A listing of books, movies, and music created just for you by our librarians.  Check back frequently to see if we’ve added anything new!  If you want to look at any of our other lists from last year click here.

January Booklists

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January Booklists


OUR ANCIENTS: DISCOVERING ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

Just how different from us were the men and women who lived in ancient times? Their technology was very different, of course, but how were they different from us in what inspired them, what they believed in, and how they lived their lives? Much more than facts and figures, well-written histories seek to answer these questions as well as add color and context to our interpretations of the past. 


BE A MOVIE STAR

We all dream of being famous movie stars, right? Well, here are some resources that show the pros and cons of a career in show business.


SWEET HOME NEW JERSEY

The state is as much a part of the story as any of the characters. Whether in the background or center stage, New Jersey is intricately woven into these titles.


Our Staff's Favorite Reads of 2017

Our staff takes a look back at the year and share their favorite titles.


December Booklists


Christmas Mysteries

Ah Christmas – such a cozy time of year what with fire places, hot cocoa, and good cheer.  Why not add a little murder to the celebration?!?  Check-out these cozy mysteries with a Christmas theme.  Grab some egg-nog, one of these books, and curl up by the fire.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..for murder!


Dear Diary

Novels written in diary form feel at once intimate and true. They allow narrators to speak freely, and who doesn’t love the idea of discovering a secret diary and digging in? 


An Affair to remember

Infidelity is a certainly controversial topic. It’s certainly one that has informed some of our most captivating literature, From David and Bathsheba to Lancelot and Guinevere to Othello and Desdemona, illicit love (or suspicion of it) drives some of the very greatest works ever written.


A Novel Life in a Small Town

Small towns have a mythic quality all over the world, a place where life seems simpler, friends and family closer.  This provides a juicy setting for many great novels, and honestly, we can't get enough!


November Booklists


LADIES WHO WORKED THE CROWN AND OWNED THE THRONE

The popularity of The Crown and Victoria has revived interest in some of the women who shaped our modern world while managing their own personal dramas behind palace doors. Celebrate the lives of some of history’s most compelling leaders with these recommended books.


TRANSPORT YOURSELF TO HAWAII WITH THESE NOVELS

Eager to escape to sunny shores? Steer them to these books set in the beautiful Hawaii.


WRITERS SPEAK OUT ON SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

In times of tragic shootings, readers often look to literature for answers, even when they know that some things are beyond explanation. 


TRAPPED IN THE NEST: TALES OF FAMILY DYSFUNCTION

Readers who relish reading about other families’ foibles will enjoy these clever takes on domestic disharmony.