Staff Picks: Best of 2018

What a great year it has been for YPL! Our expansion was approved by the Town Council, we added over 500 new members, and circulated over 76,000 materials! A number of those materials were checked out by library staff, because we love using the library too.

Below is a compilation of our Top 5 picks of the year–what we read, what we played, what we watched, and what we loved.

Our Top 5 Picks of 2018

The content on these lists is what we consumed this year; it does not mean the material was new in 2018. Everything on these lists is available at the library. Click a title see the catalog page!


 


1Monica’s Top 5

  1. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  3. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
  4. Detroit: Become Human – PS4 Video Game
  5. The Shape of Water – Movie

 

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Lauren’s Top 5

  1. The Magicians – TV Series
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  4. Frostblood – series by Elly Blake
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Katie’s Top 5

  1. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller
  3. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  4. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

 

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Courtney’s Top 5

  1. Cardcaptor Sakura – Manga
  2. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness – Manga
  3. Tales of Zestiria – Video Game
  4. The World Ends with You – Video Game
  5. The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins – Graphic Novel

 

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Becky’s Top 5

  1. Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
  2. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  3. The Last Hours by Minette Walters
  4. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
  5. The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

 

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Beth’s Top 5

  1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  4. A Dog’s Way Home by Bruce Cameron
  5. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

 

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Laurie’s Top 5

  1. Hotspot – Internet Access Device
  2. Get Out – Movie
  3. Lady Bird – Movie
  4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  5. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

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Heather’s Top 5

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  3. The Stand by Stephen King
  4. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  5. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie

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Liz’s Top 5

  1. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosocka
  2. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  3. Are You My Mother? A Comic Dramaย by Alison Bechdel
  4. Mercy Watson – Series by Kate Dicamillo
  5. It by Stephen King

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Paxtyn’s Top 5

  1. Venom – Movie
  2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins – Graphic Novel
  4. The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way
  5. The Disaster Artist – Movie

We hope you enjoyed the variety of these lists and found something new to read, play, or watch.

Thank you for making 2018 the library’s best year yet!

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Here’s to an even better 2019!

Happy New Year!

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Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library

It’s National Library Week this week and do you know what that means? It’s a time for us to get together to celebrate libraries and promote using theย library! This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library”. So make sure to get into your local library and discover all the information and programming that is available to you, with a simple piece of plastic in your pocket/wallet.

History

In the late 1950s, the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers (ABP) realized there was a decline in how much money people were spending on books. Fearing a decline in how much people were reading, they formed the National Book Committee who’s sole purpose was to get Americans excited about reading again.ย So inย 1958, the Committee set up the first annual National Library Week (the theme was “Wake Up and Read”). The idea was to get people excited about reading again by getting the enthused about the library. People began to use libraries again!

Today, National Library Week has taken on more than simply getting people reading again. They even introduced three special celebration days within the week to help celebrate different things that libraries do.

National Library Workers Day

On the Tuesday of National Library Week, we take a day to celebrate all the staff, administrators and Friends groups that help our libraries run. If you want to make a special recognition to someone at your library, the site for National Library Workers Day takes recommendations for “Stars”. These “Stars” are featured on their website along with the great things you have to say about them. So you can celebrate this day, by nominating someone from your library to be a “Star”!

The YPL Staff celebrating Halloween 2014
The YPL Staff celebrating Halloween 2014

National Bookmobile Day

On the Wednesday of National Library Week we celebrate the mobile service that many libraries use called the Bookmobile. Bookmobile services take books to the people, instead of making people come to the library. You can see them at community events, traveling to schools and daycare centers, and even to nursing homes. Some libraries do not have a “Bookmobile” but do have a service to bring materials to their patrons who are homebound.

Weapon of Mass Instruction created by Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff
Weapon of Mass Instruction created by Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff

Celebrate Teen Literature Day

The Thursday of National Library Week is Celebrate Teen Literature Day. This day was set up as a way to show that Young Adult literature is a strong, vibrant, and growing genre with a lot to offer today’s teens. Many of us are familiar with this genre, if for no other reason than Hollywood keeps making movies based on these books. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and the Twilight series are all examples of popular Young Adult books. However, there are still plenty of great books that have not been made into movies (yet). Need help? Ask you Youth Librarian for help finding these!

Bookends painted to depict Young Adult book covers. Done by our Teen Scene group
Bookends painted to depict Young Adult book covers. Done by our Teen Scene group

With this week upon us, make sure you get into your library to see what they offer! Even bring in someone new to get them a library card. If you visit your library regularly, on behalf of all libraries, we thank you for your support. You are why we continue to be great community assets all over the world.

If you want more information on National Library Week, check out the ALA website, and if you want to know what your library is doing make sure to contact them.

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