Grand County librarians share their favorite books and movies
In Grand County there are five library branches. Each branch manger created a list of their five recommended reads based on popularity in their respective communities or a personal favorite list.
Starting next week, look for a “Did You Know” article, highlighting services and programming at each library.
Michelle Gardner is the branch librarian for Granby. Her top five books and movies are based on a local connection to the Granby community:
• On Dangerous Ground: This movie was shot locally in the 1950s in Granby.
• Death, Despair, and Second Chances in Rocky Mountain National Park by Joseph R. Evans is about survival in Rocky Mountain National Park from ranger Joseph R. Evans.
• Lost In The Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick is a children’s picture book about the wonderful animals we have right here in our own backyard said Gardner.
• Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden is a book about Wickenden’s grandmother who left her affluent East Coast life to “rough it” as a teacher in Colorado in 1916.
• Below Zero by C.J. Box, who writes many of his books about a game warden in Wyoming.
Lauren Bruchez is the branch librarian in Kremmling. Her top five books relate to the Kremmling community, and some that she enjoys.
• Ranches of Colorado by John Fielder. This coffee-table book features a section with photos of the Yust Ranch located near Kremmling.
• Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. Bruchez listened to the audio book and at times she couldn’t get out of her car because she wanted to keep listening.
• Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. “A lot of teens are reading this series. It’s an adventure that teens like – going into an entirely different world, it really brings them in. And, the movie is coming out soon.”
• Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots by Rebecca Janni and Lynne Avril, a Juvenile easy picture book. “This book is good for girls to read, and my nieces loved it,” said Bruchez
• Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond. “The illustrations are cute, and the story is about a bassett hound that lives on a ranch – a true story.” Drummond is a cook who grew up in the city and has recently published an adult nonfiction book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – A Love Story. “I can relate to her stories because I grew up in the city and moved to Kremmling to live on a ranch with my husband.
Jeanette McQuade is the branch librarian in Fraser. She has picked five of her favorites with commentary. “Although it appears all of my books are about fishing and dogs, a few of them are actually not – you will just have to check them out and read them to find out.” McQuade said.
• The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This is a novel and an all-time favorite of McQuade’s. “I recommend it to everyone.”
• Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing by Landon Mayer. A guidebook with maps and hatch charts.
• The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior by Tamar Geller and Andrea Cagan. This book has good tips for troubleshooting canine behavior, and great methods of training regardless of your dog’s age.
• The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is a novel book about Autism – not the dogs, but the dog’s owner. McQuade recommends listening on audiobook.
• The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank is a novel. “It’s not really about fishing but rather a tongue-in-cheek exploration of relationships – a fun, and funny read,” said McQuade.
Julie Horn is the branch librarian in Hot Sulphur Springs. Her top picks are popular books in the Hot Sulphur Springs community.
• Ranch Kids ABC by Rachel Linke. She graduated from Middle Park High School and is currently attending the University of Wyoming. It’s a picture book.
• The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. A non-fiction about the dust bowl.
• Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James, a murder mystery.
• In the Heart of the Canyon by Elisabeth Hyde. A novel about a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon told from different passenger’s perspectives.
• Horatio Hornblower is a popular DVD series about British naval adventures.
Sue Luton is the branch manager in Grand Lake’s Juniper Library. Luton says she finds the best books while checking in returns and shelving them.
“Sometimes when a good book comes your way you want to share with everyone,” she said. Here are Luton’s favorites.
• Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
• In A Better World, a movie from 2010. “It is one of those movies that leaves you with such a warm feeling,” Luton said.
• East of Eden by John Steinbeck
• William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow is a children’s picture book about a boy who likes dolls. His Dad is giving him trains, and his grandmother buys him a doll. A character asks, ‘How is he going to learn to be a good father if he doesn’t play with dolls?’
• The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
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