books

LISTEN, YAWN, SPARK, DREAM

Posted by on Monday, Nov 5, 2012 - 5:51 PM

Isn't it amazing how the human body & mind work together ...and, so often, without our conscious control?read more


mysteries

In the Shadow of Gotham

Posted by on Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Stephanie Pintoff’s In the Shadow of Gotham is NOT a Batman story.

The Usual Suspects will be discussing the book on Sunday, March 18 at 2 PM.read more


movies

Time to Vote!

Posted by SusanM on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 - 2:32 PM

VoteJust two weeks from today we will be heading to the polls to elect the next President of the United States, numerous members of Congress and many state and local officials.  If you feel like you need a little break from the constant onslaught of campaign commercials and debates, be sure to check out some of the election themed and political movies that are available in our AV department.read more


music

The Perfect Antidote

Posted by MargieF on Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 - 2:33 PM

Are you looking for something fun and familiar that is taking place close to home?  How about beautiful music and a good story that may take you down memory lane? read more

Music

business

Long-term unemployed jobseekers

Posted by on Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 - 10:16 AM

If you or someone you know has been out of work for a long time, come to the library to learn about training and educational programs that can help.

Jobseeker Special: Long-Term Unemployed Training and Educational Programs at The WorkPlace

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 10:00 AM
Westport Library McManus Room
 

Staff of The WorkPlace, one of five Connecticut Workforce Development Boards, will discuss their Platform to Employment (P2E) program. The WorkPlace won an innovation award for this program, featured on 60 Minutes, which supports the long-term unemployed who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.


teens

Summer Reading Suggestions 2017

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Jun 23, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 9th Graders

 

Download the list here!

Fiction

Backlash
by Sarah Darer Littman
In this page-turner, a case of cyberbullying goes deeper than anybody dared to think.

 

Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham
A teenager finds a skeleton on her property, potentially a victim of race riots 100 years earlier.

 

Everything that Makes You
by Moriah McStay
In alternating chapters, a girl experiences her high school life in two ways: one in which she is disfigured from a childhood accident, and another where her life is "normal."

 

Life as We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
After a comet hits the moon, a Pennsylvania struggles to survive through weather changes, food shortage, and disease outbreak.

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A teenager travels to Wales to explore the truth behind his grandfather's tall tales, leading him to an abandoned orphanage full of secrets.

 

Noggin
by John Corey Whaley
A deceased teenager returns to high school after receiving one of the first successful head transplants. 

 

The Outliers
by Kimberly McCreight
In this page-turning thriller, a girl sets out to rescue her friend after receiving a cryptic text message. 

 

Shelter
by Harlan Coben
When his girlfriend vanishes, Mickey sets out to find her, leading him to learn she has some secrets. 
 

 

Nonfiction

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century
by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
"Lizzie Borden took an axe..." Or did she? Using primary sources, the author leads the reader on a journey to separate truth from fiction in this famous murder case. 

 

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities
by Chris Barton
Tales of people using false identities, either for safety or to con others. 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
A history of Barbie, from her beginnings as a feminist icon, to her role in promoting negative body image, and everything in between. 

 

March: Book One
by John Lewis
The first book in a graphic novel trilogy about the life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John Lewis.
 

 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
This quirky biography uses photos, memes, and more to tell the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

 

The Other Wes Moore
by Wes Moore
Two students, both named Wes Moore, grow up two blocks from each other, yet end up in very different places: one a Rhodes Scholar and one a prisoner. 

 

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland
Stories of animal heroes, including a pod of dolphins who shielded swimmers from a shark attack, and a cat who risked his life to save a kitten from a tornado. 

 

What If?: Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
The author of the web comic xcdc finds legitmate scientific answers to outlandish questions, such as how fast you can drive over a speed bump and live, and how long humanity would last in the face of a robotic apocalypse. 

 

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 8th Graders

 

Download the list here!

 

Narrative

Booked
by Kwame Alexander
A 12-yr-old soccer player hates reading, but learns to embrace his talent for words. Told in verse.

 

Drama
by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic novel about the drama that unfolds backstage during a middle school play. 

 

Life As We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
A family in rural Pennsylvania struggles to survive food shortage, deadly weather changes, and more after a comet hits the moon. 

 

Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
An unlikely friendship forms between Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a bipolar basketball player. 

 

A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
A boy's surpressed emotions come to life as a destructive monster. 

 

Nine, Ten: a September 11 Story
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Four students's lives intersect on September 11th, 2001. 

 

Rhyme Schemer
by K.A. Holt
A novel told in verse about the journey of Kevin, who goes from bully to poet.

 

Rory's Promise
by Michaela MacColl
Rory, determined to keep her family together, follows her little sister out West on an orphan train. 

 

Non-Narrative

Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities
by Chris Barton
Stories of different people who went undercover, either for personal safety or personal gain. 

 

How They Croaked: the Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous
by Georgia Bragg
The lives- and deaths- of famous people throughout history. 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
The rise and fall of Barbie, from feminist inspiration to "bad influence." 

 

Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut Galdikas
by Jim Ottaviani
Graphic novel about the lives of three anthropologists who risked it all for the world to see primates- and humans- differently. 

 

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland
Stories of animal heroes, including a pod of dolphins who shielded swimmers from a shark attack, and a cat who risked his life to save a kitten from a tornado. 
 

Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner!
by Clay Swartz
History as you've never seen it before! In this interactive book, learn facts about 100 historical figures, then place them in unusual battles. 

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
by Rosalyn Schanzer
How a mysterious illness turned into a witch hunt. 

Teen

kids

Misty Inn: Welcome Home!

Posted by MaryP on Monday, Oct 12, 2015 - 12:46 PM

A new chapter book series inspired by Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague.  Willa and her family have moved to Chincoteague from Chicago -- quite a change.  But Willa and her brother, Ben, have summered on Chincoteague many times.  After all, their grandparents live on Chincoteague and their mom grew up there.  Willa's parents plan to open a bed-and-breakfast and are busy working on it.  That gives Willa and Ben time to explore and make new friends.  But it turns out making new friends isn't quite as easy as Willa had hoped.

Animals
Grade4, Grade2, Grade3