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Booktalking "Genius Denied" by Jan and Bob Davidson

Gifted kids are often bored in academic classes with their age-mates, and they do not share similar interests. Therefore, they can feel lonely and get depressed or angry if their educational and socio-emotional needs are not met. Luckily, there are some solutions. Read More ›

Booktalking "Why Smart People Hurt" by Eric Maisel

Natural psychology is a 21st Century invention whose basic tenet is that a sense of meaning and purpose in life provides gratification and well-being. The author discusses one billion, or 15% of the 7 billion people who currently populate earth, as being intellectually bright. Certain challenges face these individuals.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Accuracy in Illustration on March 7, 2015

Authors Mara Rockliff, Brian Floca, Sophie Blackall and editor Nicole Raymond sat down with Youth Materials Specialist Betsy Bird to discuss the idiosyncrasies of kid lit pictures. But first, they each gave a presentation about illustration and their books.Read More ›

Booktalking "Daisy to the Rescue" by Jeff Campbell

The stories go on and on about animals that go out of their way to rescue sick and injured people. This book is inspirational.Read More ›

Booktalking "Rotten" by Michael Northrop

Jimmer Dobbs (JD) returns home at the end of the summer only to discover that his mother has acquired a new housemate, a rescued Rottweiler. Read More ›

Booktalking "Buddy" by M. H. Herlong

Twelve-year-old Lil'T, aka Tyrone, meets his best friend, a dog whom he christens Buddy, on his way home from church one day. Read More ›

Using Academic Search Premier for College Research

Learn how this database can help you with your studies—log in from home with your library card!Read More ›

Booktalking "Numbering All the Bones" by Ann Rinaldi

Eulinda is a 13-year-old girl searching for freedom during the Civil War. That didn't happen for her younger brother Zeke, who was recently sold to another master. Read More ›

Booktalking "A Break With Charity" by Ann Rinaldi

The witch trials are a circus. The afflicted girls, as well as many local residents, attend the trials. The accused witches are not appointed counsel, and their words of defense fall on impatient ears.Read More ›

Booktalking "Finishing Becca" by Ann Rinaldi

The Declaration of Independence was penned in 1776. This is Philadelphia in 1778, in the midst of the Rebels and the Loyalists. 14-year-old Becca Syng is sent to work and live as a maid with the spoiled Peggy Shippen, future wife of Benedict Arnold.Read More ›

Booktalking "Reviving Ophelia" by Mary Pipher

In her practice, the author found adolescent girls falling victim to cultural ideals of thinness and feminine behavior. Read More ›

Booktalking "Mable Riley" by Marthe Jocelyn

It is 1901 in America, and 14-year-old Mable has different ideas than her more conservative schoolteacher sister Viola.Read More ›

Booktalking "Girl in Blue" by Ann Rinaldi

Sarah Wheelock, a.k.a. soldier Neddy Compton in the Civil War, is a 16-year-old runaway who also becomes a spy for the Union.Read More ›

Booktalking "Behind the Gates of Gomorrah" by Stephen Seager

Napa State Hospital houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the nation... with no guards. Why? Hospitals do not have guards. Most of the patients have either been found "not guilty by reason of insanity" or "incompetent to stand trial."Read More ›

Booktalking "The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage" by Selina Alko

Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were living a fulfilled and happy life in Virginia. They wanted to turn their relationship into the committed partnership of marriage, but in 1958 in Virginia, interracial marriage was illegal.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Collaborating Couples on February 7, 2015

Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, and Betsy and Ted Lewin spoke about living and working on books together.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Patron Saint of Butterflies" by Cecilia Galante

The Regulation Room is simply a normal part of life on Mount Blessing to its residents. Read More ›

METRO Conference on January 15, 2015

Highlights from the local library conference.Read More ›

Booktalking "Breaking the Ice" by Gail Nall

Kaitlin's luck seems to be failing her. Telling the judges at a competition exactly what she thinks of her low scores for artistic expression leads to her demise at the Ridgeline Skating Club. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Letter Writer" by Ann Rinaldi

Eleven-year-old Harriet Whitehead is hired to write letters for a blind woman on a Virginia cotton plantation in 1830. There, she meets 14-year-old Violet, a half-black and half-white girl who becomes her soul sister. Read More ›
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