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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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Wanted: Teen Summer Volunteers

We're offering several project-oriented teams for students interested in volunteering with us this summer. The teams are: Art Beats Book Buddies Branch Helpers Craft Masters Lego Robotics Teen Techs Starting May 1, online applications will be available to District cardholders on this website. The...

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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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Fiction Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a compelling psychological thriller full of twists you never see coming. Lily and Ted meet at an airport bar and strike up a conversation. Freed by the thought of never seeing Lily again, Ted confesses that his beautiful wife is having an affair and that...

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Explore the World with National Geographic Kids

National Geographic for Kids shows the world in a way you've never see it before. Explore science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space through amazing videos and pictures. Keep learning with their in-depth books, magazines, and maps. Use National Geographic for Kids inside the Library, or use...

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