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Surf's Up written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

A Day at the Beach

Picture Books Featuring Waves, Sun, and Sand

Summertime is almost here! Going to the beach is one of my favorite things to do during the summer -- and we all know that there's nothing like a good book to go with a day near the seaside. If you like to splash in the water, build sandcastles, and explore animals that live underwater, then this list is for you. Enjoy a real or imaginary family trip to the shore with one of these beach-themed picture books!

Videotapes

Digitizing Home Video

D.I.Y. at Home or at the Memory Lab

When I learned that DCPL was setting up a lab to transfer VHS videotapes to digital format, I had to try it. At home, we had not watched our home movies in years. I wanted to get my videos to a place where my family could watch and share them. I had started a digitizing project about a year ago and stalled. I needed a jump start and was curious to see how the library’s method compared to what I was doing at home.At Home

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Tales Magical and Grim

Fairy Tales Reimagined

As a lover of fairy tales from the cut-off-your-heels Grim(m) version of Cinderella to the cheerful Disney rendition of Mulan, I'm willing to be swept away by fairy tales with drama

100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Math and the Arts by John D. Barrow

Know A Little About A Lot

Whether it's through a book, podcast, or online class, I love to learn new things! I especially enjoy when something surprises me or makes me think about a certain topic or subject a little differently than I had before. The list below features books that present all kinds of information to readers in unique and exciting ways. Prepare for trivia, dazzle people with your seemingly endless knowledge, or just learn something new for the fun of it!

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Who Needs Sleep When You Can Read?

Page-turners to keep you burning the midnight oil

Whether you're stuck in a book rut or just want to test the limits of how little sleep a person can survive on, reach for these books to keep you glued to every page and furiously reading until dawn. Library power user tip for the books everyone's reading at the same time: if there's too many holds on the physical book, try getting the ebook, eaudiobook, or audiobook instead. Ebooks are automatically returned when they're due, so the hold queue usually moves along faster. 

Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

Children's Picture Books on Friendship

Parents and teachers often ask for children's books that explore the idea of friendship. There are so many different ways to approach this topic: making new friends, being a good friend, handling friend troubles tactfully... the list could go on and on! Fortunately, there are lots of wonderful picture books that teach us about friendship's ups and downs -- and everything in-between. Here are a few to get you started:

11/22/63 by Stephen King

What if Kennedy Hadn't Been Assassinated?

...and Other Presidential Alternate Histories

With Hulu’s new miniseries, 11.22.63, premiering this month, viewers have a chance to see a JJ Abrams-produced adaptation of Stephen King’s acclaimed novel about a man who travels back in

Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Dear Reader

Children's Chapter Books Told Through Letters

As a kid, I was always writing notes to my friends and seeking out pen pals. To this day, I still love to send (and get!) letters in the mail. Much like letters in real life, epistolary novels (or stories told through letters, journal entries, and other documents) give readers the chance to hear someone else's thoughts and feelings in a format that feels both personal and familiar. If you're a child, parent, or kid-at-heart who's looking for a chapter book with an interesting structure and relatable characters, then try one of these novels told through letters:

Ultimate Spider-Man 1

Superheroes Reimagined

Your favorite characters reinvented!

Graphic novels today are more diverse and have more variety than ever. The following titles and series explore classic characters in new ways, or completely reinvent them for a new generation. While I like the classic Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Captain Marvel, I love their newest versions!

Hush: A Thai Lullaby

Books for Bedtime

Read Your Child to Sleep

A potty break, a glass of water, the blankie tucked just so, and the most important element of the bedtime ritual - a bedtime story (or two or three). When it's time to select the perfect book(s), try these kid-approved choices to lull, cajole, and persuade your child to finally let you sleep after you've read "just one more book!"

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