Virtual Staff Picks

While the building is closed, library staff members wanted to share our staff recommendations that you typically find on the shelves in the Lobby. Here’s what we have been reading, watching and listening to during these days of quarantine. Check this page for updates from more staff members.

Click the links for titles offered in a digital material.

Tim Kellogg, Head of Circulation

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Also on Hoopla)
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Inside Out by Demi Moore
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Also on Hoopla)
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
A History Of Western Philosophy

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Currently Reading:
Luther’s Theology of the Cross  (Not in Digital Collection
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Kanopy Favorites
Captain Fantastic
Super Size Me

Myla Perrelli, Children’s Librarian
Framed by James Ponti
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Get Out of Your Own Way: A Skeptic’s Guide to Growth and Fullfillment by Dave Hollis
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

I’ll Still Standing by Elton John

Bonus Resources
Podcasts (can download on any podcast platform):
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis
Rise Together Podcast with Rachel Hollis and Dave Hollis
Deliciously Ella

Facebook Pages to Follow
Rachel Hollis
Dave Hollis

Tracy Rooney, Circulation Assistant


Long, Bright River by Liz Moore

Untamed by Glennon Doyle


Unorthodox  on Netflix (Really good!  Only 4 episodes, you don’t have to commit to a long series.)


Tim Smith, Library Assistant

I love the comics on Hoopla Brand new ones are released every Wednesday and I’m currently reading Batman: Last Knight on Earth. I also recommend Neil Gaiman’s run of Eternals (which is being adapted to a movie), Black Hammer, Mister Miracle, and Something is Killing the Children. Though not all the comics on Hoopla involve superheroes as you will come across graphic novels such as They Called Us Enemy by George Takei which is a hard-hitting story about Japanese-American internment camps.
If you ever wanted to try watching anime, one of the highest rated series of all time is available for free right here:
Cowboy Bebop is a fast-paced, single season show about bounty hunting in space. There’s a lot of action, slight romance, a surprising amount of jazz music, and a really cute Corgi.

Danielle Eadevito, Supervisory Reference Librarian & Historical Room Librarian

Sara Martone, Teen Librarian

BooksDry by Neal Shusterman

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Institute by Stephen King

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

TV Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, Riverdale & The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Music by The Ramone, Violent Femmes, Dean Martin, The Used, Frozen II Soundtrack, The Smiths

Pam Knowles, Librarian (Purchases fiction for the Library)

Books The Heirs by Susan Rieger

Akin by Emma Donoghue – author of Room has a grandfather unwillingly takes temporary custody of his unknown great-nephew and they go on a adventure to Nice, France

 City of Falling Angels by John Berendt – for those missing their trip to the beautiful city of Venice

anything by Beatriz Williams


“Dark Waters” – recent movie with Mark Ruffalo about Dupont’s pollution


“The English Game” – Julian Fellowes’ take on the popularization of soccer with the working class in 19th century England (Netflix)

“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime)

“Tiger King” – need I say more? (Netflix)

Looking forward to “Deadwater Fell” (Acorn TV) – for fans of “Broadchurch”

“Broadchurch” – if you haven’t seen it

Angelina Carnevale, Head of Children’s Department and Animal Lover

booksIs quarantine making you blue?  Try being green instead with some of my favorite books to make the most of your garden.

Bringing nature home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants by Douglas Tallamy (available on hoopla)

Our native bees: North America’s endangered pollinators and the fight to save them by Paige Embry (ebook and audio available on hoopla)

How to raise monarch butterflies:  A step-by-step guide for kids by Carol Pasternak (available on hoopla

Do you love animals and wonder what it’s like for people who help save them?  Here are a couple of great books about endangered wildlife

Fastest things on wings:  Rescuing hummingbirds in Hollywood by Terry Masear (available on hoopla)

Dreaming in turtle:  a journey through the passion, profit, and peril of our most coveted prehistoric creatures by Peter Laufer (available as an audiobook on hoopla)

Janyce Siress, Administrative Assistant

booksNo-No Boy by John Okada

The Bell by Iris Murdoch

Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner

Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates


Women In Love (Hoopla)

Saviors in the Night (Kanopy)

Gemma Bovery (Kanopy)

Life In Squares (mini series) is wonderful  and available on Hoopla and Amazon Prime

Also, The National Theater is allowing free access via youtube on Thursday afternoons at 2 pm. Screenings of Jane Eyre, James Corden in One Man Two Guvnors. (