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Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”

The Latest From Sarah

Easy, Cheap DIY Gifts for Teens

DIY Gifts

Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season is here.  And if you’re not ready, don’t worry!  There’s plenty of time to put together some gifts for your friends and family without breaking the bank.  In fact, everything on this list can be made with items purchased from dollar stores or other low-price retailers.  So, let’s get gifting!    For the friend/family member with… read more >>

Graphic Novels for Animal Crossing Fans

A man playing Animal Crossing

So you’re a fan of Animal Crossing: New Horizons?  And you’re super excited that the new amiibo expansion is here?  I don’t blame you!  But, as I’m sure you’ve heard, too much screen time isn’t great for you.  So be sure you’re taking some breaks!  And since you’re on a break from your virtual island paradise, give… read more >>

Upcycled T-shirt Craft

Hello, crafty teens!  Do you have that one t-shirt that you just love, but it’s starting to fall apart?  Maybe it has some holes or stains that make in random spots leaving the picture on the shirt intact.  Don’t worry…we can reuse that t-shirt to make a fun bit of décor!  We’re going to frame… read more >>

The Book was Better

It’s an eternal question – one that has started countless debates, divided houses, ended friendships, and destroyed relationships.    Ok, maybe it’s not that serious, but ask any reader if the book was better than the movie and you’d better be prepared to listen to at least a five-minute rant speech.  But to help settle the debate, let’s compare ratings on two… read more >>

Mental Health in YA Lit

teen sitting against the wall

Mental health and mental illness are no longer the taboo subjects they once were.  In fact, open discussion about mental health and illness is encouraged now more than ever.   YA authors are writing about mental health and teens with mental illness in honest and open ways.  Whether you have your own experience with mental health topics or are trying to better understand mental health, there’s likely a… read more >>

#ownvoices in YA

group of teens reading

Hello, readers!  There has been a big push in YA the last few years to encourage the publishing of #ownvoices books.  What does that mean?  It’s pretty simple, actually.  It means the author of the book is from an underrepresented group writing about their own experiences and perspectives.  Finding #ownvoices books is a great way to… read more >>

Art in YA Fiction

art palatte

Hello, art lovers! A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes words paint a pretty awesome picture, too. And these YA books featuring art create some pretty fantastic portraits of their characters. After all, writing is a form of art! So take some time to give your brushes and pencils a rest so you… read more >>