Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

Young Talia grew up having to hide her reading, expecting to be required to either get married, or enter a religious order. Her family and culture would never agree to her chasing her real dream: to become a hero and help others, like in the books she read about The Last Herald-Mage Vanyel. We see Talia escape home, with the aid of a white horse, and brought to the capital of her land, where she enters schooling and is picked on and discouraged by others who fear the good she might one day do. And we see her ultimately triumph, discovering a plot to corrupt the rulership of Valdemar, and eventually preparing to leave school, to carry out her dreams of being a hero.

Why did I like this book? Because it's a rolicking adventure of a young girl who never loses track of what she truly wants to do, and makes the most of the opportunities given. I like that it shows that heroism is not necessarily about the big flashy things, but sometimes about the smaller things like teaching a young child discipline.

This book is a wonderful book for those who like magic, like horses, like magic horses, and who like the underdog rising to save the day. While there's much for young people to enjoy, there's also more mature themes on ethics and the price to be paid in helping others.

If Arrows of the Queen interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.