Bernice is well known to a generation of young readers on the island. Known as the Reading Buddies Lady for 10 years at the public library, Bernice has helped out at KRL, Blakely library, and Sakai library. She loves matching readers young and old with the perfect book! Along with her two outrageously fun teenagers and their big black lab, she delights in exploring nature, doing crafts of all sorts, and enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658412
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Published: Knopf - April 7th, 2020

Anne Tyler can capture everyday life and make it feel special like no one else. Her latest novel is no exception. It follows the daily routine of a self-employed tech expert as he delivers advice to everyday people dealing with the bumps of allowing technology into their lives. Along the way he discovers truths about himself and his choices that ultimately lead to a delightful, joyful, easy-to-read story. Highly recommended for fans of Anne Tyler and for those who are discovering her for the first time!

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525537090
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

Entertaining and educational! Munroe's silly stick figures and quirky scientific applications are thought provoking and funny. You will look at the world in a whole new way!

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Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue Cover Image
By Paula Harrison, Jenny Lovlie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062934710
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 10th, 2019

Girl by day, cat by night! This sweet, charming early chapter book is perfect for the young reader who likes cats and adventure. The illustrations are delightful and the writing style entertaining and accessible. We can't wait for more books in this series! Ages 4-8 

Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark (Nordic Folklore and Stories, Illustrated Nordic Book for Teens and Adults) Cover Image
By Chronicle Books, Ulla Thynell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452174471
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 13th, 2019

Compiled in this beautifully illustrated book are a collection of folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. The stories themselves are ancient, their morals full of kindness, love, justice, and bravery. Perfect for sharing with listeners of all ages, or reading alone on a cozy evening. The book itself is a treasure. Thynell's illustrations are lovely reflections of the pictures painted by the words of the stories. An absolute delight!

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Sticks and Stones: A Kid's Guide to Building and Exploring in the Great Outdoors Cover Image
ISBN: 9780760362563
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Published: Quarry Books - May 7th, 2019

Nature play! Sticks and Stones is a comprehensive and well-illustrated handbook for outdoor play. Children and their adults learn not only how to create an array of nature-based toys and adventures, but also the science behind them. Have fun using natural materials to explore nature, creativity, mindfulness, science, and FUN! Ages 8-11

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Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II Cover Image
By Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781732273535
Availability: Out of Print
Published: GoodKnight Books - April 15th, 2019

Audrey Hepburn had a childhood forged during war, a childhood she rarely spoke of in interviews. In the foreword to this book Audrey's son, Luca Dotti, tells the reader he not only approves of Matzen's account of Audrey's experiences in Nazi-occupied territory during World War II, but is grateful for the research and accuracy that went into the writing of the book. Audrey's adolescence and the horrors of World War II coincide with critical moments of war in the Netherlands occurring in Audrey's very community. A compelling story of courage, history, survival, family and triumph.

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The Lost Girls of Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778330271
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Published: Park Row - January 29th, 2019

The very best historical fiction pulls you into the past as if you were walking in someone's shoes. This book, a WWII era story of the brave women who sacrificed so much to help win the war, does just that. These were everyday women, quickly trained, and thrown into the very heart of the undercover circuits on the ground in Europe. This story will keep you turning the pages!

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316038638
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011

Follow the adventures of Minli as she leaves her poor village in the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain and travels in search of the Old Man of the Moon. In her quest to find good fortune for her family, she meets a talking fish, a king, and becomes friends with a dragon. Based on traditional Chinese folklore, this Newbery Honor award winning story, written and illustrated by Lin, is a childhood classic! Ages 9-12.

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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

A book that perfectly captures the summertime adventures of children on vacation in the country! These adventures are timeless, lived with little technology, and told with such humor and detail that the reader can't wait for the next chapter in the lives of the Penderwicks. Delightful for a middle reader to read alone, but also ideal for a summer family read-aloud, this is the sort of story that stays with you and helps to frame your own joyful family memories! Ages 8-12