Author Archives: Marissa

Readers’ Corner: DIY – Decorate Your Space

Beginning a new year always makes me want to revamp my space, organize my stuff, and upgrade my furniture, but after the holidays, I find I have more ideas than green bucks to make that happen.  This week, I discovered the DIY section at my library, and now I can get crafty and use unexpected […]

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Readers’ Corner: Graphic Novels to Inspire Empathy

Two of the best ways to combat negativity in the world around us is to be informed and to nurture your empathy. This week’s booklist, Graphic Novels to Inspire Empathy, features timely titles about young activists and other heated issues. With a narrative deepened through visual art, these graphic novels create a layered experience that affords […]

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Readers’ Corner: If You Liked Dumplin’

Did you catch the Netflix premier of Dumplin’ on December 7th? This movie based off the delightful novel from author Julie Murphy spotlights a full figured teenager, a beauty pageant, and a love affair.  The hilarious, quietly poignant, and provocative Willowdean finds herself, although largely overweight, someone who is worthwhile and deserving happiness. This heroine is a great […]

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Readers’ Corner: Sports Fiction

Sports and storytelling are often used together to create something that many types of book lovers appreciate. According to Book Genres, the Sports Fiction genre is full of “stories where a sport has an impact on the plot or main character.” It could be about a high school athlete that gets involved in a sports program saving […]

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Readers’ Corner: Books to Make You Cry

If you’re an emotional book lover like us, you’ve probably found yourself crying while reading a good tearjerker. There are plenty of heart-wrenching books where you empathize with the character’s pain, but our favorites are the ones that provoke a physical reaction like crocodile tears, super sobs, loss of breath, and even a tinge of […]

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Readers’ Corner: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. It is a member-led organization whose mission is “to build local power in order to help intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by state and vigilantes.” BLM works toward a world where Black lives are […]

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Readers’ Corner: Climate Change Fallout SciFi

The world as we know it is gone. Something terrible has happened and in its wake, humanity must once again reset its priorities. Can we, in this resource-scarce new world, fashion some kind of idea that there is a global will to make the switch in the face of greed and inertia, serene faces, and clothes […]

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Readers’ Corner: Non-Fiction Graphic Novels

This week, the Readers’ Corner brings you extra-compelling nonfiction books that span all kinds of interests and curiosities, and oh so much art! A nonfiction graphic novel can present information in a more familiar and easily digestible format.  While many graphic novels are biographical in nature, there are other nonfiction topics covered in graphic novel […]

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Readers’ Corner: Fantasy Fiction

This week the Readers’ Corner features some of our favorite Fantasy Fiction. With its roots in myth and legend, Fantasy Fiction is the most elemental of all the genres. For many generations, people believed in myth and legend in a way that dramatically affected their life and culture. There is something timeless about stories that […]

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Readers’ Corner: Teen Horror Starter Kit

As a kid, I wondered why anyone would subject themselves to scary reads — just the slightest glimpse of a horror movie’s cover could give me nightmares. My friends would taunt me with their book trailers just to see me slink away, creeped out with visions of sharp knives, clown faces, and grim reapers. With […]

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