Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number of formats and through a range of digitally connected devices. Yet even as the number of ways people spend their time has expanded, a Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who have read a book in the last 12 months (73%) has remained largely unchanged since 2012. And when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product. Fully 65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio book (14%).
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The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead: Marrying history with fantasy, this novel has everyone talking. Oprah Winfrey chose it for her book club, and it was on President Obama’s summer reading list. The premise of this powerful, imaginative story: What if the Underground Railroad featured actual tunnels, engines and stations? A terrifying ride through the past.
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Books to Give You Hope:
The View from Saturday by EL Konigsburg
In the dedication to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis wrote to his goddaughter, Lucy: “I had not realised that girls grow quicker than books … but some day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.” It’s a sentiment I think about each time I return to my favourite children’s books; their simpler prose and tidy denouements all feel a bit like fairytales to me now, and thank goodness. When the frustrations of adulthood become too much, what can be better than transporting oneself – for a few hours, at least – to a world where even the scariest of scenarios tends to turn out all right in the end? And as an American facing one of the most contentious presidential elections I can remember, no children’s book feels more prescient – or offers me more hope in the face of my country’s turmoil – than EL Konigsburg’s The View from Saturday.
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Reading is Good for your Health
By Jen Christensen, CNN
Updated 1:41 PM ET, Thu July 21, 2016
Clients who seek solace by pouring their hearts out in Alison Kerr Courtney's office don't get rewarded with a Xanax or Prozac prescription. Instead, they walk away with a reading list.
The founder of BiblioRemedy isn't a licensed therapist, nor is she currently an English teacher, although she did work as one for 10 years in France, and has spent years shelving books at the library and in bookstores.
Courtney is a kind of book whisperer.
For as long as she can remember she's had a knack for matching people with books that fit with their intellectual interests. But some clients want more when they make an appointment with her at her office in Lexington, Kentucky.
ALL THINGS TEEN COLLECTION
ALL THINGS TEEN COLLECTION
Housed by the periodical shelves on the main level, this collection is a mix of titles on topics
relating to teenagers including: dating/relationships, safety issues,
gender issues, peer pressure, finance etc.
These books can be borrowed
without checking them out.
Make your choice, take it with you,
and return it to the shelf/area