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Farm Life Memoirs

These memoirs depict modern farm life – many from the perspective of recently displaced city dwellers.

Memoirs of China

These memoirs depict the daily life, culture, politics, and upheaval in recent Chinese history.

Women in Architecture

Women have had a huge impact on architecture. These books explore the work of women architects and their role in the field.

American Art in Culture

These books at the Library explore the intersection of art and society in the United States.

Central Teens

Express Yourself @ Your Library Teen Summer Reading Program

Express Yourself & Make Your Own:
Every Weds. 2-3 pm
Materials & snacks provided

June 3, Express Yourself Journals
June 10 Beaded Bookmarks
June 17 Tie Dye
June 24 CD Clocks

July 1 Mini Cork Boards
July 8 Canvass book bags
July 15 Hardware Jewelry and Gems
July 22 Terrariums
July 29 Express Yourself Craft Wrap-Up!

Sayings, Folktales & Art in Latin America

These books at the library explore Latin American sayings and proverbs, folktales, arts and crafts.

Historic Preservation

These books examine how we can preserve and restore our historic buildings—why historic preservation adds to the vibrancy of contemporary neighborhoods and cities.

Award-Winning Mysteries

If you’re in the mood for a page-turning mystery, take a look at these recent winners of the Edgar Awards and Agatha Awards.

Get Serial

Back in the old days, when I was a wee piglet, books were just books. A few came with records that played on an old-fashioned device called a record player, and which was tethered to the wall by a cord and a plug. All the time.

William Allen White

Learn all about William Allen White, the famous newspaper editor from Emporia, Kansas, and close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt, in these books at the Library.

History of the Mormon Church

These books at the library explore the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

BBQ Books

18th and Vine Jazz Fest

Bring out the barbecue grill – it’s National Barbecue Month! These books will inspire mouth-watering flavors.

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld


Tally has finally become a Pretty and loving it but when she meets someone who makes her feel different she set out on a quest to find the truth of the Pretties but what she finds makes her want to be a little Special!

Chaves- Grade 10 Central High School

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld


The story is a guys is infected with a virus that if he kiss anybody the will turn into savage beast, but the virus gave him power so he can hunt, stop and saving lifes or so he thought.

Chaves- Grade 10 Central High School

Separate but Not Equal: The Dream and the Struggle by Jim Haskins


September 3, 1957 wasn't a good first day of school in Little Rock, Arkansas. On that day a court ordered attempt to disegregate the schools in the South nine black students were sent to Central High School and when they got to the door they were met by alot of soliers.

Brionna- Grade 10 Central High School

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