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Booktalking "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" by Doreen Cronin

These cows have an issue with their living conditions. So they decide to do something about it. They start communicating their suggestions to the farmer.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Native Fiction on October 4, 2014

Stacy Whiteman and Cheryl Klein are editors, and Joseph Bruchac and Eric Gansworth are Native authors. It was interesting to see the interchange between authors and editors during the program. Read More ›

Booktalking "This is How I Find Her" by Sara Polsky

Sixteen-year-old Sophie has essentially been her mother's caregiver for the last five years. Not by her choice. However, Sophie loves the capriciousness carefree nature of her mom, her lovely paintings, and her terrific sense of fun. The mother she can be when not crippled by bipolar disorder.Read More ›

Booktalking "Wild Things!" by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta

Want to know more about the authors of children's literature, where they came from, and why they write the books that they do? This book will provide some elucidation, as well as a brief chronology of the evolution of kid lit.Read More ›

Booktalking "Prisoner 88" by Leah Pileggi

Imagine being stuck in a dark, dank cell overnight with men twice or thrice your age, or more. At least 10-year-old Jake had his own cell in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary.Read More ›

Booktalking "Halloween Hustle" by Charlotte Gunnufson

There is a terrific dance out there that you may not know about—the Halloween hustle. Moving and grooving to the beat of the Halloween treat.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Boys of the Dark" by Robin Gaby Fisher

The Florida School for Boys, which was renamed the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys sometime after the 1960s, is a juvenile detention facility for underage male offenders. Michael O'McCarthy and Robert Straley were inmates in the 1950s and 1960s.Read More ›

Booktalking "Catch Me If You Can" by Frank Abagnale, Jr.

Frank William Abagnale, Frank Williams, or any of the other aliases he gave people, cruised through life alternately as an airplane pilot, pediatrician, civil lawyer, academic professor, and finally as a researcher/writer in what he thought was the safe haven of Montpellier, France. He bought a nice cottage there, and he brought a suitcase full of cash with him.Read More ›

Booktalking "Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief" by Bill Mason

I have always been fascinated by thieves who could pull off multimillion-dollar heists, steal paintings from museums beefed up with security, etc. However, all of the stories included a ring of thieves. Not this one.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Marc Aronson on September 6, 2014

Marc Aronson led a discussion at the library about nonfiction for kids.Read More ›

Booktalking "Tasting the Universe" by Maureen Seaberg

The phenomenon of experiencing associated senses (a kind of cross-wiring) is an old concept, but it has only been scientifically studied since the second half of the 20th Century. Read More ›

Booktalking "Ultraviolet" by R. J. Anderson

Alison Jeffries wakes up at St. Luke's Hospital, her mind foggy from psychotropic meds. From there, it's to Pine Hills, or "Fine Pills," as fellow patients have christened the psychiatric hospital.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Girl Who Heard Colors" by Marie Harris

Jillian is a sensory maven. She loves all her senses: taste, smell, touch, vision and hearing. Read More ›

Booktalking "Looking Out For Sarah" by Glenna Lang

Perry tells the world what it is like to be Sarah's seeing-eye dog.Read More ›

Booktalking "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" by Barry Denenberg

At the Perkins School for the Blind, Bess becomes close with her roommates shy Eva and flamboyant Amanda. They amuse themselves with talk about their evil housemother, Mrs. Burton.Read More ›

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library: An Insider Look

This library provides services for blind customers in all five boroughs of New York City and Long Island.Read More ›

Booktalking "Twisted" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Miller has a probation officer now. Apparently, this makes him a lot cooler at school. At least beautiful Bethany Milbury seems to think so.Read More ›

Booktalking "Somebody Up There Hates You" by Hollis Seamon

They've got spirit; they're not depressed. 17-year-old Richie and 15-year-old Sylvie think that they are in love; they have terminal cancer, and they live in hospice care. Every minute they can find, Richie and Sylvie spend together. Read More ›

Booktalking "A Death-Struck Year" by Makiia Lucier

Cleo Berry is a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Oregon in 1918 when her school closes due to the Spanish influenza epidemic. In order to stave off boredom, she signs up to volunteer with the Red Cross. Read More ›

Booktalking "Wind Dancer" by Chris Platt

Seventh-grader Allison has decided that she is finished with horses. Her best friend Cara has an adorable pony called Dumpling, and she invites Ali to ride her mother's horse any time. Allison declines. The girls become concerned about two Appaloosas on a neighboring farm that are emaciated. Read More ›
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