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#BrainBreaks: Self-Portraits

Take a #brainbreak and create a self-portrait.  Whether it's a new year, a new season or a new day, it's always a good time to document who you are.  

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#OwnVoices: 2020: a Year in Children's Literature

If you are like me and have missed out on some of the new titles of 2020, don't worry, you can find #OwnVoices books published in 2020 for both younger and older children here.

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#BrainBreaks: Creative Journaling

Take a break and write.  Journaling can help you process your emotions and unleash your creativity.  

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Handmade Gifts for the Holidays: Hot Cocoa Mix

Need some low budget holiday gift ideas? All the DIY gifts in the "Handmade Gifts for the Holidays" series can be made with supplies costing $10 or less!

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Handmade Gifts for the Holidays: Haystacks

Need some low budget holiday gift ideas? All the DIY gifts in the "Handmade Gifts for the Holidays" series can be made with supplies costing $10 or less!

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Handmade Gifts for the Holidays: Pretzel Hugs

Need some low budget holiday gift ideas? All the DIY gifts in the "Handmade Gifts for the Holidays" series can be made with supplies costing $10 or less!

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Keeping Your Kids Mentally Fit In Today's World

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The Five Stages of Batman Fandom

No fan ever reads through the same franchise twice, for it's not the same franchise and they're not the same fan.

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2020 Holiday Gifts for Children

The gift of books is one that children treasure.

El regalo de los libros es uno que los niños atesoran.

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Dinner Table Talks: Inside Out & Back Again

Based on the author's own childhood, Inside Out & Back Again tells the story of a pivotal year in the life of a South Vietnamese family.  Once a wealthy family with two parents, 1975 brings a reversal of fortune for Hà, her brothers and mother. 

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#BrainBreaks: Story Starters

Take a break!  Picture books provide the perfect starting point for telling your own story.  

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iRead: Ninjas RULE!

iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Ninjas are AWESOME!  They are stealthy, strong and full of surprise.  Discover the real ultimate power of ninjas--both fact and fiction--and read some super stories along the way.  

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iRead: Spooky Stories

Fears--real and imagined--abound in these scary stories featuring a missing mother, killer buttons, a ghost and a suspicious rabbit.  (And we won't tell if you decide to sleep with the light on...)

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#OwnVoices: Sunny and Lu

Imagine finding the sound of rhythm in everything that goes on in the world. Now imagine doing it with Swag. That’s what Sunny and Lu bring to you as the last two books of Jason Reynolds Track Series. They both work to find the right rhythm on the team but Lu adds a dab of Swag to the mix. 

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iRead: Kelly Starling Lyons

Award-winning author Kelly Starling Lyons grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, surrounded by creativity and artistic expression.  She has now written more than a dozen books for children, from picture books to beginning readers to chapter books, focusing on the African-American experience and giving young people stories to reflect their own lives and culture.

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iRead: On The Run

iRead features the best ebooks, eaudiobooks and print books for children and teens curated by the Children's Room and Teen Center staff.  

Whether it's running from danger or running towards adventure, these are stories of friends and family discovering new things about the world and themselves.  

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Halloween Egg Hunt: A Social Distanced Trick-or-Treat Tutorial

Keeping our distance doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun! A Halloween Egg Hunt is a playful way to keep the Halloween spirit, whether you organize a neighborhood event or just hide the eggs around your home for the kiddos to find. This two-for-one tutorial is a great craft for kids and preparation for a fun Halloween event!

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iRead: Sharon Draper

“I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer. Come dream with me."--Sharon Draper

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#OwnVoices: Toning the Sweep

If you've visited the library, you've likely had one of our library staff emphasize the importance of not only reading but that reading builds empathy.

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iRead: The Tía Lola Stories Series

A touchstone series of cultural identity for middle grade readers, these novels center around 11-year-old Miguel Guzman and his sister Juanita, who move from New York City to Vermont with their recently divorced mother.  His flamboyant tía Lola arrives just as he’s trying to fit into a mostly white farming community. But her charm and cooking enthrall the family and neighbors, and teach them much about life, family, the Latinx culture, and community.

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iRead: Joyce Hansen

Joyce Hansen is the author of many novels and nonfiction works for children and young adults.  Her books are a mixture of contemporary and historical fiction, and she has also written and contributed to several works of non-fiction focused on African American historical subjects.  Ms. Hansen currently lives in the midlands of South Carolina, and continues to write for youth. 

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iRead: Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki was born in Toronto, Ontario. Her writing often deals with the inner turmoil of teenagers, especially in titles such as Skim and This One Summer, both illustrated by her cousin Jillian Tamaki, as well as Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, illustrated by Rosemary Valer-O’Connell.  Tamaki’s protagonists are marked by her talent for writing authentic flaws and personal conflict.

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iRead: Diverse Friendships

How can Irene and Charles work together on their poetry project? They don't know each other...and they're not sure they want to.

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iRead: Nikki Grimes

Born and raised in New York City, Nikki Grimes has earned several accolades for her writing and poetry.  She writes so that children will see themselves in literature. 

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iRead: Lamar Giles

Lamar Giles is an author, speaker and founding member of We Need Diverse Books.  He sold his first short story at age 21.  He independently published his novels and short stories under the pen name L.R. Giles before his debut young adult novel, Fake ID, was published by Harper Collins in 2014.  Giles has gone on to publish two middle grade and five young adult novels while simultaneously editing and contributing to multiple young adult and middle grade anthologies.

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Finding Your Character's Voice

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is the blank page staring back at you.  Writing a monologue is a good way to get your creative juices flowing and find your character's voice.