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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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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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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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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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Youth Fiction Review: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Like any respectable cowboy, Leroy Ninker has a hat, boots, and a lasso--the only thing he's missing is a horse. But all of that changes when Leroy decides to take fate in his hands, wrestle it to the ground, and find his dream horse. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up is the first book in a charming new...

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Picture Book Review: The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

The Midnight Library is a quiet, feel-good bedtime book celebrates libraries with a gentle story line about a patient librarian, her three assistant owls, and the visitors who keep them busy all night long.  Bold lines and a striking palette of gold, black, and dark blue lend a retro vibe...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Did you know that the U.S. Navy practiced segregation during WWII? Due to long-standing policies, African Americans enlistees were barred from combat and leadership roles and allowed to serve only as mess attendants and cargo loaders. At the Port Chicago naval base in the San Francisco Bay, legions...

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