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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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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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The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Middle School Reviews: The Wild Robot by

Posted: February 13, 2018

What’s your name?: Emily  What school do you attend?: Glen Crest Middle School What grade are you in school?: 6th grade What are you reviewing?: A book What’s the title of what you are reviewing?: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown Did you like it?: Definitely! I loved the concept about putting something man-made and emotionless in an opposite world

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Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer

Free-Verse Poetry for Children

Posted: February 8, 2018
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director

Poetry has always been my favorite type of writing, both as a child and as an adult. This type of writing forces the author to be intentional in their choice of words, which can create a powerful statement. Poets use words to show rather than tell. For example, instead of writing “I was so mad!”

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A young girl alone playing the guitar.

Sing Your Heart Out

Posted: February 2, 2018
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Some of us sing and want no one to ever, ever — not in a million years — hear us. Dogs start howling. Cats scream and run. Chickens cluck like they’re possessed. Nearby babies wail. Fish swim deeper. Sounds terrible, eh? (Pun intended!) But what happens to us when we sing is, well, oh so

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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Page to Screen

Posted: January 25, 2018
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

It’s always fun when a great book is turned into a movie. It’s exciting to see your favorite characters come to life on the big screen. But it can be a little disappointing if your favorite part of the book is left out, or something in the movie doesn’t look quite the way you imagined

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Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice and the Decorated Style by Paul Binski

The Joy of Fog

Posted: December 22, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Rainy, misty, gray-clouded days are my favorite. I associate those days with serenity, curiosity, and wanderlust. I feel calm because I don’t have ideas of what I’m supposed to do on those days; I can do whatever I want. I always wonder, “what’s out there” in a way that I don’t on clear days; the shadowy

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DIY Gift Ideas

Posted: December 21, 2017
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director

With the holidays in full swing, you may need help with gift-giving ideas. Many people, parents included, appreciate handmade gifts that come from the heart rather than something that can be bought at the store. Handmade gifts can be cherished over the years and bring back memories of past holidays. The library has plenty of

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