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As Seen on TV: Cookbooks

Read all about your favorite TV chefs, recipes, and more in these cookbooks available at Walker Memorial Library.

Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again, by Ina Garten
Step inside Ina Garten’s home and enjoy the food she makes for friends and family- her own personal recipe file of year-in, year-out favorites. (Description from back of book)

The Chopped Cookbook : Use What You’ve Got to Cook Something Great
Never again be stumped by the question, “What’s for dinner?” with The Chopped Cookbook, featuring Food Network Kitchen’s secrets for combining pantry staples to make exciting meals. (Description from Minerva)

Good Eats 3: The Later Years, by Alton Brown
Like Volumes 1 and 2, Good Eats 3: The Later Years packs a bounty of information and entertainment between its covers. More than 200 recipes are accompanied by hundreds of photographs, drawings, and stills from the show, as well as lots of science-of-food facts, cooking tips, food trivia, behind-the-scenes glimpses—and bonus sock puppet instructions! (Description from Amazon)

No Reservations : Around the World on an Empty Stomach, by Anthony Bourdain
The host of the Travel Channel series “No Reservations” provides a behind-the-scenes account of his global culinary adventures, from New Jersey to New Zealand, offering commentary on food in every corner of the globe.(Description from Minerva)

Yum-O! : The Family Cookbook, by Rachael Ray
Rachael knows that every family wants to make the best possible food choices–and get the very most out of their food-budget dollars. The recipes here feature more whole grains, use less fat, and make the most of fresh fruits and vegetables so they are as good for you as they are delish, and they’re all quintessential Rachael–fun and creative. (Description from Amazon)

Youth Services

Wordless Picture Books

Reading picture books to children is essential for literacy development in so many ways, but what about books without words? Wordless picture books help children learn to attend to visual images, look for details and visual clues, develop independent reading skills, practice storytelling, and use their imagination. These picture books with few or no words are available at Walker Memorial Library.

The Boy and the Book by David Michael Slater
Bob Kolar’s charming and hilarious illustrations show how sometimes our love for a good book can be too much, but with a more gentle touch, books can give us much comfort and joy. (description from Amazon)

Carl Goes Shopping by Alexandra Day
When Carl is told to mind the baby at a department store, the faithful Rottweiler and his little friend do some mischievous exploring. (description from Amazon)

Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins
Pat Hutchins shows (but does not tell) how blocks become whatever a child at play imagines. (description from inside cover)

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. (description from Amazon)

Float by Daniel Miyares
Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain. Endpapers show how to fold a paper boat, and a paper airplane. (description from Minerva)

Fossil by Bill Thomson
When a boy and his dog go for a hike, the boy trips on a fossil, and it comes to life, revealing an ancient plant. The boy is so intrigued that he breaks two more fossils that come to life a dragonfly and a pteranodon. When these prehistoric creatures collide with present reality, the boy must figure out a way to make things go back to normal. (description from Amazon)

Journey by Aaron Becker
Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor. (description from Minerva)

Mirror by Jeannie Baker
In Sydney, Australia, and in Morocco, two boys and their families have a day of shopping. Readers are invited to compare illustrations in two wordless stories that are intended to be read one from left to right and the other from right to left. (description from Minerva)

Pool by JiHyeon Lee
What happens when two shy children meet at a very crowded pool? Dive in to find out! Deceptively simple, this masterful book tells a story of quiet moments and surprising encounters, and reminds us that friendship and imagination have no bounds.(description from Amazon)

Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes
A young girl watches as the activities across the street from her bus stop become a circus. (description from Minerva)

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All About Food

Love Food? Walker has both magazines and cookbooks filled with recipes, tips, pictures, and more. Both magazines and books can be checked out for three weeks.

Magazines: Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Cook’s Illustrated, Eating Well, Food & Wine, VegNews.

Books: Click here to see what cookbooks are available at Walker. 


Did you know…
If you don’t see the magazine issue you’re looking for, previous issues can be found by lifting up the magazine’s shelf.

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Harry Potter Read-ALikes

Love Harry Potter? These similar titles suggested by NoveList are available at Walker Memorial Library.

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo : A magical fantasy that is fast-paced and easy-to-read. Charlie Bone has a special gift- he can hear people in photographs talking! (From Goodreads)

The Emerald Atlas by John StephensThese three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine… (From Goodreads)

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott: Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with The Alchemyst, book one. (From Amazon)

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas: In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery’s pocket and touched the wizard’s locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who—or what—is stealing the city of Wellmet’s magic. (From

Magyk by Angie Sage: Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow—a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take her into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? (From Amazon)


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Magazines about Maine

Looking for something new to do this summer? Check out magazines with local events, activities, and more in the state of Maine! Magazines can be borrowed from Walker Memorial Library for 3 weeks.

Down East: The Magazine of Maine: Monthly magazine devoted to exploring the State of Maine-it’s rugged natural beauty, rich history, and intriguing people. (Description from Amazon)

Maine: The MagazineMaine magazine is a New England lifestyle magazine celebrating food, travel, art and all things culture in the State. (Description from Amazon)

Maine Home + Design: A monthly magazine about Maine art, architecture, lifestyle and more.

Old Port: Portland’s City Magazine:  A magazine published 12 times a year covering everything you need to know about the heart and soul of Portland, Maine. (Description from website)

Portland Monthly: A monthly Magazine all about the city of Portland.


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10 Books Set in Oceania

Located almost directly across the world from Maine, Oceania consists of Australia, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Take a virtual trip there with one of these books available either at the Walker or through Minerva.

At Walker:

The Lines We Cross, by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Setting: Australia
Michael’s parents are leaders of a new anti-immigrant political party called Aussie Values which is trying to halt the flood of refugees from the Middle East; Mina fled Afghanistan with her family ten years ago, and just wants to concentrate on fitting in and getting into college, but the mutual attraction they feel demands that they come to terms with their family’s concerns and decide where they stand in the anti-Muslim politics of the time.



The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough
Setting: Australia
About: Powered by the dreams and struggles of three generations, The Thorn Birds is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country. At the story’s heart is the love of Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she desperately adores, and Ralph de Bricassart, who rises from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican…but whose passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life. (From GoodReads)



The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
Setting: Australia
About: A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.




Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert
Setting: Hawaii
About: Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family’s 1890’s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the world.




The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
Setting: New Zealand
About: Arriving in New Zealand in 1866, a weary Englishman, Walter Moody, lands in a gold-mining frontier town on the coast of New Zealand to make his fortune and forever leave behind his family’s shame. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to investigate what links three crimes that occurred on a single day, events in which each man finds himself implicated in some way. Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.



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Shame and the Captives, by Thomas Keneally  
Setting: Australia
Based on true events, this novel explores a World War II prison camp, where Japanese prisoners resolve to take drastic action to wipe away their shame of being captured.




Five Bells, by Gail Jones
Setting: Australia
About: Five Bells concerns four main characters who visit Circular Quay in Sydney on the same day: Ellie, a PhD student; James, a teacher; Catherine, an Irish woman mourning the loss of her brother; and Pei Xing, a Chinese woman. (From Wikipedia)




This is Paradise, by Kristiana Kahakauwila
Setting: Hawaii
About: For visitors from Oklahoma to Okinawa, the Hawaiian Islands are paradise, even if only for a little while. But for natives and locals, surrounded by tourists, tormented by a heritage they can no longer maintain, life on these lava rocks is anything but perfect.




Leaves of the Banyan Tree, by Alan Wendt
Setting: Samoa
About: An epic spanning three generations, Leaves of the Banyan Tree tells the story of a family and community in Western Samoa, exploring on a grand scale such universal themes as greed, corruption, colonialism, exploitation, and revenge. (From Amazon)





The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera
Setting: New Zealand

About: As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.


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Mysteries With Sherlock Holmes

Since the character Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1887, he has found himself solving countless mysteries both in print and on screen. Solve some with him at Walker Memorial Library!

Adult Fiction:

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
First Published: 1887
About: Eccentric, arrogant, and ingenious, Sherlock Holmes remains the world’s most popular and influential fictional detective. In four novels and fifty six short stories, Holmes, with his trusted friend Dr. Watson, steps from his comfortable quarters at 221B Baker Street into the swirling fog of London. Combining detailed observation with brilliant deduction, Holmes rescues the innocent, confounds the guilty, and solves the most perplexing puzzles crime has to offer. (From Back of Book)

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, by Lyndsay Faye
Published: 2017
About: Seasoned Sherlock-ian Faye adds two new stories to 13 she’s previously published to give a synoptic overview of the career of the famed consulting detective. (From Kirkus Reviews)

Elementary: The First Season
Released: 2013
About: A contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes who investigates crimes in modern-day New York City as a consultant to the NYPD and is assisted by Joan Watson, a former surgeon, who is hired by Holmes’ wealthy father to help keep the eccentric detective sober. (From Amazon)

Mr. Holmes
Released: 2015
About: In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan to his farmhouse. Holmes faces the end of his days, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement.

Sherlock: Series One
Released: 2010
About: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (From IMDB)

Sherlock Holmes
Released: 2009
About: Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (From IMDB)

Young Sherlock Holmes
Released: 1985
About: When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate. (From IMDB)

Juvenile Fiction:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Adapted by Kathy Wilmore; Illustrated by Ned Butterfield
Published: 2000
About: The story of Sherlock Holmes adapted for young readers.

The Baker Street Peculiars, by Roger Langridge; Illustrated by Andy Hirsch
Published: 2017
About: When a giant lion statue in Trafalgar Square comes to life and wreaks havoc on 1930s London, it seems like the perfect case for the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. With an overwhelmed caseload, however, Holmes recruits the help of three precocious young detectives-in-training (and one cunning golden retriever) to solve the mystery…(From Amazon)

The Dark Lady, by Irene Adler
Published: 2014
About: While on summer vacation, little Irene Adler meets a young William Sherlock Holmes. The two share stories of pirates and have battles of wit while running wild on the sunny streets and rooftops. When Sherlock’s friend, Lupin, joins in on the fun, they all become fast friends. But the good times end abruptly when a dead body floats ashore on the nearby beach. The young detective trio will have to put all three of their heads together to solve this mystery. (From Google Books)

Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, by Shane Peacock
Published: 2007
About: Living as an outcast amongst his classmates due to his family heritage, young Sherlock finds comfort studying the world around him and reconstructing events, but when he decides to snoop around for clues to solve a sensational murder, Sherlock is accused of the crime and now must use all his mystery-solving clues to save himself. (From Google Books)

Kid Sherlock, Written/Lettered by Justin Phillips; Art by Sean Gregory Miller; Colors by Lesley Atlansky
First Published: 2017
About: John Watson is nervous being the only dog at his new school, Baker Elementary. But when he takes an interest in fellow student, Sherlock Holmes, the two become unlikely, and sometimes contentious, friends. Together they deal with bullies, track down lost toys, investigate stolen playground equipment, and even face an unseen threat terrorizing the school halls. All the while Watson tries to help Sherlock make friends with his fellow students and Sherlock tries to help Watson become a better detective. (From Amazon)

The Mystery of the Conjured Man, by Tracy Mack & Michael Citrin
Published: 2009
About: The ragtag group of orphan boys known as the Baker Street Irregulars faces shady characters and seemingly real ghosts when they assist the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, in investigating the mysterious death of Greta Berlinger during a seance.

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Star Wars Day

If you love Star Wars, check out these related titles from our collection and “May the fourth” be with you!

Star Wars Episodes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, Rogue One 
The Clone Wars
Lego Star Wars
Star Wars Rebels

Graphic Novels:
 Star Wars Graphic Novels: Click Here for Full List

Carrie Fisher’s memoirs The Princess Diarist, and Wishful Drinking
How Star Wars Conquered the Universe : The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor
The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton
How to Draw Star Wars Heroes, Creatures, Space-ships, and Other Fantastic Things by Lee J. Ames

Children’s Fiction Books:
Star Wars Fiction: Click Here for a Full List 

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Mystery Writer Read-Alikes

Solve the mystery of which book to read next! If you are on the hunt for a new mystery author, look no further: these authors are available now at Walker Memorial Library.

To learn more about what these authors have in common, go to NoveList Plus through the library’s website, or click here.

To see which books are available at Walker, Click here.

If You Like...You May Enjoy...
Lee ChildJames Lee Burke
Vince Flynn
Patrick Lee
Ace Atkins
Sue GraftonMarcia Muller
Raymond Chandler
Judith A. Jance
Sara Paretsky
Ingrid Thoft
Nevada Barr
Carol Higgins Clark
Agatha ChristieNgaio Marsh
Louise Penny
M.C. Beaton
Carolyn G. Hart
Patricia Daniels Cornwell
Val McDermidSara Paretsky
Laurie R. King
Denise Mina
P.D. James
Patricia Daniels Cornwell
Michael Connelly
Robert B. ParkerRaymond Chandler
Michael Koryta
Laura Lippman
Robert Crais
Lawrence Block
Dennis LeHane
Michael Brandman

All suggestions come from NoveList.

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Earth Day (Sunday April 22)

Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the planet we call home. These books are found in
Walker Memorial Library’s Youth Services room. Click on a picture to find out more!