On the Radar: New Books Coming in June 2020

It’s time for a new monthly feature! With On the Radar we’ll be showcasing upcoming releases from both seasoned authors and debuts alike. Browse below for some of the new books coming to shelves this June.


The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Published by Riverhead Books

Expected on June 2, 2020

Genres: Historical

Adult Fiction


A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Published by Tor Teen

Expected on June 2, 2020

Genres: Fantasy

Teen Fiction


The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Published by Knopf Children’s

Expected on June 2, 2020

Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Retelling

Teen Fiction


The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Published by William Morrow

Expected on June 2, 2020

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Adult Fiction

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Music on Repeat: The Albums and Artists that Move Me

While silence might be golden, I prefer a beat in the background of my life and music often fills those empty spaces and lifts me up. Whether it’s a soothing balm on someone’s soul or the pump up they need to take on the day, music means so many things to so many people. It can be a catchy pop song or an alternative hit, a belted ballad or rap battle. For me, I want to be able to sing along and move to the music so here’s a highlight list of the artists and albums that speak to me!


Jonas Brothers: From their super sugary pop songs to the more mature sound of their comeback album, the Jonas Brothers will always be one of my favorites. In fact, they’re the only group on this list that I’ve seen in concert.

Halsey: Since the release of Badlands, I’ve fallen hard for the alternative style of music that Halsey pumps out. Her lyrics resonate and the sultry tone of voice she uses fits my singing range.

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Ten Feel Good Graphic Novels

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and during this pandemic, it can be hard to go on the internet or watch television because it constantly feels like you’re surrounded by negativity.  And while it is important to keep up with the news, it is equally important for your mental health to take a break once in a while, and to find a light in these dark times.  When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I like to check out Instagram, where I follow many artists, and I love reading their web comics for a good pick-me-up.  Many of these artists have published books, so if you’re looking for a pick-me-up as well you can check them out via Hoopla or Overdrive through our library.


Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle: Visit a world full of blue, pink, green, and purple, and meet these profound and wonderful inhabitants, as you get a glimpse of their daily life.  Funny and interesting, these creatures will take up a soft spot in your heart.

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Book Review: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2019

Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Teen Fiction

Series: The Aurora Cycle #1

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.


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Back to Basics

Go! Go! Go! How many moms and dads felt that way before we were sent home from work and our kids were sent home from school in March? I felt so busy, so rushed, and to be honest so disconnected. We were getting things done and showing up on time but were we present for each other?

I have two kids, one is a 5th grader and 11 years old, the other is in the 2nd grade and 8 years old. All of our schedules were packed with activities, school and work, not allowing us much down time. But now, we have all of the time in the world! What are we doing to fill that time? We are getting back to basics! We are baking cherry pie, playing in our backyard and completing puppy puzzles together.

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Diverse Romance Reads

It’s springtime, and love is in the air.  Here at the library, we celebrate diversity in books, so here are some newer titles that contain characters who are atypical of romance novels.  Ready for a refreshing change of pace? Then check these titles out today!


Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Tailia Hibbert: Chloe Brown is a gamer, computer whiz, and beautiful.  She also has chronic pain from fibromyalgia, and after a near death experience, decides she needs to change her boring life up a bit with the help of her mysterious and sexy neighbor.  Funny and heartfelt, this book is a wonderful romance and a refreshing read!

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: Stella Lane has a love for logic and math, but has never been good at relationships. Having Aspberger’s does not help her lack of dating, and she decides she wants to practice, with a professional.  Thus she hires an escort, Michael Phan, and kissing (with other complications) ensues.  The book contains so much heart, is well-written, and such a fun romance to read!

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Honestly, how the heck has any garden in northern Ohio had the chance to grow this long, chilly spring?  Mother Nature owes us here. We need spring and sprouts and pretty blooming things, we do. Especially this spring.  So let’s get busy planning and ordering and (carefully, carefully) planting that garden. Who’s with me?

You’ll be happy to know that Overdrive has already curated a great collection of nearly 200 e-books on gardening and landscaping. At the Overdrive main page, just click on the down arrow next to the “collections” tab. Look under e-books on the menu that should appear.  Get Started Gardening should be the first option under the e-books heading.

Here are some titles that immediately caught my eye – and landed on my to-read-now list.

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Currently #2

Check out what the Lorain Public Library System staff are currently doing in their free time. Whether it’s books, movies, TV shows, music, and more, we want to share what has caught our attention.


Currently Reading

Brittany, Outreach Librarian: What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics by Rachael Denhollander

Jennifer, Director of Marketing: Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel & Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman. 

Erika, Avon Branch Librarian: A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry

Corey, Avon Branch Associate: Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson, Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast by Ken Forkish & When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön

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Help, I’m Trapped! A List of Horror Movies to Watch During a Pandemic that are Not Zombies or Apocalyptic

By now, many of us have been sitting at home during Ohio’s Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor. As a horror movie buff, I have found that watching movies about pandemics, or even zombie movies makes me a little uneasy, because the sheer panic and terror it inspires hits too close to home. However, I find myself looking towards horror movies where the characters are trying to escape the terrible situation they have been thrust into, and try to get back to a place of normalcy. These movies which fall into all sorts of horror subgenres are easier to gravitate towards, as I feel a sense of kinship in wanting to escape. I, too, want to escape the confines of my home. Without further ado, let’s dive into ten titles where the main characters can commerisate with us stuck at home but want to leave. All the titles are available via our eLibrary; either Kanopy, Hoopla, or Overdrive!


1.) Evil Dead, 1981: A group of college students go to an isolated cabin in the woods for spring break, but instead of having fun, unleash a horrible evil. There’s no room for escape, as the evil follows them everywhere. Will they survive the night?

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Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! LPLS is here to help you show mom how much you care. Celebrate her special day with delicious brunch recipes, homemade gift ideas and even special flicks celebrating the women in our lives. All of these resources are available in our eLibrary.


It’s Time for Brunch

Indulge mom with a lazy morning and breakfast in bed. These cookbooks provide a variety of simple and scrumptious recipes. Just be sure to do the dishes. Moms everywhere will thank you.

All-Time Best Brunch compiled by America’s Test Kitchen: Host a brilliant brunch for mom without the hassle. This scrupulously tested recipe collection features inventive takes on brunch classics, helpful make-ahead options, and easy approaches to finicky favorites. These recipes are sure to impress.

America’s Test Kitchen Pancakes and Waffles compiled by America’s Test Kitchen: There’s nothing like waking up to the best pancakes or waffles you’ve ever tasted. Any one of these recipes from America’s Test Kitchen will guarantee that mom has a memorable morning.

Breakfast in Bed by Carol Frieberg: Start mom’s day off right with breakfast in bed! Choose from over 130 delicious recipes featuring scones, muffins, pancakes, waffles, French toast, eggs and croissants.

The Brunch Cookbook by Faith Moser: Help celebrate mom’s special day with these simple and scrumptious recipes! This all-brunch cookbook is full of fresh ideas for traditional favorites. The book includes hot and cold aperitifs, scrumptious muffins and much more.


DIY Gift Ideas for Mom

These Creativebug tutorials provide you with step-by-step instructions for creating memorable gifts for mom. With tutorials on card making, paper flowers, jewelry making, sewing and much more, you’re sure to find something perfect for mom! Still need more inspiration? We’ve got you covered. Hoopla provides you with instant access to craft books, cookbooks and much more.

Flower Fold Pop-up Card: Learn how to transform cardstock into a pop-up card that is sure to impress mom’s everywhere.

Kids Sewing: Infinity Scarf: Beginning sewers will learn how to create a cute all-season scarf—a perfect accessory for mom.

Make Tissue Paper Pompoms: Paper pompoms bring a colorful and textured floral touch to any celebration, especially weddings and parties. In this class, Courtney demonstrates how to create a gorgeous, oversized pompom from tissue paper, and also gives ideas for customizing color, shape and size.

Mother’s Day Gifts by Anastasia Suen: Browse through a variety of easy to follow Mother’s Day gift ideas that are ideal for children.

Mason Jar Craft for Kids by Linda Z. Braden: Browse a collection of fun and creative Mason jar crafts that include everything from delicious edible treats to home decor and gifts for the whole family.

Paper Pinwheels: Learn how to make fabulous paper pinwheels that will bring a smile to any mom’s face.

Shrinky Dink Jewelry: Kiddos can create original and wearable works of art for mom with shrinkable plastic.


Movies Celebrating Mom

Have mom sit back and relax with a movie from our Kanopy collection.

The Farewell: In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch—the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.

My Old Lady: When Mathias arrives at the sumptuous Parisian apartment he inherited from his father, he’s surprised that the property comes with two stubborn live-in tenants, Mathilde and Chloe who are not required to leave according to an ancient French real estate law.

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: The true story of one woman’s effort to keep her family afloat under difficult circumstances comes to the screen in this bittersweet comedy drama.

Terms of Endearment: Widow Aurora Greenway and her daughter, Emma, have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap Horton against her mother’s wishes. When the marriage grows sour due to Flap’s cheating, Emma eventually splits from him, returning to her mother and soon learns some devasting news.

Tortilla Soup: Three grown sisters, Maribel, Leticia and Carmen try to cope and live with the fact that their father Martin, a veteran chef, is slowly losing his sense of taste. A rift in the family develops when the sisters develop relationships and an obnoxious woman sets her sights on Martin’s affections.


To all moms out there, thank you for all you do! Feel free to reach out to us at AskALibrarian@lpls.info if you need help accessing any of these resources. Which are you going to try first?

Let us know in the comments below!