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  • Ideas for change
    Posted on: Monday, March 06, 2017

    Eleven-year old Mikaila Ulmer wanted to do something about the disappearance of bees and its effect on the eco-system, so she set out to sell a honey-based lemonade.  Using a family recipe, she developed BeeSweet Lemonade and began to sell it through local vendors in Austin, TX.  After receiving a sizeable investment through the show Shark Tank, her product is now sold at major retailers throughout the southwest.  Mikaila has sustained her original motivation to support the environme

  • Child in snow
    Posted on: Monday, November 28, 2016

    Cold nose. Warm heart. Early childhood librarian Josh loves winter and loves the joy it brings children even more. Take a look at his suggestions for sharing winter together.

  • Family playing in autumn leaves
    Posted on: Tuesday, November 01, 2016

    This holiday, early childhood expert Josh hopes you find time to appreciate the good things in life - including reading with your kids!

  • robots
    Posted on: Monday, October 03, 2016

    *BeEp*BoP*BoOP*! The robots are coming! Children's librarian Josh has a great selection of books to share with your budding scientist.

  • Squirrel
    Posted on: Monday, February 29, 2016

    An early Spring seems to be here to stay in this neck of the woods. There is but one word that epitomizes the feeling I get when I begin to see (and sniff) the first signs of Spring rebirth: squirrels. Whether at the zoo, park, in your own backyard, or in one of the following books, I hope you get the chance to visit a non-nibbling squirrel in the near future. Keep reading together!

  • Drawing of a heart
    Posted on: Tuesday, February 02, 2016

    If you're like children's librarian Josh, you're not in love with Valentine's Day. But he's positive if you take a minute to share one (or more!) of these books with the special little one in your life, you'll be sure to enjoy Valentine’s Day just the teensiest bit more this year.

  • Child
    Posted on: Monday, January 04, 2016

    Greetings fellow parents and caregivers of young readers! It’s officially 2016 and the dawning of a new year is almost universally a time in which we pause to reflect on the year that was. But, if you’re a resolution-maker, I wish you all the courage and strength it takes to reach your goals. I wish I was an expert about such things and could offer some useful advice, but sadly I am just a librarian with a stack of excellent children’s literature perched atop my desk that I’m anxious to share! Let’s get to it, shall we? The following lists celebrate all things new, refreshed, or otherwise transformed. I hope this year you’ll resolve to share a story or three with a young reader and I hope you’ll feel refreshed by these stories that celebrate new beginnings!

  • Girl in the snow
    Posted on: Friday, December 04, 2015

    Some of my fondest memories with my family are from snow days, including warm mugs of hot chocolate, movie-watching, hide and seek with Gus the cat, hours of story-telling, almost as many hours of nap-taking, blanket forts, and lots of outdoor excursions. In our home we make a habit of celebrating our goofy winter getups. This winter I hope you’ll celebrate too by overdressing, playing outside when it’s snowy, and reading some of the following books that highlight the many snuggly layers of winter.

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