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The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Posted: December 12, 2018

My name is Katherine. I go to Hadley Jr. High and I reviewed The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. I like this book because running is something I like to do, just like the main character in the book. Throughout this book, many events happened and some even made me cry. In the book,

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Posted: December 12, 2018

My name is Anna. I go to Hadley Jr. High and I reviewed The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein. I liked The Hobbit because there were many magical creatures and events that I felt like I was experiencing, too. Bilbo goes on a special journey with the dwarves and Gandalf that no Hobbit has

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What Does the Vox Say?

Posted: December 11, 2018
By: Melissa Hilt, Community Engagement Librarian

Over the past few years, we have had more and more people telling us they no longer own a CD player at home, and new cars often don’t come with one, either. Playaways are available at the library for adults and older kids, and we also have apps to check out books on a mobile

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What I Just Read: Island of the Blue Dolphins (Part I: Historical Background)

Posted: December 10, 2018
By: Nada A., Teen Blogger

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a story about an islander named Karana and is one of my favorite books. Vibrant and realistic, it begins as a mystery and transforms into a spirited tale about resourcefulness and tradition. It is sure to have a lasting impact on readers. Author Scott O’Dell enjoyed the outdoors as

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Hygge (Hue-guh): Let’s Get Cozy

Posted: December 4, 2018
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

This is not a quiet time of year. Holidays, weather, work, and school all seem to require more of us. I don’t know about you, but last week has me feeling the need for a little hygge (hue-guh). This Danish concept is used to describe a feeling or a moment that is, essentially, calm and

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New to Nonfiction? Recommendations for Young Readers

Posted: November 14, 2018
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

My second grader recently brought home his reading log from school. This year the students in his class are tasked with finding books from different genres, and the first three assigned were fantasy, realistic fiction, and nonfiction. My son loves fantasy, and almost everything he reads includes a talking toilet, lifelike robot, or complaining crayons.

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Get to Thirty Million Words

Posted: November 7, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Do you find the human brain fascinating? Are you a parent, grandparent, or caregiver? Are you an educator or are you interested in education? Are you a speech therapist? Do you love the power of language? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to read Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s

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Veterans Day: Making it Meaningful for Kids

Posted: November 6, 2018
By: Kelli Rolston, Youth Associate

Every year, on November 11, we honor veterans, living and deceased, who have served our country. It is difficult for many children to imagine the ways service members risked their lives and the hardships they endured to protect our freedom. How can you help your child show veterans their appreciation and gratitude? 1. Display your

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Celebremos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage and El Día De Los Muertos

Posted: October 11, 2018
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate

National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15 through October 15, honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of people from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. El Día De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a multi-day holiday celebrated October 31 through November 2. It originated in central and

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School-Year Rituals Can Keep Families Connected

Posted: September 20, 2018
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

Whether it’s a daily bedtime routine, a weekly pizza and a movie night, or annual holiday or birthday traditions, many of us can point to a ritual we have in our families. In her book, The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day, Meg Cox highlights the

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