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.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand is a controversial author these days, and her most commonly recommended book is Atlas Shrugged. However, I feel that this book, The Fountainhead, is a much better introduction to her thinking.

The Fountainhead is the story of an architect, kicked out of college, who fights to keep his artistic integrity. It's also the story of a newspaperman who panders to the uncritical, and the collision between the two over a woman results in some unexpected discoveries.

This book challenges people to think carefully about what integrity really means and the power of art. It questions assumptions we make about the value of helping someone indiscriminantly and the reasons for doing things. Anyone who appreciates a challenge to their assumptions should definitely read this book.

If The Fountainhead interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We have it not only in paperback, but you can use Overdrive to get it in audiobook format, as well as the 1949 movie on DVD starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.