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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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Guinness Word Records 2013 Gamer's Edition

Quick, what is the longest running video game series?  Space Invaders?  Good guess, but nope, no new Space Invaders since 2008.  Asteroids?  Now you are getting close.  Give up?  Microsoft Flight Simulator spanning 32 years and 3 months between the first release and last release. Moms and Dads, does it drive you crazy when the 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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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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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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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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By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire The Randolph Caldecott Medal is given out every year in January to the best illustrated children’s book.  With the medal recently awarded, I thought it would be a good time to look at this prestigious award. The Caldecott Medal has been given out for the last 74 years to the best click to continue...

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Expressionary

Think dictionary and the idea of an emotional, expressive, personal and unique charitable gift does not spring to mind.    This may well be true with your standard dictionary, but the Expressionary, is no standard dictionary.   The Expressionary is an expressive dictionary...what in the world does that mean?  Let's take a look at a quick video click to continue...

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