New Titles Coming to the Free Library in June!

By Rachel F. RSS Tue, May 30, 2023

There's something for everyone this month!

Young Children (up to 2nd Grade)

Awake, Asleep by Kyle Lukoff; illustrated by Nadia Alam

From sunup to sundown, a young child’s day is bursting with discovery and wonder-filled moments. Follow a day in the life of three diverse families and their little ones, as everyday moments like sharing breakfast and exploring the park are rendered full of love, exploration, joy, and wonder.

Older Children (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)

Ellie Engle Saves Herself by Leah Johnson

Comic book enthusiast Ellie Engle sees herself as absolutely ordinary, and she's content to stay in the shadow of her outgoing best friend, Abby Ortega. But after an earthquake strikes Plainsboro, Indiana, the day the girls start junior high, Ellie realizes she has a crush on Abby, and she also somehow manages to resurrect her own dead pet fish. Slowly, Ellie discovers that she can bring living organisms back to life, for a cost. Ellie, who sometimes experiences panic attacks, doesn't want to cause trouble for her hardworking single mom, and she worries about how the powers of the supers in her comics affect their loved ones. Author Leah Johnson explores the pains of growing up — changing bodies, shifting bonds, early crushes, and defining oneself on one's own terms — making for a warmly rendered story about a girl learning to believe that she's anything but ordinary.

Teen Fiction

The Dos and Donuts of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar

A pun-filled YA contemporary romance, The Dos and Donuts of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar finds a teenage girl competing in a televised baking competition with contestants, including her ex-girlfriend and a potential new crush — perfect for fans of The Great British Bake Off and She Drives Me Crazy!

Shireen Malik is still reeling from the breakup with her ex-girlfriend, Chris, when she receives news that she's been accepted as a contestant on a new televised baking competition show. This is Shireen's dream come true! Because winning will not only mean prize money but will also bring some much-needed attention to You Drive Me Glazy, her parents' beloved donut shop. Things get complicated, though, because Chris is also a contestant on the show. Then there's the very outgoing Niamh, a fellow contestant who is becoming fast friends with Shireen. Things are heating up between them, and not just in the kitchen. As the competition intensifies, Shireen will have to ignore all these factors and more — including potential sabotage — if she wants a sweet victory!

Adult Fiction

The Archive Undying by Emma Mieko Candon

 When an AI dies, its city dies with it.

When a city falls, it leaves a corpse behind.

When that corpse runs off, only devotion can bring it back.

When the robotic god of Khuon Mo went mad, it destroyed everything it touched. It killed its priests, its city, and all its wondrous works. But in its final death throes, the god brought one thing back to life: its favorite child, Sunai. For the 17 years since, Sunai has walked the land like a ghost, unable to die, unable to age, and unable to forget the horrors he's seen. He's run as far as he can from the wreckage of his faith, drowning himself in drink, drugs, and men. But when Sunai wakes up in the bed of the one man he never should have slept with, he finds himself on a path straight back into the world of gods and machines.

The Archive Undying is the first volume of Emma Mieko Candon's Downworld Sequence, a sci-fi series where AI deities and brutal police states clash, wielding giant robots steered by pilot-priests with corrupted bodies. Come get in the robot.

Adult Nonfiction

Walking with Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain by Andrew McCarthy

When Andrew McCarthy's eldest son began to take his first steps into adulthood, McCarthy found himself wishing time would slow down. Looking to create a more meaningful connection with Sam before he fled the nest, as well as recreate his own life-altering journey decades before, McCarthy decided the two of them should set out on a trek like few others: 500 miles across Spain's Camino de Santiago. Over the course of the journey, the pair traversed an unforgiving landscape, having more honest conversations in five weeks than they'd had in the preceding two decades. Discussions of divorce, school trauma, McCarthy's difficult relationship with his father, fame, and Flaming Hot Cheetos threatened to either derail their relationship or cement it. Walking with Sam captures this intimate, candid, and hopeful expedition as the father-son duo travel across the country and towards one another.

DVDs and Blu-rays

Holiday Kids: Juneteenth - Freedom Day

In this high-definition program, learn all about Juneteenth: the holiday commemorating the end of slavery by marking the day enslaved people in Texas learned that they were free. Why did President Joe Biden declare Juneteenth a federal holiday? How is it celebrated? What is the history of the holiday? The answers to these questions and more are covered in depth with detailed graphics, engaging examples, and exciting video that reinforces important points and makes learning fun.

You can find these new titles and many more great books, ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music in our catalog and at a neighborhood library near you!

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