Category: CALS Staff Picks

Staff Picks: Jasmine Jobe

Jasmine Jobe is the Editorial Assistant for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. She’s been with CALS for 10 years. Fun facts: her favorite colors are rainbow and sunshine and her favorite meals are coffee and dessert. One of her favorite books is The Geek’s Guide to The Writing Life by Stephanie Vanderslice.

Jasmine’s review: WRITERS!


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Staff Picks: Alison McKeever

After spending years with children and teens in the library, CALS staffer Alison now finds herself drooling over books to order in Collection Development. Here are two of her favorites.

We are Okay by Nina LaCour
A beautiful and subtle novel about grief and relationships. It takes place over a few days at the beginning of winter break,


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Staff Picks: Joe Hudak

I’m Joe Hudak, and I’m one of CALS’ branch services coordinators. I like to read nonfiction, and I enjoy cooking and DIY projects. My staff pick is the tile cutter. It’s part of the tool library at our Dee Brown branch. An average person might re-tile a room once or twice in a decade. Why buy an expensive tool that you’ll rarely use when you can instead borrow it from the library?


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Staff Picks: Pam Rudkin

I’m an avid book downloader. Often my reading time is in the dark in bed with my iPad, so downloading a book from Overdrive or Libby, even at midnight, is very appealing to me. Most recently I’ve been reading The Farm by Joanne Ramos as well as a diet book called Dr.

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Staff Picks: Stewart Fuell

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin is everything a great fantasy novel should be: It has masterful worldbuilding, it has a magic system, it has multiple storylines that hold a mirror up to the best and worst of humanity. The story and the storytelling, though, go above and beyond into brilliance.


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