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10 Helpful Books to Alleviate Writer’s Block

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Don’t know if you can write a book? Stuck in the middle of writing the great American novel? Can’t find the right words for your love poem?

Looks like you’re suffering for writer’s block. Here are ten helpful books to alleviate your problems:

1. On Writing by Stephen King

2. Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott

3. Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb

4. Writing Your Way: Creating a Writing Process That Works for You by Don Fry

5. Writing is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) by Theo Pauline Nestor

6. The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice by Laraine Herring

7. Story Genius by Lisa Cron

8. Help! for Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces by Roy Peter Clark

9. Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content by Mark Levy

10. The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain free Guide to Finishing your Novel or Memoir by Dinty W. Moore

You can find more under “writing” in our library catalog. Keep on writing!

9 Seaside Mysteries to Read this Summer

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Who doesn’t like a good summer mystery?

GCPL has you covered with all the oceanfront stories with shady suspects and dark secrets. Here are nine seaside mysteries to read this summer:

1. Beach Bags and Burglaries by Dorothy Howell

One lucky woman’s dream vacation turns into a nightmare after stumbling upon a hotel maid’s corpse.

2. Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunter

Two good friends’ relationship turns sour after one turns up missing and the other is accused of murdering their husband.

3. Conviction by Denise Mina

A true crime podcast fan uncovers a real-life mystery surrounding a sunken yacht and a murder victim she knows too well.

4. Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

Everything’s going well for a Florida innkeeper until one of her wealthy guests ends up dead in her suites.

5. Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill

A crime reporter juggles with her family life and her crumbling career. She finally gets her big break after finding a severed head in a Thailand beach.

6. I Found You by Lisa Jewell

A single mom helps a John Doe retrace his past while a London wife struggles to find her husband. The police claim he never existed.

7. The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello

A forensics geologist investigates a movie producer’s suicide during an Alaskan cruise.

8. North of Boston by Elizabeth Elo

A freighter knocks a woman and her fisherman buddy into the icy Atlantic Ocean. The woman survives, her friend not so much. Now she ponders if the incident was indeed an accident or attempted murder.

9. Storm Rising by Sara Driscoll

An FBI agent and her trusty Labrador unleash a string of dark events after saving a teenager hiding in Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.

Dying for more mysteries? Check out our Adult Mystery collection for more satisfying reads!

Read These Diaries if You’re a Wimpy Kid Fan

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Jeffrey Kinney has published 12 “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books since 2007, four of them have turned into movies.

Are you a Wimpy Kid fan? Try these diary books as you wait for the latest “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” coming out late October 2018!

1. “Dork Diaries” by Rachel Renee Russell
-Tales From a Not-So Fabulous Life
-Tales From a Not-So Popular Party Girl
-Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star

2. “Dear Dumb Diary” by Jim Benton
-Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
-My Parents are Haunted
-Am I the Princess or the Frog?

3. “Dog Diaries” by Kate Klimo

4. “Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior” by Cube Kid
-From Seeds to Swords
-Creating Alliances
-Path of the Diamond

5. “The Owl Diaries” by Rebecca Elliot
-Eva’s Treetop Festival
-Eva Sees a Ghost
-A Wonderland Wedding

6. “The Cupcake Diaries” by Coco Simon
-Katie and the Cupcake Cure
-Mia in the Mix
-Emma on Thin Icing

7. “The Royal Diaries” (by various authors)
-Anastatia, the Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914
-Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars
-Eleanor, Crown Jewel of Aquitaine

8. “The Nancy Drew Diaries” by Carolyn Keene
-Curse of the Arctic Star
-Strangers on a Train
-Mystery of the Midnight Rider

9. “The Horse Diaries” (by various authors)
-Maestoso Petra
-Golden Sun

Feel free to search the GCPL catalog for more!

8 Books for Aspiring Millennial Entrepreneurs

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

According to the Pew Research Center, millennials (ages 25-35) are more likely to still live with their parents. Student debt, expensive housing, and unreliable wages force millennials to think twice before leaving home. Are you one of them? Don’t worry, there’s hope.

Millennials are finding financial success through entrepreneurship. This BNP Paribas Entrepreneur Report reveals millennials are starting more businesses than baby boomers. Millennials are the ones behind Pinterest, Quora, and Airbnb.

If you’re going down the entrepreneur path, here are eight books for aspiring millennial entrepreneurs like you:

1. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
2. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone
3. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
4. The Entrepreneur’s Playbook by Leonard C. Green
5. Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
6. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
7. The Power of Broke by Daymond John
8. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Additional entrepreneur education can be found on Lynda! You have access to hundreds of business-related courses free with your GCPL card.

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Big Topics, Little People: Gender Roles

Contributed By: Sarah Martin, Youth Services

Girls can wear pink but they can also play with trucks. Children thrive most when allowed to be themselves. Read these books about children who learn that what styles they may wear or what interests they may have are not defined by their gender.

I’m a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail

A girl who likes playing rowdy games must remind those around her that not all girls fit the same mold.




I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer

Just because a girl likes to wear tutus and shiny shoes doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy the great outdoors.




Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen & Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

Princesses come in all styles and have a variety of interests, from fixing things to playing sports.




19 Girls and Me by Darcy Pattison

John can’t believe he’s the only boy in his class. John’s brother is sure all those girls will make John a “sissy.” Can he manage to get along with his classmates?

Meet Your Community Helpers

Look all around you and you’ll see community helpers. Using these books you can introduce your children to the helpers they see every day. This can build a foundation for understanding how everyone working together makes the community work as a whole. We rely on our neighbors and they rely on us!


What Do Teachers Do? by Rita Kidde

Teachers have one of the most visible jobs in the school, but do students really understand all of the roles they fulfill? With this book, they will discover more about the many ways teachers plan, work, and succeed in the classroom to create worthwhile learning experiences. Find out more about people working in your school in the series Jobs In My School.


Meet My Neighbor the Dentist by Marc Crabtree

Smile! Meet David Meisels, the dentist! Peek behind the curtain of a busy dental office. David shows us how to clean our teeth and which tools he uses to keep them healthy and white. He will also introduce us to his daughters, Shiraz and Brit, and his wife, Hila. You can discover what your other neighbors are doing in the Meet My Neighbor series.


Mail Carriers at Work by Karen Latchana Kenney

Teaches young readers about the education, tasks, tools, and role in society of mail carriers. You can also find out more about Police Officers at Work in the same series.


Construction Workers by Elizabeth Morgan

Construction workers build and repair the homes, roads, and skyscrapers we see around us every day. Readers discover fun facts about this important career as they learn about the skills and tools used by construction workers on the job.  You can learn about other careers in the series Hands-on Jobs.


Nurses Help by Dee Ready

Simple text and photographs present nurses and their role in the community. You can find more titles in the Our Community Helpers series.

Catch the Reading Bug!

There’s something children find fascinating about bugs. Maybe it’s because they’re small, or maybe it’s because they look strange, or maybe it’s because they just like the way they crawl around. If you’ve got a child who can’t get enough of the creepy crawlies who live outside our homes, then these story books are for you!

Centipede’s 100 Shoes by Tony Ross

“One hundred shoes, please!” said the little centipede. “Fifty left ones, and fifty right ones.” “Why do you want one hundred?” asked the shoe seller. “Because I’m a centipede, which means a hundred feet,” said the little centipede.

Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald

Beetle McGrady dreams of being an explorer like Marco Polo or a pioneer like Amelia Earhart. She dreams of being brave and daring, and she will begin by … eating an ant.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. The pictures may be felt as well as seen.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Rashin Kheiriyeh

An illustrated version of the cumulative folk song in which the solution proves worse than the predicament when an old lady swallows a fly.

Big Topics, Little People: Homelessness

Contributed By: Sarah Martin, Youth Services

It is sad to think that not everyone has a safe place to call home. Elementary-aged children begin to see themselves as part of a community. They may have questions about why some people have less than others. You can start the discussion and build empathy by reading some of these children’s books about homelessness.

I am a Bear by Jean-Francois Dumont

A bear wakes up finding himself alone in a big, unfriendly city. But the friendship of one little girl helps make things better.



Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

Told from a child’s perspective, a homeless boy and his dad live in the airport and try to avoid being noticed.


The Can Man by Laura E. Williams

Tim’s family doesn’t have enough money for him to buy the skateboard he wants, so he starts collecting cans to save up. Along the way, he meets someone else who needs money more than he does.


Shoebox Sam by Mary Brigid Barrett

Delia and Jesse learn about charity from the friendly shoe repairman who helps the less fortunate in his neighborhood.

Mismatched Pairs for Tweens

Contributed By: Amy Billings, Youth Services

The Association for Library Service to Children recommends these “mismatched pairs” of tween friendly fiction and nonfiction book pairs. Grouping fiction and nonfiction titles on the same subject can help readers draw connections, inspire critical thinking, and build vocabulary.

Big Topics, Little People: Immigration

Contributed By: Sarah Martin, Youth Services

What is it like to leave your country and come to a new land? Immigration is in the news a lot lately. Check out these children’s books on the subject to help your little ones understand it more clearly.

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago

A child and her father walk north toward the U.S. border in search of a better life.


Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat

What happens when a young girl’s mother is sent to an immigration detention center?


We Came to America by Faith Ringgold

The USA is made up of people from many other countries and cultures. This book explores how they have come together to make a great country.


Teacup by Rebecca Young

A boy must leave his country with only a few meager possessions and take a frightening boat ride to a new land.


I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Three children from different countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) adjust to life in America.