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Booktalking "The Doll Shop Downstairs" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Anna and her sisters Sophie and Trudie cannot afford to buy dolls. However, they make do by playing with the dolls in their parents' shop that await repair.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Cats in the Doll Shop" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Anna, her older sister Sophie and her younger sister Trudie have at least two things in common: their love of dolls and cats.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Doll With the Yellow Star" by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Claudine carefully sews a yellow star of David on the inside of her doll Violette's coat so that the doll can show the star when she pleases and have some control over the ignominy.Read More ›

Booktalking "W is for Wombat" by Bronwyn Bancroft

Learning the alphabet Australian Aboriginal style... What could be better? Especially for people who are lucky enough to have visited that fantastical, majestic, fun-loving land.Read More ›

Booktalking "Animalogy: Animal Analogies" by Marianne Berkes

Ants are tiny, and hippos are big. There is much dichotomy in the animal world, and this book helps kids learn about the differences between animals and the great variety that exists in nature.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown

This is a story about a city without any greenery who is saved by a little boy, Liam. The city seems dreary without flowers and plants, so Liam implements a solution. He saves a bit of grass and plants by watering it on a building's rooftop. Soon it expands, and he is able to trim the shrubs that grow into animal shapes.Read More ›

Booktalking "Children Make Terrible Pets" by Peter Brown

A bear in a tutu tries to have a pet boy she named Squeaker, and all mayhem breaks loose.Read More ›

Booktalking "Hunwick's Egg" by Mem Fox

Once upon a time, there lived a bandicoot named Hunwick. One day after a big storm, Hunwick found a treasure, a perfectly shaped humongous egg.Read More ›

Booktalking "Meet the Dancers" by Amy Nathan

Want to "get in the groove" and discover what it takes to be a pro dancer? Read More ›

Booktalking "The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger

Miranda Priestly is the harbinger of fashion excellence, at least according to her. Factor in a woman who throws temper tantrums about having to wait two and a half minutes for anything, and you have got a boss from hell. Fourteen-hour days for assistant Andrea so that she and her colleague Emily can be at Miranda's beck-and-call every minute of the day. Read More ›

Booktalking "Silhouette of a Sparrow" by Molly Beth Griffin

Sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson finds a breath of fresh area in her summer visit to Excelsior, Minnesota in 1926 to live in a hotel with Mrs. Harrington and her daughter Hannah. She is relieved to escape the problems of home, and a little bit scared to enter into the world of the intriguing and beautiful flapper, 17-year-old Isabella. She is excited to start her life as a career woman as a hat shop girl with Miss Maples. Garnet and Isabella share a passion with each other that is definitely not accepted at that time and place.Read More ›

Booktalking "Jump Into Jazz" by Minda Goodman Kraines

This book really breaks down the logistics of dance for people who are not familiar with dance (beginners and absolute beginners). I found it very informative and enlightening. I have looked at dance books on various styles that are mainly descriptive of the dance style. This book gives the history of jazz as well as information that helps people learn how to dance well. Read More ›

Booktalking "'They're Bankrupting Us!' and 20 Other Myths About Unions" by Bill Fletcher

Twenty-one myths as presented in Bill Fletcher, Jr.'s book.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sunday You Learn to Box" by Bil Wright

In Harlem, Louis’ grandfather takes apart radios and always dresses as though he is ready for a business meeting, even though he rarely leaves the house. Louis looks out the window and does his homework when he visits. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Boy on the Wooden Box" by Leon Leyson

Oskar Schindler was an extraordinary character; he saved Leon Leyson (formerly known as Leib Lejzon), his family, and over a thousand Jews from near certain death in the concentration camps, not once, but several times over. Luckily for Leon, Schindler took a particular interest in the boy, and he was afforded privileges not given to others, such as the opportunity to work a 12-hour day shift, rather than the night shift. Unlike other Nazis, Schindler treated his factory workers with a certain humanity, and he remembered their names, despite the risk of severe punishment from other Nazis 

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Booktalking "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, 15-year-old Lina’s life abruptly shifts from thinking about art school and friends to sheer survival when she is wrenched from her bucolic teenage life. One day, NKVD, the Soviet Secret Police, abducts Lina, her mother, brother Jonas and acquaintance Andrius and forces them onto train cars with numerous other Lithuanians.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Impossible Knife of Memory" by Laurie Halse Anderson

“I was first in line when the bus pulled in. Took the seat on the left two rows from the back. Stared at the zombies on the sidewalk dramatically reciting their lines, stalking to the edges of their stages, playing at life.”Read More ›

Booktalking "Lark" by Tracey Porter

Sixteen-year-old Lark Austin is left to die in the woods. Eve, a former best friend and Nyetta, a girl who was babysat by Lark, struggle with the death. Lark, Eve and Nyetta alternately voice their perspectives of the event and its aftermath.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Censorship on February 1, 2014

Recap of discussion forum on challenges to and censorship of children's books.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Invisible Web" by Chris Sherman and Gary Price

We were lucky to have Gary Price present a workshop at the Library on keeping up with the latest technological developments. On some level, I knew that there were portions of the Internet that were only accessible if you know the URL. However, I was not well versed on the exact differences between the web and the Internet and exactly how search engines work before I read this book. In fact, a family member recently launched a web site for his wedding that is only accessible for users who have a user name and password. Even if other people accidentally happened upon the web site, they would 

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