Ellen Jennings

Ellen Jennings

 


Ellen Jennings works at Cook Library as a Readers’ Advisor and the Teen Services Coordinator. When she’s not working she can be found reading, researching her genealogy,  walking at Independence Grove or taking care of her family. Of the many  jobs she's had, working at Cook Library is definitely her favorite because every day she gets to learn something new.

 

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  In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, we would like to give a shout-out to some of our favorite literary moms. With the exception of children’s literature, where every mother is warm, loving and always has time to give hugs, mothers wit...
“Notice posted in NY newspapers: Travellers intending to embark on the Atlantic voyage are reminded that a state of war exists between Germany and her allies and Great Britain and her allies; that the zone of war includes the waters adjacent to the...
  "The past isn't dead. It isn't even past."  --William Faulkner At the heart of Greg Iles' Bone Tree lies a mythic old-growth cypress tree, deep in the swamps of Mississippi. Those who believe in its existence are mostly African American...
- As family vacation time approaches, and the reality of spending long hours in the car with the family starts to sink in. DO. NOT. PANIC. We’ve got you covered! Along with games, snacks and electronic devices, why don’t you consider adding a coupl...

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Whenever Willie "the postie" comes to the door to deliver a telegram with his head bowed and refuses to come in, the villagers all know that he is delivering yet more bad news: Someone's son, brother, or lover has died in the war. As the inhabitants ...
“I love you,” I say to him, only it comes out, “Hey.”“So damn much,” he says back, only it comes out, “Dude.”He still won’t meet my eyes.― Jandy Nelson, I'll Give You the Sun   Artistically gifted twins Noah and Jude, once best friends, hardly...
As part of my job, I read quite a few Young Adult books and after a while, they start seeming like the same old story: The author finds a way to ditch the parents (death, dysfunction, over-working, etc.) so that the teen protagonists must solve their...

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Why read the classics? "...a classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." (Italo Calvino) Last week, the library’s Classics Book Club discussed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a book that about half of the group, myself included,...
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book so good that I just did not want to put down. Ian McEwan’s newest novel, The Children Act, has everything I love in a book----great characters, exquisite writing and, a real plus -- words I had to look up!...
Like many of us, Lev Grossman grew up reading the Narnia Chronicles by C. S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. He’s also a big Dungeons and Dragons fan and continues to read Ursula LeGuin, Susanna Clark and, of course, J. K. Rowling. ...
    We learned about Ralph Cosham’s untimely death via author Louise Penny’s Facebook page early Wednesday, September 29,  where she wrote:   Just received the desperately sad news that Ralph Cosham passed away yesterday. I'...

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For adults who are interested in reading some great Young Adult books, I have put together a list of some of the best books by the best authors writing YA. I know that some people’s favorite books and authors may not be on this list, but I had to dra...
Recently, Slate columnist Ruth Graham suggested that we adults who read young adult literature ought to be embarrassed for doing so. She shamed us grown-ups who enjoyed John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars for stooping to read this simplistic, immatur...
Cady, Johnny, Mirren and Gat -- the Liars -- were four inseparable teens who spent every idyllic summer together since they were 8 on Grandpa Sinclair’s private island off Cape Cod. Each family had a separate home and dinners were served every evenin...
John Green with Heather Thompson, Heather Beverley and Ellen Jennings. Don’t be too jealous … last week two of my colleagues and I were lucky enough to snag tickets to hear John Green deliver the Zena Sutherland Lecture entitled “Does YA Mean A...
  Those of us who grew up during the Cold War learned of a dark and dangerous Soviet Empire led by power-hungry and slightly crazy rulers who had their fingers poised above the red button threatening to unleash nuclear missiles at the slighte...
I grew up reading and loving poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and knew he'd written the books Kidnapped and Treasure Island, but I knew nothing about the man himself or the source of his wild adventure stories. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy ...
Born in 1800, brilliant and curious Alma Whittaker follows in her father’s footsteps into the field of botany, and along with her character, this reader was swept through Philadelphia, the Netherlands and Tahiti during a tumultuous period of history ...
After 8-year-old Vivian's Irish immigrant family died in the tenements of New York City in 1929, she is put on a trainload of other orphans by the Children's Aid Society and taken out West to Iowa, Minnesota and other western states. At various small...

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"Who was it that said coincidence was just God's way of remaining anonymous?" From the beginning of this book, when he survives a bombing in a New York art museum that kills his mother, Theo Decker is adrift in the world. He is anchored only b...