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Lynn M. Piotrowicz, M.A., M.L.S Director

"I know firsthand the great power that books hold.    It was cause for celebration when I saw the RIF truck pull up to McKinley Elementary School because I knew that by the end of classes that day I would hold in my hands a book or two that I would proudly carry home and cherish as my own.  During the summer the Erie Public Library would hold a gigantic week long book sale in a large tent on the library lawn.  My mother would give me a few dollars, a canvas bag, and the freedom to choose whatever books I could fit into that bag.  Those books would become my personal library of escape!  Hours, days, summers, years and decades would pass as I immersed myself in the worlds of Anna Sewell, Scott O’Dell, Carolyn Keene, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Stephen King, May Sarton, Ayn Rand, Gertrude Stein, Radclyffe Hall, Milan Kundera, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez."

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SHERMAN ALEXIE

Waking GREAT Lions

Setting Free the Kites

RECONCILIATION: Cold, Wild, Wet

Seeking Solitude

READING RUTS AND HOME

A Gentleman in Moscow

THE NIX by Nathan Hill

Trying to make sense...

A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

Three scrumptious titles

The Whale

Dandelion Wine

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Cookbooks

Hidden Gems

Denise Getts Emerging Technologies Specialist

Books are magical!  Maybe that’s why I love Harry Potter so much.  J.K. Rowling seems to get it.  When I was first visited a library as a very young child I thought I too had entered a type of Hogwarts where anything was possible. I could actually take home these books and people would read them to me!  When I was old enough to read I could hide anywhere I liked and enter a new world for a few hours.  So many stories! So many worlds! As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I cannot remember all the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”  The person I am has indeed been shaped by the books I have read and the joy and wonder they have brought to my life!

CHECK OUT SOME OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS YEAR!

HIMSELF by Jess Kidd

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Summit

The Latest Harry Potter

City of Mirrors

I am known as the staff adrenaline junky, here are some of my favorite books!

Erin Longan Children & Youth Specialist

 "Reading is a rehearsal for life." -Lois Lowry

"Through reading you can see what it is like to be someone (or something) else." -Erin Longan

When Mischief Came to Town

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Some of my favorite books are listed here!

Lynne Lawrence Evening Reading Specialist

"Without reading, our pleasure in life is limited to our own surroundings and experiences.  Books deliver to us a world without limits.

I think reading was my first love.  I grew up in a safer time when it was ok for a little kid to wander alone – Newton Centre Public Library sat between my house and the elementary school and it became my hang-out place - as long as I was home for supper, I could stay as long as I wanted.  What books do I remember?  First, above all, The Yearling.  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings had me from the first emotion-filled meeting between Jody and his wild fawn. It was my illicit late-night reading until my mother said, “It does no good to hide under the covers with your flashlight if I can still hear you crying.”

Next came Old Yeller and Goodbye My Lady, and every horse book in the building. You can see I went for the emotional stuff. . . and still do.  My requirements for a good read?  At least one character that arouses some kind of passion . . .love, hate, empathy.  And beautiful language  - I want to hear poetry  in every sentence.  That’s why I love anything by Monica Wood or James Lee Burke, and why I’m obsessed by Michael Crummey’s Sweetland.

To me, reading is excitement and wonder and consolation and comfort. Without reading our pleasure in life is limited to our own surroundings and experiences.  Books deliver us to a world without limits."

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE TITLES!

Will the Read Sherman Alexie Please Stand Up?

Why?  Explaining the Holocaust

Think Spring

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Undaunted Courage

My Favorite Authors

Wright Brothers

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

When We Were the Kennedys

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Joshua Colby Weekend Specialist

"A good book does two things: 1) it entertains the reader, allowing them to escape from the chaos of daily life, and 2) it inspires the reader to new levels of focus and attention, something that I believe no other medium has the ability to do. In our modern lives, we are simply too stretched out; we have too many obligations. Reading allows you to feel a sense of commitment and to build your tolerance for sustained attention: it's one of very few leisure activities left that brings with it a feeling of genuine reward, while also improving your ability to focus and maintain effort in daily life."

SOME OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU...

Lincoln in the Bardo

Consider the Lobster

Road to Wigan Pier

Additional literary titles that I would recommend...

Hugh Weekend Specialist

"Books are the best thing ever! I'm a poor college kid in real life and can't travel. But I can read all about amazing places and it refills my determination to one day have the money to travel!"

Leviathan

Other books I highly recommend!

Molly Evening Children & Youth Specialist

Books have always been important to me...

Since You've Been Gone

My reading list is here!

Penny Substitute

"When sleeping is a challenge, a book distracts my mind enough to fall asleep. In addition, a book opens a world of new ideas and perspectives, and libraries allow us to sample freely all these ideas."

Mountain of Crumbs

The Gene: An Intimate History

A REFLECTION ON A SIMPLER TIME

TRIALS OF THE EARTH

IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR MY NEXT REVIEW...

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Melina Substitute

"Reading is an escape from reality, allowing you to slip into a world of dragons, wizards, and much more."

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