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Teacher Gifts (That They Actually Want)

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on December 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

male businessman hand in suit writing on a blackboard with white by Rachel Edmondson It’s that time of year again, when parents everywhere are trying to figure out what to give to their kids’ teachers. How do you truly express thanks to a teacher for putting up with your kid day in and day out, and for teaching your kid math, so you don’t have to? […]

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The Big Read Is Coming

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, News on December 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_BigRead The Big Read is coming to your community! What’s a Big Read, you ask? No, it’s not a really long book, or one with giant letters. It’s a program of the National Endowment for the Arts which gets everyone in a community reading and talking about the same book! In February, we will be all […]

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My Library Journey (a guest post by Cindy Hval)

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers on December 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

Public library, shallow DOF. By Cindy Hval Guest Writer The purple plastic coin purse with the kitty face didn’t hold much, but then again six-year-olds travel light. It held two quarters, some pennies, a tissue, a cherry Chapstick and my first library card. Clutching the purse with one hand, I ran my fingers across the book spines standing sentinel […]

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Gifts For the Young (and young at heart)

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on December 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_KidsBookGifts By Sheri Boggs Buying books for young people is as stressful as it is fun. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my heart crushed by my nephew’s bemused face the year I bought him the boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve watched kids turn over books and then flip them open […]

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Coffee Is Good For Me (I Knew It)

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Coffee By Gwendolyn Haley The other day, I bought my usual morning coffee from a local coffee stand, and the familiar blue lid had a message for me. It said “I’m here to help.” And I wondered—is that true? Is my daily coffee habit more than a socially acceptable vice? Is all this coffee actually doing […]

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Meet the Author: Stewart Mackey

Posted in News on December 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_MeetAuthor_StewartMackey Stewart Mackey, a Deer Park native and author of AEnon: The Heart of Hope (a novel for teens and adults who enjoy adventure) will be appearing at the Deer Park Library. Stewart will read from his novel and discuss the upcoming sequel, as well as his writing process. Stay for the whole time, or drop […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Tinkerers, Makers, and DIYers

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers on November 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_GiftGuide By Brian Vander Veen When people hear that I’m a librarian, they frequently assume that I’m a big reader. And I love a good novel, no doubt, but I can be easily distracted, lucky to finish a book in a month’s time, and my genre tastes are largely confined to some combination of wizards and […]

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The Romance and Rewards of NaNoWriMo

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time, Teens on November 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

Chapter 1 written on old typewriter. by Cara Strickland Confession: I’ve always secretly wanted to do NaNoWriMo. For those who might be unfamiliar with this concept, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an attempt to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30 (at 11:59pm). I went to college to write fiction, gave up writing for a while […]

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Pinterest Essentials

Posted in News on November 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_PinterestEssentials Whatever your interest—whether it’s crafting, cooking, gardening, travel, or DIY—Pinterest can help you discover and collect inspiration and ideas on the web. This class covers how to create a Pinterest account, use Pinterest to find, bookmark, and organize websites related to your interests, and everything else you need to know to find your […]

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Scheduled Website Maintenance

Posted in News on November 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

News_Feature_Announcement Due to maintenance, some online library services will not be available on Friday, November 21 between 6pm and midnight. These services include the catalog, Overdrive, Hoopla, and account services such as reserve a computer, pay charges, and online library card applications. Other services will not be affected. All services will be restored on Satur […]