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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

Molly, our teen librarian

It is, as always, my pleasure and honor to acknowledge UDPL’s Teen Volunteers of the Year. This year’s recipients are especially close to my heart because they are part of the first group of students I’ve been able to watch throughout their entire high school career.  May 1st will be the four year anniversary of Cheri offering

Cheri headshot

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

YA Authors at UDPL

Molly, our teen librarian

I'm coming up on my four year anniversary of being a public librarian at the end of April. It seems like a very long time ago that I was working in both the UDHS and the UDPL libraries. And while I've been a part of so many amazing events, programs, and initiatives, I still think that the

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, our teen librarian

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

Cheri headshot

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

Molly, our teen librarian

When I was still a classroom teacher, September was the most stressful month of my year. Since becoming a public librarian and only sometime classroom teacher, September is actually my first chance to catch my breath. It's also the month where I get to take vacation! This year my husband and I did a Western United States