Woodridge
Neighborhood Library

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The Barrow will send what it may

Odd Libraries

Libraries can be interesting places. I know, because I work in one. Thankfully, however, they usually aren't as odd as the ones listed below. I've always enjoyed the idea of libraries that have interesting little things tucked away, such as the archive at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie, where the Ark of the Covenant is sent to disappear. Here are some of the more interesting libraries I've read about in fiction.

Saving Red

Books In Verse

YA Titles With Impact Using Fewer Words

Using different styles of writing can be a great tool for authors who want to mix up the young adult reading scene. In the titles below, each author uses the in verse writing style that delivers less words to arrive at deep emotion, character flaws and pivotal plot points. A reader could interpret this writing style as similar to poetry or symbolic to user interpretation. Do you agree?  

Dialogue meeting

Dialogue With Neighbors

A Community Conversation Series

Please join us across the city for a three-part structured community dialogue in June 2018. Each dialogue will build on the previous one. And while some may not be able to attend all three dialogues, we are hoping for a core group to be part of all three dialogues so the conversation can deepen over the three weeks. Refreshments will be served at all dialogue sessions.

Anna Dressed in Blood

Summer Horror Scream Show

Teen YA for the Frights

What are you afraid of? How can a book accelerate your heart rate? Explore one (or more) of the following titles to find out. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Here and Now

Moving Through Time and Space

Young Adult Fiction With Time and Inter-Dimensional Travel

Some of the most thrilling books involve characters operating in multiple time periods to accomplish a personal goal or rectify a dire circumstance. Whether going backward in history, or forward in time, stories that use this literary device become exciting with each layer of anticipation. The following titles feature teens traveling through time or other dimensions to initiate a chain of compelling events. 

long way down

The Choice is Yours

Young Adult Books with Characters Making Important Decisions

What would you do?  The growth of a young person is often tested by the decisions they make. When the outcome of a choice could have long lasting effects, the question of "What Would You Do" becomes an interesting one. The following young adult books feature lead characters in decision making scenarios where the outcome greatly impacts their lives moving forward. 

two boys kissing

Challenge This!

Teen and Young Adult books with Controversial Themes

Banned Books Week (September 24-30, 2017) is a very popular time for readers everywhere. As our society continues to wrestle with ideas concerning sexuality, violence, social issues, and language within literature, many authors will continue to challenge longstanding opinions about these topics. The following books have been challenged by schools, libraries, and media outlets, drawing controversial attention nationwide.  

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).

Kindle Fire Raffle winner Eloise with her brother Wesley, mother Rebecca, and Grandma Susan

Summer Reading Winners!

We had awesome participation in our Summer Reading Program at the new Woodridge Library, our first one since opening our beautiful new building last fall. Although hundreds of children completed the program and earned tickets to see the Washington Nationals, free books, and Chipotle meals, two lucky winners were the recipients of our special raffle prizes- a Kindle Fire and a set of Duplo blocks. Congrats to Eloise and Ethan for being such great readers this summer, and to all those who met their goals and had fun with us!

Kitten's First Full Moon

Me-Ow!

Picture books about cats

September is Happy Cat Month! Me-OW! If you know anything about librarians, you should know that we love cats! The picture books below were selected for their funny, adorable, and beautiful illustrations all about cats! Get ready to read by practicing your meows and purrs, and curl up like a cat with one or more of the following books!  Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

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