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Handpicked Just for You!

Lots of LPL staff are avid gamers, music explorers, and movie watchers. And now we get to share our favorite “looks, plays, and listens” with you.

Our new LookPlayListen display in the media room is chock-full of staff picks. Each item comes with a sweet lil’ summary of why we loved it in hopes that you’ll take it home and love it, too.

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The Best Books from the Worst Year

Let’s be honest, 2016 has been kind of a hot mess. Between so many celebrity deaths (David Bowie, Sharon Jones, Prince, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, Elie Wiesel… holy cow, SO MANY) and some, uh, general upheaval, most people are ready to write this one off as a loss.

But! As much as we’d like to say goodbye and good riddance to the year as a whole, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the very good things that came from 2016; this year has offered readers a wealth of fabulous new books. Debut authors and big-hitters alike have released incredible works in 2016, and the staff of LPL would like to share a few of our favorites. If you’re looking for great gifts for bibliophiles in your life, try one of these librarian-approved reads: Read More..

Staff Picks: “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

Sometimes, I love a book so much, I don’t want to let the story go. Luckily for me and millions of other fans, just because my favorite series ended, doesn’t mean I have to stop reading about my favorite characters or abandon my favorite story worlds. Luckily for me and millions of other readers who feel the same, there’s fanfiction! Continuations and remixes of so many books are being shared online so that fans can continue to see their favorite characters continue going on adventures.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell explores the world of fandom through the eyes of Cath, an aspiring writer who goes off to college and sort of flounders through her first semester. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Where the Stars Still Shine” by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller is a story of loyalty and love, and readers looking for character-driven realistic fiction that gives equal focus to family and romance will enjoy it. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Starglass” by Phoebe North

Political intrigue on a generation starship? I was immediately intrigued by Starglass by Phoebe North.

Terra has spent her entire life on the spaceship Asherah, as have generations before her. A group of cultural Jews boarded it 500 years ago just before Earth was hit with an asteroid that was destined to destroy all life on the planet. The ship has been heading towards a new planet they are hoping to populate. But just as they are preparing to land on the new planet, an underground rebel group is poised to challenge the leaders of the ship and the rigid social order that has been necessary to keep the ship running. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Winger” by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith made me laugh out loud and broke my heart.

Ryan Dean is an awkward 14-year-old boy who is smart enough to have skipped two grades. When he returns for his Junior year at a boarding school in the Pacific Northwest, he’ll be staying in the troublemakers dorm with limited privileges, and a year of hijinks and heartache ensue. Read More..

Staff Picks: Soul Searching by Sarah Stillman

Every once in a while, I pick up a non-fiction book and leaf through its Table of Contents to see if there is anything I might be interested in… Soul Searching  had so many chapter titles I liked, that I HAD to check it out and read it. From yoga to feng shui, aromatherapy to color therapy, safe cell phone usage to cyberbullying –  this book covers a multitude of what I think of as modern day coping skills. And I believe the more coping skills you have in your arsenal  the better you are able to handle any situation that comes up in life. And who doesn’t want that? Even if you don’t want to read the whole book, pick it up and glance at the chapters that DO interest you. You never know what you might learn.


Staff Picks: Rootless by Chris Howard

I picked up Rootless because the summary mentioned a future with no trees and a young man building “trees” for rich people out of metal and plastic. Environmental apocalypse and a protagonist artist building “trees” for those that oppress him? Yes please! Sadly, as I am often too impulsive with books, I did not check to see if the book was a “stand alone” or part of a series. Oops!  Read More..

Staff Picks: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

I never would have picked this up if it hadn’t gotten a lot of buzz for being on three YALSA award lists: Alex Award, Quick Picks for Young Adults, and Great Graphic Novels. I’m very glad I did.

My Friend Dahmer is a terrible, dark story, and is even more horrifying because it is so accessible, even familiar, to those who grew up in a small town with one weird kid in your class. Read More..

Staff Picks: The Wish List by Eoin Colfer

I’m a HUGE Artemis Fowl and Airman fan, so when I ran across another book by Eoin Colfer… excitement! This book is about the battle for a soul. The soul belongs to 14 year old Meg Finn who has had a rough life and an even rougher death. As her soul moves from the mortal realm, Meg is surprised to find that she is perfectly balanced between good and evil and therefore, must go back. Her task is to help the man she was attempting to rob when she died unexpectedly. He has a wish list that she must help him fulfill if she has any hope of escaping Hell.  Read More..