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Titles on Afghanistan

Browse books providing context for the crisis in Afghanistan.

No Good Men among the Living : America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan EyesNo good men among the living : America, the Taliban, and the war through Afghan eyes / Anand Gopal – As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw, the shocking tale of how the American military had triumph in sight in Afghanistan–and then brought the Taliban back from the dead. In the popular imagination, Afghanistan is often regarded as the site of intractable conflict, the American war against the Taliban a perpetually hopeless quagmire. But as Anand Gopal demonstrates in this stunning chronicle, top Taliban leaders were in fact ready to surrender within months of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, renouncing all political activity and submitting to the new government. Effectively, the Taliban ceased to exist–yet the American forces were not ready to accept such a turnaround.

Afghanistan : a cultural and political history / Thomas Barfield – This work traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. The author introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them.

Afghanistan : A History from 1260 to the Present DayAfghanistan : a history from 1260 to the present / Jonathan L. Lee – Located at the intersection of Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan has been strategically important for thousands of years. Its ancient trade routes and strategic position between India, Inner Asia, China, Persia and beyond has meant the region has been subject to frequent invasions. Modern Afghanistan is a culturally and ethnically diverse country, but one divided by conflict, political instability and by mass displacements of its people. Jonathan L. Lee places the current conflict in Afghanistan in its historical context and challenges many of the West’s preconceived ideas about the country.

The broken circle : a memoir of escaping Afghanistan / Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller – Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home–Kabul, Afghanistan–as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela’s life forever. Amid the rumble of invading Soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home. Thus begins an epic, reckless, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, her siblings, and their father to reconnect with her mother.

Dancing in the Mosque : An Afghan Mother's Letter to Her SonDancing in the mosque / Homeira Qaderi – In the days before Homeira Qaderi gave birth to her son, Siawash, the road to the hospital in Kabul would often be barricaded because of the frequent suicide explosions. Propelled by the love she held for her soon-to-be-born child, Homeira walked through blood and wreckage to reach the hospital doors. But the joy of her beautiful son’s birth was soon overshadowed by other dangers that would threaten her life. No ordinary Afghan woman, Homeira refused to cower under the strictures of a misogynistic social order. Defying the law, she risked her freedom to teach children reading and writing and fought for women’s rights in her theocratic and patriarchal society. Devastating in its power, Dancing in the Mosque is a mother’s searing letter to a son she was forced to leave behind.

Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America’s secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan / Steve Coll – This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate S is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism.

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar : An Education in WarEvery man in this village is a liar : an education in war / Megan K. Stack – “Every Man in This Village Is a Liar” is LA Times reporter Megan K. Stack’s riveting account of what she saw in the combat zones of the Middle East, in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan, and beyond. She relates her initial wild excitement and her slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the elusive promise of freedom and democracy.

Forbidden lessons in a Kabul guesthouse : the true story of a woman who risked everything to bring hope to Afghanistan / Suraya Sadeed with Damien Lewis – From her first humanitarian visit to Afghanistan in 1994, Suraya Sadeed has been personally delivering relief and hope to Afghan orphans and refugees, to women and girls in inhuman situations deemed too dangerous for other aid workers or for journalists. Her memoir of these missions is as unconventional as the woman who has lived it. Here, she shares her story of passion, courage, and love, painting a complex portrait of Afghanistan and its people that defies every stereotype and invites us all to hope.

A Fort of Nine Towers : An Afghan Family StoryA fort of nine towers : an Afghan family story / Qais Akbar Omar –  A young Afghan man’s memoir of his family and country in which the horrors and perils he faced, his imprisonment, and his quiet resistance explore life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with the United States, but has eluded understanding.

Greetings from Afghanistan, send more ammo : dispatches from Taliban country / Benjamin Tupper – A captain in the Army National Guard and an embedded trainer with the Afghan National Army describes the challenges of war and provides a multifaceted view of Afghan culture and the daily life of American soldiers stationed in that region.

In Afghanistan : 200 years of British, Russian and American occupation / David Loyn – Chronicles the military conflicts of Afghanistan throughout the past two centuries, evaluating the roles of misunderstanding and broken agreements and offering perspectives on how foreign occupiers underestimated Afghani capabilities.

The Hardest Place : The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan's Pech ValleyThe hardest place : the American military adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley / Wesley Morgan – When we think of the war in Afghanistan, chances are we’re thinking of a small, remote corner of the country where American military action has been concentrated: the Pech and its tributary valleys in Kunar and Nuristan provinces. The rugged, steep terrain and thick forests made the region a natural hiding spot for targets in the American war on terror, from Osama bin Laden to the Islamic State, and it has been the site of constant U.S. military activity for nearly two decades. Even as the U.S. presence in Afghanistan transitions to a drone war, the Pech has remained at the center of it, a testbed for a new method of remote warfare.

Shooting ghosts : a U.S. Marine, a combat photographer, and their journey back from war / Thomas J. Brennan, USMC (Ret.), and Finbarr O’Reilly – Through the unpredictability of war and its aftermath, a decorated Marine sergeant and a world-trotting war photographer became friends, their bond forged as they patrolled together through the dusty alleyways of Helmand province and camped side by side in the desert. Their story, told in alternating first-person narratives, is about the things they saw and did, the ways they have been affected, and how they have navigated the psychological aftershocks of war and wrestled with reforming their own identities and moral centres.


National Hawaii Day

Learn about our 50th state with these books and resources at the Lititz Library:


A Is for Aloha : A Hawai'i AlphabetA is for Aloha: A Hawai’i Alphabet by U’ilani Goldsberry – Presents an illustrated collection of twenty-six short rhymes–one for every letter in the alphabet–that celebrate people, places, and things associated with Hawaii, each with an explanatory paragraph. J 919.69 GOL           

Hawai’i by P. J. Neri – Introducing the Aloha state — Land of Hawai’i — Governing Hawai’i — People and places of Hawai’i — Hawai’i almanac — Gallery of famous Hawaiians.   J 919.69 NER      

Hawaii by Angie Swanson – “The book uses maps, full color photographs, and easy-to-read text to introduce the state of Hawaii”   J 919.69 SWA     

Middle/High school

HawaiiHawaii: The Aloha State by Emily Rose Oachs  – The islands of Hawaii differ greatly from the other 49 states. Formed by volcanic activity in the North Pacific, they burst with rain forests, waterfalls, and beaches. In this colorful title, students will discover the natural beauty and unique traditions of a state far removed from the mainland.           J 919.69 OAC      


Fodor’s Hawaii  –   919.69 FOD 2015    


Plan a trip to Hawaii with this resource:

Hawaii    919.6904 HAW 2017  


Visit Hawaii vicariously by reading one of these books set in beautiful Hawaii:


High Tide in HawaiiHigh Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne – Jack and Annie travel in their Magic Tree House back to a Hawaiian island of long ago where they make friends, learn how to surf, and encounter a tsunami.   J PB OSBORN    

Ohana Means Family‘Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis – In this cumulative rhyme in the style of “The House That Jack Built,” a family celebrates Hawaii and its culture while serving poi at a luau.                E LOOMIS          

The Tsunami Quilt: Grandfather’s Story by Anthony D Fredericks – Once each year, Kimo and his grandfather have placed a flower lei atop a stone monument at Laupāhoehoe Point, but it is not until after Grandfather’s death that he learns of the 1946 tsunami that took the lives of twenty-four schoolchildren and teachers, including Grandfather’s younger brother.   E FREDER           

Middle/High School

Explorer Academy: the Nebula Secret (Book 1)The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit – Twelve-year-old Cruz Coronado leaves his home in Hawaii to study and travel with other young people invited to attend the elite Explorer Academy in Washington, D.C., but a family connection to the organization could jeopardize his future.   JF TRUEIT T               

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – After her sister and songwriting partner, Lea, dies in an automobile accident, seventeen-year-old Rumi is sent to Hawaii with an aunt she barely knows while she and her mother grieve separately.   YA FIC BOWMAN A  

Island Dreamer by Robin Jones Gunn – Christy Miller visits Hawaii, where she turns sixteen and overcomes her fear of driving during an island adventure.  YA PB GUNN           


I Heart Hawaii (I Heart Series, Book 8)I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk – “When Angela Clark’s best friend Jenny invites her to join a press trip to Hawaii, three days of sun, sea and sleep sounds like the perfect antidote to her crazed life. In her shiny new job, Angela is the face of having it all, juggling job, baby, husband. But if this is living the dream, she’s ready to wake up. A few days on a beach is what she needs – until her unfailing talent for getting into a scrape kicks in. Not even the most beautiful beaches, blue skies, and daiquiris will get Angela – or her friends – off the hook this time …”     FIC KELK L               

The Aloha Quilt by  Jennifer Chiaverini – Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt shop out of business and her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter’s retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid the vibrant colors and balmy breezes of the Hawaiian Islands.   FIC  CHIAVE  J        

Freckled : A Memoir of Growing up Wild in HawaiiFreckled: A Memoir of Growing Up Wild in Hawaii – Told from the immersive, first-person view of a child experiencing turbulent times as they occur, Freckled will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget as Toby catches an octopus with her bare hands to feed the family, careens on her first bike down a rugged dirt trail deep in the jungle, and makes money by selling magic mushrooms to a drug dealer. Living in tents and off the land without electricity or communication with the outside world, Toby escapes into reading to deal with racial harassment and indifferent parenting. Despite the hardship and deprivations of life on Kauai, they return again and again to an island whose hold on them is more powerful than any drug, as sensitive and resilient Toby clings to a dream of academic achievement and a “normal” life.   B NEAL TOBY NEAL  

Try these DVDs to see Hawaii

The DescendantsThe Descendants – Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.  DVD DESCEN  

Aloha – A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs, the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii, and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him    DVD ALOHA    

Princess KaiulaniPrincess Ka’iulani  -“Princess Kaʻiulani [is] the bright and beautiful heir to the Hawaiian throne in this epic based on a true story. Following an idyllic childhood in Honolulu, the willful teenage princess is sent to Britain to receive an education fit for a future queen. There, she meets the handsome young Clive Davies…, who quickly sweeps her off her feet. But meanwhile, destiny calls back home, where the Hawaiian monarchy is overthrown and the threat of U.S. annexation looms. Now, Kaʻiulani must choose between love and her duty to her people in this sweeping tale of royalty, romance, and destiny.”   DVD PRINCE   

Enjoy Hawaiian Music

Facing FutureHawaiian Favourites    CD FOLK HAWAII  

Hawaiian Luau Party  CD FOLK HAWAII   

Facing Future / Israel Kamakawiwo’ole    CD POPULAR  KAMAKA  

National Pink Day

Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century, pink is a pale red color that got its name from a flower of the same name. Enjoy these Lititz Public Library offerings inspired by, or about, the color pink.

Pink in Language
While pink comes in numerous shades, its meanings vary, too.
  • In the pink – This phrase refers to someone who is in top form, good health, or good condition.
  • To see pink elephants – When someone “sees pink elephants” they are hallucinating due to too much drink.
  • Pink slip – When an employer gives a person a pink slip it means they have been fired or dismissed from a job. The term was first recorded in the United States in 1915.
  • Pink-collar worker – Refers to persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as “women’s work.”
  • Pink Money – The term describes the economic spending power of the LGBT community. Other uses include “the pink pound” or “pink dollar.”
  • Tickled pink – When one is exceptionally pleased, they are “tickled pink.”
PINK For Children

Tea PartyPink and Say by Patricia PolaccoSay Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops.

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby – Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.

The Pink Party by Maryann MacDonald
– Rose and Valentina’s friendship is jeopardized by a competition over who can have the most pink things.

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
– A little girl who is obsessed with the color pink eats so many pink cupcakes that she herself turns pink.

Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane DeGroat
– On Valentine’s Day, Gilbert brings a tin of homemade cookies and his original nice or nasty poems to school.

All Tutus Should Be PinkAll Tutus Should Be Pink by Sheri Brownrigg
– Two little girls attend ballet class and eat strawberry ice cream afterwards.

Annie and Snowball and the Pink Surprise by Cynthia Rylant
– After noticing that a visiting hummingbird likes her pink petunias, Annie and her rabbit Snowball, accompanied by Henry and his dog Mudge, fill the garden with pink objects to attract more hummingbirds.

Pinky and Rex by James Howe
Rex and her best friend Pinky, each the proud possessor of twenty-seven stuffed animals or dinosaurs, find their visit to the museum and its gift shop complicated by Pinky’s little sister Amanda.Rex and her best friend Pinky, each the proud possessor of twenty-seven stuffed animals or dinosaurs, find their visit to the museum and its gift shop complicated by Pinky’s little sister Amanda.

Secret of the Pink Pokémon by Tracey West
– Team Rocket’s setting traps to snare rare Pokémon, and Ash must stop them before Pikachu becomes Pink-achu.

Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown is tickled pink written by Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy – Nine-year-old Amber is nervous and excited about her mother’s wedding to Max, but Amber’s father makes things complicated.

The Case of the Peculiar Pink FanThe Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
– While fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes endeavors to save her friend Lady Cecily Alistair from an unwelcome arranged marriage, she meets with some assistance from her older brother, Sherlock, and interference by the eldest, Mycroft.

The Pink Ribbon Boys by Ryan M. Landis

Heather and the Pink Poodles by Marion Engle
The magic attic sends Heather to a televised talent contest in the 1950s, where she performs with a singing group called the Pink Poodles.

Pink: Seeing Pink All Around Us by Michael Dahl
– Text and photographs describe common things that are pink including tongues, bubble gum, and candy hearts.

Rockabye baby! Lullaby renditions of Pink Floyd  – A collection of lullabies inspired by Pink Floyd’s music with gentle instrumentation and soothing sounds.

Wee Sing and Learn ColorsWee sing & learn colors by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp – Uses colorful farm characters in every size and shape to help children learn to identify colors.

Barbie and the pink shoes
– Dance your way to a magical adventure with Barbie as Kristyn, a ballerina with big dreams! When she tries on a pair of sparkling pink shoes, she and her best friend, Hailey, are whisked away to a fantastical ballet world. There, Kristyn discovers she must dance in her favorite ballets in order to defeat an evil Snow Queen. With performances to the legendary Giselle and Swan Lake ballets, it’s a wonderful journey where if you dance with your heart, dreams come true!

PINK Books For Young Adults

Hot Pink : The Life and Fashions of Elsa SchiaparelliHot Pink: the life and fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli – Presents the life and accomplishments of the fashion designer, from her early life of poverty, to her successes in the Paris fashion world, her collaboration with well-known artists of her day, and the influence of her innovative designs on later fashion.

Harsh Pink: Color Me Burned by Melody Carlson
– Reagan Mercer is just trying to fit in at her new high school when she bumps one of the most popular girls from the cheerleading squad, but when she eventually becomes part of the in-crowd, she finds their behavior–and her own–disturbing. Includes discussion questions.

PINK Books For Adults

The Russian Pink : A NovelThe Russian Pink: a novel by Matthew Hart – When “The Russian Pink”, a stunningly large rose-hued diamond, makes a surprise appearance around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of surging presidential candidate Harry Nash, Alex Turner, an investigator for the Treasury Department’s diamond division and former C.I.A. agent, finds himself spiraling down a seemingly endless rabbit hole. A diamond like that always carries secrets, but the web of mystery behind “The Pink” is more complex than Alex could ever image. Starting with the trail of damage from botched sting operation, Alex wavers between legal and illegal tactics, friends, family, and foes to find out why a mysterious Russian double agent betrayed him and the diamond ended up on a potential path to the White House. For wherever the Russian Pink goes, secrecy, deception, and death surely follow.

Fix and Forget-it Pink Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good – Features more than seven hundred slow-cooker recipes, with options for breakfasts, snacks, soups, main dishes, desserts, and beverages, and includes stories, tips, photos, and recipes from breast-cancer survivors.

Murder of a Pink Elephant by Denise Swanson – Skye Denison, a school psychologist in Scumble River, Illinois, tries to clear her brother’s name when he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the lead singer of his band, the Pink Elephants, while elsewhere in town students are behaving very strangely, and a developer is trying to buy up farmland to build an amusement park.

Drunk Tank Pink : And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and BehaveDrunk Tank Pink: and other unexpected forces that shape how we think, feel,
and behave by Adam Alter – Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it’s no wonder that we resist the idea that we’re deeply influenced by our surroundings. As profound as they are, these effects are almost impossible to detect both as they’re occurring and in hindsight. Drunk Tank Pink is the first detailed exploration of how our environment shapes what we think, how we feel, and the ways we behave.

Little Pink House: A True Story About Defiance and Courage by Jeff Benedict – Describes Susette Kelo’s fight against the eminent domain process through which she nearly lost her home to pharmaceutical interests, and the controversial Supreme Court decision that resulted.


PINK PANTHER (1964)DVD PINK (1964) – A bumbling, disaster-prone inspector invades a Swiss ski resort and becomes obsessed with capturing a jewel thief hoping to lift the legendary ‘Pink Panther‘ diamond.

PRETTY IN PINK (1986) – A poor girl falls in love with a rich guy, and it angers both their families and their friends.

THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (1975) – Inspector Clouseau is summoned to recover the world’s largest diamond, stolen from a seemingly secure museum, and focuses on an English peer as the most likely suspect.

PINK Music to Enjoy

Greatest Hits... So Far!!!  The Dark Side of the Moon

Greatest hits– so far!!! / Pink

Dark side of the moon Pink Floyd 


Tails and Tales Donation Drive for Pet Pantry of Lancaster County

In honor of our Summer Reading Program theme, Tails and Tales, the library will be holding a donation drive for the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County.

The donation drive will run from July 12th through July 24th.

Stop by the library see our donation display and choose a fun paw print, bone, or fish tag that has a suggestion for an item to donate printed on it, then return the item(s) you are donating back to the library.

The Pet Pantry of Lancaster County was started in 2011 and has been able to grow into an organization that is there to “Meet the Need” of animals and their families right here in Lancaster County. They focus on only Lancaster County. Averaging over 400 adoptions a year, 1,000 feral cat TNR surgeries a year, 70,000+ pounds of dry dog/cat food given out a year, 150+ families helped a year, over $250,000 in veterinary care a year to those in need, and 50+ life saving veterinary procedures a year for animals with nowhere else to turn to for help, the Pet Pantry truly has become the animal welfare organization in Lancaster County that is there to “Meet the Need” of animals and their families right here in Lancaster County and surrounding areas!!

Check out the Pet Pantry’s website for more information.

Pet Pantry’s Wish List can be found here.

StoryWalk featuring “Little Pea”

The Lititz Public Library’s summer StoryWalk® title is Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  Little Pea likes many things such as rolling down hills and playing with his pea pals. There is one thing Little Pea does not like, participate in the StoryWalk® to find out!

A StoryWalk® combines two healthy activities, taking a walk and reading a book. It is a self-directed activity for people of all ages which encourages participants to read a children’s picture book in stages while walking along a short path. Participants are encouraged to complete a simple activity at each page. StoryWalks® promote literacy, physical activity, parental involvement, and ties to the community.


The Little Pea StoryWalk® begins at Kissel Hill Road and Sixth Street and moves counterclockwise around the library property.

D-Day Remembrance

On this day, 77 years ago, American soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, as young men and as heroes. Their fight, for freedom, for justice, and for democracy, must never be forgotten. Their courage lives forever. May we forever be worthy of their sacrifice. #DDay

Learn more about the battle and these soldiers with these resources from the Lititz Public Library – Click here

June is Pride Month!

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Pride month is celebrated in June in the United States and many countries around the world. It commemorates the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 when New York City police raids against LGBTQ establishments turned violent. This is seen by many as the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement.

One year later, on June 28, 1970, the first Pride March in New York City was held.
Today, many communities have parades, parties, concerts or other events to celebrate Pride Month.

We believe that all people have the right to exist, and to be included as a valuable part of society. The Lititz Public Library has put together a collection of books and movies that highlight LGBTQ people and their experiences. We hope you find one that will inspire you.


The Stonewall ReaderThe Stonewall reader / The New York Public Library ; foreword by Edmund White ; edited with an introduction by Jason Baumann – “For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White. June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

Tomorrow will be different: love, loss, and the fight for trans equality / Sarah McBride – “A captivating memoir that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country.”

Oddly normal: one family’s struggle to help their teenage son come to terms with his sexuality / John Schwartz – A heartfelt memoir by the father of a gay teen, and an eye-opening guide for families who hope to bring up well-adjusted gay adults.

How to They/Them : A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender FluidityHow to they/them : a visual guide to nonbinary pronouns and the world of gender fluidity / Stuart Getty – “Ever wonder what “nonbinary” or “gender nonconforming” really means? Why would someone choose to identify that way? And how the heck do you use they/them” pronouns for a singular person – isn’t it supposed to be plural? This charming and disarming guide promises to unpack all these questions and more, with a fun, visual infographic approach”


Call me by your name/ André Aciman – The sudden and powerful attraction between a teenage boy and a summer guest at his parents’ house on the Italian Riviera has a profund and lasting influence that will mark them both for a lifetime.

Hot Milk/ Deborah Levy – Hot Milk is a profound exploration of the sting of sexuality, of unspoken female rage, of myth and modernity, the lure of hypochondria and big pharma, and, above all, the value of experimenting with life; of being curious, bewildered, and vitally alive to the world.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous : A NovelOn earth we’re briefly gorgeous : a novel / Ocean Vuong – “A portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity”

Peaces: [a novel] / Helen Oyeyemi – “A spellbinding tale from a star author, Peaces is about what it means to be seen by another person–whether it’s your lover or a stranger on a train–and what happens when things you thought were firmly in the past turn out to be right beside you”

Juvenile & Young Adult Books:

It’s okay to be different / Todd Parr – Presents a children’s book that explains how being different or having different friends is okay and helps children to understand that each person is special no matter what they look like or do.

All Are WelcomeAll are welcome/ Alexandra Penfold ; Suzanne Kaufman – “rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.”

All kinds of families/ by Norma Simon ; pictures by Joe Lasker – Explores in words and pictures what a family is and how families vary in makeup and life-styles.

Drama/ Raina Telgemeier – Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Raise Your Voice : 12 Protests That Shaped AmericaRaise your voice: 12 protests that shaped America / Jeffrey Kluger – “A recounting of protests throughout American history that have shaped our nation”


Moonlight / an A24 and Plan B Entertainment; directed by Barry Jenkins – A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

The Danish girl / Focus Features presents a Working Title/Pretty Pictures production; screenplay by Lucinda Coxon – The 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.

Portrait of a Lady on FirePortrait of a lady on fire / Neon and Lilies Films present ; in association with Arte France Cinéma and Hold-Up Films; written and directed by Céline Sciamma – France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act and testament to their love.

Can you ever forgive me? / Fox Searchlight Pictures presents; produced by Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell – Lee Israel made her living in the 1970s and 1980s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, and Estee Lauder. Now in times of financial hardship, Israel must find other ways to make a living. With assistance from her steadfast friend, Jack, the two endeavor to keep Israel afloat. With a dose of trickery and deceptive eye, they do just that.

KINKY BOOTSKinky boots / Miramax Films; written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth – To save the family shoe business from bankruptcy, young Charlie turns to an unlikely new creative consultant: a sassy cross-dressing cabaret singer whose outrageous style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory.

A fantastic woman / Sony Pictures Classics y Participant Media presentan ;; productores, Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Sebastian Lelio, Gonzalo Maza – A transgender woman’s life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy.

National Wine Day

May 25th is National Wine Day. Wine has been known to man for millennia, the earliest evidence of such being from around 6000 BCE in the Transcaucasus region of Asia. Used in many rites, to celebrate official (or unofficial) milestones – wine continues to play an integral role in many persons lives to this day. More information on this day can be found at Learn more about wine culture in these resources at the Lititz Public Library.

SidewaysSideways – Miles is a divorced man and a failed writer who teaches junior high English. He decides to take his best friend, somewhat famous actor Jack, on a weeklong drive through California’s wine country. There they explore their failures and question their relationships. DVD SIDEWA

Bottle Shock – Napa Valley, 1976. For connoisseur Steven Spurrier, there is no finer art than French wine. But rumors bandy about of a new California wine country that holds the future of the vine. Positive the small Napa wineries are no match for established French vintages, Spurrier challenges the Americans to a blind taste test. He finds the valley full of ambitious, and talented, novice vinters like Jim Barrett and his son Bo. He realizes his publicity stunt may change the history of wine forever. DVD BOTTLE

Champagne baby: how one Parisian learned to love wine and life-the American Way by Laure Dugas – Part coming-of-age memoir, part travelogue, sprinkled throughout with regional maps and wine recommendations, Champagne Baby imparts the critical lessons that pair with both wine and life: You’re Better Than the Cheapest Bottle, There’s Always Occasion for Champagne, and Trust Your Palate. It encourages readers to view themselves and their surroundings with newfound appreciation, and to raise their glasses with open-mindedness and joy. 641.22 DUG

Wine by Ed McCarthy – The global wine market has expanded rapidly in the past few years and is forecasted to increase through 2019. Consumption, new wine styles, online wine purchasing, and a growing younger population of wine enthusiasts are all contributing factors. In Wine For Dummies, the authors–both recognized wine authorities and accredited Certified Wine Educators–share their expertise, revealing the latest on what’s in, what’s out, and what’s new in wine.  641.22 MCC

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition : The Master GuideWine Folly: the Master Guide by Madeline Puckette & Justin Hammack – Wine Folly became a sensation for its inventive, easy-to-digest approach to learning about wine. Now in a new, expanded hardcover edition, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the perfect guide for anyone looking to take his or her wine knowledge to the next level. This is the must-have book for the millions of fans of Wine Folly and for any budding oenophile who wants to boost his or her wine knowledge in a practical and fun way. It’s the ultimate gift for any wine lover  641.22 PUC

The spirituality of wine by Gisela H Kreglinger – Wine serves an important role both in Scripture and in the Christian church, but its significance has received relatively little theological attention in modern times. This book fills that gap. Viewing wine as a gift of God’s created bounty and as a special symbol used pervasively throughout Scripture, Kreglinger canvasses the history of wine in the church, particularly its use in the Lord’s Supper, discusses the fascinating process of winemaking, and considers both the health benefits of wine and the dangers of alcohol abuse. Offering a vision of the Christian life that sees God in all things – including the work of a vintner and the enjoyment of a well crafted glass of wine.  261.5 KRE

Pennsylvania Wine : A HistoryPennsylvania Wine: a history by Hudson Cattell & Linda Jones McKee – From the banks of the Delaware River to the shores of Lake Erie, the fields and hillsides of Pennsylvania are home to a rich tradition of winemaking. Though both William Penn and Benjamin Franklin advocated for the production of wine, it was not until 1787 that Pierre Legaux founded the first commercial vineyard in the state and the nation. Veteran wine journalists Hudson Cattell and Linda Jones McKee offer more than just a taste of the complex story of the Pennsylvania wine industry–from the discovery of the Alexander grape and the boom of Erie County wineries in the nineteenth century to the challenges of Prohibition and the first farm wineries that opened in the 1970s. Join Cattell and McKee as they explore the Keystone State’s distinct wine regions and tap the cask on their robust history.  917.4804 CAT

The Vineyards of Champagne by Juliet Blackwell – Deep within the labyrinth of caves that lie below the vineyards of Champagne, an underground city of women and children hums with life. Forced to take shelter from the onslaught of German shellfire above, the bravest among them venture out to pluck grapes for the harvest. But wine is not the only secret preserved in cellars In present day, Rosalyn travels to Champagne to select vintages for her employer. Rosalyn doesn’t much care for champagne – or France, for that matter. Since the untimely death of her husband, Rosalyn finds it a challenge to enjoy anything at all. But as she reads through a cache of WWI letters and retraces the lives lived in the tunnels, Rosalyn will unravel a mystery hidden for decades and find a way to savour her own life again.   FIC BLACKW J

Once upon a WineOnce Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick – Cammie Breyer needs a big glass of cabernet-her restaurant failed and her chef boyfriend left for a hotter kitchen. Just when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom, her Aunt Ginger calls with a surprise. She’s bought a vineyard-in Delaware. At Ginger’s command, Cammie returns to Black Dog Bay, the seaside town where she spent her childhood summers with her aunt and her cousin, Kat. The three women reunite, determined to succeed. There’s only one little problem- None of them knows the first thing about wine making. And it turns out, owning a vineyard isn’t all wine and roses.  FIC KENDRI B

Fairytale: a novel by Danielle Steel – Camille Lammenais has grown up in the beauty of the Napa Valley, surrounded by acres of her family’s vineyards. Her parents, Christophe and Joy, still deeply in love after two decades of marriage, have built a renowned winery and château modeled after Christophe’s ancient family estate in his native Bordeaux. Camille has had a perfect childhood, safe in her parents’ love. After graduating from Stanford, she returns to help manage Château Joy, her lifetime goal. But their fairytale ends suddenly with her mother’s death from cancer. Six months after losing his wife, the devastated Christophe is easy prey for a mysterious, charming Frenchwoman visiting the valley. A wonderful, beautifully told tale from America’s favorite novelist, Fairytale is a captivating example of the truths that will always withstand even the darkest storms, and a reminder that sometimes fairytales do come true, and good prevails over evil in the end.  FIC STEEL D