Entries by Beth Snow

Mildly Spooky Missouri

Haunted Graveyards of the Ozarks by David E. Harkins Missouri’s Haunted Route 66: Ghosts Along the Mother Road by Janice Tremeear Paranormal Missouri: Show Me Your Monsters by Jason Offutt When it comes to all things horror, I readily admit that I am a first-class, Grade A chicken. My personal threshold of scary is so […]

A Pair of Infographic Eye Candies

Biographic Austen by Sophie Collins Seeing Science: An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of the Universe by Iris Gottlieb Summer’s heat and humidity have cooked my brain, and no matter how much I’d like to lounge around immersed in a giant, juicy, beach read I find myself unable to keep one going. Picture books to […]

A Non-Fiction Variety Pack

                                The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief by Nora McInerny Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl The Universe Explained: A Cosmic Q & A by Heather Couper and […]

Teen Nonfiction Fun for Summer

  Make: Minecraft for Makers by John Baichtal Start to Stitch by Nancy Nicholson, Claire Buckley, and Miriam Edwards Teens Cook Dessert by Megan and Jill Carle with Judi Carle We’ve made it to the middle of May when life becomes a frenzy of pollen and exams and changes and celebrations, spinning faster every day […]

April Fool’s Day Shenanigans

                                Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy Sir John Hargrave’s Mischief Maker’s Manual by John Hargrave Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow April Fool’s […]

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

Book review by Beth Snow   Coming of age stories are the bread and butter of books written for teen audiences.  They appear in a wide variety of formats, both fiction and non-fiction. Like people, they come in all shapes and sizes–which makes it more likely that readers will find a story that fits.  For […]

A Trio of Space Non-Fiction Titles

The Planets: Photographs from the Archives of NASA, text by Nirmala Nataraj The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future by Roger D. Launius The Practical Astronomer by Will Gater and Anton Vamplew   Temperatures have been chilly and, by the time you see these words in print, winter […]

Resources for Teen Drivers and Their Parents

Working in the library’s Teen Department, I frequently hear from teens (and their parents) about the quest to obtain a driver’s permit.  It can be an exciting and anxiety-ridden time for everyone involved. Unfortunately, formal, school-based driver education programs are virtually non-existent these days.  Fear not–helpful resources are at hand! Even if there isn’t a […]

Teen Non-Fiction Conversation Starters–Raggin’, Jazzin’, Rockin’: A History of American Musical Instrument Makers by Susan VanHecke and Tokyo Geek’s Guide: Manga, Anime, Gaming, Cosplay, Toys, Idols & More by Gianni Simone

Raggin’, Jazzin’, Rockin’: A History of American Musical Instrument Makers by Susan VanHecke Tokyo Geek’s Guide: Manga, Anime, Gaming, Cosplay, Toys, Idols & More by Gianni Simone It’s August?  I can’t believe it’s here already!  Summer reading just ended–it can’t be time for school to start.  I’m in utter denial. I have yet to flip […]