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Meet The Dullards

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire We may have begun a new year, but let’s wrap up the old one with some favorite titles from 2015. If you are looking for some books to spice up your child’s or teenager’s life, one of these may do.   The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. Princess Pinecone click to continue...

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Future

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire You might be bewildered about how every single movie that’s aimed at teenagers right now is about some kind of dystopian future. It’s a trend that started quietly and with the tremendous success of The Hunger Games, took full flight and hasn’t come down since. Nor does it look like it click to continue...

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Brotherband Chronicles

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire Here’s the latest and greatest crop of children’s books that have been published recently. If you like funny or profound, you’re in luck. Take a gander! Cookie the Walker by Chris Monroe. Cookie the dog decides one day to start walking on her hind legs. You know, to be able to click to continue...

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8 Books For Kids and Teens March 2013

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire Due to my profession, I am constantly reading book reviews to select the best possible new titles for my library. When the books arrive, I then spend time reading as many of them as I can so I can accurately do everything from recommend titles to parents and kids to finding click to continue...

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Dot Jewelry

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire Klutz has been a long time creator of wonderful books married to all the supplies to learn a craft or activity. Whether you want to learn how to knit, juggle or draw out of yarn, paper or clay, Klutz has you covered. Their spring line in 2013 includes a great new click to continue...

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15 Favorite Kids and Teen Books of 2012

15 Top Books for Kids and Teens 2012

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire 2013 is upon us and the year is wrapped up at last. It is always a challenge to find the best new books for kids. Most of the time, you end up with whatever the Scholastic Book Fair at school is selling (not to say that those are necessarily poor choices) click to continue...

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Culture Agents, Mission Beijing

If my years of watching way too much TV have taught me anything, it is that International Secret Agents always have a cool briefcase.  So, when we received the "briefcase" that comes with Culture Agents: Mission Beijing, we knew they meant business.  We could try to explain this combination offline and online adventure which takes click to continue...

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The Pirates: Band of Misfits

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire Every year on September 19th, you can celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This is the 10th anniversary of this new “holiday” which has gained prominence due to columnist Dave Barry mentioning the phenomenon of the yearly event. Now folks all over the globe take time to talk like pirate click to continue...

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HistioGraph

When did the Roman Empire start and end?  What was going on in the rest of the world when the Americas were discovered?  How come I can't keep any of my world history straight in my mind?  It is not your fault, over the last 3,500 years numerous countries, cultures and civilizations have come and click to continue...

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Poetry

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire It is National Poetry Month and I know that many of us think of poetry and cringe, remembering having to pick out the imagery in the “Charge of the Light Brigade” or something similar in high school (shudder).    But poetry for kids can be fun, inventive and—get this—illustrated!  Even for the click to continue...

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