Staff Book Review: “Not Your All-American Girl”

Posted by - October 11, 2021

JCPL Library Assistant Kip Polmanteer shared her thoughts on Not Your All-American Girl by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang in Johnson City Press this weekend. If you didn’t see it in the paper, you can read it below! Click here to borrow Not Your All-American Girl from your Library. In Not Your All-American Girl,

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Book Scouts: Erin Hunter Read-Alikes

Posted by - July 15, 2021

The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is “Tails and Tales”, so we’re highlighting books about animals all summer! If your kids like books by Erin Hunter (author of the Warrior Cats, Seekers, and Survivors series), they’ll love the recommendations in this month’s Book Scouts. In the video and written list below, School Age

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Staff Book Review: “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage”

Posted by - April 22, 2021

Thanks to JCPL Acquisitions Clerk Michael Evanochko for sharing his thoughts on Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. Click here to borrow the book, ebook, or audiobook version from your Library. If you are a lover of factual adventure stories, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage is a must-read. It is the account of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s

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Book Scouts: Volunteer State Book Award Nominees (K-Grade 2)

Posted by - March 11, 2021

This month for Book Scouts we’re highlighting kindergarten-grade 2 books that have been nominated for the Volunteer State Book Awards (VSBA). Tennessee librarians and educators choose the initial VSBA nominations and divide them into four age categories. From those nominations, kids get to vote on their top choice in their age group! Kids can cast

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Book Scouts: Lunar New Year Reads

Posted by - February 16, 2021

Thursday, February 12 marked the Lunar New Year, a holiday celebrated by Asians throughout the world every year as the start of the lunar calendar. February 12 also marked the beginning of the weeks-long festival celebrating the Chinese New Year, so this week is the perfect time to check out some fun and educational books

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Book Scouts: Gamer Reads

Posted by - November 10, 2020
This week is International Games Week, so what better way to celebrate than with some gaming-related reads? Whether it's a book about your favorite video game or a story about playing with friends, you're bound to enjoy these suggestions even if you aren't a gamer! School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson introduces some of her
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Book Scouts: Cryptid Reads

Posted by - October 22, 2020
This month's Book Scouts brings mysterious and thrilling tales of Cryptids– creatures like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster that have never been proven to exist. Stories about cryptids have captured the attention of readers throughout the world, and we hope that the books featured in this Cryptid Book Scouts will capture your attention, too!
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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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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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Book Scouts: Magical Reads

Posted by - June 9, 2020

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – J.K. Rowling It’s safe to say we’re all wishing for a little magic in the world these days. This month’s Book Scouts program aims to do that for ages 8-12. The Book Scouts focus for June is inspired by our

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