Featured Staff Picks - September

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This Month: Dementia Awareness | Suicide Awareness | Off to School! | Laugh-Aloud Read-Alouds for Kids

Focus on: Dementia

September 21 is World Alzheimer's Awareness Day. Find out more about resources that provide helpful information to questions we are often asked at the library. If you're looking for books and movies related to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, we recommend these titles in our collection:


Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss by Jann Arden

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? [Graphic Novel] by Roz Chast

The Memory Clinic: Stories of Hope and Healing for Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families by Dr. Tiffany Chow

The Wide Circumference of Love by Marita Golden

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

Somebody I Used to Know: A Memoir by Wendy Mitchell with Anna Wharton

Caregiving in Alzheimer's and Other Dementias by Dr. Eric Pfeiffer

Memory's Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia by Gerda Saunders

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia by Alex Witchel

Away From Her [DVD]

Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped? [DVD]

Still Alice [DVD]

The Alzheimer's Project [DVD]

You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't [DVD]

Children & Teens

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Pop by Gordon Korman

Mile-high Apple Pie by Laura Langston

My Little Grandmother Often Forgets by Reeve Lindbergh

Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams

Compiled by Armen @Brant Hills

Focus on: Suicide Awareness

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you or someone you know needs help, but you don’t know where to turn, we have resources to get you the help you need, including information about where to find support in the community if you want to talk to somebody about how you're feeling. Suicide awareness can help save lives, so let's all be part of the conversation.

Here's a list of featured staff picks on the topic of suicide, compiled by Armen @Brant Hills, where we also run Peer Zone, a drop in program if you are dealing with issues that have you feeling sad or anxious. Get peer support from those with lived experience. Facilitated by Canadian Mental Health Association counsellors. Wednesdays: Sep 12-26, 9.30am-12.30pm @Brant Hills


My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Teen Suicide by Lorena Huddle and Jay Schleifer

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman


Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn't Over by Amy Bleuel

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Bully [DVD] directed by Lee Hirsch

Off to School!

It's back-to-school time and new adventures and surprises await! It can be a scary time, too, with first-day-jitters for kids and parents alike. Katelyn and Frances, our children's librarians, suggest these family-friendly fiction titles to help make those first few days a success. Back-to-school related programs

Arthur Goes Back to School [DVD]

The Class by Boni Ashburn

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich

Otter Goes to School by Sam Garton

How to Start Kindergarten by Cathy Hapka

We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

Isadora Moon Goes to School by Harriet Muncaster

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

School's First Day School by Adam Rex

Birdie's First Day of School by Sujean Rim

The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School by Nancy Rose

School Days Around the World by Margriet Ruurs

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick

The Night Before First Grade and The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing

Dad's First Day by Mike Wohnoutka

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jan Yolen

P.S. And we also recommend a couple of programs to start off the school year right:

Laugh-Aloud Read-Alouds for Kids (of all ages)

Laughing is fun—and who doesn't love to have fun?! Check out these books next time you're in the mood to get giggly.

Naked! by Michael Ian Black

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Moo! by David LaRochelle

Please Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt

The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Mortimer by Robert Munsch

The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak

Chicken Butt by Erica S. Perl

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Don't Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Compiled by Jamie @Alton