Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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Redecorating for Spring Print Email

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In a new book based on their popular blog, Sherry and John Petersik catalog 243 easy and attractive ways to update your home.  The bright photo-filled chapters in Young House Love are full of out-of-the-box strategies for improving the whole house, from the bedroom to the exterior.  Ideas range from free (rearranging furniture) to inexpensive (using a fabric pen to design a pillowcase) to pricier but worth it (hanging wallpaper on a focal wall).  The Petersiks are known for making their own suburban ranch-style house look great on a budget, and their suggestions for repurposing what you already have can help your house shine this spring.

 
Poems for Every Occasion Print Email

White letters on black background, reads Happy National Poetry Month!  If you are looking for ways to celebrate by bringing more poetry into your life, Poets.org is the place.  The "Poems for Every Occasion" page references poems that express feelings - from funerals to friendship to fathers - or ruminate on topics from space to sports to spring.  It could help you find the perfect poem for a wedding, anniversary, mother's day, or birthday.  Besides these ideas for virtual poetry communion, several WCLS library branches are hosting poetry evenings, festivals, or slams to celebrate - click HERE for event details. 

 
Egg-cellent Ideas Print Email

Image of a two-story chicken coop

As interest grows in sustainable living, more people are keeping chickens in urban and suburban settings as a way of returning to local food sources.  One of the first hurdles to raising hens is the coop, which can be expensive to buy and difficult to construct.  Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe's extensive guidebook Reinventing the Chicken Coop can help!  With 14 step-by-step designs ranging from coop-tractor to log cabin, you'll be able to house the ladies in style.  And with the book's beautiful photographs of these imaginative designs, you may have to retire Reinventing the Chicken Coop to the coffee table once you're finished building your coop.  Click HERE for a list of other books on housing and raising chickens available at the library (eBooks, too!).

 
Inspiration for Easter Print Email

Jacket cover of Anne Lamott's

In Help, Thanks, Wow, popular novelist and spiritual writer Anne Lamott offers three simple prayers that can make a world of difference in the life of a believer.  In this slim volume (just over 100 pages) Lamott includes personal reflections and amusing anecdotes to illustrate her insights, celebrating the divine and explaining our need for a higher power.  Her three "essential prayers"--seeking help and offering thanks and praise--will resonate with many readers during the Easter season.  Marked by their self-deprecating humor and openness, Lamott's nonfiction works are largely autobiographical and cover such subjects as alcoholism, single motherhood, depression and Christianity.

 
Western Fiction Award Winners Print Email

Jacket covers of the three contenders for Best Western Long Novel

The Spur Awards recognize distinguished writing in the Western field and are given annually by the Western Writers of America organization.  Founded in 1953 with only four categories (western novel, historical novel, juvenile and short story), the award today has expanded to include more than a dozen categories.  Thomas Cobb, 2013 winner of Best Western Long Novel for With Blood in Their Eyes (and author of the novel Crazy Heart, the basis for the film that won Jeff Bridges a Best Actor Oscar in 2009) had stiff competition this year from contenders.  The Orchardist, a beautifully rich historical novel set in the fruit-growing country around Cashmere, WA, and Country of the Bad Wolfes, an epic about the rise of a borderland crime family and the violent history along the Mexican-American border in the 1800s, both are equally deserving of attention for historical fiction lovers.  (See other Spur Award winners.)

 
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