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Classic American Horror

What is about that the horror genre that beguiles us? Is it a fascination with the unknown or is it a delight in the senses that accompany fright? I was enthralled by this genre at an early age. Who among us remembers Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Regardless of our motivation, there are many books that inspire a love of chillers; here are a few American classics that will keep you peering under your bed at night.

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day

Children's Books with an Environmental Theme

Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day is April 28. In celebration of these two holidays, here is a list of chapter books for kids. These books are not too heavy handed, but are entertaining and thought-provoking. Hopefully, they will get the next generation thinking about our world, and how they can best take care of it.Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Tap the magic Tree

Trees, Please!

Picture books about trees

As a child, I spent lots of time reading under trees. But there were things to consider. You had to get the right spot - the roots of the tree had to be large or small enough for you to sit comfortably, you needed shade, the type of tree was important too. But once you found the sweet reading spot, you found a spot you could call home as you read away the afternoon.

Hedy's Folly book

Fascinating Women

When we examine history, women represent a cadre of fascinating individuals, so why limit our emphasis on women to just March? Many readers are familiar with notable figures such Eleanor Roosevelt or Rosa Parks, but some famous female figures may surprise you.

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Provocative and Political YA

Last year as the election drew to a close, politics came to the forefront as those in our community and beyond debated with increasingly sharp rhetoric. Youth have also engaged in the action taking place. In November 2016, Montgomery County students made national headlines after hundreds walked out of class to protest Donald Trump’s election.

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Slavery in America

I haven’t had a chance yet to see Washington’s new and acclaimed National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tickets are hard to come by! In the meantime, I’ve been doing some reading to prepare for a visit in the near future. These books of historical fiction succeed in making the unimaginable all too real.

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Taking Care of Our Furry Friends

Books for younger readers that touch upon the theme of responsibility

Teaching youth about responsibility can be a difficult task for any adult, but one method to get children invested in this concept is taking care of others - and there is no better place to start than with pet ownership. Among other holidays, February celebrates Responsible Pet Owner’s Month. If your child has been pestering you for a furry friend, then perhaps you will find these materials timely.

Beautiful Disaster

All Hot & Bothered

For those who love hot romance with a little drama

Love romance novels? Want extra amounts of angst and drama thrown in? Well, this is your dream list! I am not one for super happy go lucky romance novels, and I figured there are others out there who feel the same way. These stories will make you angry, antsy, cry, and swoon all in one go. Enjoy your emotional roller coaster ride! 

my new mom & me

Latino-themed Children's Books

An engaging resource for children and families seeking to celebrate la Latinidad.

DCPL children's collection contains hundreds of excellent children books that reflect the Latino experience. The following list brings together stories either written or illustrated by Latino authors and artists or tales that explore Latino characters and cultural identity. I have included an assortment of English, Spanish or bilingual titles in hopes that this list becomes a resource for children and families who want to read great stories that celebrate La Latinidad.

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Andrew Carnegie Medals 2017

During the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in Atlanta, the winners of the annual Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction were announced. The winners will officially receive their awards in June. Below are the winning titles available to check out and download from the library.Fiction

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