
Each icon is clearly labeled, which is a great help!
We hope this helps you master the art of searching the catalog!
Old Man of the Sea
By Stella Elia
Illustrated by Weberson Santiago
This beautiful picture book for ages 4-8, is the tale of a young boy who visits his grandfather in his room on Sunday afternoons. In the beginning, they just sit. Then, Grandpa tells his grandson the stories of the times he spent at sea. He tells his grandson about falling in love with Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania but how he always came back the beautiful calm blue ocean. Then, Grandpa found America and found true love and married and made a family. It ends with sage advice and lots of love. This Brazilian story is perfectly illustrated with watercolor on paper by Weberson Santiago, a noted illustrator. This is a great read-aloud.