Staff Book Reviews

The SILS library staff wants to share some books with you.


Mister Seahorse  by Eric Carle

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle follows the journey of a father seahorse who meets other male sea creatures that are caring for their eggs until they hatch. If you're a fan of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you're sure to love this one!  With colorful illustrations, an uplifting tone, and an imaginative take on marine life, this book is easily a fan favorite.
- Hillary Fox





The New Edge in Knowledge: How Knowledge Management is Changing the Way We Do Business
by Carla O’Dell and Cindy Hubert

The New Edge in Knowledge is taking the knowledge management (KM) community by storm. With so many books and conference presentations focusing on KM theory, any resource that shares best practices and strategies becomes a hot commodity, and this book does precisely that. O’Dell and Hubert recount and update APQC's (American Productivity and Quality Center) extensive experience in working with hundreds of organizations. Topics range from describing how organizations are doing KM, to what is coming next, to the APQC recommendations on creating, sustaining, and measuring the impact of KM programs. The book also explores what organizations are starting to do with social media and making their KM systems available in new digital environments. This is a book that a KM leader could share with business executives who seek outside validation of KM value and impact.

- Billy Cook

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (pop-up) by Robert Sabuda

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books of all time, so naturally I fell in love with Robert Sabuda's pop-up adaptation! It is a stunning integration of the original story as well as John Tenniel's classic illustration style for the text. There are so many different components to the book, that you find something new every time you look through it! I highly recommend it, as well as the other popup books in our collection!

- Marli Johnston



American Libraries  (Serial)

As the official publication of the American Libraries Association, American Libraries is devoted to current trends, developments, and discussions in the library science community.  Here you will find information on professional development opportunities, job openings, commentary from other librarians, and the latest developments in information technology in libraries.  In addition, featured stories provide examples of innovative policies and activities from libraries here and around the world.  Something for everyone!

- Helen Thomas



 Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

When you hear a plot pitch for a graphic novel that goes “After a cataclysmic event, a college student finds himself literally the last man on Earth,” it’s easy to picture a story that’s more Girls Gone Wild than thoughtful dystopia. But this is Brian K. Vaughn, and Y: The Last Man is just plain good. The protagonist, Yorick, and his pet monkey set off in search of his girlfriend, navigating a post-apocalyptic world where Israel is the new superpower, and most of the world’s pilots, politicians, and violent felons are dead. There’s some pretty smart social commentary in there, but most of all this is an action adventure story, with secret agents, plot twists, and plenty of suspense. It’s a lot of fun, and worth a look even if graphic novels aren’t typically your thing.

- Hannah Easley


Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast  by Robin McKinley

McKinley’s first retelling of Beauty and the Beast is (or should be) near and dear to the hearts of librarians, since her Beauty is distinguished not by her, well, beauty, but rather for the fact that she loves books and horses. In fact, this Beauty is the ugly duckling of her family, relying on her intelligence to escape from the shadow of her loving but much more attractive older sisters, Grace and Hope – and her name isn’t even really Beauty; it’s Honour. But when her family loses their fortune, Beauty sees their move to the country as an adventure, and when her father comes home from a business trip with a rose and a story about a monster in a magical palace, she discovers that her adventure has only just begun… A truly unique and memorable heroine and an imaginative retelling of a story we all think we know make this book a favorite of my childhood and still one of the best young adult novels I have ever read.

- Veronica Koven-Matasy