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Here is a small sample of what is new this week at PWPLS:

The Wreath Recipe Book: Year-round wreaths, swags, and other decorations to make with seasonal branches by Alethea Harampolis

From the authors of the widely popular Flower Recipe Book,and in the same successful format, The Wreath Recipe Book provides 100 “recipes” to make with flowering and leafy branches. These aren’t just evergreens for Christmas—the book is organized seasonally, with dozens of projects to make throughout the year.In the spring, a cherry blossom bough gets a touch of whimsy with a colorful ribbon, and a tabletop is adorned with lilacs and olive branches. In the summer, a garland features sage with pomegranates and citrus-colored strawflowers.

The Furies by Natalie Haynes

Moving from London to Edinburgh after tragically losing her fiancâe, former actress Alex Morris accepts a drama-therapy teaching job for troubled teens and bonds with them over Greek tragedies in ways that help her heal but inspire the teens in disturbing ways.

The Complete Book of Zen by Wong Kiew Kit

Shaolin grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit explains the principles and practice of Zen with a clarity that can only come from true understanding. In The Complete Book of Zen, Wong Kiew Kit traces the history and meaning of Zen, following its geographical path from early beginnings in India to China, and then to Japan and Vietnam.

Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline

Ten years after her best friend’s disappearance, Kathryn Campbell returns to her hometown in Maine to reconstruct the mystery and acknowledge the effect it has had on her life.

Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff

When they discover a Jewish Allied paratrooper stranded outside of their small mountain village in Poland, 18-year-old twin sisters Helena and Ruth Nowak hide him from the Nazis, but soon jealousy and a devastating betrayal set in motion events that will reverberate across the decades.

The Phantom Coach: A connoisseur’s collection of Victorian ghost stories by Michael Sims

From the editor of The Dead Witness and Dracula’s Guest, Michael Sims, expert on all things Victorian, presents a collection of stories about humanity’s oldest supernatural obsession: ghosts. The Phantom Coach, gathers memorable ghost tales from the Victorian era by a surprising, often-legendary cast, from Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton to Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and Arthur Conan Doyle. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills.

Flea Market Fabulous: Designing gorgeous rooms with secondhand scores by Lara Spencer

In her second book, New York Times–bestselling author Lara Spencer gives readers the inspiration and tools they need to tackle common design dilemmas in their homes, such as a tiny space, dated style, lack of storage, and limited budget. Focusing on nine different rooms, she shows readers that all it takes is planning, shopping know-how, and a little imagination to create beautiful and comfortable homes that reflect their personal style.

The Steampunk Bible: An illustrated guide to the world of imaginary airships, corsets and goggles, mad scientists, and strange literature by Jeff VanderMeer

Steampunk—a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture—is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots.


Banned Books Week 2012

Have you read any of these frequently banned Judy Blume books?

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Read Banned Books! Check them out at
Here is a list of frequently challenged and banned books:

Read Banned Books! Check them out at

Here is a list of frequently challenged and banned books:

BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2014: September 21-27

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

On September 24, children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87.  

photo of Seuss characters:

Dr. Seuss:

Caught Reading Banned Books! Check out the display at Potomac Community Library and show your support and freedom to read whatever you choose.

Caught Reading Banned Books! Check out the display at Potomac Community Library and show your support and freedom to read whatever you choose.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Book week.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Book week.

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