NEW Books to enjoy in September
September is here with exciting new reads to help you ease out of summer and into fall. Enjoy the perfect outdoor weather with a perfect read in the park or on your porch. These new books will help you focus on the positive, relax about parenting, and celebrate the good works of others as September takes away the heat and brings us closer to the best weather of the year.
Have you ever wondered why we stop to watch the orange glow that arrives before sunset, or why we flock to see cherry blossoms bloom in spring? Is there a reason that people -- regardless of gender, age, culture, or ethnicity -- are mesmerized by baby animals, and can't help but smile when they see a burst of confetti or a cluster of colorful balloons.

We are often made to feel that the physical world has little or no impact on our inner joy. Increasingly, experts urge us to find balance and calm by looking inward -- through mindfulness or meditation -- and muting the outside world. But what if the natural vibrancy of our surroundings is actually our most renewable and easily accessible source of joy?

In Joyful , designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood.
Chef José Andrés arrived in Puerto Rico four days after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island. The economy was destroyed and for most people there was no clean water, no food, no power, no gas, and no way to communicate with the outside world.

From serving sancocho with his friend José Enrique at Enrique's ravaged restaurant in San Juan to eventually cooking 100,000 meals a day at more than a dozen kitchens across the island, Andrés and his team fed hundreds of thousands of people, including with massive paellas made to serve thousands of people. At the same time, they also confronted a crisis with deep roots, as well as the broken and wasteful system that helps keep some of the biggest charities and NGOs in business.

With a forward by Lin-Manuel Miranda and his father, Luis A. Miranda, this book explains what happened in Puerto Rico and how we can continue to help.
Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood , he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.

The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers's personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.
This book takes on the ultimate time-management challenge - parenting, from toddlers to teens - with concrete ways to structure and spend true quality time with your kids. 

Would you ever take a job without a job description, let alone one that requires a lifetime contract? Parents do this every day, and yet there is no instruction manual that offers achievable methods for containing and organizing the seemingly endless job of parenting. Finding a healthy balance between raising a human and being a human often feels impossible. This book shows you how to harness your own strengths and weaknesses to make the job your own.

Providing a unique framework with eight quadrants that separates parenting responsibilities into actionable, manageable tasks, this book aims to help you enjoy being a parent while getting things done. Stop feeling guilty about what you feel like you you should be doing as a parent, and give yourself the Time to Parent effectively.
Staff Picks
Macia Divack Recommends: Good morning, midnight : a novel
Macia Divack, Library Manager, wishes everyone would read Good Morning, Midnight under the stars.

In this science fiction book from 2016, the brilliant, aging astronomer Augustine is consumed by the stars. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, he discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

Read Good Morning, Midnight, where you can have a good view of the September stars.
Todd Williamson Recommends: A Patchwork Planet
Branch Manager Todd Williamson really, really loves A Patchwork Planet. The first Anne Tyler novel Todd read twenty years ago, he returns to the novel often as a comfort read.

Tyler’s 14th published novel begins with the phrase, “I am a man you can trust…” and continues with the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order. Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he was after, it was just that he liked to read other people's mail, pore over their family photo albums, and appropriate a few of their precious mementos. But for eleven years now, he's been working steadily for Rent-a-Back, working for old folks and shut-ins who can't move their own porch furniture or bring the Christmas tree down from the attic. At last, his life seems to be on an even keel. Still, the Gaitlins (of "old" Baltimore) cannot forget the price they paid for buying off Barnaby's former victims. His ex-wife would just as soon he didn't show up ever to visit their little girl, Opal.

Read A Patchwork Planet to relax into a work that holds up over time.
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