Celebrating the New Year

I loved New Year's as a child. I loved staying up until midnight and having "champagne" (sparkling grape juice) as much as I loved my grandmother's unique traditions. My grandmother…

January 2 is Science Fiction Day!

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National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer…

Classic Sequels You Might Not Have Heard Of

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We tend to think of the classics as lofty standalone tomes. Sequels are a modern concept to sell more books, we scoff to our friends. The classics are above such…

Reading Challenge 2021

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I'm a big reader. I mean, I read a TON of books each year. And sometimes, to make things more interesting, I like to do reading challenges. These are lists…

Read It Make It: New Year’s Craft

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We will be celebrating New Year's soon and Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas written by Gail Piernas-Davenport and illustrated by Marion Eldridge is just the book to share…

Celebrate Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa celebrations begin on December 26 and last for seven days. Here are some books, DVDs, and more to help you celebrate Kwanzaa! Picture Books Kayla and her family observe…

Stuck at home? Grab a Binge Box!

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It's Binge Watching Made Easy! Borrow hours of entertainment with our Binge Box collection. Each box contains 4-6 DVDs or Blu-ray discs that share a common theme such as LOL,…

Read It Make It: Penguin Craft

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I Am Actually a Penguin written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Kasia Matyjaszek is an sweet story about a little girl who never wants to take off her penguin…

Free Play Activities: Fine Motor Skills

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We are again focusing on the importance of fine motor skills. The following activities use common household items and will keep your preschooler entertained and engaged. Free Play Activities

Kinder Club – Letter G

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Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on a letter of the alphabet and share fun stories, activities and tips to help reinforce a variety…

One-Shot Manga

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As any otaku knows, manga series can get to be super-long! I own the complete sets of two titles, and they each take up an entire shelf! Sometimes, this can…

“We’ll Tell Scary Ghost Stories….”

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When I was a kid, I was always taken by the line from a classic Christmas song: "we'll tell scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long,…

Picture books that celebrate Winter

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Winter with Lily and Milo by Pauline OudIt's winter! Lily and Milo go outside. They want to feed the birds in the yard and play in the snow. But .…

Kinder Club – Letter J

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Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on a letter of the alphabet and share fun stories, activities and tips to help reinforce a variety…

Rediscover: Ben Bova

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Ben Bova, scientist, multiple Hugo Award winner, and prolific science fiction author and editor, died on November 29 at age 88. Ben Bova Bova wrote more than a hundred books,…

Storytime Round-Up: December 8

Thank you to everyone who attended storytime this week! Here’s a recap of the stories and songs shared in storytime. Books If you enjoyed these stories, you might also like:…

Read It Make It: Snowman Craft

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Winter is here! What a snowstorm! Hopefully everyone was able to get out and enjoy the snowfall or at least enjoy the beautiful scenery outside your window. The best way…

Kinder Club – Letter M

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Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on a letter of the alphabet and share fun stories, activities and tips to help reinforce a variety…

Free Play Activities: Fine Motor Skills

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Welcome back to Free Play Activities. Our 11th edition focuses on fine motor skills. It is important for a preschooler to develop fine motor skills. These activities use common household…