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Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

posted by: September 13, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Cover art for Matilda Beloved children’s author Roald Dahl was born on this day 101 years ago in Wales to Norwegian parents. Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II as a pilot and intelligence officer. His books for children and adults gained him celebrity, and he became an international best-selling author with more than 250 million copies sold worldwide.

 

Multiple movies, plays and musicals have been adapted from his books, gaining an ever-widening audience for these delightful stories filled with dark humor and evil adults. In 2013, new audio recordings of his works were performed by renowned British actors, including Kate Winslet, Miranda Richardson, Chris O’Dowd and Douglas Hodge. These outstanding audios are perfect listening for the whole family!


 
 

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The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
In an unspecified future, citizens of the United States are forced to live in zones deemed safe from killer ticks. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except wealthy adventurers who pay to journey beyond the safe zones to experience wilderness and relics of the past. With clever world-building, great character development and a thrilling pace, The Salt Line is a gripping story of survival and humanity.

 

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history. Code Girls brings this riveting and vital story to life.

 

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
While the stories in this collection are all very different — with a variety of narrators, settings and time periods — they are all connected by one thing: the typewriter. Whether a casual aside or the main star of the narrative, a typewriter appears in each story, and they are all based on typewriters in Hanks' own extensive collection.

 

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
Astronaut Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space and holds the record for the number of consecutive days spent in space; his memoir covers not only this trip and his previous trips to space, but also his life growing up and his thoughts about the future of space exploration. A fascinating look at an extraordinary life.


 
 

Upcoming Teen Titles

posted by: September 5, 2017 - 7:00am

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They Both Die at the End
By Adam Silvera
 

What would you do if you knew it was your last day on Earth? This is the question Mateo and Rufus must answer after they receive a call from Death Cast notifying them they will die in the next 24 hours. Strangers, they meet through the Last Friend app, where you can find a friend to share your End Day with. Though it's a serious question, Mateo and Rufus' answer is to set off on an epic adventure before their time is up.
 

Warcross
by Marie Lu
 

Warcross is more than just a game, it is a way of life. In New York City of the future, 18-year-old Emika is a bounty hunter tracking down Warcross players who illegally bet on the game. In need of money, Emika hacks into the Warcross world championship, she thinks she is going to be arrested but is contacted by the billionaire creator who wants her to expose a problem. Instead, she uncovers a conspiracy to destroy Warcross.
 


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that was banned at some point. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

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This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that was banned at some point. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge with the help of a parent or guardian on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

Cover art for Always Running Cover art for Anastasia Krupnik Cover art for Are you there God? It's me Margaret. Cover art for Beyond Magenta Cover art for Bridge to TerabithiaCover art for Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets Cover art for The Chocolate War Cover art for Crow Boy Cover art for Cut Cover art for Dragon Wings Cover art for Drama Cover art for Draw Me a Star Cover art for The Face of the Milk Carton Cover art for Fallen Angels Cover art for The Family Book Cover art for George Cover art for The Golden Compass Cover art for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover art for Hop on Pop Cover art for If I Ran the Zoo Cover art for In the Night Kitchen Cover art for It's Perfectly Normal Cover art for James and the Giant Peach Cover art for Julie of the Wolves Cover art for The Librarian of Basra Cover art for A Light in the Attic Cover art for Looking for Alaska Cover art for Is He a Girl? Cover art for Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress Cover art for Olive's Ocean Cover art for The Perks of Being a Wallflower Cover art for Pinkerton Behave Cover art for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Cover art for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Cover art for Speak Cover art for The Story of Ferdinand Cover art for Strega Nona Cover art for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Cover art for Thirteen Reasons Why Cover art for This One Summer Cover art for Tiger EyesCover art for Two Boys Kissing Cover art for The Upstairs Room Cover art for Where's Waldo Cover art for A Wrinkle in Time Cover art for Where the Wild Things Are Cover art for This Day in June Cover art for I Am Jazz Cover art for And Tango Makes Three


 
 

Model Behavior

posted by: August 30, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Bored and Brilliant Manoush Zomorodi, host of the popular Note to Self podcast, started an experiment back in 2015 to get her listeners to disconnect. The fascinating result is her debut book Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self. As our society finds itself further and further engaged in its devices, the author came to a realization. So caught in the slipstream of the now, we no longer have or take the time to create or invent, and a lack of learning from our pasts and planning for our futures. Her six-step plan to connect with each other, rather than with our phones, tablets, etc., may require some readers to adjust, but it is largely feasible. Who knew that boredom would become a virtue?
 

Meanwhile, acclaimed neuroscientist Gregory Berns has taken on a longstanding issue that generations have Cover Art for What It's Like to be a Dog wanted to understand. In his book What It's Like to Be a Dog, Berns unlocks some of the clues to animal behavior, including self-control, their value systems and their actual understanding of human speech. In order to decode how our canine cousins think, the author taught dogs to go into an MRI scanner completely awake. Just like people, these brain scans showed that dogs are individuals, with various capacities, strengths and weaknesses. Berns continues his studies with looks at other animals as well, including sea lions and dolphins. Fascinating and groundbreaking, this is a book that gives us new insight about our animal companions and our relationships with them.
 


 
 

Defining Moments in Black History

posted by: August 28, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies This month, we lost a pioneer of African American culture with the passing of Dick Gregory (October 12, 1932 to August 19, 2017). Married for many years and the father of 10 children, Gregory most recently lived in Washington, D.C.
 

Gregory was a lifelong civil rights activist, taboo-breaking comedian and a prolific writer. His newest book, Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies will be published in September by Harper Collins.
 

Gregory’s collection of writings takes into account his own personal relationships with civil rights luminaries such as Medgar Evers and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but his knowledge doesn’t just live in the history books. Quotes and riffs include things as current in our pop culture such as the movie Get Out
 

His essays continue along that vein, mining the place in the world where history and popular culture merge to give us a view of our world as we may (or may not) know it today, depending on our own points of view. The essays crackle in Gregory’s voice, a combination of serious, smart and conspiratorial. An audiobook is planned; let’s hope that it is complete so we can hear this voice one last time.
 

Defining Moments in Black History is due out September 19. You can place your hold now.


 
 

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