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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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Are You Listening?

Posted: August 10, 2017
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Programming Associate

Are you a lover of audiobooks? Do you prefer holding a book in your hand? Are you indifferent? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this post is for you. I’ll admit, I joined the audiobook world hesitantly and begrudgingly. I did not want listen to a book, I wanted to physically

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Row of school lockers.

Organization Tips for Middle Schoolers (And Their Parents)

Posted: August 3, 2017
By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian

As we’re coming toward the end of our summer reading program, benefiting Supplies 4 Success, we’ve been thinking of other ways to help our young readers succeed, whether it be by preventing summer slide, having fun over the summer months, or prepping for the upcoming school year. Going into middle school may be the first

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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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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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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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Pre through Grade 4 Reading Level Chart

The Dangers of Leveled Reading

Posted: June 22, 2017
By: Megan Stepniewski, Youth Associate

Don’t get me wrong! Leveled reading is a wonderful tool that has come into existence. For years, many kids have struggled to learn how to read just because educators did not know where a child was coming from in regards to phonetic and text awareness. Each child is so different in comprehension levels of phonics,

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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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Summer Reading Loss Statistics

The Importance of Summer Reading

Posted: June 8, 2017
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

At the end of every year we visit the schools to talk about summer reading. We tell students how important it is to continue reading during the summer so they can keep up their reading skills they worked so hard this past school year to build and avoid something called the summer slide. This is

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