Beloved Books

There are some books that hold a special place in our hearts.

Browse through the beloved books of our library staff members and submit your own favorite to be added to the list!

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

“The Westing Game is a beloved book of mine for its ability to wrap me up in the lives of a cast of characters so vulnerable, fierce, smart, and funny as they each puzzle through unraveling the mystery of Samuel W. Westing’s last will and testament. Throughout the story, we observe them developing poignant self-awareness that reflects back to the reader their own. Though written for younger readers, all ages can appreciate the satisfaction of solving an intriguing mystery while growing to love each and every flawed but noble character in this story. I read it every year, and I cry at the end every time.” — Tara Carvalho

The Giver by Lois Lowry

“The importance of ideas and experiences being passed on to future generations and not lost forever is essential to history and knowledge. The contrast of individuality and creativity versus conformity and blandness of existence is a powerful theme. I just love this book!” — Christine Furlo

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

“It was the most beautiful and original love story I’ve ever read!” — Nadia Murtishi

One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Sam Keith & Richard Louis Proenneke

“It’s a great read especially for those who love the outdoors. This book and its story will never grow old. Simple story: about a man in his 50’s who “retires” to the wilderness in Alaska, his quest for silence and solitude, builds a log cabin by hand, using the materials available there, beautifully told in journal form.” — Aurelio Muraca

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

“Max was punished by his mother for his rambunctious behavior. His mother showed how much she loved him by bringing him his supper……and it was still hot!” — Christine Ranno

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

“I credit The Phantom Tollbooth with cracking open the limits of my imagination as a child. Juster’s writing made an imaginary landscape so clear and tangible. The puns, wordplay, and sensory descriptions in this fantastic world made reading this book a joy that I didn’t want to end.” — Cecelia Lefurgy