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Child of St. Kilda

Child of St. Kilda by Beth Waters (2019) is a book that really captured my imagination. This nonfiction picture book introduces us to the community of the island of Hirta in the St. Kilda islands about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland. This remote community was so removed from mainland civilization that they did [...]

By | November 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

November is a time that Americans take a step back and look at all we are thankful for. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell (Cherokee) and illustrated by Frane Lessac is a wonderful book to share with children to reflect on all that we are thankful for and to celebrate Native American History Month. [...]

By | November 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Totally Rad ’90s Party

Join us for a rad 1990s party this Saturday, November 9 at 2 PM.  We’ll have all kinds of activities in celebration of the last decade of the 20th century.  Take a Polaroid of yourself at our photo booth.  Make your own POGS, zines, and cootie-catchers.  Watch your favorite movies on the VCR (but please [...]

By | November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Open a “Window”

  In my previous role as a Children's Librarian, I was introduced to the idea of "mirrors and windows" in books, a concept identified by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop.  She said that children need to see themselves in the books they read (mirrors) and also get a glimpse into the lives of people different from [...]

By | November 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Books to Help Manage Your Money

Lately, I've been working on updating our personal finance books at the library. Lots of those classic titles and authors you've heard of have updated versions, so I've been purchasing newer editions and taking out the old, outdated material. No matter which titles sound good to you, you want the most up-to-date resources when it [...]

By | October 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Romance Project #2

I made it a resolution to explore the romance genre in 2019 since I was woefully unfamiliar with this ultrapopular genre. I posted several months ago with a few of my favorites and I wanted to update again with more great romance I've read since then. As always, I welcome any suggestions and I would [...]

By | October 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Books to Help Little Worriers

There have been a slew of picture books published this year about kids dealing with worries and anxiety. If you know a little worrier (or maybe you experience anxiety yourself!), these books about anxiety and mindfulness might help! Picture Books about Anxiety The Don't Worry Book by Todd Parr (2019). I am a huge fan [...]

By | October 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Read Native Authors

With Indigenous Peoples Day last week and Native American Heritage Month coming up next month, it's a good time to be thinking about reading books by American Indian authors. The library is here to help with the following great reads. An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo (2019). This collection of poems by the Poet Laureate [...]

By | October 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Books for Kids

Holiday books are popular year-round for kiddos, but ESPECIALLY during Halloween! I'd like to share some of our favorite picture books with you, that are more cute than creepy. Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara (2008). Ghosts can't be scary when you use them as bed sheets and curtains! The Scariest Book Ever by [...]

By | October 17th, 2019|What to Read|0 Comments

Organize Your Family History

Whether you've been tracing your family history for years or are just getting started, chances are good that organization is a struggle.  The sheer number of documents that researchers accumulate, whether digital or on paper, makes organization a daunting task for most of us.  Everyone has different work flows and goals when it comes to [...]

By | October 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments