August Book-o-scopes: Back to School

August 17th, 2018

Young woman reading in a classroomYour next read is in the stars! Let book psychic Allie suggest titles based on your sun sign. Whether you’re going back to school in a few weeks or not, we’ve got you covered with suggestions of books that all take place in an academic setting, though they may or may not involve too much studying.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
The Idiot by Elin Batuman
You love an independent soul, so you’ll love Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, who arrives at Harvard in 1995, where she navigates friendships, love, study, and language.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
Kit Owens is applying for her dream job when her high school chemistry classmate, Diane, returns to her life and threatens to upset her present with secrets of the past. Perfect for your competitive, perfectionist nature, Pisces.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
At a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, five students’ lives are shaken when a baseball practice goes wrong. Aries, you’ll be drawn to this novel about ambition and relationships. Also, a must-read for baseball fans.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
You’re a romantic—but also a realist—so try this novel starring Madeleine Hanna, an English major who studies marriage plots, Jane Austen, and George Eliot. Meanwhile, she is in a love triangle of her own, spanning continents and time.

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
Green by Sam Graham-Felsen
In Boston, 1992, Dave is one of the only white kids in his middle school, and completely friendless, until he meets an unlikely friend, Mar, who challenges Dave’s preconceived notions about race and friendship. You’ll love this funny, honest coming of age story.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
The book delivers exactly what the title promises—Skippy dies. The book chronicles the 14-year-old’s life before his untimely death at the private Catholic school in Dublin, complete with a hilarious cast of characters. Darkly humorous.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

You would do anything for a friend, right? Even give them an exorcism? Set in Charleston, S.C. in 1988, Abby and Gretchen are best friends in high school. When Gretchen starts to act weird, Abby realizes she needs to save her friend from a demon living inside her.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Pick up this classic about two classmates at an all-boys boarding school in the wake of World War II, which follows the aftermath of an accident that ultimately shapes their futures.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
Recent graduate Kate lands an admissions job in the prestigious NYC private school admissions scene where she has to evaluate students’ applications—and cope with their parents.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The Magicians series by Lev Grossman
You have a love for the supernatural, so spend time with this sci-fi coming-of-age series about students at a college of magic in upstate New York.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ifemelu moves to the United State to study, leaving her high school sweetheart Obinze and her Nigerian home. While she has academic success in the States, Obinze moves to London, and they both receive educations in race and class structures in their new homes.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Follow Lee Fiora’s four years at a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts. You’ll be fascinated by this character-driven story of Lee’s observations about her rich classmates’ rituals and behavior and how they transform her.

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you. Who knows? They might suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online or stop by any branch and pick up a form there!

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Reading with Your Child

August 10th, 2018

man reading to babyWhat is one of the best things you can do for your young child? Reading out loud! It stimulates early brain growth and promotes the development of language and social skills. And as long as you provide a balance of print books and eBooks and remember to combine media use with human interaction, reading using technology can be an enjoyable and valuable experience. Research tells us when children read eBooks, it is essential that there be adult interaction to ensure best results. You can use the same techniques of asking your child questions about the story, counting or finding things in the pictures and modeling pronunciation whether you are reading a paper book or an eBook together. CCPL has an extensive collection of physical books, as well as a large selection of eBooks that can be found on OverDrive and hoopla.

For help with making decisions about your family’s use of media, there is a new, highly recommended, easy-to-use online tool which assists parents in the creation of a media use plan for families with children ages 18 mos. – 18 yrs. This powerful tool from can help families successfully monitor screen-time and develop effective uses for your family through various customizations and can be found here.

Check out our digital library today. To get recommendations, stop in to any of our branches and talk to a Children’s Librarian today, or check out suggestions online here. For more information on reading recommendations or to search for your next great read, visit

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