This Month's Staff Picks

Calista #staffpick


Dustborn by Erin Bowman 



The world is dust, death, and despair in the wastelands, though Delta of Dead River has a secret map tattooed on her back that could be the answer to her pack’s salvation. Finding help to uncode it is paramount. Can Delta find the answers she is looking for before something sinister finds her? This book reminds me of Mad Max: Fury Road meets Waterworld. Both are great movies in my opinion! 


Eileen #staffpick

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

I had a professor who delved into every nuance of this book in class. He loved it, and I do too. It’s everything that makes Austen worth reading– clever humor, intriguing characters, and the most romantic proposal  . . .


Kelly #staffpick

Doc Martin dvd series

While I realize most folks are looking for a recommendation for a good summer read I thought I would instead recommend a British TV series that so reminds me of summer as it is set in Cornwall, England, a lovely seaside town.  The main character, Dr. Martin Ellingham is a prominent surgeon with a cranky disposition who oddly develops a horrible fear of blood and must give up his practice, taking instead a job as GP in a little seaside village called Portwenn.  He chooses this location as probably the only person he truly loves and feels has loved him, his auntie, lives there on a family farm.  


While his auntie is an encouragement to him, everyone in town irritates him and he has no qualms about letting them know.  He soon becomes known as a horribly insulting person, although he has his moments as a good physician.  The cast is filled with quirky characters and the mood, while sometimes a bit dramatic with medical emergencies, is quite funny.  The scenery is stunning and that brings me back where my recommendation began - the summerlike feel of this beautiful seaside village which is where the series is actually filmed.  We do have all 9 seasons of Doc Martin and I have enjoyed each and every one and look forward to the promised season 10 in the works.  Note: This series is easily done in spurts - no need to feel obligated to watch the entire series back to back as it is a great one to come back and pick up where you left off.  


Linda’s #Staffpick

My Garden of a Thousand Bees by Martin Dohrn (DVD)


This fantastic adventure takes place in the garden of Martin Dohrn’s home located in Bristol,

England. Dohrn has traveled the world making his livelihood as a photographer. His travels

came to a halt with the world shutdown due to Covid.


Dohrn ventures into his garden and discovers a world in microcosm. Viewers will see bees as

never before and develop an affinity for these hard-working, essential insects. His narration is

natural and entertaining.


Sit back and enjoy this PBS Nature production!

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