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Meet the Author: Talia Hibbert


Settle in for conversation and fun as Talia Hibbert, author of Get a Life, Chloe BrownTake a Hint, Dani Brown, and Act Your Age, Eve Brown, is interviewed by booktuber, blogger, and avid reader Ashley from Bookish Realm.

USA Today bestselling author Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Talia’s web and social media info:

Talia’s website

Ashley’s blog and social media info:

Bookish Realm Reviews blog
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For some Talia Hibbert readalikes, visit our Check It Out blog.
Also see Why MPPL Staff Love Talia Hibbert!

Summer Reading Challenge 2021: Reading Colors Your World

Join this year’s summer reading program and discover how Reading Colors Your World! This year the challenge runs from June 1st through August 15th. For more information, you can visit our Summer Reading page.

To register for summer reading, log in or create an account on the MPPL Beanstack.

Booktalk: Colorful Reads by LGBTQIA Authors

Booktalk: Colorful Reads by LGBTQIA Authors

Chelsea recommends:

Bingo Love, by Tee Franklin

The House Of Impossible Beauties, by Joseph Cassara

Gender Queer: A Memoir, by Maia Kobabe

Frankissstein, by Jeanette Winterson

Author Visit: An Evening with Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke


Join us for a virtual author visit with bestselling literary duo and best friends Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (The Year We Turned FortyThe Good Widow) for a fun night of bookish conversation with local book influencer Lauren Margolin to celebrate their release, How to Save a Life.

Liz and Lisa’s web and social media info:

Liz and Lisa’s website
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Booktalk: Voices of Color in Poetry and Graphic Novels

Booktalk: Voices of Color in Poetry and Graphic Novels

Re-opening the Youth Department

Things are a little different in the Youth Department, so take a tour with Miss Mary to learn some new safety rules and find out how you can take safety precautions during your visit!

Booktalk: Black Stories Matter

Librarian Jenny recommends:

The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo


Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams


Baking Crackers with Miss Mary

Miss Mary shares her homemade wheat thins recipe! See below for instructions.

Recipe for Whole Wheat Thins:

  • -1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • -1 cup of white flour
  • -1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • -2 Tablespoons of wheat germ
  • -1/3 cup of salad oil
  • -3/4 cup of milk
  • -1 teaspoon of molasses
  • -3 Tablespoons of sesame seeds


  1. 1. Sift flours, salt, and wheat germ together. Mix salad oil, milk, and molasses and stir into the flour mixture until the dough clears the sides of the bowl.
  2. 2. Divide dough in half and set each portion in the center of a lightly greased cookie sheet. With a floured rolling pin, roll lightly and evenly to the edges of the pan.
  3. 3. Prick dough with a fork, sprinkle seeds, and press lightly with rolling pin. Cut dough into squares.
  4. 4. Bake about 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

A Song with Miss Amy S.: The More We Get Together

Miss Amy S. sings The More We Get Together with sign language!

Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? with Ms. Erin

Ms. Erin reads an interactive poem, “Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me?” by Anne Rockwell. Enable captions or read the description below to follow the words.

Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? A Garden Guessing Game By Anne Rockwell

Bumblebee, bumblebee, do you know me?
Yellow and green, I wave to the breeze to say that summer is here.
I am a daffodil.
Butterfly, butterfly, do you know me?
Here I stand, tall and straight, while my silky cup catches rain.
I am a tulip. June bug, june bug, do you know me?
My leaves point like swords, and my petals wave like flags.
I am an iris. Cricket, cricket, do you know me?
Watch me pop open!
See my tiny black seeds!
I am a poppy.
Ladybug, ladybug, do you know me?
My thorns are prickly, but my blossoms are soft.
I am a rose. Spider, spider, do you know us?
We come in many colors, and we turn our faces to the summer sun.
We are zinnias.
Leafhopper, leafhopper, do you know me?
You’ll find me at breakfast when my blue trumpet greets the day.
I am a morning glory.
Dragonfly, dragonfly, do you know me?
I’m curly and speckled. My smell is the sweetest of all. I am a lily. Katydid, katydid, do you know me?
Try and count my petals – if you can!
I am a daisy. Little boy, little boy, do you know me? My fuzzy stem grows taller than you. I am big and round and golden. Of course I know you, sunflower! I know all the flowers I see.

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