TAG: booklists

Gift guide: kids books perfect for giving (and reading)

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_giftguidekidsbooks By Sheri Boggs In looking over the thousands of books published in 2016, I have found that there’s no shortage of great gift ideas for the children and teens on your holiday list. A few high profile releases come out before or around Thanksgiving: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down and the newest […]

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them… in the library

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

fweature_beasts_2 By David Wyatt In just a few days, movie-goers will be returning to J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world on screen when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters. It’s been a pretty good year for Potter and company: the new play in London Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and a little closer […]

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Young Adult novels with adult reader appeal

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_yanovelsforadults By Rachel Edmondson In recent years, Young Adult (YA) literature has become increasingly popular, and studies have shown that a surprising number of YA readers are adults. According to a 2012 study, 55% of buyers purchasing YA literature are 18 or older. Also, 78% of these buyers indicate that they are purchasing the books for […]

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Dynamic audiobook performers

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 25, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Audiobooks By Melanie Boerner I understand that, as a librarian, I am expected to have piles upon piles of books throughout my house and be well versed in all types of literature. With that said, I have a confession to make: I have piles of half-read books around my house. As a full-time working mom of […]

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Prime Time Family Reading: discovering ideas together

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on August 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_PrimeTime By Gwendolyn Haley Something magical happens when families read books together and then talk about the big ideas they encounter. Reading is always fun, but talking about books and ideas helps us learn about the world and one another in a whole new way. Prime Time Family Reading from Humanities Washington taps into that magic […]

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A creative booklist from Loretta West

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_CreativeBookList by Erin Dodge Local artist Loretta West teaches the meditative art form of Zentangle at the Library District during August as part of our 2016 Summer Programs. In a previous post, Loretta graciously answered my questions about Zentangle and where she finds inspiration. Today, she shares a booklist filled with books that have touched her soul and […]

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Easy orchard fresh sorbet (without the ice cream maker)

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Sorbet By Stefani Miller Few things are more delicious than the sweet tang of fresh berries on a hot summer day, preferably blended into something cold and refreshing. So I’m sharing the icy deliciousness of homemade fruit sorbet with you. Sorbet is the perfect summer treat. It’s easy to make. All you’ll need is fresh fruit, […]

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The Sandwich Generation

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SandwichGeneration By Debbie Rhodes I am not older than dirt nor am I a young chickadee anymore. What I am is a member of the Sandwich Generation. You might ask: What is the Sandwich Generation? Is it a generation who only ate at McDonalds? Perhaps they devour sandwiches like sliced bread will soon be going out of style? […]

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Great Stories Club: Hack the Feed

Posted in Explore and Discover, Teens on June 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_GreatStoriesClub By Kelsey Hudson Every once in awhile, something comes together in just the right way to bring about a fantastic opportunity. You could say, the odds were ever in your favor! Last summer, my colleague librarian Sheree West and I were talking about a new collaboration she’d begun with Mica Peak High School (MPHS) in […]

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Go Global

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_scifiglobal by Brian Vander Veen Yes, science fiction and fantasy have been global phenomena for a long time, but it feels like the last few years have seen an uptick in the number of foreign SFF novels getting English translations. Last year, The Three-Body Problem by Chinese author Cixin Liu became the first novel in translation […]

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