Hotel Florida: truth, love, and death in the Spanish Civil War

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Hotel Florida: truth, love, and death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill tells the true story of six iconic individuals (Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gelhorn, Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, Arturo Barea, and Ilsa Kulcsar) involved with the Spanish Civil War.  If you enjoy the works of any of these writers you will love their adventures in Spain during this turbulent time.  “This is high drama and an assemblage of characters uniquely suited to appreciate and record it.”

Rewind This!

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Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape.

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Eve’s Bayou

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The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive female patients. One night Louis trysts with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not knowing that he is observed by his youngest daughter Eve, who is there by accident. Eve can not forget the traumatic incident and shares a secret with older sister Cisely. Lies start to roll…


Parks and Recreation: Season One

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Follow the absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Schooled: The Price of College Sports

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A documentary that examines how college sports in America became a billion dollar enterprise built on the backs of its unpaid athletes.



Holes by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnets is accused of stealing a pair of shoes and is sent to Camp Green Lake. Stanley dreams of relaxing by the lake but when he arrives he is very disappointed. Stanley has to dig holes everyday in the dried up lake while avoiding being bitten by poisonous lizards. This further enforces him to believe in his family curse. While he digging holes in the day Stanley befriends another boy named Zero. When Zero stands up to the camp authorities, he runs away from the warden into the hot desert. Stanley starts out after Zero and thus starts the road of redemption for both of the boys. A definite guys read!

Recommended for 4th grade and up. Newbery Winner! You can also listen to it! Then after you finish, check out the movie!

The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Ever wonder what your crayons feel about the pictures they color? In this fun picture book you can find out what each color thinks and feels about coloring. Many children have come back to tell us what they think about their crayons after reading this book. Maybe in the end, they will have fun coloring more creatively and not always worrying about the correct colors! They might just start to color and think outside the box.

Good for toddlers and up. Check out the link below for a storytime!

A Tale Dark and Grimm


A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

This is not your everyday, run of the mill fairy tale.  In fact, when my readers pick the book up they love it.  The girls because of the fairy tale, the boys for the bloody sword!  Throughout the book, the author gives sarcastic, funny remarks and warnings.  The tale involves the “true” story of Hansel and Gretel.  Heads are cut off, cannibalistic bakers, curses, bloody fingers, shape shifting, the devil and a dragon!  I LOVE IT!

Recommended for 3rd grade and up.

20 Feet From Stardom

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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.



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A father struggles to keep his infant daughter alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The Boy on the Wooden Box

The Boy on the Wooden Box MS LAURA RECOMMENDS:

The Boy on the Wooden Box By Leon Leyson

This book is excellent for people wanting to read about WWII.  Leyson describes growing up in Poland and what it was like before the war, during occupation by the Nazis, and how he survived being a Jew in Nazi held Poland. Leyson describes how he is rescued from work camps and the ghetto by Oskar Schindler and he was one of the youngest to appear on the famous ‘Schindler’s List’. “Not even the scariest of fairy tales could have prepared me for the monsters I would confront while just a boy of ten…or for the hero, disguised as a monster himself, who would save my life.”-Leyson

It is haunting to read the loss of childhood he experiences but how he never losses his belief that there is good in others. Because of the heavy subject matter, this book would be good to read with your child or before so an open discussion of the Holocaust can be made.

Grades 5th and up.

Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Such a fun story about dragons that love tacos! Just don’t let them have anything spicy!

Toddler and Up

Who Was… & What Was… Series

Who Was… & What Was… Series

These two series are great for kids that want to know about famous historical events or famous people.  The “Who Was…” series covers people from: George Washington to Anne Frank to Ferdinand Magellan to J.K. Rowling to the Beatles. Kids can read about explorers, authors, scientists and more with this ever popular and expanding series.

The “What Was …” series is a new edition to the “Who Was…” series. Historical events in American history are being featured now.  Events from: the First Thanksgiving to the Alamo, to the Boston Tea Party are just some of the events covered in the series.

Recommended for grades 3rd and up

Planting a Rainbow

Planting a Rainbow


Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert

This is the perfect spring flower book!  Elhert breaks up the planting and growing of flowers into each color from the rainbow.  Simple words and beautiful pictures will make this a favorite for you and your child. Children might even try to find some flowers that will soon appear!

Recommended for toddlers and up

Moriarty Returns a Letter

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Moriarty Returns a Letter

Robertson has amassed good mileage—and some really good novels—out of the world’s endless fascination with Sherlock Holmes, going well beyond the old chestnut of claiming to have come across a mislaid Watson manuscript. Robertson’s protagonists are a couple of drily funny British lawyers who work out of offices at 221B Baker Street. They get sacks of mail from people who believe Holmes is real. Occasionally, a letter will pique their interest and send them off on the trail of a miscreant. The novels began as wonderful mixes of suspense, detection, and muddle-through comedy, though the tone darkened as the series went on. This latest has gone grim. It begins with the whipping of a half-naked man with a knotted rope, then moves to a bombing death, and the entry of the flippant heroes halfway through doesn’t lighten the tone. There’s a subtext here: the evil is loosed because gullible people believed, like the letter writers, that Holmes existed. The novel can be read as a warning against believing in fairy tales, or simply as an artfully done mystery. –Don Crinkla

More Than Honey

More Than Honey- New in AV -

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

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