Entries by Beth Snow

Scaredy Squirrel series by Melanie Watt

A good friend of mine and I have been mailing each other squirrel-themed items cross country for a while now. Why? Just because we can! It started with a little light-hearted teasing and quickly progressed to mayhem. Squirrels are polarizing which is great fodder for ongoing, long-distance, smack gifting. On one hand, they are adorable, […]

Tolkien Companion Books

  Titles reviewed: The Atlas of Middle Earth (revised edition) by Karen Wynn Fonstad J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist & Illustrator by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia by David Day Hello, book fans! It’s fandom week here at the book review, so buckle up as we travel through one of my favorites, […]

Cryptid Club by Sarah Andersen

  It’s that time of year again–the 2023 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (better known as the Eisner Awards) will be held on July 21, 2023, in conjunction with Comic-Con International: San Diego. The pinnacle of comics accolades, they are named for Will Eisner who was a cartoonist, as well as a pioneer of the […]

Star Wars Fun

Titles Reviewed: LEGO Star Wars in 100 Scenes by Daniel Lipkowitz The Padawan Cookbook: Kid-Friendly Recipes From A Galaxy Far, Far Away by Jenn Fujikawa and Liz Lee Heinecke Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary–The Ultimate Guide to Characters and Creatures from the Entire Star Wars Saga by David West Reynolds and James Luceno Star […]

Iconic Joplin

The Library’s Teen Department has participated in an exciting opportunity highlighting local history research and STEM skills. Iconic Joplin is a contest in which teams of 12-16 year-olds study a Joplin-area landmark and recreate it in LEGOs. It is an official event of Joplin’s Sesquicentennial celebration this year. Thirty teens divided up into six teams […]

The Art of Bob Mackie by Frank Vlastnik and Laura Ross

I’m a firm believer in the power of sparkle and shine to brighten up the short, dark, chilly  days of winter, especially those after the holidays. It doesn’t have to be much–just a little something to perk up the doldrums before spring appears on the horizon. Today’s book meets those criteria for me, presenting an […]

A Trio of Oceanic Fun for All Ages

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe Kraken Me Up by Jeffrey Ebbeler Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens This year’s summer reading theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”, and it […]

A Trio of Non-Fiction in Teen

The Chalk Art Handbook: How to Create Masterpieces on Driveways and Sidewalks and in Playgrounds by David Zinn Everything You Need to Ace…in One Big Fat Notebook series, various authors The LEGO Castle Book: Build Your Own Mini Medieval World by Jeff Friesen It’s spring!  Or, at least it finally feels like it.  Flowers and […]