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New Releases 6/20

Get Out
Everybody Loves Somebody

Melodrama by Lorde
True to Self by Bryson Tiller
Fake Sugar by Beth Ditto
Chuck by Chuck Berry
The Nashville Sound by The 400 Unit & Jason Isbell
Tomorrow Forever by Matthew Sweet
How Did We Get So Dark? by Royal Blood
The Mission by Styx
Fingerprints by Eli Young Band
Woodstock by Portugal. the Man
More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir
Ready to Get ‘Rowdy’ by Gretchen Wilson
You Should Be Happy by The Goo Goo Dolls

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

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Build a Better World — Summer Reading

Summer Reading has officially begun! You can find more information on how to sign up and collect your raffle tickets on This year we’re playing bingo. On the Bingo Card, there are are various genres and activities to complete until the end of summer. Download the Bingo Card!

I put together a list of recommendations based on some of the bingo squares!

#1 Read an Award Winning Book
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (won the Man Booker Prize in 2016)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016 & the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates (won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2015)

#2 Read a Book Considered a Classic

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

1984 by George Orwell

#3 Read a Book You Can Finish in a Day

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (the audiobook is 5 discs and roughly 5 hours long; the book is 192 pages long)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (the audiobook is 5 discs and roughly 6 hours long; the book is 180 pages long)

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (the audiobook is 4 discs and roughly 4 hours long; the book is 224 pages long)

#5 Watch a Movie Based on a Book

Lion (based on the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley)

The Martian (based on the novel The Martian by Andy Weir)

Hidden Figures (based on the memoir Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly)

#6 Read a Book Suggested by a Librarian
Check out our Staff Recommendations here and here to find a book (or audiobook) recommended by a librarian!

#7 Read or Listen to an e-Book or e-Audiobook using OverDrive
Find more information about how to access OverDrive here or visit!

#9 Read a Memoir, Biography, or Autobiography

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

#13 Read a Young Adult Book

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

#20 Read a Book Published in the Last Year

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Read a Magazine on Flipster
Access Flipster on your computer or device!

Visit a Museum or Public Garden
You can borrow FREE admission tickets to various museums, zoos, and gardens in the local area through the Museum Pass Program at Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch Library. Check out what museums you can visit!

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New Releases 6/13

John Wick: Chapter 2
The Lego Batman Movie
Table 19
Un Padre No Tan Padre
Growing Up Smith
Bitter Harvest
3 Generations
American Epic
Great Escapes

T.V. Series
The Vampire Diaries, Season 8
Bones, Season 12
Shooter, Season 1
Grimm, Season 6
South Park, Season 20

Feed the Machine by Nickleback
Heart/Break by Lady Antebellum
Wolves by Rise Against 
Ti Amo by Phoenix
Wonder by Hillsong United
Witness by Katy Perry
You & I by ALA.NI
You Don’t Own Me Anymore by The Secret Sisters
Binary by Ani Difranco
Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie by Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
Folk Songs by The Kronos Quartet
Adios by Glen Campbell
Revolution Come — Revolution Go by Gov’t Mule
Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 10
Cinco by Jim Gaffigan

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Matchup by Lee Child
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

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Summer Music Festival Playlist

June typically marks the beginning of summer music festival season. The Firefly Festival, in Dover, Delaware, and The Vans Warped Tour (which will come to Camden, New Jersey and Scranton, Pennsylvania) are the two largest concert series in this area. I put together a playlist of some featured artists, which we have in our collection! You can visit the websites for Firefly Festival and The Vans Warped Tour to take a look at their complete lineup.

Artists featured on this playlist:
Kaleo | O.A.R. | Twenty One Pilots | Weezer | Franz Ferdinand | OK Go | The Weeknd | Muse | The Shins | 30 Seconds the Mars | AFI | The Strumbellas | Judah and the Lion | Chance the Rapper | Naked and Famous | MisterWives | Never Shout Never | Falling in Reverse | Plain White T’s


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New Releases 6/6

Fifty Shades Darker
A Cure for Wellness
The Last Word
A United Kingdom
The Sense of an Ending
Beauty and the Beast
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
The Ticket
Land of Mine
The First Great Escape
The Guys Next Door
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

T.V. Series
Wentworth, Season 3
The Young Pope
Kingdom, Seasons 1 & 2
Van Helsing, Season 1
Doctor Who, Series 10 Part 1

Relaxer by Alt-J
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom by Halsey
Dua Lipa by Dua Lipa
I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone by Chastity Belt
Last Young Renegade by All Time Low
Life is Good by Flogging Molly
Gone Now by Bleachers
Is This the Life We Really Want? by Roger Waters

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

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June is LGBT Pride Month

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month! I have put together a short list of movies, T.V. series, and audiobooks featuring LGBTQ+ characters, themes, or topics. Check out the XYZ Connect webpage to see what events we have planned in celebration of Pride Month!

Moonlight– A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Blue is the Warmest ColorThe colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman’s experiences of first love and sexual awakening. Blue is the Warmest Color is loosely based off of the comic by Julie Maroh.

Carol Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. Carol is based off of The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

All About My MotherA woman must come to terms with the death of her 17-year-old son and her past when she seeks out her son’s father.

The Danish GirlThe remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. The Danish Girl is based off of the novel by David Ebershoff.

The Way He LooksA fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love.

T.V. Series
Orange is the New BlackBrooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. Orange is the New Black is based off of the novel by Piper Kerman.

GleeA talented group of high school misfits transforms into a performing sensation with the help of a dedicated teacher. 

Will & GraceWill and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. Will is a gay lawyer, Grace is a straight interior designer, and every day is full of laughs.

FriendsThree young men and three young women – of the BFF kind – live in the same apartment complex and face life and love in New York. While Susan and Carol are the only known LGBT characters on Friends, there are implications throughout the entire series that Joey and Phoebe are bisexual.

The L WordA group of lesbian and bisexual women experience life in Los Angeles.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz- Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli– Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker- As a young, black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. The Color Purple was made into a movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan– When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more. David Levithan has written many YA books featuring LGBTQ+ characters and themes, including the novel Two Boys Kissing.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray– When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.


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If You Enjoyed…

into the water

Paula Hawkins’ newest novel/audiobook, Into the Water, was published on May 2nd. Into the Water has received positive reviews, and the hold list is getting pretty long. If you enjoyed Hawkins’ Into the Water, or you need something to hold you over until your hold arrives, check out the list below to find a similar audiobook, movie, or T.V. series!

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn– Reluctantly returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two preteen girls, a newspaper reporter is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings, a probe that leads her all too close to the secrets of her own past.

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White– Bryn Harper, an accomplished self-help author, already has plenty to deal with. She’s still recovering from a devastating car accident that has left her haunted by recurring, smoke-filled nightmares. Worse still, she can’t shake the ominous feeling her dreams contain a warning. In the beginning, Bryn’s husband Guy couldn’t have been more supportive. But after moving into a new house together, disturbing incidents occur and Guy grows evasive, secretive. What the hell is going on, she wonders? Then, a woman hired to cater their dinner party is brutally murdered. As Bryn’s world unravels, and yet another woman in town is slain, she must summon her old strength to find answers and protect her own life. Her nightmares may in fact hold the key to unlocking the truth and unmasking the murderer.

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight– At the end of a long winter, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near a university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. When freelance journalist, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridgedale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths secrets. Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.

Gone Girl– On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Check out the audiobook of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!

Girl on the Train– Rachel is unemployed and devastated by a recent divorce. She fills her time with drinking, riding the commuter train, and fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple the train passes by every day. Then one morning, Rachel sees something shocking that unravels her and entangles her in an unfolding mystery. Check out the audiobook of Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins!

Nightcrawler– A pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling, where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.

T.V. Series
The Fall– A psychological thriller that examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast and the other is a talented Detective Superintendent.

The Killing– Following a shocking murder, the lives of the police, suspects and victim’s family are intricately woven together in this ‘spellbinding’ series. This engrossing series has earned huge acclaim, as well as a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy nominations in its first season.

Top of the Lake– A pregnant 12 year-old girl who won’t reveal who the father is, walks chest deep into the freezing waters of a New Zealand lake and disappears. Robin Griffin is called in to investigate and becomes more and more obsessed. As she searches, she slowly begins to realize that finding the girl is tantamount to finding herself, a self she has kept well hidden. A powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness, where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.


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New Releases 5/30

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
Fist Fight
The Shack
Golden Years
Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Ireland
Victorian Slum House
Flatball: A History of Ultimate Frisbee

T.V. Series
Major Crimes, Season 5
Queen Sugar, Season 1
Suits, Season 6
The Last Kingdom, Season 2

All the Same by Clayton English
Kids in the Street by Justin Townes Earle
Teenage Emotions by Lil Yachty
El Dorado by Shakira

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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New Releases 5/23

The Great Wall
Rock Dog
On the Way to School
Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement
Dark Angel
I Am Heath Ledger
Shake the Dust

T.V. Series
Outsiders, Season 2

One More Light by Linkin Park
Back To Us by Rascal Flatts
Freedom of Movement by Nina Miranda
In the Wind by Magic Giant
Slow All Over by Blond Ambition
Connect the Dots by Misterwives
Manic Revelations by Pokey LaFarge
World Be Gone by Erasure
The King & I by Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G.

Testimony by Scott Turow
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

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Billboard Music Awards 2017

The 2017 Billboard Music Award ceremony took place last night, May 21st. Check out the winners below!

Artist of the Year

Top New Artist
Zayn Malik

Top Male Artist

Top Female Artist

Top Duo/Group
Twenty One Pilots

Top R&B Artist

Top Rap Artist

Top County Artist
Blake Shelton

Top Rock Artist
Twenty One Pilots

Top R&B Album
Lemonade by Beyoncé

Top Rap Album
Views by Drake

Top Country Album
Traveller by Chris Stapleton

Top Rock Album
Hardwired… To Self-Destruct by Metallica

Check out the complete list of winners on Billboards website!


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