children's books, children's picture books, Fiction, historical fiction, middle grade fiction, read 2021

February Challenge: History Buff

Read historical fiction not set during World War II. Many of us are drawn to the fascinating narratives of people who lived, fought, and triumphed during World War II, and the publishing world reflects that widespread interest. For this historical fiction challenge, we're asking you to explore different narratives and time periods. We hope this challenge will help you discover a new era in history! Find recommendations for adults, teens, tweens, and children.

Fiction, historical fiction, romance

From Book to Screen: Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series

On Christmas day, the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn aired on Netflix as an original adaptation. Starring the members of the Bridgerton family, these English Regency romances feature a mix of humor, wit, and passion. Read the ebooks on OverDrive or listen to the audiobooks on hoopla! Find more books centered on the Regency era here.

fantasy, Fiction, gothic, historical fiction, horror, young adult fiction

A Conversation with Alys Arden

Join us for a virtual visit with Alys Arden, author of the young adult book series The Casquette Girls. The gritty urban legends of the French Quarter come alive in this gripping supernatural saga. According to School Library Journal, The Casquette Girls is recommended for readers in grade 9 and up. If you would like to learn more about the author, please visit This author visit will be held through Zoom on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11 AM. To register, call 225-673-8699. If you love these books, check out the read-alikes.

fantasy, Fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, steampunk

11 Great Steampunk Novels

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction set during the 19th-century in societies dominated by real or imaginary steam-powered technology. It is almost always speculative and can be dark and gritty, fun and romantic, or dystopian and fantastical. Find your favorite steampunk world with this list of recommendations from Samantha Matherne.