Sharing Our Story: VPS Librarian Blog
A collection of library updates, information and stories, authored by librarians across the district.
Did you know we now have Sora?! Log into Classlink – Click on the Sora icon – and find great ebooks and audiobooks to enjoy! You can even connect your FVRL Connect card to access the catalog from our regional library. Stop by the library to learn more!
Proof of Heaven is a fascinating non-fiction story about a neurosurgeon who finds himself waking up from a coma. It talks of his journey with a disease in his brain and overcoming tremendous odds. A very interesting non-fiction read!
New and noteworthy books
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi is about Saedi’s journey as an undocumented Iranian immigrant living in the United States. Honest portrayal of awkward high school experiences that will make you laugh and sometimes cry.
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield is the 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Award winner and a finalist for the LA Times Book Award. This is a non-fiction book about the Chicago Race Riot in 1919 when five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the “white” beach. An angry man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one which erupted into days of urban violence.
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater is a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. “One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever.” This is a true story of a day where a single reckless act left one burned and one charged with two hate crimes. An intense book that will stay with you long after you finish the book.
Educated by Tara Westover is her memoir of being raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho. She wanted a new life and this is her journey to finding herself and how to receive an education. She goes on to earn a PhD and work to change the trajectory of her future.
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Ben Pasek, and Justin Paul is the novel version of the hit Broadway Show. “A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity, and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.”
Kelly Jensen’s (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health talks about what it means to understand mental health to 33 actors, athletes, writers, and artists. If you have ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages…and let’s get talking.