December Book-o-scopes

December 7th, 2018

Your next read is in the stars! Let Allie, the Book Psychic, pick a book for you based on your star sign. Each book listed is one of the best of 2018! Check out the other titles.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Part adventure story, part historical fiction, you’ll dive into this tale of an 11-year-old slave in 1880s Barbados who escapes with the plantation owner’s brother in a hot air balloon.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
You’re a hopeless romantic – fall into the romance between Carlos and Nik, who meet after Nik’s boyfriend (of 5 months) proposes to her on a JumboTron at a baseball game.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Lies by T.M. Logan
Treat yourself to this fast-paced pageturner where Joe Lynch is trying to figure out what in his life is real—or if everything’s based on lies.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Florida by Lauren Groff
You’re an Earth sign that loves luxurious language, so Groff’s short stories set in Florida will surely delight.

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
I Am I Am I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
Each chapter in O’Farrell’s beautiful memoir describes her close experiences to death—each one will pull you in.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
You enjoy reading about people’s experiences, so pick up emotional, eye-opening memoir about a working-class family in Kansas.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
You like twisted, dramatic, and unlikable characters – so meet Maurice Swift, obsessed with becoming famous in the literary world—no matter the cost.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
You’re a fan of stories with strong, compelling characters. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy’s lives are brought to a halt when Roy is wrongfully accused of a crime and sent to prison.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
You love learning about new perspectives, so try this memoir about a Korean-American girl adopted by a white family in Oregon.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Try this inventive murder mystery—the only way for Aiden Bishop to prevent Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder is by identifying the killer… however, each day, he wakes up in a different house guest’s body.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
You’ll love this darkly comic tale of a Nigerian women who has a younger sister who ends up killing her boyfriends.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year-Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
You love reading and learning, so pick up this spellbinding narrative about the worst sea disaster that killed more than 1,000 men in 1945.

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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Holidays with hoopla!

November 30th, 2018

Whether you’re wrapping gifts, decorating the house, or baking what feels to be the hundredth pie of the season, Hoopla has you covered on all things audio.

With 8 checkouts per month, you can check out an audiobook or two, and a few music CDs. You can download them instantaneously to your smart phone or device. Hoopla now syncs with your Amazon Alexa, so you can start listening hands-free.

Popular book titles like “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis, “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah, and “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman are available right now! If you’ll be listening with your family, there are many family-friendly titles, like the “I Survived,” “39 Clues,” or “Wings of Fire” series.

Or if you’d rather get in the holiday spirit, try a Christmas compilation like “NOW That’s What I Call Merry Christmas,” Michael Bublé’s “Christmas,” or “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

If you haven’t used Hoopla yet, and you’d like help downloading the app, stop in your local library branch, or give us a call at 410-996-5600 x 481. To get started on making an account with your library card and PIN, visit

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