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Author: Melissa Rhoades

8+ Ideas for Unwinding During Stress Awareness Month & All Year Long

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 3, 2024 at 6:00 am

Stress doesn’t just affect the brain. It affects a person’s whole body. The “fight or flight” response can be helpful if you’re in short-term physical danger. But over time, it can damage your health. All the following can cause harmful long-term stress, also known as chronic stress... […]

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Free & Unlimited Streaming Entertainment Means More to Love about the Library

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 14, 2024 at 6:00 am

This time of year is perfect for stay-at-home movie nights, and the library can help you enjoy entertainment for free with your in-district library card! In fact, we offer two free movie streaming services: Hoopla and Kanopy. Add these to our large selection of DVDs and that gives you over 100,000 free movies, TV series, shorts, and documentaries t […]

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10 Reasons to Try (and Love) Graphic Nonfiction Books

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 20, 2023 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades You’ve probably heard the saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” Well, that applies to both my eating and reading habits. I tend to gather far more books than I have time to read. As the book stacks grow in my house, so does my sense of defeat and inadequacy. I […]

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Finding Fall Picture Books: Good Reads for the Holidays & Every Day

Posted in Parents and Teachers on October 11, 2023 at 6:00 am

Mother and daughter enjoying reading a book together relaxing in the autumn leaves at the park Autumn is a beautiful time. Deciduous trees make their colorful transformations. Cooler temperatures prevail. People revel in steaming beverages and cuddly sweaters. Autumn is also the time when seasonal children’s books are especially popular for check out. Even with over 100 picture book titles that come up in our catalog for searches for autu […]

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Microorganisms, Machine Learning & More: Check Out Fascinating Books on STEM Topics for Adults

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 13, 2023 at 6:00 am

I’m still lousy at science and math, but my interest in how these fields affect the world around me has grown. I’ve come to learn that you don’t have to be good at STEM to enjoy discovering some of the latest advances in these fields. So as summer winds down and children get ready to dive back into STEM at school, why not dive in with them? […]

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Festive & Informative Juneteenth Children’s Books to Help You Celebrate

Posted in kids on June 7, 2023 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades Juneteenth became a U.S. federal holiday in 2021. I admit I first heard of the commemorative day just a couple years before, but some American communities have been celebrating Juneteenth for 157 years. This year, I decided to learn more about the holiday celebration. It’s been enjoyable to discover its history and […]

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Ways to Connect with Poems & Celebrate National Poetry Month this April

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 5, 2023 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades Since 1996, April has been designated as National Poetry Month to recognize and honor this long-lived and varied artform. Poems can be emotional expressions, political statements, a spiritual practice, a way to convey narrative, a whimsical play with language, and many other things. Likewise, poems can fulfill specific rhythms, s […]

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How to Talk with Children About the Holocaust: Expert Tips & Suggested Books

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 24, 2023 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades Historic atrocities can feel like they’re not related to our lives today. But historic events were shaped and experienced by regular people like you and me. And regular people like you and me are shaping the future right now. As author Deborah Hopkinson writes in We Must Not Forget, “… it’s up […]

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The Great Thanksgiving Listen: Discover the Uplifting Effect of Family Stories & Memories

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 9, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades & Dana Mannino Would you like this year’s Thanksgiving celebration to make your guests feel uplifted, connected, and hopeful? If so, you can participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen, created by StoryCorps. Each Thanksgiving, StoryCorps encourages us to sit down with an elder, mentor, family member, friend, or someone we […]

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Celebrate Victorian Literature During #Victober, from Horror to Happily-Ever-After

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 30, 2022 at 6:00 am

October’s cooling weather and crisping leaves offer the perfect excuse to transition to indoor activities—like curling up with a steaming beverage and a substantial book. Perhaps that’s why reading Victorian literature in October has become a recent tradition for some and with its own hashtag: #Victober. […]

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