• The Mystery of Locked Rooms
    Currie, Lindsay. The Mystery of Locked Rooms. Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Young Readers, [2024]. The Mystery of Locked Rooms is a cute middle grade (3rd-8th) novel with a fantastical 1950s fun house that is a giant escape room. Sarah and her friends West and Hannah love escape rooms. They are… Book Reviews
  • Maame
    George, Jessica. Maame. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2023. For our protagonist, Maddie Wright, life is full of questions and Google searches. Just to name a few of those Google searches highlighted throughout the story are “Is Parkinson’s disease genetic?”; “Jobs with the happiest employees”; “How long do guys… Book Reviews
  • Dandadan Vol. 1
    Tatsu, Yukinobu. Dandadan Vol. 1. San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, LLC, [2021]. Content Warning: Mature themes. Not intended for younger readers. Two words: Turbo Granny. Supernatural phenomena or aliens? Why not both? Yukinobu Tatsu combines both of the occult tropes in to a fun teen story of two opposing… Book Reviews
  • Traveling Through North Carolina
    It’s almost summer, and maybe you’re planning some week-long or long weekend trips. You don’t have to go far to find some great vacation spots! This week, we’re recommending some books that can help you with your planning, along with a fantastic resource you can access through our website. Martin,… Book Reviews
  • Arab American Heritage Month
    It may be the end of April, but we can’t let the month end without sharing some great books to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month! Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper This lovely picture book features Lina, who is walking to her grandmother’s house to make warak enab… Book Reviews
  • Poetry for Kids and Teens
    It’s National Poetry Month, and my (unofficial) research shows that children love reading poetry, and hearing poetry read to them. Below you’ll find a mix of new poetry books and old favorites to enjoy! Climbing the Volcano by Curtis Manley What’s the best poetic form to tell the story of… Book Reviews
  • Celebrate Libraries for National Library Week
    National Library Week is April 7-13, and we’re celebrating by sharing books about libraries! Some are inspirational, some involve murder, but all show that libraries are the place to be. A Library by Nikki Giovanni This lyrical picture book explores the wonder of books and libraries through the eyes of… Book Reviews
  • All The Sinners Bleed
    Cosby, S.A. All The Sinners Bleed. New York : Flatiron Books, 2023. Content Warnings: death, torture, rape, gore, violence, racial slurs, school shootings, pedophilia. If you like your mysteries/thrillers with a good dose of Southern flavor and existential crisis, read All the Sinners Bleed. This book was on several “Best… Book Reviews
  • New Easy Readers Bring Joy to Kids!
    New Easy Readers Bring Joy to Kids! If your child is a beginning reader, you know the joy of finding easy readers that get them excited. We have a lot of new options, and are highlighting six of them! The Fix-Its: Nail Need Help by Sarah Lynne Reul Have a… Book Reviews
  • Women’s History Month Picks
    Since March is Women’s History Month, we’re sharing some of the Historical Fiction books that were published in the last year by women, about women in history! Becoming Madam Secretary by Stephanie Dray Frances Perkins arrived in New York in the early 1900s with the conviction that she could make… Book Reviews
  • Great Books to Read as a Family
    Parents and caregivers know the best way to help their child become a strong reader and successful at school is to read to them! But as kids get older, they may not embrace reading time as much as they did when they were younger. Reading to an older child/tween/teen can… Book Reviews
  • The Bandit Queens
    The Bandit Queens. Shroff, Parini. New York : Ballantine Books, [2023]. Content warnings: misogyny, classism, body shaming, rape and attempted rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, alcoholism, acid attacks, murder. Sometimes you pick up a book, expecting one thing, but get something else entirely. I picked up The Bandit Queens, expecting… Book Reviews
  • North Carolina Novels
    There’s some sort of thrill when you read a book that is set in a familiar place, either where you live now, or a place you used to live. Luckily, there are hundreds of books set in North Carolina for you to enjoy! Here are some of our favorites: Garden… Book Reviews
  • Lovingkindness Meditation
    Lovingkindness Meditation by Sharon Salzberg On this Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share a resource that has been proven to increase people’s sense of well-being called lovingkindness meditation.  On Hoopla*, you can find guided meditations and writings from the well-known meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, who is credited with increasing awareness… Book Reviews
  • Super Bowl Picks
    Super Bowl Picks It’s Super Bowl week, so why not have feature some books where sports and their players play a main role? Tumble by Celia C. Pérez Addie Ramirez decides to search for her birth father, whom she doesn’t remember at all. In the process, she also finds her… Book Reviews
  • Romance Roundup
    In honor of Valentine’s Day, lets chat about romance novels. What are they and why do we like them? There are two requirements for a book to be considered a romance. One, the main plot centers on two individuals falling in love. The author can include as many subplots as… Book Reviews
  • Great Pairs in Children’s Literature
    This Wednesday, January 24, is National Peanut Butter Day, which made me think of peanut butter and jelly, which made me think of other great pairs, trios and groups in children’s literature. Kids love reading about friends who support each other, and there are some great books in the library… Book Reviews
  • In The Dark I See You
    In the dark I see you. Narayanan, Mallika. New York: Union Square & Co., 2023. A blind woman stumbles (literally) over a body in her neighbor’s condo, and becomes a suspect in this great psychological thriller. Audrey is blind, and lives in a lovely condo development in Sleepy Point, a… Book Reviews
  • ACPL Winter Reading Program
    January 16 – February 16 Reading is SNOW much fun! Our annual Winter Reading Program begins on Tuesday, January 16. We invite readers of all ages to participate in Book Bingo. Pick up your bingo card from any library location and complete a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line on the… Book Reviews
  • Speak Your Truth with Love and Listen Deeply
    Speak Your Truth with Love and Listen Deeply. Sofer, Oren Jay. Sounds True; 2022. During the height of COVID, I started studying communication with Oren Jay Sofer, a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication or NVC.  I recently discovered that one of his titles Speak Your Truth with Love and Listen Deeply… Book Reviews