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Booktalking "Destination Unknown" by Amy Clipston

Whitney Richards bristles at the ostentatious atmosphere that accompanies wealth and the glamour of high society.Read More ›

"The Year of the Rat" by Clare Furniss

Pearl had a good life until childbirth unexpectedly stole her mother from her. Read More ›

Booktalking "Come, Llamas" by Jennifer Morris

Kinnaman Ranch in Alaska is home to many llamas, bears and JT.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Dog Trainer's Complete Guide to a Happy, Well-Behaved Pet" by Jolanta Benal

Jolanta's podcast on dog training was named the iTunes podcast of the year in 2009. Better yet, this trainer extraordinare resides in our very city. So if your canine requires behavioral intervention, you could give her a call. 

Teaching a dog to not go through open doors, leaving tempting steaks alone, crossing his or her front paws to "act like a lady," walking on a slack leash, not jumping up on people, and not barking incessantly. 

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Booktalking "It's Not Just Who You Know" by Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding presents a new take on networking. He calls it netgiving, which is ultimately a more fulfilling and useful way to approach collaborating with colleagues. Read More ›

Booktalking "And We Stay" by Jenny Hubbard

Emily Beam is obsessed with the poet, Emily Dickinson. Beam loves to write poetry, and the words for them dance through her head. Read More ›

The Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough

Andrea, Angela, Katie, Robyn and Sandra were inspired by an Oprah Winfrey show on personal finance to not only take a look at their desperate financial straits, but to do something about it. They found each other, formed a money group, and they helped each other learn about financial foibles and develop better financial habits.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Alice in Wonderland on December 13, 2015

A panel discussion about how Alice has influenced librarians, teachers, authors and illustrators in their crafts. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Secret Side of Empty" by Maria Andreu

Monserrat Thalia's gaze on life is losing focus. An undocumented immigrant from Argentina, she is a senior in high school. She cannot see a way into college, considering her status.Read More ›

ACRL/NY Conference on December 4, 2015

A recap of the recent Association of College and Research Libraries, Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter Conference.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Heart-Led Leader" by Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding has a simple message: caring for employees not only creates a more beneficial work environment, but it drives superior sales and products, as well. Read More ›

Booktalking "Creating Magic" by Lee Cockerell

Lee Cockerell has some interesting anecdotes and bits of advice for business leaders, straight from Disney HQ.Read More ›

Booktalking "Becoming Maria" by Sonia Manzano

The real life story of one of the stars of Sesame Street.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Latino Literature on October 31, 2015

I was excited to learn about Latino literature for youth on October 31 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. We had some very interesting panelists, including Daniel Jose Older, Adam Silvera, Sonia Manzano, Torrey Maldonado, and Crystal Velasquez. Read More ›

Take Career Cruising Out For a Spin

Learn more about a database that is the next best thing to a career counselor, and free with your library card.Read More ›

Booktalking "After" by Francine Prose

Following a shooting at a neighboring school, things begin to change at Central High.Read More ›

Booktalking "Another Day" by David Levithan

A inhabits a different body every day of his/her life. A gets the opportunity to experience vastly different people's lives and to forever alter them for better or worse.Read More ›

Booktalking "Why Kids Kill" by Peter Langman

The book covers the psychological causes of school shootings and offers unprecedented insight into why certain teens exhibit the potential to kill. The author shows how to identify early signs of possible violence and offers preventative measures that parents and educators can take to protect their communities.Read More ›

Booktalking "Belles" by Jen Calonita

Things are a bit different in Emerald Cove than they were in Izzie's home town. Read More ›

Booktalking "Skelly, the Skeleton Girl" by Jimmy Pickering

Skelly lives in a haunted mansion, where she makes a surprising discovery…a bone! Who does it belong to?Read More ›
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