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O Brave New World!

In 1946, Aldous Huxley published Brave New World – a science fiction tale about a society that has erased all individuality and emotion to achieve stability. Dystopias like this have been around for many years in both books and movies, but the popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins has made it a [...]

August 26th, 2012
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It’s the end-of-summer party!!

As August makes its way past the halfway mark, things are winding down in the Children’s Room – no longer are there throngs of children waiting to get their reading logs stamped as soon as the library opens. The game concludes this Friday, roughly two weeks before public schools open on September 10th. Participants in [...]

August 22nd, 2012
artemis fowl

Series! Beginning, Continuing, Ending

The drama of loving series! There is the hesitation – even reluctance – to begin a new one, the joy of being midway through and knowing that there is more to come, the heartbreak of the ending. This month the Children’s Room is awash with series, in all phases of their life cycles, for older [...]

August 16th, 2012
it jes happened

Cooking, Drawing and Baseball: New Books for Younger Readers

Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland With words and illustrations as exuberant as Julia Child herself, this lively biography features handwritten captions and cartoon-style pictures that burst with Julia’s lust for food and life itself. Starting with her conventional upbringing and her travels during World War II [...]

August 8th, 2012
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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Starting school elicits a range of feelings–I’m going to recommend a few books I really like, but please spend time exploring all the kindergarten books in our collection so you can find one that matches your kindergartener (and you!). My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells Tracing a full kindergarten year, this book introduces all the parts [...]

August 2nd, 2012