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  • Girl at sunset
    Posted on: Monday, April 04, 2016

    It’s often very difficult to help a child cope with loss; sometimes we don’t know how to process the grief ourselves. Dealing with difficult subjects vicariously through the characters in stories can sometimes help us find the words to discuss what’s happened with our little ones. Sometimes there are no words. Sometimes there are just tears. And that’s okay too. Children's Librarian Josh has carefully selected a handful of books to help your family through the toughest times.

     

  • Red and blue wall
    Posted on: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    How can the lyrics from a song change your life? Circ clerk Reagan received inspiration from a Bikini Kill song and set out on a journey of self-discovery. Found out how books can lead to self-discovery and lifelong happiness through her thought-provoking suggestions.

  • Battling Books
    Posted on: Sunday, March 13, 2016

    It's NCAA Tournament time - March Madness®! Since we are a library system and playing basketball is frowned upon in the stacks, Librarian Kim brings you BOOK MADNESS, there is no running or dribbling required! BOOK MADNESS is a tournament of books in which sixteen pre-chosen Young Adult, JFiction, Tween, Reader and Easy books are pitted against one another to find out which book is the most popular. You can vote online or you can tweet out the title of the book you’re voting for along with the hashtag #mlsbookmadness.

     

  • 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!

  • stack of books
    Posted on: Tuesday, December 29, 2015

    Who doesn't love (or at least expect) a top 10 list at year's end? Here are the top 10 titles that you checked out this year, the top 10 songs you downloaded from Freegal, and the top 10 magazines you checked out from Zinio.

  • 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.

  • Marlon James accepts award
    Posted on: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Autumn is here, leaves are falling, and the literary world is humming with activity as the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award have been handed out for 2015. It was shaping up to be the Year of the Woman, did it turn out that way? Tracy has the scoop for you. Dive right in! 

  • Signal Boost
    Posted on: Friday, November 06, 2015

    Welcome back to Signal Boost, where we solve all your problems. This month’s edition is concerned with feasting: what to bring to a feast, what to watch out for, and what to talk about besides the weather. Let’s get started!

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