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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Thirty-four years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood returns to the Republic of Gilead in The Testaments. Through the narratives of three different women, Atwood explores what life would be like for young people coming of age under a theocratic dictatorship as well as the events that lead to Gilead’s downfall. The women – the daughter of an important Commander, a Canadian anti-Gilead activist, and one of Gilead’s founding enforcers – are brought together by long-buried secrets which force each of them to decide how far they will go for what they believe.

Pick up a copy of The Testaments at the library!


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Remembering Toni Morrison

Remembering Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s contribution to the American literary canon cannot be overstated. In light of her recent passing, we’ve been reflecting on her remarkable life and work, and her profound influence on readers and writers. Morrison’s debut novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. She went on to craft ten more novels, as well as nonfiction books and children’s literature. Throughout her career, she won numerous awards, notably becoming the first Black woman to be honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature, and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In addition to writing, Morrison taught at Howard University and Princeton and was an editor at a publishing house, where she worked with Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton, and Muhammed Ali, among others. Morrison was a powerful speaker; future generations will hear her voice preserved in the many recordings of her interviews and speeches. Avid fans will want to watch the feature-length documentary on her life, The Pieces I Am, released July 2019. As a writer, teacher, and editor, her influence and impact on writers and readers everywhere is truly remarkable.
Click here for a list of books by Toni Morrison and some of the authors she influenced available for check out in our library.

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Summer, Sun & Stories

Summer, Sun & Stories

Although the year is wrapping up, we want to remind you that your reading doesn’t have to! The library’s ebook and audiobook collection is here for you over the summer on Overdrive.

If you’re looking for things to read, check out our Pinterest page for recommendations by genre, or our Recommended Pleasure Reading List full of handpicked books we love.

Happy summer, and happy reading!

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Today is William Shakespeare’s 455th birthday! Dr. Ross’s Shakespeare students provided cupcakes and fun themed games at break, so we at the library want to point out some fun Shakespeare themed books we have in the library!

cover of To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North

To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North
A choose-your-own-adventure version of Hamlet!


cover of An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker.
Assassins go undercover in a production of Shakespeare play to stop an attack on Queen Elizabeth.

Cover of Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Inspired by A Winter’s Tale, this novel follows the fallout of an incident at a cheer camp.


cover of Botanical Shakespeare

Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwright, written by Gerit Quealy; illustrated by Sumié Hasegawa-Collins.
A beautifully illustrated book about the Bard’s plants.

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New From Favorite Authors

New From Favorite Authors

Covers of new books: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, Becoming by Michele Obama, and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

We’ve got loads of new books in the library, and a bunch are sequels or new books by authors you love! Come check them out!

New from Favorite Authors

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. A continuation of her Grishaverse books, picking up after Crooked Kingdom

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Becoming by Michelle Obama

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers, a new book in the His Fair Assassin universe

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Shout: A Poetry Memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson


The Wicked King by Holly Black, sequel to The Cruel Prince

The Copper Kingdom by S.A. Chakraborty, sequel to The City of Brass

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson, sequel to Truly Devious

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6: Save Our School by Brandon Montclare

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, conclusion to The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy

Game of Stars: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 2 by Sayantani DasGupta.

Giant Days Vol. 9 by John Allison

Moonstruck Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis


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Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

An image advertising Palo Alto Weekly's short story contest. Shows a drawing of a girl in a pink striped shirt sitting at a a table, working on a laptop. The background is blue.

It’s time again for Palo Alto Weekly’s short story contest!

The contest is open to anyone who lives, works or attends school full-time in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Stanford, Portola Valley, Woodside, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and East Palo Alto. Stories should be 2,500 words or less, and entrants need to provide five hard copies for judging. The deadline is March 29th.

Adult, 18+
Young Adult, 15-17
Teen, 12-14
There is a $20 entry fee for adult contestants, and a $10 entry fee for writers under 18.

More information can be found on the Palo Alto Weekly’s website here.

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