Staff Picks 2017

Posted on December 22, 2017 - 3:54pm

My colleagues at the library are a passionate and eclectic group of readers. This year’s Staff Picks include cookbooks and children’s books, memoirs, mysteries, and more.

We had a tie for the #1 spot among our many staff readers:

The Hate U Give Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

Sixteen year old Starr Carter straddles two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she grew up, and the fancy private school she attends. When her unarmed childhood friend is shot by a police officer in front of her, Starr is inundated with attention from the local police, national media, and neighbors. Her journey to activism will stick with you in this groundbreaking YA novel.

“I recommend The Hate U Give because Starr's story matters,” said Rachel Pollari, YA selector and Teen Services Assistant. “There are teens out there for whom the content of this book is not just a book. It's not something they can put down at the end of the day. It's their reality. A book like this makes a difference in their lives.”

Stay tuned for a film adaptation starring Amanda Stenberg, Anthony Mackie, Lamar Johnson, and Regina Hall in 2018.

The Radium GirlsThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore:

This nonfiction book sheds light on the factory workers who painted glow-in-the-dark faces on clock and watch dials using radium. Radium poisoning was unknown in the 1910s and 1920s; employers encouraged these young women to “lip point” their brushes to create fine and delicate points. Some would also paint their lips or fingernails before a night out to glow in the dance hall. The high doses of the toxic radium caused pain, disfigurement, and cancer – but the employers disavowed any responsibility.

The Radium Girls really opened my eyes!” said Dawn Cline, Outreach Services Coordinator. “I listened to it with the Overdrive app, and it helped me to understand why there are so many OSHA workplace regulations. What these women did for working environments was very noble, even on their deathbeds.”

All staff pick books are available for checkout at the Marion Public Library. Stay tuned here: I’ll be posting our complete lists for more inspiration.

--Madeline Jarvis, Adult Services Coordinator