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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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Youth Biography Review: Papa is a Poet by Natalie S. Bober

15-year-old Lesley describes life with her father, poet Robert Frost, as he finds his voice while the family moves from a New Hampshire farm to a thatch-covered cottage in England and back again. Unfolding Robert Frost through the eyes of a teenaged daughter lends this book a unique, kid-...

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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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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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Youth Fiction Review: Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

In 1870 Louisiana, ten-year-old Sugar is an orphan and a freed slave earning her keep through hard labor on a sugarcane plantation. Long hours of grueling work don't make Sugar feel very free, but Sugar has plenty of friends and plenty of support in the tight-knit community of her fellow laborers....

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Picture Book Review: Let's Make Faces by Hanoch Piven

Did you know that there are all sorts of fun faces waiting to be discovered in ordinary household objects? You're sure to look at the world around you with new eyes after reading this creative and inspiring book. Teachers and parents, take note: Let's Make Faces provides a great jumping-off point...

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2014 ALA Awards: Youth and Teen Books, Movies, and Audio Books

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the top books, videos, and audio books for children and young adults published or produced in 2013 - including the winners of the 2014 Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards.      BOOKS FOR YOUTH AND TEENS Alex...

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Kids Create Paper Beads

Kids in grades 3 and up spent their day off from school creating beads out of recycled paper.  Check out these instructions and see how you can make your own!     How to Make a Paper Bead: Supplies: Recycled paper Scissors or paper cutter Glue stick Toothpick Cut your recycled...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

In 1854 London, a teen orphan (known as Eel) tries to fend for himself while protecting his younger brother from their ill-intentioned stepfather. Things turn from bad to worse when an epidemic of cholera ravishes the Broad Street neighborhood that Eel calls home. Conventional wisdom holds that...

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