Celebrating 75 Years of Library Stories

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The earliest “library story” I remember is the summer reading program at the Jacksonville Public Library. Summer reading was one of my favorite events each year, and I vividly recall getting a blue ribbon for my efforts. Mrs. Spencer, the children’s librarian, made it feel like something really special. Although it was a small gesture […]

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Potty Training Power!

Wouldn't it be lovely if there were such a thing as Potty Training Power.  Like a super power where parents get to wear a cape and have the ability to make potty training super easy?  Dream on potty trainers.  Yes, it is work but it is such necessary work and we're all proud of you […]

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Let’s Get Graphic

Title covers for the comic books Trees, Paper Girls, The Discipline, and Love is Love

Make no mistake, comic books and graphic novels can definitely be enjoyed by grown-ups! Fun, dark, kitschy, or artistic- whether you want something quick and entertaining or involved and thought-provoking, there is a graphic novel or comic out there that fits your reading flavor. Read a graphic novel or comic book and move one step closer to completing […]

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Get Your Geek On in Time for Comicon!

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It's been a long time since geeks were the awkward kids in school who hid in the library and sat alone at lunch. Now, geeks are rocking American culture and spreading fun and enthusiasm wherever they go. The key to geekdom success is unabashedly loving something fun and sharing it with the world, so let's […]

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Happy 75th Birthday, Poky Little Puppy!

Whenever someone is moving a little slowly, I call them a "Poky Little Puppy," the distracted pup from Little Golden Books who some people may remember from their childhood. Today, NPR announced the 75th birthday of Poky Puppy, along with a few other lovable characters from the 1940s. At age 75, Poky Puppy may be slower than ever, but his book never […]

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Refugee Stories Around the World

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” -Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee You don't have to be a newshound or a political wonk to have heard a story or two […]

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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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Poptastic Girl Power on Freegal

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This one's all about powerful music by women for listeners young and old. Here is a playlist of free mp3s you can stream or download through the library from Freegal that celebrate female empowerment with upbeat, catchy tunes. Songs are a great way to make sure you don't overlook or undervalue yourself, even if the […]

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“What books can I share with kids about a dying pet?”

Collie sitting and looking up expectantly

One of the hardest topics for parents to talk about with children--especially young children--is death.   Death is sometimes scary. It's mysterious, and often sad. Most of us want to protect the children we love from scary, sad, and mysterious situations. However, if you live a life with animals as I do, you need to know about […]

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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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