TAG: booklists

Reluctant readers, the right books, and Minecraft

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Do you have a kid who is a reluctant reader? When kids complain that reading is boring, they are probably just reading the wrong book. . . for them. Reluctant readers often will try books about things that they already love. If you have a Minecrafter in your house, you may have checked […]

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Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

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

By Gwendolyn Haley Lately it seems that everyone in my social media feed is an aspiring Constitutional scholar. The 10 amendments that are now known as the Bill of Rights were ratified and became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791. The issues they deal with were on the forefront of the founders’ minds […]

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Romance families and their sagas

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller Have you ever really loved a character and wished there were 10 more just like him or her? Behold! I bring you the family saga romance. In this romance sub-genre, not only do you get to follow the story of the character you love but also the stories of that character’s brothers, […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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