December 22nd, 2014

Best Reads of 2014

book-506481_640Looking for last minute gift ideas? Check out “LibraryReads,” the nationwide library staff-picks list! Some have already been reviewed by our staff or chosen for book discussions. For a sneak peak at 2015, click here:

“The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

“The Rosie Project” by  Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he’s not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell (a YA title)
Cath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo struggles to make sense of his new life. In the following years, he is entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small  painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart (a YA title)
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it

“One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes
Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell-until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them.

“Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show s she can’t travel with her husband, Neal and kids for Christmas. Then, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts.

“Longbourn” by Jo Baker
In this irresistibly imagined below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs.

What was your favorite read of 2014?



December 8th, 2014

Recommendations, Resources & Gift Guides For All Ages!

girlsreadingAre you looking for the next great book for your child or grandchild? Check out these resources!

Your Librarians

Our professional and skilled librarians are always available to answer questions and connect you with a variety of authors, books and themes—for yourself—or your children. Can’t make it to the library in person? Call any branch or email: ask@ccplnet.org


CCPL’s Great Reads

Have you visited the “Great Reads” section of our website? It has themed lists, staff recommendations as well as all the newest award-winners and best-sellers.


CCPL’s Bookmate

Still looking for that perfect book when you have —or your loved one has — “read everything?” Try bookmate— the free book and author matching service is for all ages and interests. Fill out a simple survey and return it to your local branch—trained librarians will make 3 recommendations.


A Mighty Girl

The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Choose from a variety of topics such as building, top holiday picks as well as by age group.


Guys Read

A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The  mission is to help boys be self–motivated, lifelong readers. Look for reading ideas, booklists, and research based on encouraging guys to read. 


Common Sense Media

The website rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools—with ratings by what both kids and parents have to say. Their gift guide is packed with 100+ holiday gift ideas hand-selected to inspire, educate, and entertain kids of all ages and stages. Whether your list includes young children, tweens, or teens, use this guide to find presents that kids and parents will feel good about.


What’s your favorite way to recommend a good read?


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