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  • 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!

  • Child reading in Autumn
    Posted on: Monday, November 02, 2015

    Thanksgiving is typically a mix of emotions with me. Obligatory family gatherings inevitably (and often awkwardly) lead to chit-chat and cacophonous, gluttonous, carnivorous free-for-alls. I’ve never been especially fond of these traditions. I do, however, have a special place in my heart for the idea of giving thanks. Over the years I’ve found that children are generally pretty grateful beings, too. Here are books that honor thanksgiving—rather than Thanksgiving—with a theme of gratefulness (and by extension, kindness).  Just pop in to your local Metro Library and we can set you up! We’d love to see you!

  • Sizzle in the Stacks
    Posted on: Friday, October 23, 2015

    I thought about books I've read that stand out to me as romantic. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre was the first book that came to mind. To me, "Reader, I married him." Is one of the most romantic lines in all of literature because of all the drama and intensity that came before it. Jane Eyre also contains a lot of the elements we still find in romances: a heroine with a strong sense of self who is in some kind of trouble, a wealthy hero with a tragic past and a lot of secrets, and a connection between the two main characters that seems magical, unusual, and inexplicable in its strength. Read on to find several more romances/romantic novels that owe something to Jane Eyre.

  • Read What You're Watching TV Tube
    Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2015

    The arrival of autumn means it's almost time to pull out the cellophane-paned Collegeville costume boxes before entering the glide path toward the holidays. If your pups are frisky and their ears are chilly to the touch, it's a clear signal that the fall TV season is also here. We get it, you've got a new episode of one show or another five nights a week. But that still leaves you with 20 or so hours a day to read. We've got some great recommendations to fill the space between shows so you can read what you're watching!

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