As an incredibly shy child with a social life that, I’ll admit, lacked excitement, I’d disappear into a stack of books each week. Little was as thrilling as returning home from my local library with a bag of brand new adventures to be had! I’d settle in with my favorite lemon cookies and a Nancy Drew mystery and discover the secret of an old clock or a hidden staircase. Later, I’d read to escape whatever I found to be particularly unsavory at the moment. I discovered John Steinbeck and Joyce Carol Oates and devoured their beautiful stories and complex characters, leaving my own troubles behind. And so, to me, the library has always been our community’s greatest resource, supplying both great adventure and refuge.
- Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Apes by Pamela S. Turner
- Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker
- Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth by James Cross Giblin
- The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa’s Wildlife by Kobie Kruger
- Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska by Michael D’Orso
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