YA Book Reviews by Amy

YA Book Reviews by Amy: Something Wicked This Way Comes  Double, double boil and trouble… three witches set the mood for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz melting into nothing is an iconic climax in both the book and in cinema, the White Witch offering Edmund some Turkish Delight in a hauntingly and devilish fashion trying… read more >>

YA Book Reviews by Amy

YA Book Recommendations by Amy: Ghastly Ghostly Tales  October just seems like the month to curl up with a hot beverage and read a good-spooky book. The colder air, the atmosphere of change, and everything Halloween surrounds us. The Halloween decorations are up: cue in the fake cobwebs, pumpkins, and skulls, along with all the favorite scary (and not-so-scary) movies, imaginings of awesome… read more >>

YA Book Reviews by Amy

YA Book Reviews by Amy: Fantastic Fandoms  Being a part of a fandom can feel like others really understand your interests and feelings; you can connect with a piece of art, videos, or writing. I have been a part of many fandoms in the past and ones that I still enjoy. Right now, I love viewing fanart… read more >>

#ownvoices in YA

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 >>

First Chapters: Stink and the Hairy, Scary Spider

This month’s First Chapters book is Stink and the Hairy, Scary Spider by Megan McDonald. To listen to the first chapter, please call 330-259-3394.  If you are familiar with the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, this series follows the adventures of Judy’s brother, Stink.     To finish reading the book, you can checkout Stink and the Hairy, Scary… read more >>

YA Book Reviews by Amy

YA Book Reviews by Amy: My Favorite Books that have been Banned or Challenged   Today starts Banned Books Week! From September 27 to October 3, we will be celebrating the freedom to read. During this week, we try to spotlight the historical and current attempts to ban, censor, or challenge different titles.   Unsurprisingly, Young Adult titles… read more >>

A Sign of the Times with Babies

Babies can communicate and gesture with their hands long before they can speak.  There are many beneficial reasons that support babies learning American Sign Language (ASL): increase caregiver-child bond and communication and improve self–esteem for both adult and baby.   Signing with your baby is not a new fad.  Historically, signing with babies goes back to the 1800’s… read more >>

YA Book Reviews by Amy

YA Book Reviews by Amy: Books Our Librarians Love   I have asked some of our librarians to tell me their favorite YA novels and I received an overwhelming response.   These are 6 books that are not only beloved by me, but also some of my colleges.  Graceling by Kirstin Cashore (Chosen by Ms. Missy)  In this realm, people are… read more >>

Book Titles for International Week of the Deaf

International Week of the Deaf is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last week of September.  This year it runs from September 21st through September 26. Below are printable lists of DVDs or books on deafness and deaf culture for youth, teen, adults and all ages. DVD’s about Deafness Book titles about… read more >>

Art: Taking Inspiration from Nature

If you’re still spending a lot of your time at home, why not take advantage of the nice weather and learn some new skills by trying out some art inspired by nature? Nothing beats spending time outside, so while you’re out there in the back yard, take a look at the plants and animals around you for ideas. If… read more >>

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