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March Madness: Ultimate Winner

Final Battle: Harry Wins! In last week's final March Madness battle between heroes and villains, Harry Potter faced Sauron in the ultimate showdown. Harry Potter, nimble on his trusty Nimbus 2000 broomstick, quickly defeated Sauron's dreadful presence and stare. Afterwards, Harry was spotted...

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Announcing...the 2014 Monarch, Bluestem, Caudill and Abraham Lincoln winners + 2015 nominees.

After a busy year of reading, Illinois booklovers in grades K-12 have selected the 2014 winners of the Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill, and Abraham Lincoln Book Awards.     The Monarch Award Winners are chosen by readers in grades K-3. 1st Place...........The Gingerbread Man...

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March Madness Challenge: Week 4 Winner

Congratulations to our Week 4 winner, Sohail K.! He wins a paperback book of his choice.  To recap this week's Final Four battles, Harry Potter easily defeated Percy Jackson in a not-so-surprising victory. (Granted, Percy is a worthy and formidable opponent, but his Quidditch game could use...

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March Madness Challenge: Week 3 Winner

Congratulations, Harshita S.! She's the lucky winner in this week’s random drawing. The prize is a paperback book of her choice. Participate each week for your chance to win, too.  Week 3 Recap In this week’s battle between heroes, Harry Potter defeated Katniss and Percy Jackson defeated...

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March Madness Challenge: Week 2 Winner

The results are in for the second week of our online March Madness Challege: Heroes vs. Villains edition. During the Sweet Sixteen, Harry Potter edged out Tris from Divergent by one vote. Sorry, Tris. On the villains side, Lord Voldemort defeated President Snow in an epic battle. (Guess the odds...

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Spring Break Week at the Library: March 24-28, 2014

Looking for things to do when school's out? The Library will have plenty of activities to keep you and your little ones busy. Drop-in Board Games Monday, March 24 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Start off spring break the right way by dropping in to play some board games with your friends. All ages....

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Mystery Book Review: The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

The Cold Cold Ground unites suspense and the examination of social issues in a compact mystery novel. Set in Northern Ireland in 1981, the Maze Hunger strikes have captured international attention and Detective Sergeant Sean Duffy is assigned to investigate what appears to be a homosexual serial...

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March Madness Challenge: Week 1 Winner

Congratulations, high school senior Payal M.! She is the first weekly winner in our March Madness Challenge: Hereos vs. Villains. Payal wins a paperback book of her choice. Last week, Gandalf and Lord Voldemort won each of their battles easily. A final pairing between the two of them would be epic...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

12-year-old Deza Malone contends with many changes when the hardships--including a tragic accident, her father's absence, and a move from Gary, Indiana to Flint, Michigan--of the Great Depression test her family. Fans of Christopher Paul Curtis may recognize Deza from his 1999 novel, Bud, Not...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Anna prefers the company of books to the complex real-world friendships and social drama of her 4th grade classroom. During one change-filled year, Anna develops a new appreciation for her Chinese-American heritage, learns what it means to truly be a friend, and forges several unexpected bonds....

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