hoopla Film School: Fashion Films!

Greetings, and welcome to another session of hoopla Film School! The world of fashion has always been inspired by the world of film. From the arrival of the classic Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's to the advent of androgynous women's clothing following the release of Annie Hall, countless style moments have been launched by the wardrobes of characters in […]

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A Chocolate Intervention!

I love chocolate, it is probably my favorite food. I am discriminating, I only eat dark chocolate, but beyond that I love it all. Add nuts, caramel, sea salt, chili peppers, or just about any other add-in (no ants, please) and I am there! Now comes the rub. I recently learned about the sordid history […]

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5 Easy Ways to Find a STEM Book

Are you tackling our 10 to Try reading challenge this year? For me, one of the hardest categories is Read a Book About STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). I'll talk more about my personal reading preferences and reading STEM later in the month, but I want to focus this post on something else: how to […]

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Girls Gone Activist

Girls can make a difference! The recent Women's March on Washington and marches throughout the nation motivated women of all ages to take action. Enjoy these true stories about ordinary girls who made an impact and inspire young readers to take action for causes they care about. For the Right to Learn When one thinks of girls who have made an […]

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Get to Know YA Book Awards

You may have heard of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals for children's literature, but did you know there are similar awards for young adult literature? As part of the Youth Media Awards from the American Library Association, over 20 awards and even more honors are handed out to books, authors, and other media for youth […]

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Cinephiles Rejoice: 25 Films Added to the National Film Registry!

If you're a bibliophile, you probably already think the Library of Congress is incredible. But did you know that the Library of Congress (LOC) is also an excellent resource for cinephiles? Prime example: the Library of Congress has a National Film Registry, which adds to its list 25 films each year, "showcasing the range and diversity of […]

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