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Picture Book Review: Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

Elliot is a little elephant in a very big city. While Elliot loves living amid all the hustle and bustle, sometimes being small is lonely and frustrating. Doorknobs always seem to be just a bit beyond Elliot's reach, and even brushing his teeth is impossible without a large box to stand on. But...

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Youth Fiction Review: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose is different from her fellow 5th graders, and she knows it. Nobody else in her class keeps a list of homonyms. Nobody else likes to think about prime numbers. Nobody else is quite so rigidly devoted to following routines and obeying rules. And nobody else shares Rose's official diagnosis of "...

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Teen Review: The Scar Boys

Looking for something good to read? Here's a book review written by Sarah H., one of our Teen Advisory Board members:  Fantasy is taking over these days. Dystopian novels are all the rage and it is hard to find new books that aren't fantasy, dystopian, or sci-fi. I was volunteering at the...

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Youth Graphic Nonfiction Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

Starting a new school is never easy, but it's especially challenging for Cece, who is "severely to profoundly" deaf after a bout of meningitis. Because her new school doesn't offer special classes for children with hearing loss, Cece learns to read lips and is fitted with a bulky but powerful new...

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Picture Book Review: Construction by Sally Sutton

A hard-working, multicultural crew uses a variety of big machines to complete a very special building project: a library! Rhythmic text, driven by strong verbs and onomatopoeia, makes Construction a fun read-aloud. Subtle shifts in perspective allow readers to glimpse different parts of the site as...

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Spooky Reads for Teens

Looking for your next great book to read? Here's a tantalizing mix of new titles offering chills and thrills, perfect reading for this time of year. So, give one of these a try--if you dare. Don't see anything you like? Ask one of our librarians for a recommendation or try this list: Teens' Top Ten...

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Announcing...the winners of the 2014 Paint-a-Pumpkin contest!

58 crafty kids decorated pumpkins for our 2014 Paint-a-Pumpkin contest. Visitors at the Main Library voted for their favorite pumpkin during the week of October 20 - 26. After tallying over 300 ballots, we are pleased to announce this year's winners. In the Grades K-2 category, Kalani K. takes top...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

11-year-old Violet feels like an outsider in both her hometown and in her own family. Violet's father, who died before she was born, was African-American; her mom and half-sister are white. With her dark hair and skin, Violet doesn't look anything like her mother, half-sister, neighbors, or...

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It's Teen Read Week

So, Happy Teen Read Week! What exactly is Teen Read Week? That's a great question. It's an annual initiative celebrated in October in libraries across the country to encourage teens to read, visit, and use libraries often.  In the spirit of Teen Read Week, here are just four of many services...

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Picture Book Review: Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Sophie meets Bernice at the farmers' market, she knows she's found a forever-friend. There's just one catch: Bernice is a squash. As autumn turns to winter, Bernice begins to change--and Sophie finds a creative way to let their friendship grow. Gentle humor and lots of charm make Sophie's...

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