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Miss Molly: Hello! Miss Jenn and I decided to blog together today! Miss Jenn: Yep!! Miss Molly: We are so excited that Monday is the first day of Summer Reading Club 2017! Miss Jenn: And we are getting ready to welcome Elephant and Piggie on Friday for our Kick-Off Party! Miss Molly: We're not just talking about READING Elephant and Piggie

Jenn, our children's librarian

I haven’t written about books in a while so I thought I’d share some of my favorite books that have come out this year. I read quite a wide variety of books, but this year I’m trying to focus on reading more middle grade fiction (written for children in 3rd-5th grade) with a few teen titles thrown

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So what does soldering and travel expert Rick Steves have in common? As far as I know, nothing, except that in the last few days, they’ve been a part of my library work day. Working every day in the library brings new surprises (both good and bad), and no two days really ever look alike. This is the

Building Confidence

Jenn, our children's librarian

I was a very shy child, I stayed in the corner at birthday parties and had trouble in large groups. For some reason, being on stage and performing didn’t bother me. I could get on stage and be someone else for a while, even though hundreds of people were staring at me. What does this have to

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Children are known for being afraid of all manner of things, from the dark to monsters under the bed to the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz (a very reasonable fear!). For my two-year-old son, however, it’s unicorns. Terrifying, I know. How did this fear come to be? Apparently, from a scene in a Disney Junior's Little

Jenn, our children's librarian

On Monday the American Library Association (ALA) announced all of the Youth Media Awards (or YMAs). I’m sure you’ve heard of some of them, like the Caldecott for illustrations and the Newbery for writing. But, there are more than a dozen awards given out by multiple divisions within ALA. This day can be compared to the Academy Awards,

Molly Kane, Head of Teen Services and Emerging Technologies

Mr. Kirk was my 4th grade computer teacher. He did everything he could to convince us to call him Captain Kirk, but he didn’t really have the swagger of William Shatner and it never really stuck. I think this made him think that we thought he was uncool, but honestly, my clearest memories from 4th grade were

Jenn, our children's librarian

Sigh… isn’t that always the way. I go through periods where I am equal with the greatest thinkers of all time and then I have to write something down and I can’t think of a single thing to say. You’ll just have to settle for some random thoughts: #1 I won’t finish my reading challenge and I’m surprisingly

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Ever since we installed our first Little Free Library at Mondauk Common playground in 2014, I’ve noticed Little Free Libraries everywhere. The concept is so simple, so beautiful. You come upon this sweet little surprise, a hidden gem, in an unusual place that invites you to browse for a few quiet, relaxing moments. If you find something you’d

Jenn, our children's librarian

I’m back! This election season we need to be teaching our children how the process works. We can watch coverage, we can discuss our thoughts as a family, but we also need to ensure that our children have the basic understanding of how government elections work. School Library Journal compiled a listing of resources for teachers and

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