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Toni Morrison

To honor the recent passing of Toni Morrison, we have compiled a list of some of her most powerful and influential novels. Celebrate with us her life and work by exploring the literary legacy of one of the world's greatest authors.

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Hurry up and Read!

It's back to school season. Time to squeeze in a last minute book before reading for fun becomes assigned reading. These short, quick books can be finished before they become lonely on your nightstand. These titles are also great for anyone who simply craves the satisfaction of a quick read.

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Readalikes For "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" 

The film adaptation of Maria Semple's book, Where'd You Go Bernadette, will start playing in movie theaters on August 12th. If you are a fan of the quirky characters in "Where'd You Go Bernadette," you might also want to try one of these titles. 

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It's Not Rocket Science: Astronomy Explained Simply

 

Everybody has asked questions about the things that lay beyond the night sky, but the study of astronomy and physics can be both alluring and daunting.  How can a person be expected to find out more about such a fascinating science when it's all muddled up by complicated vocabulary and mathematics?  Don't give up on your curiosity just yet, because these seven books make big ideas much easier to digest.  These scientists work carefully to unravel the meaning, not the equations, behind the universe's deep mysteries.  Not a rocket scientist?  Then you're in the right place.

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Summertime Sweets

From cool and refreshing to tart and sweet these cookbooks can fulfill your summertime cravings. With pies, ice cream, and more, feel free to indulge your sweet tooth with the library's collection. 

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Books About Books

The books on this list explore the subject of books and reading from all angles -- from examining the role of reading in our lives to discussing the importance of books in the history of civilization.

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LGBTQ+ Books for Grown-Ups

Pick up one of these books to celebrate National Pride Month in June! Keep reading throughout the summer to gear up for Greater Ozarks Pridefest in Downtown Springfield on October 12, 2019.

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Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is celebrated during the month of June. The Library provides dementia inclusive programs and materials to support those living with the disease, their care partners, family members and friends.

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Children's Books with LGBTQ Characters for Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ Americans. Here is a list of children's books featuring LGBTQ characters or families that you can find in the library's collection.

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Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell, author of the Ozarks, was born right here in Springfield, MO, and still resides in the vicinity of West Plains. With fast paced narratives, gritty prose, and spot-on geo-political Ozark insight, Woodrell's books are guaranteed to entertain.

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The Secret Life of Words

Language is our everyday medium of self-expression, and yet we rarely ponder its grammar, symbolism, and evolution. Explore the nuance, dynamics, and hilarity of language—from untranslatable words to emoji—with these books.

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