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Meet The Photographer Devin Allen

posted by: August 10, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for A Beautiful Ghetto Baltimore native Devin Allen became only the third amateur photographer to have his work featured on the cover of Time Magazine. During the Baltimore uprising in response to the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, Allen was present with his camera and his photographs were quickly viewed around the country. 


With his first book of photographs, A Beautiful Ghetto, Allen shares over 100 of his black and white photos of Baltimore. Local author D. Watkins writes the forward, and his publisher notes that, “In these stunning photographs, Allen documents the uprising as he strives to capture the life of his city and the people who live there. Each photo reveals the personality, beauty and spirit of Baltimore and its people, as his camera complicates popular ideas about the ghetto.”


Meet Devin Allen at our Randallstown Branch on Wednesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Allen will talk about his book, his photography and his beloved Baltimore community. Book sales and signings available following the discussion, provided by The Ivy Bookshop.



Dog Days of Summer

posted by: August 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Cover Art for Hey Boy Two new moving picture books depict expressive child and canine relationships. In Hey, Boy by Benjamin Strouse and illustrated by Jennifer Phelan, a young boy adopts a stray, but his family soon realizes the responsibilities are too much. The dog remains in the boy’s life, though, adopted by another couple living nearby. As boy and dog age, their relationship evolves, until another change reconnects the (now) young man and his (now) old friend. Phelan’s background as a graphic designer is evident in her stylized illustrations and use of generous white space on each page.



Cover Art for Stay Kate Klise’s Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List is illustrated by her equally talented sister, M. Sarah Klise. Eli, a shaggy white and gray pooch has known Astrid ever since her parents brought the newborn home from the hospital. The two have been inseparable, sharing their lives and space together as they age. One day, Astrid notices that Eli’s fur is turning whiter, and he isn’t as quick on his paws as she remembers. She creates a bucket list of things that they will do before Eli becomes too old, and they ride a bike together, enjoy plates of spaghetti and meatballs, and simply sit and stare at the sunset. The illustrations are child-friendly and clearly show the aging process that both girl and dog must accept. Thankfully, neither book ends in tragedy, but both set the stage for helpful discussions between adults and children about the limited lifespans of our furry companions.     


If You Love Rom-Coms

posted by: August 7, 2017 - 7:00am

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Insert Groom Here by K.M. Jackson
This spirited romance could be ripped from the headlines. Eva and Aidan are a likeable duo who meet following a reality television disaster. Funny, heartfelt and spicy, Jackson weaves a tantalizing tale that will captivate from the first page.


Serenity Harbor by RaeAnn Thayne
Thayne’s Haven Point is the ideal small town setting for falling in love. The last person Katrina Bailey wants to work for is Bowie Callahan, an arrogant and pushy high-powered tech executive. But she could use the money, and Bowie's little brother Milo, who has autism, needs her help. Familiar faces from previous books in the series are sprinkled throughout adding charm to this hate at first sight tale. 


All or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst
HGTV’s Property Brothers combined with the charm of small town living describes this sexy new romance from Jennifer Probst perfectly. Tristan Pierce left the family business years ago to forge his own identity, but he also left Sydney Greene behind in a hurtful breakup. Life forces his return to Harrington, but is it too late for a second chance at love? 


Thrillers for the Beach

posted by: August 2, 2017 - 7:00am

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

The sole survivors of three separate horror-movie-scale massacres keep to themselves — until Lisa, the first "Final Girl," winds up dead in her bathtub.


The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

After a woman she abandoned is murdered, guilt and paranoia haunt Cass in this tense page-turner from the author of Behind Closed Doors. 


The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz 

The best-selling suspense novelist kicks off a new series centered on Jane Hawk, recent widow and the most-wanted fugitive in America.


The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke 

A California school teacher investigates the mysterious death of her husband in a car accident on Maui, found in the company of another woman when he was supposed to be on a business trip to Kansas. A fast paced thriller with a sympathetic main character. 


This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that is first in a series. 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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Summer's Last Great Reads

posted by: July 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

Cover Art for See What I Have Done August 4 marks the 125th anniversary of one of America’s most followed crimes, that of Lizzie Borden and her ax. In the debut novel See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, the lives of Lizzie, her sister, their maid and a mysterious fourth person unfold in the steamy heat of a Massachusetts summer, leading up to the murders, and right after. Publications ranging from Elle to Entertainment Weekly have put this on their list of Hot Summer Reads.


For something more light and escapist, turn to One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell. ThreCover Art for One Summer Day in Rome e generations of travelers are having their own experience on holiday in Rome. The youngest, 19-year-old Alice, is supposed to be travelling with her fiancé, but a handsome European on a scooter gives her life a huge distraction. Middle-aged marrieds Meg and Alec seem trapped in one of those bickering marriages that need to be put to sleepbut maybe there’s still love underneath the sniping. Meanwhile, elderly Constance wants to put her husband’s ashes in the Italian city. No matter your age, if you like a light, romantic, armchair vacation, try this one.



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Finally, author/computer scientist/robot fanatic Daniel Wilson’s latest novel,The Clockwork Dynasty , introduces a secret society of robots, or “avtomats.” June had heard tales from her grandfather of mechanical soldiers during the war, and she goes off in search of them, but is unprepared for what she discovers. Ready Player One author Ernest Cline has called this, “Steampunk on steroids.”


This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that is first in a series. 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

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Adult Summer Reading Reviews

posted by: July 27, 2017 - 7:00am


Our 2017 Adult Summer Challenge participants have discovered some wonderful summer reads. Here are eight great titles to look for! It’s not too late to sign up for Summer @ Your Library. Log in programs you've attended and books you've read by August 20th and you could win prizes! Prize details and programs can be found on our website.



Makala from Owings Mills on Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: “I read this book every summer and still take away new things every read. This book is a little topic heavy but has great important lessons.”


Cover Art for Love, Rosie Carey from Essex on Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern: “This is a fun read. The book chronicles the relationship between two childhood friends, Alex and Rosie, over several decades. Author Cecelia Ahern tells their story through the vantage of a series of letters and emails, which transports the reader right into the minds of her characters. While the ending was predictable, the journey to get there was funny, heart-wrenching, honest and real. Reading the book made me nostalgic of my own past and appreciative of the path that lead to my present.”



Bill from Perry Hall on No Middle Name by Lee Child: “These are great short stories about Jack Reacher when he was younger.”


Ronald  from Owings Mills on God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut:  “Read this decades ago as a 12- or 13-year-old and found it hilarious. As an adult I found it funnier and so relevant to today's society (book was published in 1965). Vonnegut's satirical wit flows from page to page...eccentric strange millionaire, a SciFi writer of pulp novels - Kilgore Trout, Tralfamadorians and a host of other characters. As I have aged, I have re-read a few other Vonnegut novels and he is as relevant today as he was decades ago. Amazing writer.”       


LS from Pikesville on The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney: “One of those rare reads where I did not figure out the ending! Highly recommend this book and I rarely recommend books.”


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Heather from Rosedale on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: “This will go down as my best read of the year, for sure. It goes well with All American Boys, but has the teen girl perspective. It doesn't end sugary sweet, nor should it. That would treat realistic issues in a trite fashion. I cannot believe it's the author's first book. I will keep an eye out for her future offerings. I work with students in an alternative setting and, at so many points in the book, I wished my students were reading it with me so we could talk about it."         



Robin from White Marsh on The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict: “This just goes to prove that behind every man is a good woman. Now Mrs. Einstein is finally getting her due!”


Kimberly from Cockeysville on The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz: "Koontz has a new recurring character, Jane Hawk, a strong and determined character. Once started, it was hard to put the book down. Can't wait to see what kind of trouble shows up in the next book."



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