Unicorn? Narwhal? Why Not Both!

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As I sit here, wearing a shirt festooned with donut-eating narwhals and contemplating the purchase of a truly epic pair of socks, I feel compelled to share with all of you, dear readers, what I'm sure will soon be recognized as the most delightful picture book available in this or any other library system: Not […]

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Crafts for Cat Lovers

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A year or two ago I decided to make a gift for my cats. I'm aware that cats don't understand the concept of getting presents, but that's never stopped me from showering my kitties with affection in the form of new toys and snacks. For this particular gift, though, I wanted to make something myself. […]

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ABCs for the Macabre Reader

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Alphabet books have long been a staple of library collections, but among the bright, candy-colored stories you'll occasionally find an ABC book that's a little spookier and a bit less kid-friendly. Strange? Perhaps, but there is a peculiar kind of pleasure in seeing the shiny-happy idealism of many kids books turned on its head. While […]

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Most Popular Teen Fiction of 2016 at KCLS

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KCLS has an abundance of awesome teen fiction titles, but even with so many options available some items inevitably rise to the top of the popularity rankings. The most popular teen fiction books of 2016 include some perennial favorites as well as a couple of new hits. Take a look at the list to see […]

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The Penguin Lover’s Travel Guide

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Penguins are among my favorite things in the world. I also love to travel. So, it follows that visiting penguin-related places would be on my list of future travel goals. From Australia to Antarctica, and many places in between, the world is full of fantastic holiday destinations that also happen to be home to some […]

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Reimagine Holiday Gift-Giving

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The holidays are here and many people are considering what gifts, if any, they should give to friends and family this year. While gift-giving can be fun, it can also cause unnecessary stress, especially when budgetary concerns collide with advertisements that urge us to buy more and more. Instead of giving in and purchasing more […]

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Women Directors, Women’s Stories

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Feature films directed by women are, sadly, quite rare and it was only in 2010 that Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. The disparity in representation between women and men in the cinematic world doesn’t just end in the director’s chair. In the 100 top grossing films of […]

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Tips & Tricks for First-Time Homebuyers

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The thought of buying your first home can be really intimidating, especially since the real estate market is so competitive. Yet home ownership is an important goal for many people. Whether you're looking to settle permanently into a community or have decided that it's more affordable to own than rent, searching for and purchasing your […]

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The Big Library Read is Back!

The Big Library Read is back and better than ever! What is the Big Library Read, you ask? It's an awesome digital book club that encourages book lovers around the world to read and discuss a pre-selected eBook together a few times each year. From October 13-27, 2016 OverDrive will make one eBook available to […]

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Banish Bad Hair Days

Bored of wearing the same hairstyle every day? Need a new look for a special event? Just want to try something a little different? Allow me to help! I've been enamored with creating fun and unique braided hairstyles ever since I was a teenager. While my interest in braiding was piqued by the Lord of […]

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