Book Scouts: “Avatar: The Last Airbender” Read-Alikes

Posted by - September 15, 2020

This month’s Book Scouts introduces children’s books in the vein of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. “Avatar” is a timeless epic. Its world- and character-building are still some of the best ever seen in a show developed for children. Looking back on it now, it was also well ahead of its time in terms of diversity

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Reads for the Last Days of Summer

Posted by - August 21, 2020

Looking for a book about true crime, bluegrass music, parenting, or Spanish language? We miss creating themed book displays for you about topics and genres like these, so we’re bringing them to you virtually now. This month we’re highlighting “last days of summer” reads, because thankfully summer isn’t quite over yet! There’s still time to

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Just Down the Street, a World of Difference

Posted by - August 20, 2020

Your Library relocated to 100 West Millard Street 21 years ago this month, officially opening on August 10, 1999. While the Library moved just down the street from its former site (on South Roan Street near Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church), the move made a world of difference. This transition, which nearly doubled the Library’s

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Reflecting on Summer Reading 2020

Posted by - August 12, 2020

As we can say about almost everything in 2020, Summer Reading was different this year! We missed seeing you in the Library, watching our Summer Reading performers, and enjoying the annual block party. However, this year did give us (and you!) the opportunity to focus totally on what Summer Reading is all about: reading books!

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Examples of recommendations for children in Preschool and Kindergarten

Children’s Nonfiction Series Aid in Virtual Learning

Posted by - August 5, 2020

As our kids begin the academic year with virtual learning, you may be looking for books to supplement their online education. Good news: your Library is here for you! Youth Services has a lot of nonfiction series that cover topics for all reading levels. However, we know sometimes it’s intimidating to search for new books,

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A Youth Services Librarian reads a book for an Online Preschool Storytime.

Online Preschool Storytime at Home

Posted by - July 28, 2020

If your kids are missing the Library’s in-person storytimes as much as we are, then we have good news: they’re online! Your Library offers Online Preschool Storytime every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on our Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. A virtual alternative to being with us in person, these storytimes feature books, songs, fingerplays, and ready-to-go

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Graphic Novel Collection: See Where the Story Takes You

Posted by - July 17, 2020

Looking for a book on gardening, American history, beer-making, or LGBTQ+ literature? We miss creating themed book displays for you about topics like these, so we’re bringing them to you virtually now. This month we’re highlighting your Library’s diverse adult graphic novel section. (See below for a list of the titles displayed in the photo

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An example of a Junior Traveling Tales book club kit

Junior Traveling Tales: Book Club Kits for Kids

Posted by - July 16, 2020

Adults aren’t the only ones who should get to have book discussions! That’s why your Library offers Junior Traveling Tales, which are book club kits for kids. Over 25 novels are available for checkout, including classics such as “The Hobbit” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, as well as newer reads like “The Wild

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Fantasy Book Group

Posted by - July 11, 2020

Do you like stories that take you to a new world, filled with magic or inspired by mythology and folklore? Do you like books that are essentially realistic but have minor fantastic elements or occurrences? Or are you just looking for some good suggestions for what to read next? If you said yes to any

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Book Scouts: Mythical Reads

Posted by - July 7, 2020

“Myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.” – Jorge Luis Borges This month’s Book Scouts features stories that are rooted in mythology, folklore, fables, and legends. The books listed here are targeted toward middle grade children, but can be enjoyed by readers and listeners of all ages. If you love

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