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Youth Fiction Review: All the Answers by Kate Messner

12-year-old Ava is a worrier. She worries about her grandpa, who lives in a long-term memory care facility and never seems to be happy anymore. She worries about math tests. She worries about field trips. She worries that she'll embarrass herself at jazz band auditions. She worries that her parents...

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Fiction Book Review: The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk

Dagmara Dominczyk’s The Lullaby of Polish Girls is an engaging book about contemporary Polish-American identity and an ideal book to read in honor of the library’s celebration of Polish culture this May. The story centers around three friends, Anna, Kamila, and Justyna, who first meet when Anna is...

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Zombie Prom Photos and Video

It was a "Night to Dismember" for the teens who were at our Zombie Prom last week.  The frightfully undead evening had zombie dancing, makeup effects station, craft, and even a costume contest. We ended the night with all of the costumed patricipants posing for a group photo. Thanks to all...

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Fiction Book Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests is an absorbing work of historical fiction with well-developed characters and a slow building sense of dread. The story opens in 1922 when genteel spinster Frances Wray and her mother are forced to take in lodgers (referred to as “paying guests”) to help make ends meet. Len and...

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Picture Book Review: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Every Sunday, CJ and his nana take the bus to the last stop on Market Street. On this particularly Sunday, it's raining. And CJ feels like complaining. It isn't fair that they have to wait in the rain for the bus when other folks have cars. It isn't fair that he doesn't have a fancy iPod to help...

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Afterhours Zombie Prom for Teens

They're coming...  Friday, April 24, will truly be a night to dismember! Teens are invited to Afterhours Zombie Prom from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Main Library. The Library will be open - but just for zombies in 7th through 12th grade. Enjoy pizza, music, brain bucket trivia, and other activities...

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Picture Book Review: A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara

Elinor's class is studying poetry and getting ready to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day. On that very special day, each student will have a chance to read an original poem aloud to a real, live poet at a school-wide assembly. Elinor can't wait. Hoping to impress her teacher, the visiting poet, and...

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Graphic Novel Review: Howtoons

Tucker and Celine are just doing what they do best--stirring up a little mischief--when their desperate mom challenges them to "make something other than trouble." Vivid comic panels relay easy-to-follow instructions that whisk Tucker and Celine (and the reader) away on an adventure in repurposing...

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Fiction Book Review: Disgruntled

Disgruntled by Asali Solomon is a powerful coming of age story. Kenya Curtis is different from most of her classmates in 1980s West Philadelphia. She celebrates Kwanzaa, not Christmas, and she is not allowed to eat pork. Her parents, Johnbrown and Sheila, are black activists and regularly hold...

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Picture Book Review: One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl

When two brown bears refuse to share, one bear lucks out--and the other thinks that isn't fair. Rollicking, tongue-twisting rhymes take the reader through similar scenarios that count up the number line from two brown bears to "ten tall, twisty playground slides," with one lonely animal missing out...

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