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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Historical or Nostalgic Fiction?

Recent Fiction set in 1980s and 1990s

Historical fiction is often defined as a novel that takes place in the past. But in 2017, can a novel set in 1996 or even 2000 be considered historical? Rather: if the writer and/or reader vividly remembers a time only 15-20 years in the past, reliving that past veers into nostalgia rather than history. Then again, what if the novel is for a YA crowd who never experienced the 80s or 90s? When does it become historical? These novels all take place between 1980 and 2001 and were written by authors looking back.

Cover to Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #17: Read a classic by an author of color

2017 is here and a new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers. Today we will address the 17th challenge, to read a classic by an author of color.

Peace display

Tough Topics Read Feed: Peace and Conflict

When reflecting on the 2017 Summer Reading theme “Build a Better World" in the context of current events, the tough topics of “Peace” and "Conflict" come to mind. Why does it seem so difficult to grasp, embody and maintain? Ideally the books from this display will prompt family discussions about peace and the ways in which you can help to nurture and share it.

Took

A Catalog of Disturbing Dolls

In case you needed more nightmares.

Glass eyes, rag dresses, and yarn curls. There's nothing like a haunted doll to make even the bravest readers shiver. Forget that old Stephen King X-Files episode and read on for some thrilling tales that will leave you frightened, but not in pieces. Older Children Grades 3-6 Doll Bones by Holly Black

If My Love Were a Fire Truck

Fathers and Heroes

Great Dads in Children's Literature and Picture Books

One of the most important relationships in a child's life is with their father (or father-figure). In children's books, mothers are often the go-to parental figure, whether it is in the forefront or background of the story. Examples of notable fathers in children's literature can often be overlooked. Despite the generalization, good fathers do exist in books for children of all ages. In this list, new and old stories alike portray those relationships in both humans and animals. While fathers can play many roles in a child's life, they are always important.

Cover of Little Bento

Let's Do Lunch

Sometimes you need a bit of inspiration for packing lunches for work or school. The following cookbooks will provide just that spark to liven up your lunch break. The recipes are for meals that not only pack well, but are healthy, tasty, and several steps more interesting than the standard turkey and cheese sandwich.

We should all be feminists

You Go, Girl!

Books to inspire girls and women to reach their full potential

Feeling dissatisfied with the obstacles that prevent women from reaching their full potential? Looking for a way to make a difference and inspire your child and the world around you to appreciate the contributions women make in society? Use these splendid resources as a tool to build confidence and gain a deeper understanding of women in the world. For Young Readers (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Determined Debutantes

Strong Women in the Age of Courtship

The long storied "debutante season" has been played out in countless movies and TV shows including Downton Abbey, The Buccaneers, and more. While now extinct, the tradition of the "social season" involved a young woman entering society and "coming out" in order to be officially eligible to marry. These historical novels start at the height of the social scene in the late 1800's to its eventual demise after World War II.

February club read

Southeast Kids' Book Club!

For Children's fiction fans, 9 - 12 years old

Southeast Kids' Book Club meets the last Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.! At each Kids Book Club meeting, we discuss the book, enjoy a fun theme activity, and enjoy snacks. Participants will also vote on the next book we'll read! New titles are typically introduced so participants can pick the perfect book to read at home. Stop by or call to inquire about the current title we’re reading.

Threads by Ami Polonsky

Loss and Change in Childhood

Middle Grade Novels About Difficult Situations

"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life" - Oscar Wilde

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