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Spooky Youth Booklist

“How do I know you’ll keep your word?” asked Coraline.“I swear it,” said the other mother. “I swear it on my own mother’s grave.”“Does she have a grave?” asked Coraline.“Oh yes,” said the other mother. “I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back.”― Neil […]

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Back-to-School Booklist

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai Scroll down to find suggested picture books, easy readers, books for older readers, and books in Spanish (libros en español). Click on the book cover to request it from the catalog. For Younger Readers Picture Books […]

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Critter Comics Book Club

If you’re a fan of comic books and animals, then this is the virtual book club for you! The summer reading theme is “Tails and Tales,” and each month the Critter Comics Book Club will read a comic book with a different animal protagonist. Make sure you register to save your spot. Please note that […]

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Mental Health Youth Booklist

May is Mental Health Month Youth Services staff put together a booklist for Mental Health Month. The list includes picture books for younger readers and chapter books / graphic novels for older readers. There are also several Spanish-language titles. Be sure to click on the images inside the PDF to be taken to that item […]

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“The Strangers” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Joan read The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix and this is what she thought… The story follows Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone–ages 12, 10, and eight—as they investigate why their mother went missing, and uncover their ties to an alternate world. It was a great adventure with elements of science fiction and mystery thrown in […]

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“The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher” by Dana Alison Levy

Colleen read The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher and this is what she thought… With two dads, four brothers, a cat, a dog, and an imaginary cheetah named Flare – this book is truly overflowing with misadventures! The story follows the Fletchers through one school year. Sam (twelve-years-old) lives and breathes soccer, but his teacher […]

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“Fighting Words” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Amanda read Fighting Words and this is what she thought… Della, and her older sister Suki, escape an abusive living situation and end up in a foster home. They learn that there are adults in the world they can trust, and that they deserve to be happy children in a loving home. I loved The […]

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“The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart” by Stephanie Burgis

Colleen read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and this is what she thought… Aventurine is a dragon, the fiercest thing in her mountains, but her family will not let her leave their cave until she is stronger. She sets off on her own to prove she is ready, only to be tricked by a […]

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“Bayou Magic” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Joan read Bayou Magic and this is what she thought… The story follows 10-year-old Maddy when she spends a summer with her grandmother on the Louisiana bayou. It is a great blend of whimsical adventure and serious issues such as environmental awareness and parent/child relations. I loved how the book took the serious issue of […]

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STEM Book Club for Beginners

Just beginning to read chapter books? Then, check out this virtual book club of “Branches” titles. These beginner books, recommended for ages 5-8, have vibrant illustrations and fun characters. Each month we will focus on a different book series and complete a STEM activity. Make sure you register to save your spot. Then, we will […]