Picture Books to Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day, commemorated every year on April 22, marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970 when 20 million Americans took to the streets to raise awareness for environmental issues. As a child, I don't remember the Earth Day marches, but I distinctly remember sitting in the long gas lines of the […]

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Fitness to Go eBooks

Finding it difficult to fit a fitness plan into your schedule? Ever wish you could have your exercise regimen at your fingertips? Take your workout with you! Try downloading one of these eBooks that highlight simple fitness routines you can do anytime, anywhere, and get on the fast track to getting fit. For more great resources, sign up for hoopla  […]

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Who’s Your Literary Crush?

Heart-shaped twine bookmark holding place in open book

Ever had a character leap off the pages and into your heart? Remember your first book crush? I do. As a horse-crazy girl, I crushed on Steve Duncan, the youth who tamed the fiery red stallion, Flame, on a remote Caribbean island in Walter Farley's The Island Stallion. And I admit, I fell for Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, […]

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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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Pay it Forward in 2017- Become a “RAKtivist!”

"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart What's a RAKtivist? Simply put, it's a Random Acts of Kindness activist. What qualifications do you need? A belief that kindness can change the world. How do you become one? It's easy. Practice random acts of kindness or RAoKs defined as: selfless acts performed […]

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Beyond Pilgrims and Turkey

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner table

Like many Americans I grew up celebrating Thanksgiving waking up to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and enjoying a family gathering that included watching football, feasting on turkey and all the trimmings, vying for the wishbone, and ending up feeling as stuffed as the turkey. Now, with children of my own, our family has added a few traditions to our Thanksgiving gatherings. One is to take in Thanksgiving "orphans."  […]

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College Essay Writer’s Block?

Are you a college-bound senior? Finding the college application process overwhelming? Having trouble figuring out what to write about for your admissions essays? Deadlines looming? Let KCLS help! After conducting college essay writing workshops and editing admissions essays, there are a few tips I can offer and some great resources available through the library to help get you […]

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Meet Ove, the Neighbor From Hell.

There are all kinds of neighbors and then there is Ove.  He is the cantankerous neighbor others avoid. Entering Ove's well-ordered world of rigid routines, strict principles and critical assessments of the "idiots" around him, I wanted to get to know Ove, but not necessarily be his neighbor. A Man Called Ove Author Fredrik Backman skillfully interrupts Ove's […]

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