Every Friday, one of your librarians is reading an excerpt from a book we're excited about live on Facebook. Check us out here at 2:00 PM on Fridays! We'll update this page with all the titles we talk about, so you can check back and find your next great read.

Grace W. reads: Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson. Find it in the catalog here, on Overdrive here, and Axis360 here.

Book cover with blue, orange and green in horizontal bands. Title reads JUST MERCY in navy text with author name Brian Stevenson in smaller text

Grace says: "In the novel Just Mercy author Bryan Stevenson reflects of his work as a lawyer and delves into many of the challenges he faced in his work. He shares stories about how he has worked to protect the rights of the poor, wrongly convicted, and those facing marginalization and discrimination. This book has also been turned into a movie starring Michael B. Jordan (DVD JUST).

Grace W. reads: Channel Kindness by Lady Gaga. Find it in the catalog here and on Overdrive here.

A light blue cover with large multi-colored text that reads HOPE KIND, small white text that reads CHANNEL KINDNESS, and large multi-colored text hat reads LOVE GAGA.

Grace says: "In Lady Gaga’s book “Channel Kindness” she provides a compilation of stories that highlight positivity, hope, and kindness. This is a great choice for anyone looking for a positive read, full of inspiration. You will find stories about friendship, inclusion, mental health, compassion, and much more. After reading this, you just might be inspired to change the world.

Debby D. reads: Of Bears and Ballots by Heather Lende. Find it in the catalog here and on Hoopla here.

A yellow book cover with red text that reads OF BEARS AND BALLOTS. An illustration underneath of three bears waiting in line to vote. Under the illustration blue text reads AN ALASKAN ADVENTURE IN SMALL TOWN POLITICS. Underneath red text reads HEATHER LENDE

Of Bears and Ballots is our pick for the next Nonfiction Book Club on February 10. Sign up here today!

Martha S. Reads: Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson Find it in the catalog here and on Overdrive here

A navy book cover with the text TROUBLE THE SAINTS diagonally across. On top of the text is a woman dressed in red. On bottom of the text is a woman dressed in white. Across the bottom of the cover is the name of the author, Alaya Dawn Johnson

Martha says: "Trouble the Saints is an urban historical fantasy about mob life in 1930's Harlem, told through the eyes of Phyllis LeBlanc. Phyllis is an assassin in the employ of crime boss Vincent. Phyllis is no run-of-the-mill assassin, however: she's gifted with the Hands, which makes her particularly skilled at killing (other Hand gifts include the ability to tell when someone is lying, or heal rather than hurt). In addition to being a moral fable about a killer trying to make good, Trouble the Saints is about racial relations in America; Phyllis, you see, can pass as a white woman. A story about identity, the underworld, violence, and love, Trouble the Saints is a historical snapshot of a pre-war America, dripping with magic and told by a master wordsmith."

Jessica K. reads: Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon. Find it in the catalog here and on Overdrive here.

Book cover with a floral pattern that reads THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSE BY JOANNA CANNON

Jessica says: "Three Things About Elsie centers on 84-year-old Florence, and her best friend, Elsie. When a new resident moves into their senior living home, Florence believes he is not who he says he is. Rather, she thinks he may be someone from her and Elsie's past - someone who is deeply tied to a troubling secret. This book is a beautiful reflection on friendship, with enough mystery and charm to keep you turning pages." 

Three Things About Elsie is our pick for Third Tuesday Book Club on February 16. Sign up here today!