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Respectful Kneeling

Posted: October 6, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Two high school students from Victory and Praise Christian Academy in Texas were removed from their football team because they knelt during the national anthem. Students at high schools as well as NFL players are kneeling during the national anthem. Many people say kneeling is disrespectful. One fan attending the Bears Packers game on Thursday said

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Growing up Gourmet: 125 Healthy Meals for Everybody and Every Baby by Jennifer Carlson

Parenting Collection

Posted: October 5, 2017
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

When it comes to motherhood, some days I can say, “I got this!” and handle whatever comes my way. Baby threw her bottle in the toilet? No problem. Dog puked on the rug? Easy. Diaper explosion? I’ve got extra clothes and diapers in my bag. Other days, I feel like I’m flying blind. Proclamations I

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Middle School Reviews: Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me

Posted: October 3, 2017

What’s your name?: Nafeesa What school do you attend?: N/A What grade are you in school?: 6th grade What are you reviewing?: A book What’s the title of what you are reviewing?: Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler Did you like it?: This is my favorite genre. A girl named KJ starts her junior year at

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The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Moore

Understanding Better

Posted: September 1, 2017
By: Josh O'Shea, Young Adult Librarian

Leading from last week’s blog, I wanted to provide some books at the library, including ones I’ve read and recommend, as well as books I want to read. My experience with books like these is that I feel I’m able to see through someone else’s eyes and gain empathy and understanding of their views. Often,

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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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