The Book Shelf: Library Lovers’ Month

February is a month to celebrate many important occasions like Valentine’s Day, Black History, President’s Day, and many others. Did you know that February is also library lovers’ month? To celebrate this occasion, please stop in and visit your local public library. During your library visit, make sure to look for items that will keep you entertained during the remaining winter days.

The Chemist

By Stephenie Meyer

For Alex, living on the run has become a way of life. She has become accustomed to sleeping in the bathtub, in a gas mask, always on alert. Her current situation is the result of problems that arose with her former job. Alex had been working for the federal government as “The Chemist.” Her department was un-named and her role was to develop chemical substances that would assist with interrogations. One day everyone in her department, except Alex, fell victim to an assassination attempt. Alex was able to flee using all of the skills she acquired to hide from her former employer. She was good at staying under the radar; however, she was not prepared for a new plot to bring her out of hiding. Her former contact within the agency sent her an urgent request; help us deal with a potentially catastrophic biological threat to the U.S. by interrogating a suspect deemed to have procured a biologic weapon. The suspect, Daniel, happens to be the twin brother of another Black Ops agent and Alex is about to begin the most interesting interrogation of her career. Alex’s survival, and that of the innocent suspect Daniel, depends on her ability to outsmart her former employers.

Meyer is able to weave a complex narrative that will keep readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see how the plot will unfold. This adrenalin-pumping spy thriller also has a romantic sub-plot that will appeal to a variety of readers. While this novel was written for an adult audience, those who enjoyed Meyer’s other novels will find a similar mix of fantasy and reality that made her other works popular.

Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love

By Lynn Lilly and the CraftBoxGirls Team

Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love is full of fun and creative craft ideas that you and your kids can make at home. The projects have been selected by Lilly and her team for their ability to appeal to kids and create hands-on learning opportunities that allow for a break from screen time. This book contains projects that will appeal to all audiences and include games and toys, party inspired crafts, holiday items, décor, recipes, and crafts for pets. The authors have included tips and resources for parents regarding recommended stores for craft items and supplies to consider keeping on hand. The project gallery serves as a visual table of contents, letting you know what each project might look like. Instructions for each project include a brief description, recommended minimum age, materials list, detailed step-by-step directions, and a picture of the completed items. Some of the projects that might be of particular interest: foosball game, fleece blanket, salt art, chocolate bowls, and a bird feeder. These craft projects will keep your kids occupied and screen-free during parties or just for a few hours on the weekend.

Whether you are looking for a good maker project or just something to do on the weekend, this book has a craft that will be of interest to kids of all ages. The directions for the crafts are easy to follow, and the pictures help parents and kids create a final project with room for personal creativity. If you are looking for craft project ideas that are fun and provide hands-on learning experiences for kids, you will want to check out this craft book.

If you like these books and would like to find similar titles, check out NoveList Plus. This online resource, available through the Mid-Continent Public Library, will help you find fiction books that appeal to your personal reading style. For non-fiction titles, check out Books & Authors.


Stacy Hisle-Chaudri is the Assistant Branch Manager at the Parkville Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. Stacy has worked in library and archival environments for ten years, and is a native of the Kansas City area. She has a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Central Missouri. Her areas of expertise are reader’s advisory, technology instruction, and genealogy research.