The Little Free Library Book by Margret Aldrich

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In 2009, Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library in his front yard as a tribute to his mother, a schoolteacher. It was a small, weatherproof box in the shape of a one-room schoolhouse with a simple message: “Take a book, return a book.” Inspired by the positive response of his neighbors, Bol built more libraries, and a grassroots literary movement was born. As of 2015, an estimated 25,000 Little Free Libraries are in operation across the globe—in small towns without a public library and busy cities; in refugee camps and police stations; front yards and local parks. (Locally, Upper Arlington is home to four Little Free Libraries, while nearby Clintonville is home to six.) The Little Free Library Book tells the story of the movement’s beginning and showcases the libraries—and stories—of dozens of library stewards. The book also includes helpful tips and information for those interested in starting their own library.

Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution: One Test Kitchen. 40 Slow Cookers. 200 Fresh Recipes. by America’s Test Kitchen

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Slow cookers are the way to go for many people who have little inclination or time to spend in the kitchen but want to eat a healthful meal at home. America’s Test Kitchen has come to the rescue; these folks are geniuses at understanding kitchen chemistry and prove themselves by tinkering with recipes until they get high quality results. This latest cookbook provides recipes from soups and stews to meats, casseroles to pasta, and vegetable main and side dishes to desserts. A section on cooking for two offers a range of scaled-down recipes. A welcome addition is the nutrition information provided for each recipe. If you’re looking for tasty and healthful slow cooker offerings, this book will serve you well.

Funny Teen Fiction: The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three best friends are students at Selwyn Arts Academy, which has been hijacked by For Art’s Sake, a sleazy reality-television show. The program pits student artists against each other for an arts college scholarship, but is really for ratings and big bucks for the producers. The friends are inspired to write a vigilante poem and distribute it to the student body, hoping to save their school from reality television. 

Teen Recommendation: Althea & Oliver

Althea & Oliver have been friends since they were six.  Now that they're juniors in high school, their relationship has begun to change.  Compounding Althea's insecurity is Oliver's unusual illness which causes him to fall asleep without warning, often for weeks at a time.  Althea & Oliver's evolving relationship offers a heartwarming insight into the complicated matter of growing up.  


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