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5 Excellent Animated Films NOT produced by Disney

Princess Aurora, Cinderella, and Ariel

It is true that for decades Disney studios have produced widely popular films for children. It is also true that Disney films are regularly criticized for portraying cultural, racial, and gender stereotypes that cause many parents to question the problematic messages they give to children. Despite the controversies associated with Disney films, I admit that I have enjoyed the occasional screening of Sleeping Beauty and other […]

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YA Books To Help You Survive Your Winter Break

The two weeks of winter break are fast approaching and if you're looking for a way to pass the long, dark, cold hours I suggest you check out one of these winter or holiday-inspired books. Each book is set during the winter months and pairs perfectly with a cup of something hot. From tree decorating, […]

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Want to Launch a Rocket into Space?

Source: KerbalEDU media kit at kerbaledu.com

This winter, tweens and teens can learn how to build and launch a rocket into orbit at KCLS libraries thanks to funding from the KCLS Foundation. Am I talking about real rockets that are hundreds of feet tall? No. I'm talking about virtual rockets that you can build in the computer game Kerbal Space Program. It's got little green men […]

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This is Your Library

To our KCLS community: This has been a challenging year. Elections are often difficult, and this year's Presidential campaign was especially so. Although voting is over, the results have divided many people, pitting neighbor against neighbor, even friend against friend. In the midst of this, we often lose our ability to have civil dialog about […]

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