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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 ›

Booktalking "The Ever-After Bird" by Ann Rinaldi

The scarlet ibis is known to the slaves as the Ever-After bird. Legend has it that once a slave sights this bird, he or she will be free. Read More ›

Booktalking "Willow" by Tonya Hegamin

Willow gets into trouble for reading anything other than the Bible... and she is also not supposed to know how to write. So she hides her diary in the woods.Read More ›

Booktalking "Justice While Black" by Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles

A criminal defense attorney with a quarter-century experience gives advice to young men of color in order to avoid and minimize harm done if they get arrested. However, it is useful for all citizens to know about and exercise their rights.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lions of Little Rock" by Kristin Levine

It is 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the debate about racial integration in schools is raging. Read More ›

Booktalking "My Thirteenth Winter" by Samantha Abeel

Dyscalculia is a math-related learning disability. Samantha Abeel was caught in the crossfire between her complete inability to perform simple mathematical calculations or read music (which is related to math) and her extreme creativity with writing and vivid imagination. Read More ›
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