Boise Public Library
“The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Sam Maggs.
Nonfiction. No longer a derogatory term, “fangirl” is being reclaimed and a new manifesto for fangirls (or boys, and anyone in between) is here. Maggs humorously and informatively compiles girl-geek lingo, how-tos, resources, interviews and more in this handy guide. Ultimately, this guide calls for inclusion and acceptance for all in a world where geek is chic. Recommended for nerds, geeks, fangirls and boys.
Nampa Public Library
“Atlantis Rising” by Gloria Craw.
Young adult fiction. Seventeen-year-old Alison McKye isn’t normal — in fact, she isn’t even human. She’s a Dewing, the offspring of descendants of Atlantis, left to grow up in the care of humans. She also has mental abilities that she doesn’t understand. After a chance encounter with another Dewing who warns her that her abilities make her dangerous to her adoptive family, Alison tries to make herself as invisible as possible, drab and friendless. That is until she meets Ian and Brandy, and her life is turned upside down overnight.
Eagle Public Library
“Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking and Screaming” by Abby Stokes.
Adult nonfiction. With this book, you’ll learn how to shop for a computer, sign up for the Internet and get started with word processing and text messaging. Also, you will learn how to shop for a smartphone and participate in social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and more.
Meridian Public Library
“The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star” by Tom Clynes.
Nonfiction. By the age of 9, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. And by 14, Wilson had built a 500-million-degree reactor and become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion.
How could someone so young accomplish so much, and what can Wilson’s story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving kids?
“Lying Out Loud” by Kody Keplinger.
Young adult fiction. High school senior Sonny Ardmore is an accomplished liar who uses lies to try to control her out-of-control life, which has been further complicated by the fact that she is secretly staying every night in her best friend Amy’s house because she has been kicked out by her own mother — but when she gets into an online conversation with the stuck-up new boy Ryder, who has a crush on Amy, she finds herself caught up in one lie too many.
Garden City Library
“Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking in the City” by Yvonne Bambrick.
Adult nonfiction. Firsthand advice for the commuting cyclist on everything from picking out the right bike to how to ride in certain types of clothing, bicycle maintenance and how to share the road. As an avid cyclist, Bambrick gives practical safety tips for cycling in a modern urban environment and discusses the rules we know, as well as the unspoken ones. For any level of cyclist, but tailored to a new cycling commuter.
Ada Community Library
“The Strange Library” by Haruki Murakami.
Adult fiction. A boy goes to a library as instructed by his mother to find the answer to a question. When he gets there he is directed to a room in the basement to find out more about how the Ottomans collected taxes. A strange old man retrieves some ancient volumes for him to peruse, beginning an almost nightmarish descent into darkness. Libraries can harbor secrets.