To the Moon and Back: Books to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing

On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy made a famous televised speech at Rice University, where he declared that the United States would put a man on the moon before the decade ended. Seven years later, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 became the first men to set foot on the moon, famously making “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of that historic day, we celebrate the achievements of NASA, the space race, and the American determinism that brought us to the moon with this collection of non-fiction books.

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Mysterious Reads: Mysteries and Thrillers That Will Keep You Guessing

What makes a book impossible to put down? For fans of mystery and crime fiction, the answer is a good story, plenty of twists, and a mystery that keeps you on your toes. If you fall under this category, or if you’d like to find a book that keeps you guessing, here is a list of thriller and mystery books to appease your inner detective.

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Epic Fantasy: Books to Fill the Game of Thrones-Sized Hole in Your Heart.

Just a few weeks ago, the HBO blockbuster hit Game of Thrones aired its final episode. Over the course of the eighth season, fans attempted to ready themselves for a world where Sunday nights would no longer be spent in Westeros. Regardless of how you feel about the show’s final choices (because we all have a thing or two to say about that finale), you probably are finding yourself looking for the next place to get your epic fantasy fix.

Fear not, because we’ve compiled a list—made by epic fantasy fans for epic fantasy fans—of several different epic fantasy series that will fill that Game of Thrones-sized hole in your heart. Each title listed is the first book in the series.

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Beach Reads: Books to Take With You on Your Summer Vacation

Ah, summer. Whether you’re working on your tan or catching some Z’s, a good book is always a great addition to throw into your beach bag. If you’re looking for something to read as you lounge on the sand, here are some great choices! And if you’re stuck at home this summer, worry not! These books also do well on solid ground!

Make sure you sign up for our Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 10 to August 10, for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

 

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Pocket Poetry: Poetry Books for Poem in Your Pocket Day

Originally started in 2002, Poem in Your Pocket Day occurs every year during April, which is National Poetry Month. This year Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 18 (today!), and participants are encouraged to carry a poem with them all day to share with others.

Here are some great poetry books at the Sewickley Public Library in which to find your poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day.
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Famous Voices: Audiobooks Read by Celebrities

Audiobooks have had somewhat of a renaissance in the past ten years, especially since the development of streaming audiobooks through library resources like Overdrive. Typically read by either the author or a voice actor, some books are able to secure some major star power for their audiobook narration. Here are some spectacular works of fiction narrated by Hollywood’s best and brightest actors.

Note: this list does not include audiobooks of celebrity memoirs, which are almost always narrated by the celebrity (as they are also the author of the book).

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Rainy Day Reads: April Showers Bring Book-Filled Hours

What makes a good rainy day read? For some, it’s the sort of beautiful, introspective novel that reflects the feeling of finding a comfy place to read and enjoying some alone time. For others, it’s a book that grabs your attention from the first line and refuses to let go until the very last page, engrossing you in its world and letting you forget the dreary weather.

With plenty of rain in the forecast, here are some great rainy day books to for all manner of readers.
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What’s Past is Prologue: Shakespeare in Modern Fiction

William Shakespeare. The man, the bard. How has a man who died over 400 years ago remained relevant? Though not everyone’s cup of tea, Shakespeare has demonstrated an impressive staying power in both his persona and his works. Films like West Side Story, The Lion King, and My Own Private Idaho keep the basic plots of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Henry V, but update the stories so they make sense to modern audiences. Other films like Shakespeare in Love feature Shakespeare as a character, imagining what life was like for the Queen’s favorite playwright.

This trend also extends to modern fiction, where books often feature Shakespeare in a variety of ways. Sometimes his plays are reimagined in a new, innovative story; sometimes Shakespeare’s personal adventures are explored, and other times Shakespeare exists in fiction as he exists today: an incredibly important and resilient linchpin in English literature. With his birthday less than a month away, read more to find some Shakespearean books that you can check out in his honor.

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DIY Projects for Your Home

“DIY,” or “Do-It-Yourself,” refers to a movement where individuals make unique items with their own personal style and touches, often in lieu of hiring a professional or buying a pre-made product. If this sounds daunting, let us assuage your fears with these fantastic DIY books and manuals in our collection here at the Sewickley Public Library, featuring nearly any type of project you could imagine.

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