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A horizontal stack of classic books.

Transitioning to the Classics

Posted: March 22, 2018
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian - Homeschool Services

My family and I recently visited Walt Disney World and it was a wonderful, magical trip.  One thing we did was visit Tom Sawyer’s Island in the Magic Kingdom. This tiny island is designed to look just like the setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. You take a raft over to the

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Kids display their collections in the Youth Department.

Youth Display Cases

Posted: March 15, 2018
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

Each time we enter the library, my almost 2-year-old daughter makes a beeline through the Circulation Department toward the display cases in the front of the Youth Department. She circles them, checking each collection, and announces her favorites to me. “Mama, trolls! POPPY!” she shouted at me on our most recent visit. Often, she hunkers

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Kathy Hollahan and Dawn Bussey.

Congratulations Kathy Hollahan!

Posted: March 12, 2018
By: Dawn Bussey, Library Director

Kathy Hollahan is one of those library employees whose work and talent occur behind the scenes. Yet her work impacts every person walking through the doors of the library, as she is responsible for all the signage both inside and outside the building. Kathy has created a brand that the community recognizes, particularly through The

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Teen girl sitting in chair reading a book.

What’s Good?

Posted: March 9, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

What is good? When it comes to art, books, movies, or other interactions involving feelings and ideas, the short answer is, we don’t know exactly. Humans tend to make general rules about how we can decide if something is good, such as saying, “The more diversity we have, the better life is.” What we can

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Indoor Gardening: Growing Air Plants, Terrariums, and More by Lisa J. Amstutz

Get Outside and Get Gardening!

Posted: March 8, 2018
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero The days are (thankfully) getting warmer, and soon we’ll start to see the arrival of spring! This means trees will get their leaves back, flowers will begin blooming, and more animal friends will come out to play. March is a

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A Picture of Mary Shelley and her monster.

Why Frankenstein Still Connects with Us 200 Years Later

Posted: March 5, 2018
By: Kim Lashbrook, Marketing and Graphics Production Clerk

In 2018, the world is celebrating the creation of Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s monster. Thanks to the movies, many of us have a picture of Frankenstein’s monster in our heads as a giant, green-hued goliath marked with stitches and held together with bolts. But the vision in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus was

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Youth Media Award Winners

Posted: March 1, 2018
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

I am always excited when it’s my turn to blog and the Youth Media Awards (YMA) have just been announced! On Monday, February 12, I could once again be found at home watching the awards stream on my iPad. The YMAs include the Newbery, Caldecott, Geisel, and Coretta Scott King awards, as well as many

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State of Mind

Posted: February 23, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Have you heard the phrase “a state of mind” or “just a state of mind”? I’ve seen this phrased used to imply that calling something “just a state of mind” makes it less important than things that are more concrete. But a state of mind is very important, and can have as much influence on

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A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Who Tells Your Story?

Posted: February 22, 2018
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

In her powerful TED Talk, the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the danger of a reading only a single story about a person or place. In particular, she mentions how vulnerable and impressionable children are when they read stories. As a young girl, she loved to read foreign tales, but never seeing herself reflected

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Picture of what a page in a bullet journal looks like.

Dear Diary

Posted: February 15, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Are you ever overwhelmed by all the events you have planned or the tasks you need to complete, but you don’t want to be tied to a traditional calendar? Enter the bullet journal, or bujo for short. It’s basically a hybrid diary, planner, and to-do list housed in one completely customizable notebook. Bullet journals are

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