Casting Call: Strong Female Leads

By Kaley C.

I’ve subconsciously found myself drawn to books with a female-centric story lately or just those focused around a heroine navigating tricky situations. I think it’s possibly the excitement leading up to Geek Girl Con, something I’ve attended for years now and have grown to really love. Our own Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services, Jackie, will be book-talking Sunday, October 28th at 4:30 on a panel of amazing librarians from a few local library systems. 

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Just Right Television

by Grant P.

As a new season of television premiers kicks off, I am reminded of the insanely popular blogging topic: shows cancelled too soon. Even here at Bilbliofiles, we are guilty. It is fun to imagine what could have been and lament the horrible decisions of studio executives (or whoever is in charge of TV shows, I have no idea.) The opposite end of that spectrum is TV shows that were on far too long. My favorite comedy show ever, has been on for 30 years–there is just no need for that. The listgoesonandon.  Anyways, what about the shows in the just-right middle?  Shows that told their stories and got out?  At least two of these shows are in discussion for the Greatest Television Show of All Time, while some were actually cancelled (or always in danger of it), but I think additional seasons would have sullied what we had. Here, in my humble (?) opinion are some shows that got it just right. Continue reading »

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Breaking News: Circulation Changes

by Kimberly P. 

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

So if you’re anything like me, you’re constantly checking out DVDs, CDs and online materials from Overdrive.  Also, if you’re anything like me, you’d know having a limit of ten each can be even more restricting than your britches after a huge Thanksgiving feast.

Well, we at Sno-Isle have heard you and starting this weekend, we’ve bumped up the check out limits! (I know, I know. It sounds too good to be true, but I assure you, it’s real. Just look here.)

As of October 5, 2018 patrons can now check out:

  • 20 DVDs

  • 20 CDs

  • 20 ebooks or eaudiobooks via Overdrive*


What will you do with this increase in check out power? I for one am loading up on horror movies. And, since I can’t let an October pass me by without watching this classic, I’m calling it a Hocus Pocus kind of night tonight.


*For Hoopla, there is still the limit of 10 digital items
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LibraryReads List October 2018

by Lindsey A.

October is one of my favorite months! We are fully immersed in fall this month. Whether you celebrate Halloween, harvest time, or simply enjoy the cozy sights and scents of the season, I hope you will find time for yourself to read in peace. Consider it a form of self-care!

LibraryReads has a batch of new recommendations for October that will excite many readers. At the top of the list is The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Date. This sweet, funny novel brings back the romantic comedy that is strangely absent in publishing lately.

We also get new novels from bestselling authors Tana French, Barbara Kingsolver, Kate Morton, and Jodi Picoult. J. R. Ward offers the first book in a new series as well.

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Beyond Bestsellers: Weird History

by Emily Z.

It’s a new month and that means a new Beyond Bestsellers theme!

This October, we’re all about keeping it weird and historical with some weird history.

What is that? Is that a genre of book now? Yes.

Why just weird history, you ask?

Well, the thing about history is that there’s a lot of it and it’s everywhere. The air you’re breathing? It is crammed with history. The tacos you had last week? Same deal. Attempting to tackle all of it would be overwhelming. Continue reading »

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Beyond Bestsellers: Short & Sweet

by Kimberly P.

Alas, nothing gold can stay and as we’ve bid farewell to summer, so we’ve come to the end of this month’s Beyond Bestsellers: Short Stories theme. While this reading challenge may be on its final paragraph, it’s not too late to try our quiz and see what might be a good fit for your reading tastes (or discover a new genre!).

In the meantime, here are some of the lists that you all came up with:

Lindsey brought us Fairy Tales (a personal fav of mine):

While Leah mixed in a dash of everything:

And Emily took us along the (strange) road less traveled:

It looks like folks enjoyed reading our plethora of short tales to while away their (limited) free time. So as we gear up for the spooky season, I leave you, dear readers, with an oldie but goody:

See you during next month’s challenge!

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Underdog Sports Movies

by Michelle C. 

As we move into fall and consequently “football season,” I want to highlight one of my favorite types of movies: the underdog story. Maybe because I was always the last one picked for any sport (still am), but I find underdog stories to be entirely relatable and heartwarming. There is something so endearing about someone trying their best at something that they just aren’t very good at doing. It’s the type of story that I need to see because it reminds me to practice the things that don’t come naturally to me. I’m so used to focusing on the things that I am already good at that I often ignore my weaknesses. In school I would complain about having to go to PE because it was the one class that I didn’t excel at. I never practiced. I never ran up and down the stairs in a Rocky-like montage.

Now as an adult, I find accomplishment in attempting the things I always feared: skiing, whitewater rafting, rowing, Jazzercise. I may still be an underdog, but with these guys on the same team as me, I no longer see that as a bad thing.

Cool Runnings: When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

A League of Their Own: In 1943, a washed-up ballplayer is hired to coach in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while the male pros are at war. Reluctant at first, he finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his team. Based on a true story.

Remember the Titans: After leading his team to fifteen winning seasons, white football coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by African-American Herman Boone, tough, opinionated and as different from Yoast as could be. The two men overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions. A rousing celebration of how a town torn apart by resentment, friction and mistrust comes together in triumphant harmony.

What are some of your favorite underdog movies?

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You Caught My Eye: Beautiful Books

by Lindsey A.

I’m a sucker for a beautiful book. They say we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and that’s true to an extent. Authors often have no say in the appearance of their books; sometimes that decision is made by the publisher. Still, some covers are just odious.

On the other hand, book covers provide context clues, so they can matter. A friend once told me that whenever a mystery cover featured a skull in a whimsical setting, she was sold.

Just as a lousy cover can discourage me from picking up a book, a beautiful one can tempt me. Authors and publishers have really stepped up their game in recent years.

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Patron Picks: Gentle Reads

by Kristi S.

One of my favorite things about working in a library is seeing all the new books coming in. Unfortunately, my eyes are too big for my reading speed and I often find myself returning piles of titles that have gone unread. So I’m always grateful when I can talk with patrons about the books I haven’t gotten to read, or might never pick up personally. My world is instantly widened when I listen.

Since I work for Library on Wheels, I get the unique privilege of talking to people of all ages about the books they love. I have ecstatic preschoolers running to me with Pigeon books clutched in their arms, tweens laughing over their favorite graphic novels, and older adults discussing the authors and stories that get them through days that are often lonely and long. There’s no greater joy than seeing the smile on someone’s face when you bring them exactly what they want.

This summer, most of the older adults I visit were craving gentle and heartwarming stories. Happy endings are a must, and a little light romance or mystery is always welcome. I asked some of my patrons to tell me their favorite gentle reads from this summer, and they came through with a wide variety. Continue reading »

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Write Now 2018: Book Now!

by Denise D. 

‘Tis the Season of Learning

It’s all around us: darkening skies, cooling temperatures, school bus flashing lights, ransacked office supply shelves at the grocery store. Summer is over. But fret not. Now is the time to learn. Think Back to School is just for the kids? Not so at the library. Here, learning is a lifelong opportunity… without the stress of report cards.

Sometimes Writing Just Needs a Little Class

One of my personal favorites is our annual Write Now series of classes. Like many readers, I love to write. But, like many writers, I write best with a nudge. Deadlines nudge, but classes do much more. They inspire, provide company to combat the isolation of writing, and might even lead you to meet a writing group that keeps the inspiration flowing.

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