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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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New Nonfiction

A couple of times a year we like to highlight some of the recent nonfiction that we have added to the Library collection. With the new Common Core standards, many schools are placing new emphasis on nonfiction, and giving these types of terrific books some new attention. Here we have some examples of new narrative [...]

July 24th, 2013
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Dolls, Wishes, and Secrets: New Books for Older Readers

Doll Bones by Holly Black, with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler The co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles series has crafted a truly creepy tale of an old bone-china doll and the three friends that she may or may not be haunting. Zach’s dad threw away his action figures, so he can no longer play the game that [...]

July 10th, 2013
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Audiobooks: Great Family Entertainment

I am a big fan of audiobooks. I love to listen to books in the car, and will occasionally move them into the house because I can’t bear to stop listening, even though the car trip is done. Summer trips are a perfect time to listen to books on CD in the car. In the [...]

June 26th, 2013