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May 2015

People always seem to be interested in the “best” of anything. In the library world, we are often asked for lists of “great books” of one kind or another. When it comes to newer books, critics and literary folks often strive to determine which new title is the next classic – the next Shakespeare, Faulkner, or Steinbeck. Well, to help YOU decide what YOUR new classics might be, we’ve compiled FIVE “best lists” and titled it, The NEW Classics?: great reads from 1985 to 2010. The lists came from a variety of (reputable) sources: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Entertainment Weekly,, and May you have a wonderful time reading – and finding your own ‘new classics’.

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North Pole Branch Family Garden

We have openings for a few more families who would like to participate in a fun hands on gardening experience. Starting in May we will prepare, plant and tend a raised bed fenced garden. We provide the space, soil, seeds, and starts. The families help water, weed, and share in the harvest. No gardening experience necessary. Call the North Pole Branch Library to sign up and for more information. 488-6101.

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Take a break from all the electronic gadgets in your home (smart phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, computers, etc.) and celebrate the non-digital life by reading print books or magazines, playing board games, or enjoying Alaska’s great outdoors during Screen Free Week during May 4 to 10th. We have lots of print reading material here in the Berry Room!

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Watch for the following recently released or soon to be released titles to be added to the catalog:

Bad Babysitter (Babymouse #19) by Jennifer Holm
Daisy (Puppy Place #38) by Ellen Miles
Get the Scoop, Geronimo! (Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #9)
Immortal Guardians (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts #1) by Eliot Schrefer
Michael Vey #5 by Richard Paul Evans
Pack Divided (Survivors: The Gatherine Darkness #1) by Erin Hunter
Pinkalicious and the Sick Day by Victoria Kann (I Can Read – Level 1)
Raven King (Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Redeemed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Naughty Nightcrawlers from Neptune (Ricky Ricotta #9) by Dav Pilkey
Sandrider (Todhunter Moon #2) by Angie Sage

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April 2015

William Shakespeare is the one poet / playwright whose works have been read (willingly or no) by just about everyone. His life and writing have inspired many an author in one way or another – some of which are featured in this month’s booklist and display, Shakespeare in Fiction – the man and his plays. While many of these titles are serious historical fiction, many others are serious and not-so-serious “investigations” and “what-ifs” featuring Will or his characters. However, ALL are invitations to enjoyable reading.

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