A collage of books featured in the cryptid book scouts

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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La colección en español de su biblioteca

Posted by - October 12, 2020
Su biblioteca está aquí para servir a todos en nuestra comunidad, razón por la cual ofrecemos libros y películas en español para adultos y niños. Puede obtener más información sobre nuestra colección en español debajo. Your Library is here to serve everybody in our community, which is why we offer Spanish-language books and movies for
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Text: JCPL Kids Fall Reading Challenge

JCPL Kids Fall Reading Challenge

Posted by - October 5, 2020

The leaves are falling, the weather is getting cooler, which means it’s time to hunker down with a good book and take part in a reading challenge! Your Library’s Fall Reading Challenge for preschool and school-age kids runs from October 1-November 20. You can register your kids here. (If you participated in Summer Reading, you

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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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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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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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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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Choose Your Quest: Epic Adventures and Book Recommendations

Posted by - June 11, 2020

Hello, friends, travelers, confidants! Welcome to the Land of Athenaeum! As part of your Summer Reading adventures, tune in every week for a Choose-Your-Own style quest. We share a weekly video featuring characters who are on an ongoing epic journey. Where will they end up? How will they get there? That’s up to you! Watch

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