What I’m Reading: January 2022

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It's the start of a new year, and already my resolution to only check out 5 books at a time has completely failed. If you're curious about some of the…

Author Spotlight: JRR Tolkien

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Today is JRR Tolkien's 130th birthday! In addition to creating the magical world of Middle Earth, including all the fearsome and friendly creatures that inhabit it, Tolkien has created many…

Reading Challenge 2022

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As the year draws to a close, it's time to start thinking about our goals for next year. Are you going to get active? Clean the house? Learn a new…

Westlake Porter Public Library Art Gallery

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This month Westlake Porter Public Library welcomes the artwork of Westlake City School Students as part of The Reflections program. There are currently 26 original pieces of art displayed in…

Favorite Folk and Fairy Tales

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I love, love, love folk and fairy tales! These classic stories of good and evil, clever heroes and brave heroines have been entertaining people for centuries. Whether you hear them…

Crafting for Mental Health – Finding a Balance

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When I started looking for scientific/medical resources espousing the mental health benefits of crafting, I found primarily anecdotal evidence. This anecdotal evidence was mostly about knitting and crocheting and some…

STEAM WEEK: Bread Pets

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”American Chef James Beard (1903-1985) What's is a Bread Pet? You've heard of…

Even More Lesser Known Works by Classic Authors

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If you liked The Scarlet Pimpernel, then try The Old Man in the Corner by Emmuska Orczy I've mentioned The Scarlet Pimpernel in a few of my previous posts (you can…

More Lesser Known Works by Classic Authors

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There are some writers who are almost universally acknowledged as "classic". Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton Jane Austen, Mary Shelley...When you hear these names, you automatically associate them with the…

Lesser Known Works by Classic Authors

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I'm always on the hunt for a new classic. And of course what I mean by that is a classic that I've not heard of before (or at least one…

Relaxing Reading with Laid-Back Camp

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We're all stressed right now. I'm stressed, you're stressed, the people behind us in traffic are stressed... So when it comes to reading, I sometimes just really want something uplifting…

Poem in Your Pocket Day: April 29

Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place every year during  National Poetry Month. Poem in Your Pocket Day 2021 is on on Thursday, April 29th. This is a fun day to share…

Autism Acceptance Month: #OwnVoices

April is Autism Acceptance Month. You may remember my blog post from last year. (If not, that’s a good place to start with general autism reads). This year I want…

Literary Orphans For Tweens and Teens

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Back in December, I shared a reading challenge that I created for staff (and am now sharing with all of you!) Throughout the year, I’d like to include a list of blog…

YA Book Bracket

March Madness is here and we're pitting some of the most widely read Young Adult fiction novels against each other - and you decide the winners! Starting March 16th, check…

What’s In a Name?

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Back in December, I shared a reading challenge that I created for staff (and am now sharing with all of you!) Throughout the year, I'd like to include a list…

Fun Games for Card Sharks of All Ages

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I love a good game of cards. It started early, when I would play gin rummy and UNO with my grandparents, and even now, I still enjoy a good game…

Introducing the 2021 Newbery Award Winner!

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A few years ago, I started reading all the Newbery award winners, going all the way back to 1922 (once I finish, I plan on going back and reading the…

Let It Snow!

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These books, recommended for kids in grades 3-6, are celebrations of the cold and snow that can be enjoyed while staying warm and snug inside! Snow One Like You by…