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Mar 31

March 2023 Staff Picks

Posted on March 31, 2023 at 9:35 AM by Maggie Witte

Try something new to read this spring by checking out what our KTB staff has read recently. These books are available at the tips of your fingers with a BARD account. You can download any of these books and be ready to read in minutes with BARD. For information, visit or give our office a call at 1-800-362-0699.

Michael Lang, Director of Kansas Talking Books

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DBC13285 The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

The society of small town Harleyville, Kansas is built around a quilting circle, The Persian Pickle Club. The members band together when a new addition brings with her a dark secret that tears the fabric of the group.

Illustration of 5 penguins on an iceburg standing around a purse and a ship in the background.

DB 103557 How the penguins saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

Eighty-five-year-old Veronica McCreedy is estranged from her family and wants to find a worthwhile cause to leave her fortune to. When she sees a documentary about penguins being studied in Antarctica, she tells the scientists she's coming to visit and won't take no for an answer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020. 

Nataly Renfro, Machine Clerk

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DB 87732 Make your bed: little things can change your life… and maybe the world by William H. McRaven

A retired US Navy admiral expands upon the commencement address he gave that became a viral YouTube video. He shares some of the principles he learned while training as a Navy SEAL that have helped him throughout his life. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

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DB 82786 A likely story: a Library Lover’s Mystery, book 6 by Jenn McKinlay

Delivering books to housebound residents, library director Lindsey Norris enjoys her visits with two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen, in their treasure-filled Victorian. One day, however, she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing. Lindsey must find Stewart before he too is killed. Contains some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Dylan Calhoon, Patron Services Manager

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DB 36829 A scanner darkly by Philip K. Dick

In a near-future, drug-ridden America, narcotics agent Bob Arctor goes undercover to catch a drug dealer. In the junkie culture in which he operates (even his girlfriend is a dealer), he takes large doses of a drug that splits his brain into two separate personalities. The agent has no knowledge of his other self, who, as it turns out, is the drug dealer he is after. Strong language.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

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DB 102762 Firekeeper’s daughter by Angeline Boulley

Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother. When Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source of a new drug. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

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DB 92246 Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Sancia is a talented thief, but her last job had her stealing an artifact of immense power. This artifact could rewrite the rules of scriving, the magic that imbues inanimate things with sentience. Now the ruling merchant houses want Sancia dead and the artifact for themselves. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2018.