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First Friday: “What Went Wrong” Live Storytelling

On June 3, the First Friday series continues with an evening of live storytelling. We have invited authors and veteran storytellers Joyce Maynard, Jeff Greenwald, Kari Kiernan, Naomi Newman, and Anthony Bedard to tell live, true stories about “What Went Wrong.” To add to the excitement, the evening will include an open mic stortelling session, [...]

May 27th, 2011
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E.B. White: He’s Not Just for Kids

E.B. White wrote three of the most beloved novels for children in the history of American book publishing. To this day, young readers and their parents continue to embrace The Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte’s Web, and Stuart Little. And justly so: They’re warm, funny, and joyous books. One of the them — Charlotte’s Web [...]

May 25th, 2011
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The War to End All Wars (2010)

The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman I was about 15 when my father took the family on a tour of war cemeteries in Northern France. It was one of the very few times I saw my father weep. It is profoundly moving to see the rows and rows of [...]

May 24th, 2011

YA: Nonfiction Doesn’t Suck

Non-fiction books I haven’t had a chance to read, but can’t wait to devour: Earth: a visitor’s guide to the human race written and edited by Jon Stewart … et al. Hello Cruel World: 101 alternatives to suicide for teens, freaks, and other outlaws by Kate Bornstein Illustrations from the inside by The Beat Within [...]

May 20th, 2011
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YA: Nonfiction Doesn’t Suck: Fast Girls

Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut by Emily White “She is a fugly slut!” Regina George, Mean Girls You don’t have to have seen Mean Girls to know the phrase “slut” is tossed around as casually in high school as peanuts at a baseball game. Why is it so prevalent in [...]

May 19th, 2011
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YA: Nonfiction Doesn’t Suck: The World’s Religions

The World’s Religions by Huston Smith I first read this book in my high school World Religions class. So why did I buy something for the library that I read over 10 years ago? Because, after 10 years, I still remember a shocking amount of information from this book. (The book was updated in 2009, [...]

May 18th, 2011
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A Long Way from Chicago (1998)

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck I think Historical Fiction gets a bad rap. Working in the Children’s Room I very rarely have a kid ask me for historical fiction, unless it’s for a school assignment, and then they often moan and complain that they have to read something so old. I get [...]

May 18th, 2011
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Book Review: People of the Whale

People of the Whale by Linda Hogan Linda Hogan, a Chickasaw novelist and poet, has written a beautiful, moving and somber novel about  the effects of love, tradition, war and identity on an imaginary Native American tribe in Washington, the A’ atsika.   The two main characters, Ruth and Thomas, are young lovers steeped in the [...]

May 17th, 2011