Friday, June 30, 2017

#ShelfLife - June 30, 2017

The countdown to Independence Day is on! If you're looking for great books to read as you celebrate at the beach or in the backyard, you've come to the right place.

This week's #ShelfLife selections include a powerful non-fiction book about the science of popularity, a book of historical fiction set in 1950s Appalachia, popular books about frogs for kids, and a link to tips from The New York Times on how to raise your children to become readers.

Please remember that all FCPL branches will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, but our eLibrary is always open at

We hope you have a wonderful weekend reading wonderful books. Leave a comment below to tell us what you're reading and your book could be featured on our #ShelfLife feed on Instagram next week!

No matter how old you are, there's a good chance that the word "popular" immediately transports you back to your teenage years. Even as adults we all still remember exactly where we stood in the high school social hierarchy, and the powerful emotions associated with our status persist decades later. This may be for good reason. Our popularity affects our DNA, our health, and our mortality in fascinating ways we never previously realized. More than childhood intelligence, family background, or prior psychological issues, research indicates that it's how popular we were in our early years that predicts how successful and how happy we grow up to be. But it's not always the conventionally popular people who fare the best. Find out why when you check out POPULAR: THE POWER OF LIKABILITY IN A STATUS-OBSESSED WORLD by Mitch Prinstein, on library shelves this month. #ShelfLife #popular #MitchPrinstein #psychology #nonfiction #bookstagram #amreading #librariesofinstagram #ReadingWithoutWalls
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This week FIRE IS YOUR WATER by Jim Minick arrives on library shelves. Set in the Appalachia of the 1950s, this book is a perfect candidate for your Reading Without Walls challenge. Twenty-year-old Ada Franklin is well known for her faith healing, but after a devastating fire in the Franklins' barn, Ada cannot cure the burns on her mother's hands. Her powers came from her strong belief in God, which the fire has challenged. Will Burk, an admitted agnostic, shows up to help rebuild the barn with his constant companion, Cicero, an injured raven he rescued after a fierce rainstorm. Ada's future falters until another tragic blaze revives her powers and transforms her friendship with Will into a deeper love, despite their differences in faith. #ShelfLife #ReadingWithoutWalls #summerreading #fireisyourwater #theblueberryyears #jimminick #appalachia #fiction #southernwriter #appalachianwriter #bookstagram #amreading
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The Books section of THE NEW YORK TIMES is one of our favorite places to find new books, new authors, and literacy news. This week we discovered a guide written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo entitled “How to Raise a Reader” that offers simple reading tips that are easy for parents to practice as their children grow. For the benefit of busy parents who may not be able to read the entire guide in one sitting, we’ve summarized tips for infant, toddler, and preschool stages of development on our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten blog at To read more of THE NEW YORK TIMES ONLINE, log in with your library card account and enjoy free remote access to articles, videos, and customizable stock reports wherever your are. #ShelfLife #1000books #1KB4K #kidlit #childrensbooks #earlyliteracy #reading #nyt #libraryperks #librariesofinstagram
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