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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
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Songs, Scouts, and Essays: New Books for Older Readers

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Newbery Award winner (Kira-Kira) Kadohata has created another sweet and gentle story about Japanese Americans living in unusual situations. Twelve-year-old Summer is convinced that her family has nothing but bad luck. She nearly died from malaria and harbors a fear of (and fascination for) mosquitoes, which are everywhere. [...]

August 28th, 2013

Celebrate Reading and the End-of-Summer at Your Library!

Things are winding down in the Children’s Room – the clamoring crowds of kids waiting to get their reading logs stamped have thinned out, books are returning to the library by the dozen, and the phrase “back to school” is wafting on the breeze. But it’s not over yet… Now that “real” summer weather has [...]

August 21st, 2013
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Rain, Fog and Snow: New Books for Younger Readers

Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan Octopus hides in her dark cave. Her tentacles curve and twist around her bulbous body as she shyly watches the busy reef outside. When several small seahorses try to play, Octopus flees. In her attempts to avoid the curious creatures, she finds herself away from the reef, her familiar cave, [...]

August 15th, 2013
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Getting Ready to Read

As we approach the end of summer, families are getting ready to send their little ones off to school. If it’ll be your child’s first day of Kindergarten, check out our post about some great Kindergarten books. But if your child is younger, there are plenty of things you can do right now to get [...]

August 7th, 2013