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Genre Spotlight: Amish Fiction

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Amish fiction has become a popular genre of books.  Some people like the clean, wholesome stories.  Some people like to think about a simpler life without television and the internet.  Others like the religious aspects.  Whatever the reason, these stories are uplifting and relaxing.  If you have not read one, try visiting a world where family and community take center stage.    Some popular writers… read more >>

Cheese Please!: Recipes for National Cheese Lover’s Day 

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Sweet cheeses, January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day! It only feels right that this day would fall within the month of my own birth as I am a certified cheese lover. I like all cheeses in all formats, never met a cheese I didn’t like, etc, etc. In honor of this special day, I flipped through our… read more >>

A Decade of Caldecott Winners

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The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, which is a division of the American Library Association. The award is given “to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” Named after Randolph Caldecott, a prominent 19th century English illustrator, the medal has been awarded every year since 1938 for a… read more >>

Author Spotlight–Zora Neale Hurston

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   Born in Notasulga, Alabama, on January 15, 1891, Zora Neale Hurston moved to Eatonville, Florida as a young child and considered it her hometown. Eatonville was a unique town, in that it was established as the first incorporated African–American community. Founded just north of Orlando, by twenty-seven African–American men on August 18, 1887, Eatonville influenced the setting for much of her writing. (The… read more >>

Fitness Books to Check Out and Get Active

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Hello, everyone!  This is Rebekah, and I’m going to give you some recommendations for fitness books that you can check out and get active. Whether you’re new to exercise or looking to try at home workouts, you’re sure to find something that works for you.   All the books below are available in our catalog, or you can search… read more >>

Book Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

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This week I finished reading The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver (March 2020). It follows Lydia Bird as  she struggles with the death of her fiance, Freddie.  Lydia and Freddie have been together since they were teenagers, until he dies, suddenly, in a car wreck on her twenty-eighth birthday.  What comes next is the story of Lydia and Freddie’s love… read more >>

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 >>

Great Graphic Novels for Tweens

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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 >>