Michael Sullivan Visit

The library recently hosted Michael Sullivan, author of Connecting Boys With Books: What Libraries Can Do; Connecting Boys With Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap & Raising Boy Readers in addition to many other books. While at WNPL, Mr. Sullivan used stories and anecdotes to convey an understanding of the differences that are common among many boys and how these differences can affect reading…. Read more »

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

What does Wilma Rudolph, Anjali Bhaqwat, Keiko Fukuda and Katie Ledecky have in common? They are four of the fifty amazing women athletes highlighted in Rachel Ignotofsky’s book, Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win. These fifty strong, courageous and amazing female athletes from history and today. Some of these athletes are trail blazers. Some are Olympians…. Read more »

Chester and Gus

Chester is brave, loyal, smart, caring and loving. Chester is also a dog. You will meet Chester inn Cammie McGovern’s latest novel, Chester and Gus. Chester has been bred and trained to be a therapy dog. He always wanted to help someone. When he meets Gus, he isn’t sure if Gus even wants him around. He doesn’t know that Gus… Read more »

She Persisted

What do Maria Tallchief, Helen Keller, Sally Ride and Sonia Sotomayor have in common? They were persistent. In her latest book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to thirteen amazing American women. These women who faced great obstacles and not only faced their challenges, they persisted! Women like Oprah Winfrey, Harriet Tubman and… Read more »

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

In the history of awesome books there have been some awesome girls: Ramona, Matilda, Pippi and Hermione… to name a few. Let me introduce to you to another great character with awesome girl power. Her name? Gertie! In Kate Beasley’s first novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, you’ll meet Gertie Reece Roy.  She is on a mission. That mission? To be the… Read more »

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life

“Rule#15:Success comes from facing fear, overcoming obstacles, working hard and believing that you’re good enough to win.” In his latest, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life, Kwame Alexander uses the power of verse to create 52 rules to help inspire people with sports and life in general. Under the general headings of grit, motivation, passion,… Read more »