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Mallory is a Youth Services Librarian at PLYMC. She loves picture books, fantasy, mythology and folklore, and has plenty of suggestions for anyone looking for a magical read. Her favorite part of being a librarian is seeing young learners discover new worlds through reading and STEAM activities. At home, she often escapes into video games, tinkers with tech, tends her container garden, and spends time with her cat, Chuck, and dog, Chance.

The Latest From Mallory

Nature Journaling Part 1: Beginning Your Journal

Nature Journal

Nature journaling is a fantastic way to not only relax and enjoy the outdoors, but to learn about your local habitats and ecosystems. Throughout the month of July, you can reserve a kit with some basic journaling materials through our Events Calendar (while supplies last).   Visit a natural space (park, meadow, back yard, woods)… read more >>

Cooking with the Library: Instant Pot Pulled Pork

pulled pork sandwich

As the weather warms up, pulled pork is a great picnic food to help you get into the summer spirit! This recipe makes approximately 8 servings, so it’s perfect for a family meal. Using your Instant Pot for pulled pork turns a day-long slow cooking marathon into a task that will take you less than two hours. This pork rub is easy to… read more >>

Great Graphic Novels for Tweens

tween reading

There is a lot of buzz around graphic novels and comics lately, especially with the rise in popularity of superhero movies. However, tons of creative graphic novels spanning multiple genres have come out in recent years for kids and tweens. Research shows that reading comics and graphic novels helps younger readers’ literacy skills, especially if they struggle with traditional… read more >>

Media Bias and Information Literacy

Voter Resources graphic

With the November election quickly approaching, it may be difficult to figure out how to avoid false or misleading information when trying to determine a candidate’s views. From social media to television, many people aren’t sure where to turn for reliable, fact-based reporting.   According to the Digital Resource Center’s Glossary for News Literacy, media bias is “pattern of unfairness or willful inaccuracy over… read more >>

Public Domain Resources and You

What is public domain? Works of creative expression—such as films, writings, patents for inventions, and images—are considered to be in the public domain when no one (creator or company) holds exclusive intellectual property rights. Put more simply, no copyright applies these works, so you are free to use them however you like!  In the United States, copyright protects “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression,” but in some cases this… read more >>

Safe-to-Eat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

When baking chocolate chip cookies, it’s always tempting to sneak some of that dough, but there is always a risk of food borne illnesses such as salmonella or E. coli due to raw eggs and flour. This recipe also avoids common allergens including eggs, gluten, tree nuts, and peanuts. It does include dairy, but substitution suggestions are made below. Try… read more >>

Adventures with Apps

App Name: Duolingo Publisher: Duolingo Platforms: Android and iOS Cost: Free, with In-App Purchases Ages: All ages Review: Duolingo is an interactive language learning app that offers over 35 courses of different languages. The languages with the highest number of learners are Spanish and French but also offered are Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, etc. In the app, you will complete lessons of different themes such as family, food, at… read more >>