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100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz

What’s On Your Happiness List?

Posted: August 17, 2017
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

I admit it, I am a frequent list maker. Grocery lists, to-do lists, packing lists, bucket lists, book lists…there are all kinds of reasons to make lists. Many people make lists in order to stay focused on the tasks at hand and to help them get things done. Lists can be serious “pro and con”

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Busting Boredom with Art Projects by Mary Boone

Boredom Busters

Posted: July 27, 2017
By: Stephanie Rivera, Youth Department Director

With summer vacation more than halfway over, you may be feeling restless and a little bored. You’ve likely tackled the summer with gusto and visited some of your favorite local places to pass the time. If you’ve exhausted all of your regular activities and are still looking for things to do, we have you covered!

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City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems

The Dog Days of Summer

Posted: July 20, 2017
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

The end of July has arrived, and in my house, that signals the arrival of a few things. Our favorite blueberries from Michigan have arrived at the Farmer’s Market in full force and in the coming weeks, local sweet corn will start trickling in from farms surrounding our area. As a former teacher, I traditionally

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It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind of a Funny (Heavy) Story

Posted: July 14, 2017
By: Madeline, Teen Blogger

A year or two ago I picked up a book at Barnes & Noble because I thought it had a cool cover: a boy’s head with maps traced in his silhouette. I looked at the back, and thought, “Wow, this seems like some heavy stuff to put in a book. Perfect.” The premise was that a

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Read While You Ride!

Posted: July 13, 2017
By: Angela Vahle, Youth Associate

Six Read Alouds to Make the Longest Trips Fly By Now that July has come, I dare say we have all realized summer is here to stay. What may not have set in, is that summer sometimes means road trips, and road trips often bring you to “What on earth are my kids going to

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We Need Diverse Books

What the World Needs

Posted: July 7, 2017
By: Annabel P., Teen Blogger

Your finger skims along a row of laminated young adult books. As your finger smooths over the ridges of the colorful books, it lands on one of the thicker novels that appears to be the first book in a series. Pulling out the book, you skim the cover where a beautiful teenage girl stares dramatically

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Korgi by Christian Slade

Great Graphic Novels

Posted: July 6, 2017
By: Kelly Mahoney, Youth Associate

What comes to mind when you hear the term Comics? Superheroes? Garfield, Peanuts, and other Sunday morning funnies? Pokemon and Manga? Comic books, more commonly known today as graphic novels, are becoming an increasingly important part of American literature for young people. While traditional comic book heroes, classic newspaper strips and Manga series are still

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The Great Outdoors

Posted: June 15, 2017
By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian

Hopefully this doesn’t jinx anything, but I think the weather has finally turned a corner, and we have some good times outdoors ahead. Going outside and enjoying nature is a wonderful way to bond as a family, and it can be done on any budget. People, in general, are spending less time outside — so

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Monstrous Affections by Kelly Link and Gaving J. Grant

Judge a Book by Its Cover

Posted: June 2, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Some people say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” which typically means you should get to know something, or someone, before you decide what you think about it or them. It can refer to how a person dresses, or how food looks, or anything else you may wish to make a snap judgement about.

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Food for Thought

Posted: June 1, 2017
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

When taken literally, Food for Thought can lead you to books that help you create food that nourishes your body and enables you to do your best thinking. Explore our nutrition section (J613.2) where you can find books like Striking a Healthy Balance by Kristin Petrie. If you want to learn more about where your

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