The Book of Ballads

The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess is  an intriguing and overlooked volume in our Adult Graphic Novel collection. Book of Ballads

Charles Vess illustrated old English ballads that have been retold by authors like Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen and Sharyn McCrumb. These tales bring to life themes that are both familiar and strange. Each tale is accompanied by the actual ballad and a good introduction explains the history of ballads.  See examples of the work and learn more about its origins from


Happy Birthday, Buddha

Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide
Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide

Buddhism is one of the major religions in the world, and today is the celebration of  Buddha’s birthday.

Buddhism’s roots go back 2,600 years, to India, when a young prince left his comfortable trappings and spent years searching and meditating until he became enlightened about what causes human suffering and what alleviates it. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Buddha

Oh, the Graduation Book Gifts You’ll Buy!

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It’s that time again – graduations. Poignant endings, bright beginnings. What can you give (besides a tech gift card) that will touch your graduate’s heart, and will still be around long after the latest music is passé? How about . . . books?
AdviceOur friends at Shelf Awareness have a mighty fine list of gift suggestions for those who have a new path in front of them. There so many great choices, including a few recently published titles worth considering for your graduate this year.


“The Kid”, a Baseball Legend

You’ve heard of “The Babe” – well, here’s the story of “The Kid,” a new picture book in our collection. The Kid from Diamond Street is about Edith Houghton, the baseball legend who was playing pro ball at age 10!kid from diamond street

This fascinating piece of baseball history will delight young players and fans, especially girls who love to play the game.

“Play ball” – hit a home run out of the park when you try out this delightful read!