Librarians' Picks of the Week

Montgomery County librarians pick their favorites and popular selections from the public library system.

Each week, librarians from Montgomery County Public Libraries will pick a few books they think should be added to your summer reading list.

Take a look and let us know what you think of the read!


Baby Mammoth Mummy: Frozen in Time! by Christopher Sloan

Section: Juvenile Nonfiction

Call Number: J 569.67 SLO 

Grades: 5-7

A prehistoric animal’s journey into the 21st century, this National Geographic title presents the surprising discovery of a 42,000-year-old, well-preserved mummy of a baby mammoth named Lubya, dislodged from the Siberian ice. High quality photographs and illustrations enhance the story of this “tiny tusker,” as one reviewer called this baby.


The Reformed Vampire Support Group, by Catherine Jinks

Section: Young Adult Fiction

Age: 12 and up

In an effort to fit into society, 15-year-old vampire Nina Harrison reluctantly joins the Reformed Vampire Support Group in order to change her ways, but when a silver bullet kills one of her friends, she ignites the support of her misfit group in order to find the killer and save themselves from the same deadly fate. (Annotation from Baker & Taylor.)


The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova

Section: Adult Fiction

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and to the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlowe finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, Marlowe embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. (Annotation from Baker & Taylor.)


Lost Washington, D.C. by John Deferrari

Section: Adult Nonfiction

Call No.: 975.3 DEF

Washington seems the eternal and unchanging Federal City with its grand avenues and stately monuments. Yet, the city that locals once knew—lavish window displays at Woodies, supper at the grand Raleigh Hotel and a Friday night game at Griffith Stadium—is gone. Author John DeFerrari investigates the bygone institutions of the 19th and 20th centuries with an engaging collection of new vignettes and reader favorites from his blog, Streets of Washington. From the raucous age of burlesque at the Gayety Theater and the once-bustling Center Market to the mystery of Suter's Tavern and the disappearance of the Key mansion in Georgetown, DeFerrari recalls the lost Washington, DC, of yesteryear.

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