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Sarah

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

Mental Health in YA Lit

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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 >>

Language Resources for Teens

Hello, everyone!  Did you know that the Library offers some awesome resources for learning a new language?  Well, we do!  And we won’t grade you on it!  All you need is your library card to log in to these sites.   Whether you’re just learning the language or already have a couple years of the learning the language under your belt, there’s… read more >>

Stained Glass Art for Teens

Hello, crafty teens!  We are going to make some art that you can hang in a window to brighten your or someone else’s day.  Making stained glass art doesn’t have to complicated, and it looks amazing.  So, let’s get started.  Here’s what you need: a coloring page (I used a mandala pattern)  wax paper  permanent… 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 >>

LGBTQ+ in YA

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Hello, lovely readers! Happy Pride Month! June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and what better way to celebrate than with some representation in YA books. If you would like more books featuring LGBTQ+ characters, check out the Stonewall Awards. Each year, the American Library Association recognizes books (for all ages) for excellence relating to the LGBTQ+… read more >>

Calling Teen Volunteers!

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Hi, everyone!  Things are a little crazy right now, and a lot of us are stuck at home.  School is winding down, too, and the opportunities for summer jobs might not be as good as they were in previous years.  So what can you do?  Virtual volunteering, of course!  Volunteering from home is great way to help… read more >>