Banned Books Week: Censorship is a Dead End

Posted by - September 24, 2020

In 1960, John F. Kennedy said, “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives

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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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Author Chat and Teen Book Club with L.L McKinney

Posted by - June 18, 2020

Teen Book Club is discussing “A Blade So Black” this month, and we’re honored to be joined by the book’s author, L.L. (“Elle”) McKinney! The group will meet over Zoom on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 p.m. Ages 12-18 need to register here to receive the Zoom link. Elle is a prolific young adult author

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Self-Understanding Through Creative Expression

Posted by - April 18, 2020

Do you feel worn-down by the last few months? Are you having a hard time understanding or processing your feelings during these strange times? JCPL Library Clerk Pam Murray believes that simple art and writing projects can be very powerful tools for understanding ourselves, processing our emotions, and moving forward in healthy ways. She calls

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Teen Writing (Issue 2)

Posted by - March 10, 2020

Every month on our blog we are featuring new writing submitted by your Library’s Teen Writing Club participants. The program is for ages 12-18 and meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the teen area. “Right now, the club’s format is open-ended in order to give teen writers whatever they need,” says Teen Services Manager

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JCPL Teens Plan “De-Stress Week”

Posted by - March 3, 2020

DE-STRESS WEEK POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Since receiving an ETSU Elevates grant to fund their next Stories to Service project, your Library’s teen volunteers have been hard at work! They’re in the midst of planning “De-Stress Week”, a weeklong program that will focus on teen mental health and stress management. In November, Teen Services Manager

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Breakerspace Workshop for All Ages

Posted by - March 2, 2020

Ever wondered what goes on inside your computer, cellphone, or household appliances to make them work? Now is your chance to find out! Come learn how these items operate by breaking them open at your Library’s Breakerspace Workshop on Tuesday, March 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. Donated technology items will be

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Teen Writing (Issue 1)

Posted by - February 8, 2020

The Teen Writing Club, for ages 12-18, meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the teen area. “Right now, the club’s format is open-ended in order to give teen writers whatever they need,” says Teen Services Manager Katelyn Wolfe. “If students need resources to help develop their pieces, our staff can help writers locate them.

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Take Time to Listen: New Teen Non-Fiction Audiobooks

Posted by - November 25, 2019

Thanks to our Teen Services Library Clerk, Tiffany Watson, for sharing her thoughts on our new audiobooks in the teen collection! Christmas break is fast approaching, and with school out for a couple weeks, it may be time to try something new to break up the boredom. Come to your Library and check out the

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Staff Book Review: The Golden Compass

Posted by - November 12, 2019

Thanks to Library Clerk Rachel Hulshult for sharing her thoughts on “The Golden Compass”! You can find it in several different formats here. —– Although Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series was popular when I was growing up, it’s one young adult fantasy series I had never read. When I heard that HBO was doing

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