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Teens

The world is not ending: non-dystopian teen reads

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Kelsey Hudson The world is not ending—at least not yet—but sometimes it can feel that way, especially after I’ve read three or four dystopian novels in a row. I love a good dystopian tale as much as the next person, but I think there comes a time when even the most die-hard fan needs […]

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Library Hack: Get college ready with the Digital Library

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Brian Vander Veen As a first generation college student, I found the whole process of college planning absurdly confusing. My frustration was compounded by the fact that my peers from college-educated families seemed to navigate the whole process with relative assurance and ease. Many of them ended up going out of state with generous […]

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Halloween craft tutorial: How to make a sock zombie

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Kelsey Hudson Zombies invaded the library this month at Tween Club. There was zombie poetry, zombie makeup, and we even created our very own sock zombies. But don’t fear! For those of you who missed Tween Club, you can make your very own no-sew sock zombie at home. For my own sock zombie, I was […]

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Animal rescues: Q&A with local author Kelly Milner Halls

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs What do Sasquatch, wild dogs, dinosaur babies, ghosts, and alien visitors all have in common? Besides being intrinsically awesome, they’ve all been book subjects for local writer Kelly Milner Halls. Halls is a passionate profiler of the wonderfully weird, with nonfiction titles like Tales of the Cryptids, Ghostly Evidence, a […]

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Discover endless possibilities within your reach

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley I just bought a cartful of school supplies for my three kids. We love new pens, pencils, and notebooks at our house. They represent the endless possibilities a new school year brings. I get excited just thinking about everything that my kids will learn and create over the next few months. One […]

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7 Book recommendations for the discerning tween reader

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Kelsey Hudson In my position as a librarian, I see a lot of voracious readers from preschoolers to senior citizens. With all of those bookworms, I particularly love when a tween comes in looking for something new. Tweens can be insatiable readers but at this age, right around 9 to 12 years old, picking […]

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7 Most anticipated YA books to read this fall

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs As the days get slightly shorter and store shelves quiver under the weight of notebook paper and backpacks, I’m comforted that if summer has to go, the reward is a bounty of fall teen fiction. From series sequels to favorite authors and stand-alone novels, there’s a story for everyone. Everything here will be published […]

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5 YA books recommended by teens

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Kelsey Hudson It’s pretty common for librarians to be asked for reading recommendations. Members come in looking for their next read, families want to know what’s new, and we visit lots of schools to share the news about the best new reads. With all of that though, what I really enjoy is when someone […]

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Asper-reads: Great books and resources about Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorders

Posted on August 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs A few weeks after running a blog post on the We Need Diverse Books movement, I heard from Kathleen, a young reader in North Carolina who wrote that she has Asperger syndrome. “I’m trying to put together shareable resources to help empower others with autism to be confident, social, and able to […]

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Essential items for cosplayers and costuming enthusiasts

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Kelsey Hudson With annual comicons like SpoCon, Lilac City Comicon, Kuronekocon, and Worldcon 2015 all being held in Spokane this summer, there are plenty of opportunities for cosplayers and costuming enthusiasts to share their interests and talent with others. Now I’m kind of a cosplay newbie, but I do enjoy creating costumes and exploring […]

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