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Road Trip!

Molly Kane, Head of Teen Services and Emerging Technologies

At the end of the week, my husband and I are leaving for a ten day road trip. We'll start out in Philadelphia, make our way to Cincinnati, stop in Chicago, say "Hi!" to Madison, WI, relax in Spring Green, WI, take a ferry across Lake Michigan to Holland, MI, cross the boarder in Detroit, visit the

Molly Kane, Head of Teen Services and Emerging Technologies

Even if I didn’t have multiple calendars in my office, on my phone, and in my inbox, I’d still know that August is nearly over. Stores are full of back-to-school deals, pumpkin flavored treats are popping up everywhere, and UDPL’s shelves of Summer Reading books are nearly empty. They aren’t completely empty, of course, but it’s obvious

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Let's start out today's blog with some stats. According to Forbes, Lego is the world's largest toy maker, selling more toys than either Mattel and Hasbro. If all of the Lego bricks that have been produced since 1958 were shared evenly with the world's population, each human living on earth would get 86 bricks. Soren Eilers, a

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It's hard to believe, but there are only three more weeks of summer programming in the UDPL STEAM Lab! So far students have completed projects including (but definitely not limited to!) stop motion animation, robots made from toothbrushes, and flashlights made from a TP roll, D-cell batteries, and basic wiring techniques. It's been a lot of fun

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Today is my birthday! When I realized that my birthday also fell on a UDPL blog day, I knew that I wanted to tie the two things together, but I wasn’t exactly sure how. I considered writing about birthday themed books like Gary Goldschneider’s The Secret Language of Birthdays or Helen Oxenbury’s It’s My Birthday, but while

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Today is an exciting day at UDPL because YA Author, Jordan Sonnenblick, is visiting us this afternoon. He will be in the program room from 4-5p talking about his books, his writing process, and all things awesome. After his talk, he'll stick around for questions and a book signing. To celebrate, UDPL will have Rita's Water Ice available

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If you’ve happened to visit the Teen Space at UDPL in the last few days, you were probably shocked when you saw that the shelves behind the sofa were empty. I have to admit, it does look a little worrisome - empty shelves in a library are rarely a good thing. But in this case, it actually

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As if the weather wasn’t indication enough, something else is happening today that makes me absolutely positive that summer has arrived at UDPL! Beginning this morning, and regardless of your age, you can sign up for one of our 2015 Summer Reading Clubs. Our summer theme this year is “Every Hero Has A Story” and we are

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I’ve always loved series books. My childhood librarian, am imposing Scottish woman with a thick accent and a heart of gold, used to set the latest Baby-Sitter’s Club titles aside for me because she knew how much I loved them. From there, I graduated to Lloyd Alexander’s The Prydrain Chronicles, Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and

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When I was hired as the Teen Librarian, one of the first interview questions I received was “What do you think about 3D printers and what would you do if we had one?” I didn’t know much about 3D printing at the time, but I could tell that this was something that UDPL was passionate about and

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