What’s New for Young Adults

Where did the summer go? With other a few more weeks left of summer vacation, relax with one of the new Young Adult novels available at the Pratt.

American Road Trip
By Patrick Flores-Scott

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay
By Adib Khorram

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Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work
By Victoria Ortiz
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Field Notes On Love
By Jennifer E. Smith
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Mariam Sharma Hits the Road
By Sheba Karim

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By Jennifer Donnelly
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Technically, You Started It
By Lana Wood Johnson

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The Downstairs Girl
By Stacey Lee
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The Merciful Crow
By Margaret Owen

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The Rest of the Story
By Sarah Dessen

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War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between American and Hitler
By John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro
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Focus on Fashion

Are you a lover of fashion? If so, good news! We have a few books hitting the Pratt’s shelves that are sure to inspire your upcoming looks. Pick up one of these books to learn from a fashion legend and everyday style mavens.

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem
By Daniel R. Day

Before Dapper Dan reinvented haute couture, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. In this remarkable memoir, the fashion icon tells his full story for the first time.

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The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good
By Elizabeth L. Cline

Whether your goal is to build an effortless capsule wardrobe, keep up with trends without harming the environment, seek out ethical brands, or all of the above, this book has all the vital tools you need. Cline delves into research on fashion’s impacts and shows how we can leverage our everyday fashion choices to change the world through style.

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The Anthropology of Dress and Fashion: A Reader
By Brent Luvaas and Joanne B. Eicher

From classic ethnographies of dress to cutting-edge contemporary research tracing the global circulation of clothing today, this comprehensive volume maps out this vibrant field of study’s shifting preoccupations, theoretical innovations, and traditional and experimental methodologies.

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Other Lifestyle Picks:

Ice Cube Tray Recipes
By Jen Karetnick

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The DIY Style Finder
By Kari Anne Wood

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Play, Make, Create, A Process Art Handbook
By Meri Cherry

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What to Watch this August

Here’s a quick look at a few of the recent additions to the DVD collection at the Pratt. From charming romantic comedies to hard-hitting documentaries, we hope there’s something for all viewers to enjoy.

The Sun is Also a Star
Young Adult fans will enjoy the adaption of bestselling novel by Nicola Yoon. Grown-ish actress Yara Shahidi stars as Natasha who meets college-bound Daniel one day in New York City. With just hours before her family’s deportation, Natasha is fighting against it and her growing feelings for Daniel.

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. This award-winning film stars an ensemble cast featuring Jimmie Falls, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover and Tichina Arnold.

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Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like
In this warm tribute to the beloved Fred Rogers and his landmark children’s television program on PBS. The 60-minute special is hosted by award-winning actor Michael Keaton and contains memorable segments including visits with Koko the Gorilla and the iconic trip to the Crayola crayon factory.

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Also new this month:

Being Serena
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Love Gilda
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Separated: Children at the Border
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Keeping an Eye on Early Literacy

 Lisa Bintrim, Childrens Librarian, Canton Branch

When we talk about early literacy learning, we often focus on the cognitive processes—firing neurons and strengthening synapses to build the pathways through the brain that allow language development. But literacy also requires physical skills, including eye strength and coordination. 

Much like other physical skills such as sitting up, standing, and walking, which become automatic over time, infants and toddlers have to learn how to focus their eyes, coordinate them to work together, and use them to track objects across space, all of which are necessary for reading and writing. By talking, singing, reading, and playing together, you can help your child develop the physical skills they need for literacy.


  • Talk (or sing) to your infant as you move around the room. The sound of your voice will encourage them to follow you with their eyes.
  • Point to or touch things as you talk about them. You can also gently guide your child’s hand to point to an object. 
  • Follow your child’s gaze and talk about whatever they are looking at.


  • Sing songs with finger or arm movements, such as “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” and “The Wheels on the Bus.” Encourage toddlers to begin making the movements themselves.
  • Use scarves, rattles, or other props while singing to help focus your child’s attention and encourage visual tracking.


  • Choose books that have just a few words on each page, simple illustrations, and lots of white space. 
  • Point to words and objects on the page as you read together. 
  • Repeat the same books. Familiarity with the words and pictures will allow your child’s brain to relax, freeing up energy to build focus skills.


  • Play peek-a-boo or simple hide-and-seek games (e.g., putting a toy in a closed hand or behind your back). These games not only encourage visual tracking but also help develop object permanence. 
  • Blow bubbles; encourage your child to reach out and pop the bubbles. 
  • With older infants and toddlers, roll a ball back and forth to encourage visual tracking and hand–eye coordination.


Stellar Reads, Part 14: Even More Reviews from Adult Summer Challenge Participants

The summer is almost done! Here’s what participants in the Adult Summer Challenge have enjoyed reading this month.

Joy B. on In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero:

This book is for anyone who wants to understand the plight of an undocumented worker in America and how it can affect families and children. This book and Diane’s story took me on an emotional journey that is worth taking.

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Megan M. on Expecting Better by Emily Oster:

Interesting read with lots of useful information about the current research on pregnancy versus the “common sense” suggestions often given.

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Alex on Fear of Flying by Erica Jong:

This book is a feminist blowtorch. Writing in the 1970s, this author is so relevant on subjects like motherhood, female pleasure, the purpose of marriage, and self-satisfaction. A real tour de force that rings true in 2019.

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Heather T. on The Huntress by Kate Quinn:

As a longtime reader of historical fiction, this story brings to life women of war in a way that I have not yet seen. Although I have my favorite character, I am excited to read each player’s part in the story. I cannot use the word “heroine” to describe some of the characters as I feel it denotes something less than what they are…. The characters may be fictional;  however, Quinn’s approach keeps the storyline true to history and invigorates the reader to seek more information about those events. Awesome book.

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Scott D. on Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout:

This moving novel of short stories perfectly captures the emotions and interconnectedness of everyday life. Strout writes with beauty capturing the joys and sadnesses of the simple unremarkable moments that make up life. A wonderful book, where each story keeps you guessing at the connection to the other stories. A joy to read.

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Naomi H. on Total Jazz by Blutch:

Before reading this book I wouldn’t have thought a form of music could be portrayed through images and text. Intrigued? I hope so. This is an absorbing presentation of jazz musicians and its history.

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Laura S. on Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver:

An interesting story that tracks people living in the same house over 100 or so years. In Barbara Kingsolver style, great characters and story.

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Join the fun! For a chance to win fabulous prizes in the Adult Summer Challenge, create a free Beanstack account and log each book you finish between June 12 and August 14.