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Banned Books and the Freedom to Read

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. To Kill a Mockingbird. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…. three very different books that share a common thread. Each year, individuals across the country take it upon themselves to decide what books you should and should not read. These are three that apparently you should not. Yes, […]

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Books I Would Give My 16-Year-Old Self


One of the many perks of being a teen services librarian is getting to inspire teens to read for fun, not just because they have too. When you’re in high school you have so much “required reading” for school that it's daunting to even think about reading, let alone reading something YOU want to. So […]

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How to Become a Library Power User

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Are you always stopping by your nearest library? Do you often push that holds limit? Is your stack of to-be-read library books in danger of toppling over? You just might be a library power user. If you're already there or just want to step up your library game, we've got some insider tips for how […]

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Read a Banned Book!


Hey! Did you know that the last week of September is Banned Books Week? It's sort of like the library world's own little holiday where we celebrate the freedom to read by reading, talking about, and highlighting the most controversial books published in the United States every year. This year's focus is on the number […]

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In Memory: Children’s Author Anna Dewdney


Anna Dewdney, author and illustrator of the beloved children's series, Llama, Llama, passed away on September 3, in her Vermont home at the age of 50, from brain cancer. She had illustrated books for other authors in the 1990s, but it was the publication in 2005 of Llama Llama Red Pajama, the first book in the picture book series, that launched her books to a near permanent […]

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