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Parable of the Sower

Dystopian Pasts, Presents and Futures

The word is scary right now. But honestly, reading about other pandemics and disasters has made me feel a little bit better right now because it could be so even worse! I read The Hot Zone, a book about Ebola, in elementary school and was terrified but re-reading it recently I felt almost comforted that the world isn't completely aflame.

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Stay At Home Family Book Club Picks

Great Books for the Whole Family to Read & Discuss During Self-Quarantine

Being cooped up at home with your family 24/7 can be stressful, no matter how much you love them. Everyone needs entertainment and intellectual stimulation, and a bit of quiet time to themselves. During this self-quarantine period, it can be hard to find enough of the first two, and any of the third. So I’ve put together this list of 10 excellent middle grade books that the entire family can read and discuss. If you're seeking something that is educational, quiet, and promotes family bonding, then look no further! All the books on this list had to meet four simple criteria:

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Staff Pick: "The Art of Dying" by Ambrose Parry

Edinburgh, 1849. Will Raven, a young doctor, returns home from studying abroad on the European continent. Sarah Banks, a former housemaid, is assisting the noted Dr. James Simpson in his practice. In The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry, the two reunite to clear Dr.

Ninety Percent of Everything

Seafaring Journeys with Cargo

Nonfiction Explorations of Maritime Shipping

Last year I traveled as a passenger for almost four weeks on two transatlantic cargo ships. Since I've returned, I have been reading books to gain further insight into the world of maritime shipping. Many products we use every day, including the device you're reading these words on and many library books, have journeyed across oceans on cargo ships. Yet, the shipping world is invisible to most of us. Without leaving land you too can journey into this fascinating world by reading the books below.

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The Future is Female

Contemporary fiction with strong female characters

Women are amazing. Their is no limit to their abilities. One needs not to be afraid of the future so long as women will be there. Read these novels to find out how these female protagonists reflect, react and sometimes even rebuild in the wake of numerous challenges.

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Listen Together with Your Middle Grader – Magic and Mystery

Do you miss reading together now that your child is on to full-length, middle-grade novels? Audiobooks to the rescue! Download the Overdrive app on your favorite device or fire up the old CD player. Get out the coloring books, modeling clay, or Legos or get the sound system set up to play MP3s or CDs in the car. Audiobooks are a hands-free, voice-saving way to continue enjoying books together with your 5th - 8th grader. This list is for readers who love magic and mystery.  

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Andrew Carnegie Medals 2020

During the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference, the winners of the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction were announced. The winners will received their prizes in June.  Below are the winning titles.  Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Fiction

The four agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom

A penny for your thoughts!?

Here's a list of books that challenge us to think twice about our thinking. Distractions and unhealthy messages abound so much so, its easy to engage in self-deprecating thought patterns.These books challenge us to find our grounding and to be present with our thoughts as we engage with life. Adult titles: 

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

This is What a Library Looks Like

Books about libraries.

When you think of a library what do you see? Do you picture a hushed building with musty shelves and leather-bound volumes? Yes, that’s accurate in some cases, but libraries can stretch beyond physical spaces; they stimulate intellectual curiosity, provide economic and physical relief, and perhaps most importantly, are intersectional institutions that embody a democratic and cooperative spirit.

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Second Chance Romances

Another chance to consider love comes at almost the beginning of every year, after New Year's resolutions are set and as the days are stretching into something brighter as they pass. Valentine's Day is as good a reason as any to watch something romantic and full of possibility and questions. Some romances feel like an answer but some embrace uncertainty and give us the secondhand experience of happenstance and second chances.

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