Picks for Public Libraries – April 2013
As the weather warms, and we slowly start to shed our many wintery layers, patrons are looking for great ideas that will keep them outside in the gorgeous sunshine. This month’s Picks for Public Libraries list includes selections perfect for those patrons. The list doesn’t stop there, though, and includes all the best nonfiction you need to have on your shelves today. Here are just a few of the titles, so view the whole list here.
Spring and summer are the perfect opportunities for kids to venture outside and get in touch with nature. Tornio and Keffer both love nature, and hope to foster that in the younger generation, so they’ve put together this guidebook to get kids outdoors. The fun won’t stop when the weather turns cold, though. They’ve included year-round activities, 448 ideas in total that also involve challenges, projects, and games. The book also features tips and tricks and additional resources to help make going outside the best part of a child’s day. Not only is this book great to have on shelves for parents to use as a resource for home, it’s also a great place to start looking for fun outdoor activities your library can hold during youth programming. Learn more about this title here.
If you really strain your ears and nose, you can hear and smell a beautifully marinated steak sizzling on the grill. It’s that time of year when grills are uncovered and grill masters begin their quest for the perfectly grilled meal. Enter The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Grilling Cookbook, the perfect resource to have on-hand for all would-be grillers. The recipes, in binder format, feature all kinds of meats, vegetables, salads, sides, and more. It also includes 20 smartphone tags to link to how-to videos and 16 recipes from celebrity grill masters, including the one and only bobby Flay. The editors have also taken the time to denote those recipes that take 30 minutes or less, are low calorie, are heart healthy, or can be made in advance. Learn more about this title here.
This latest entry in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series includes 101 stores from parents and experts of children with autism and Asperger’s. Not only is April Autism Awareness Month, but reports now show that one in 88 children fall somewhere on the spectrum, so this release could not come at a better time. Any parent raising an autistic child, or those supporting someone who is, will find support and advice in the stories, which are a mixture of serious and challenging stories with light-hearted and positive ones. Learn more about this title here.
Where did our alphabet come from? What goes on inside a black hole? At what speed did Bach intend his compositions to be played? These are just three of the world’s mysteries that Hartston explores in this humorous, yet scientific, book. He addresses 501 mysteries, and while he doesn’t necessarily provide the definitive answer for all of them, he does offer clarification and information. But as a Cambridge-educated mathematician and industrial psychologist, it’s fair to say his speculation is as close to finding an answer as we may be able to get. Learn more about this title here.