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The Importance of Pleasure Reading

One of the main goals of my job as a librarian is to help children become lifelong readers. I believe that a love of reading enhances life, opens new worlds, and expands minds. It can help children become happier, more well-rounded, more empathetic, more educated, and generally better citizens of this country and of the […]

October 30th, 2013

Spooky Stories for Halloween and Other Traditions

The Ghost’s Dinner by Jacques Duquennoy What happens when ghosts dine together? Find out when Henry hosts a dinner party for friends. Ghosts enjoy what you and I like – drinks, appetizers, the main course, and dessert. But these ghosts turn into the colors and shapes of what they eat! Delight in this meal that […]

October 23rd, 2013

A Mouse, an Owl, and a Mountain Dog: New Books for Older Readers

Sugar, by Jewell Parker Rhodes On the River Road Plantation, ten-year-old Sugar hates all things sweet, and hates her name. Slavery is over, but she and her family must harvest cane to make a living with her fellow plantation workers. Sugar is curious and vexed by this “freedom,” and cures her restlessness with the elders’ […]

October 16th, 2013

Big and Mighty: New Books for Younger Readers

The Mighty Lalouche, by Matthew Olshan , illustrated by Sophie Blackall Lalouche is a humble french postman with a yellow finch for a best friend. One day his boss pulls up in a fancy new electric autocar and tells Lalouche he’s been replaced, “A walking postman’s far too slow.” Poor little Lalouche, worried he will […]

October 9th, 2013

Beyond the Tree House and the Fairies: The Wide World of Chapter Books

You’ve read each and every Magic Tree House in the series (49 and counting!). You never leave the library without a stack of sparkly Rainbow Magic Fairy books. And your patience for Captain Underpants is wearing thin. Sometimes it seems like only a few chapter book series dominate the green dot section at our library. […]

October 2nd, 2013