Awards Round-up: February 2017

by Michelle C. Welcome to the February Awards Round-up! At the end of each month we compile the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. February has the double whammy of the Grammys and the Oscars. Get ready to place some holds! Academy Awards Presented annually on television, the Oscars can cause a flurry of […]

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by Marina When I was a kid I was a fanatic for books about horses. And sometimes dogs. And The Baby-sitters Club. But mostly horses. I started out by devouring the Billy and Blaze series. Multiple times. And then anything by Walter Farley–my absolute favorite was Man O’ War. (I still have my paperback copy.) Marguerite […]

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Celebrate Roald Dahl Day

by Marina I just couldn’t resist. I’ve already done a couple of centennial posts and I feel like I’m on a roll. What’s one more? Roald Dahl is most well known for the many children’s books he has written. Most of them were hugely popular–and still are–but some of them weren’t at first. Several have been made into movies (plus […]

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Summer Time Comfort Books

By Stacey Some books leave such a warm memory, you like to revisit them from time to time. For me summer is a lovely season for finding the time to reread some old favorites. With so much to read what makes the reader return to an old favorite? What touches you? I asked staff at […]

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Writing Outside of Their Box?

By Stacey One of the most frequent questions asked at the library is, “I like ____” (fill in the author), what else have they written? Generally, the person is looking for a similar book, but sometimes I bring up an unexpected find, a book uncharacteristic for that particular author. Years ago I discovered Ian Fleming […]

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2016 E.B. White Read Aloud Awards

by Lindsey On April 6, 2016, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) awarded two titles for the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. The winners were chosen by a committee of six children’s booksellers from The Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), in collaboration with ABA. The award is divided into two categories: The E. B. White Read […]

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D.E.A.R. and Celebrate Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday

by Marina Stop right where you are! Just Drop Everything and Read! Today marks the 100th (!!!!!) birthday of beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary. She created such memorable characters as Ralph S. Mouse, Henry Huggins and the spunky, unforgettable Ramona Quimby. Today is also the day that has been selected to celebrate the month-long event of Drop […]

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Happy 100th Birthday Ezra Jack Keats

by Danielle Celebrated children’s book illustrator and author Ezra Jack Keats (March 11, 1916 – May 6, 1983) would have celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month. Keats is known for his 1963 Caldecott-winning book The Snowy Day as well as Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair and Googles! Many of his picture books centered around Peter and his life growing up […]

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The BFG Movie

by Jackie I know that we focus primarily on adult material on this blog, but I can’t help but be excited about the trailer for this movie. I vividly remember my fourth grade teacher Miss Russet reading Roald Dahl‘s BFG aloud to us. It, along with Matilda, remain among my favorite children’s books. It occurs […]

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Dawn’s Gift Book Suggestions

by Dawn I’m not saying I’m some sort of Grinch, but man do I hate shopping for the holidays. Crowded malls, constant carols, and all that pressure to find just the right present…not my happy place. But there is something wonderful about finding just the right thing for that someone special. Over the next few […]

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