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Reading Buddies Needed for Spring 2018!

posted by: December 19, 2017 - 9:42am

The Parkville-Carney Branch seeks volunteers and junior buddies for its Reading Buddies program, which pairs teen volunteers with kids in grades 1 to 4 who need extra practice to become proficient readers. Reading Buddies will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from February 5 through March 29. Volunteers will meet with their Junior Buddy one hour each week at the library.
If you are 12 to 17 years old, like working with younger students and would like to earn service learning hours as a Reading Buddies volunteer, please apply to volunteer by Wednesday, January 17. 
If your child is in grades 1 to 3 and is having trouble reading, please apply to be a Junior Buddy by Wednesday, January 17. 


Children's Books 2017

posted by: December 13, 2017 - 7:00am

Looking for some good books for kids to read over winter break? Or maybe you want to buy a book as a gift but you're not sure which to pick? Here are a few "Best of" lists for 2017.


Here are two more that are our favorites:

Cover Art for A Perfect Day


A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

Each outdoor animal has his own idea of fun and what makes a perfect day. This beautifully illustrated book introduces differences to the youngest of readers in a sweetly humorous way.

Cover Art for A Boy Called Bat


A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

When Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, brings home an orphaned skunk, Bat becomes determined to keep it. This novel for the younger elementary age group is a warm depiction of a family and a boy with autism.



New Cookbooks

posted by: December 11, 2017 - 7:00am

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The Perfect Cookie
This collection of America’s Test Kitchen’s best cookies, brownies and bars is just in time for holiday baking. It’s also a great resource, sharing the cookie-baking knowledge ATK has amassed throughout their many years of baking.


Dining In by Alison Roman
This debut cookbook features 125 recipes for simple, of-the-moment dishes that are full of quickie techniques. Roman combines expertise with ease, aiming for those who are more comfortable Instagramming their food rather than making it in real life.


Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman
No one delivers recipes inspired by equal parts curiosity and appetite quite like Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman, and in this follow-up to her popular The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, she celebrates the unfussy but triumphant recipes that make her really excited to cook and eat.


Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark
New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark is back with recipes for everyone's favorite fast cooking device - the Instant Pot.


Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart by Alex Guarnaschelli
Beyond just being a Food Network star herself, Guarnaschelli comes from good stock: Her mother edited the 1997 version of classic cookbook The Joy of Cooking. Included here are 300 recipes for updated classics. 


This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that takes place in the state or country where you were born. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge with the help of a parent or guardian on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!


 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

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This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that takes place in the state or country where you were born. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!


 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

Cover art for The Accidental Tourist Cover art for Alias Grace Cover art for American Rust Cover art for Baltimore Blues Cover art for Beloved Cover art for Big Stone Gap Cover art for Bridget Jones's Diary Cover art for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover art for The Camel Club Cover art for The Cooking Gene Cover art for Crazy Rich Asians Cover art for Enrique's Journey Cover art for Forbidden Cover art for Half of a Yellow Sun  Cover art for Hillbilly Elegy Cover art for Homegoing Cover art for The Johnstown Flood Cover art for The Joy Luck Club Cover art for Killers of the Flower Moon Cover art for Like Water for Chocolate Cover art for Lonesome Dove Cover art for Long Walk to Freedom Cover art for Memoirs of a Geisha Cover art for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Cover art for The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Cover art for New People Cover art for One for the Money Cover art for The Other Wes Moore Cover art for Outcasts United Cover art for PachinkoCover art for Sea Swept Cover art for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Cover art for Wonder Valley


Holidays Gone to the Dogs

posted by: December 4, 2017 - 3:22pm

Two things that are guaranteed heart warmers are dogs and the holidays. Together they make a winning combination in these titles perfect for seasonal reading. If you like Hallmark movies, then these books are for you!

Cover Art for Pupcakes Pupcakes by Annie England Noblin may just have the best book cover ever! Recently divorced Brydie gets a rent-free house, but it comes with a big-boned pug named Teddy Roosevelt and a weekly visit to Pauline, Teddy’s owner who is now in a nursing home.


Renee Richardson has a list of Christmas wishes in Sue Pethick’s The Dog Who Came for Christmas. She wants friends for her troubled young son Kieran, more clients at her salon and fewer bad dates. Little does she know that Kieran has already made a new buddy  a four-legged pal named Max.


Noelle by Greg Kincaid is the fourth installment of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas and finds matriarch Mary Ann McCray determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail's first woman Santa Claus.


If you love dogs, you’ll love Laurien Berenson’s mysteries. Wagging Through the Snow is the newest installment in Cover Art for Wagging Through the Snow the Melanie Travis series and lives up to expectations. Melanie is looking for a quiet time at Christmas, but when her brother buys a Christmas tree farm and a dead body turns up under a tree, her life is anything but calm.  



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