Palmer Public Library
    1455 North Main Street
      Palmer, MA. 01069
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For Kids

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Children's book:
Cori Dorefield, The Rabbit Listened
Not sure how to help a sad child feel better? Dorefield's rabbit gives a masterclass. It's quick, straight forward, and beautifully illustrated.

Interactive children's book:
Jimmy Kimmel, The Serious Goose
Have some time to fill? Try out this highly interactive, see-if-you-can-make-me-laugh book by late night host and father, Jimmy Kimmel.

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Children's novel:
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth This might be the best book ever. If you're looking for adventure and an escape from the day to day this is it. It's wildly creative, funny, and insightful. It's great for the whole family.

Children's novel:
Salmon Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Like genies? Want to save the world? Enjoy wordplay? Look no further. This Aladdin-meets-Starwars fantasy novel is fantastic.

Children's movie:
Disney's The Sword In The Stone
Need a boost of self confidence that's full of humor and a great soundtrack? It's a classic for good reason.

For Adults

 

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Novel:
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces
This Pulitzer prize wining tragicomedy will have you laughing out loud and thinking hard about race, social justice, and what it means to be an American.

Movie:
The Farewell
You'll cry, and think, and laugh. Lulu Wang provides a complex and intimate view of her family's experience as Chinese American immigrants.

Movie:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood:
Mr. Roger's has always offered an alternative to toxic masculinity. This film uses his unique persona to take this aim directly to an adult audience.

Comedy Series:
Silicon Valley
This HBO series parodies the big-tech world of Silicon Valley. It's crude... at times, very crude... and it's hysterical.

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Cookbook and cooking show:
Samin Nosrat Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Both Nosrat's book and Netflix miniseries are utterly wonderful. Her positivity and love of food and cooking shine through every moment of both. The book is also beautifully illustrated.

Poetry:
Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings
If you let her, Mary Oliver will bring you peace and make you a better person.

Poetry:
James Tate, Return to the City of White Donkeys
Think you don't like poetry, but have a sense of humor? Try Jim Tate. This local poet offers something entirely different than what you may think of as poetry. More importantly, he's hysterical.

Music:
I'm With Her
These women are musicians' musicians. If you like contemporary acoustic Americana that focuses on vocal harmony, you won't find anything better.
https://www.imwithherband.com/

Live Music Series:
NPR's Tiny Desk series is available for free on NPR's website and on YouTube. It features a tremendous variety of musicians and musical styles all in simple, straightforward live performance.
https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/

Visual Artist:
Friedensreich Hunderwasser
Hundervasser owed his painting aesthetic to children. His work is magical and not at all intimidating. If you or your children like to draw, check him out. He will inspire you to bust out your color.
https://kidzfeed.com/hundertwasser-facts-for-kids/

Funny Pages:
Nathan Pyle, Strange Planet
These quick comics available on Instagram speak for themselves. If you like one, you will like them all.