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BANNED! Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banning books. Challenging novels. Censorship. Sounds like something from a couple of generations ago, right? Unfortunately, these practices are alive and well in 2013 America, and it is children’s books that are most frequently under fire. Some books that are now considered classics, such as Catcher in the Rye, Bridge to Terabithia, and  Are You There God, It’s [...]

September 25th, 2013
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2013 Man Booker and National Book Award Nominees

It’s award season, and now that the Emmys are over, we can safely turn off our tvs and get back to what really matters…the written word!  Several big-name literary awards have just announced their long and short lists of nominees, and with only 1 repeated title (The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri), this year’s lists provide [...]

September 23rd, 2013
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Drowned Towns, Eccentric Puzzles, and Time-Traveling Kids: New Books for Older Readers

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein Mr. Lemoncello, an eccentric game and puzzle designer, has funded a library in his home town. For the grand opening, Mr. Lemoncello (think Willy Wonka) holds an essay contest and a dozen lucky twelve-year-old winners will be the first to enter and encounter the mysteries of this [...]

September 18th, 2013
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Beautiful Journeys and Funny Food Stories: New Books for Younger Readers

Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Jill Barton Cats are two-sided creatures. They are lazy and cuddly when they bathe in the sun, careful and delicate as they groom their tail. But they can seem to turn into entirely other creatures when they stalk a mouse or vole, or prowl and pounce [...]

September 11th, 2013
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Get your library card and design a bookmark in September!

  Fall is a great time to start something new – like joining the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and librarians everywhere urge everyone, especially kids, to get library cards. Our staff will be visiting classrooms to spread the word, so don’t be surprised if your elementary-school child expresses an urgent desire to [...]

September 4th, 2013