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The Memory of Light by Francisco X Stork

For Those Blue Days

How Young People Experience Depression

We all have bad days. We all get down sometimes. For some of us however, those days might seem to outnumber the good ones, or those down periods might be particularly low. So many folks experience depression in ways that are unique to them. It’s not just adults who go through depression diagnoses and have to cope in a world that seems uninviting; children and teens, too, can feel low and sad and blank inside, even if they might not have the word "depression" to describe how they’re feeling.

The Year of the Dog

It's the Year of the Dog

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these reads for all ages

The Chinese New Year is a time for fresh beginnings, celebrations with friends and family and honoring ancestors. These books will give insight into how Chinese New Year is celebrated, and how centuries-old traditions came to be. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

Global Babies

A Difference Book List

Children, Tweens and Teens

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day/Week many will seek out opportunities to make their communities more inclusive. Some will give aid to the unseen. Some will make their feelings known through writing campaigns and protests. Others will learn more about those who are different from themselves. The following book list is in the spirit of inclusion through seeing and validating difference.

Photo of Hootie the PAL Dog

Meet Hootie

A Mt. Pleasant Library Volunteer

Hootie is a PAL volunteer and visits the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library when he can. Here are 10 fun facts about Hootie:   Hootie is a standard poodle, the largest-sized poodle. 

the doubtful guest

Gothic Fiction for the Whole Family (Part 1: Children)

A celebration of old-world-style scares

It's never too early to introduce your child to Gothic and Modern Gothic literature (or to develop a taste for it yourself). This glorious genre explores negativity in a manageable package. With supernatural elements and an exploration of feelings like unhappiness and loneliness, both Gothic and Modern Gothic literature provide a unique opportunity for readers to explore and discuss some of the more challenging and gruesome aspects of life, and to find ways to cope with scary and negative feelings in their day-to-day lives.

Photo of Louie the PAL Dog

Meet Louie

A Mt. Pleasant Library Volunteer

Louie is a PAL volunteer and visits the Mt Pleasant Neighborhood Library when he can. Here are 10 fun facts about Louie: Louie spent 2.5 years training to be a Hero Dogs Service Dog for disabled veterans. Louie was honorably discharged. Louie considered being a bomb sniffer.

The Last Jedi

Jedi Jamboree: A Star Wars Party!

Excited about the new Star Wars movie? We are too! Come join us on Tuesday, December 12 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm for an afternoon of games, trivia, crafts, and snacks!   Test your skills at the Jedi Academy and enter to win awesome prizes!   Dressing up as your favorite Star Wars character is highly encouraged!    All ages welcome; activities most suited for ages 6 to 12; no RSVP necessary  

Photo of Johnny the PAL Dog

Meet Johnny!

A Mt Pleasant Library Volunteer

Johnny is a PAL volunteer and visits the Mt Pleasant Neighborhood Library when he can. Here are ten fun facts about Johnny: Johnny was a stray dog! Johnny's favorite thing is to be pet, especially by kids! Johnny is afraid of the dark. Johnny has a social media following @johnnykoppeltar.

Ella Minnow Pea

FUNomenal Wordplay

Novels for Wordplay Lovers

For most of my life I've been fond of zany wordplay, such as palindromes, anagrams, puns, lipograms, pangrams, oxymorons, and alliteration. I have discovered some novelists who share a similar fascination and whimsically employ wordplay in their fiction, even as they also explore deeper themes. If you too are a wordplay enthusiast, check out the children's and adult novels below.

Cover for When's My Birthday?

You Say It's Your Birthday

Books for Young Celebrants

We all have one, and if we're lucky, we have many more. But birthdays seem particularly special for our youngest readers - a time when everything is new and everybody gets to eat cake. Waiting for that one day a year can seem like it takes forever, but a few books on the topic may get your little ones excited to celebrate or stop them from asking about their presents (at least for a few minutes).

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