Even Kids Can Recycle

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Hey kids, did you know America Recycles Day is on November 15? Recycling is an important way to re-use items that would otherwise end up as garbage. Take the pledge to "give your garbage another life" and learn how your can reduce, reuse and recycle. What Happens to Our Trash?: Did you know that the average […]

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I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts

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With the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters recently celebrated in theaters across the country and Halloween season upon us, it seems like a perfect time to investigate the paranormal for curious kids. Scary stories are fine, but some children may want "real ghost" books and for them these nonfiction titles may satisfy that need. In A Dark, Dark […]

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No One Ever Sees Natives: Natives in Film

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We are about to embark on CPL's first Native American Heritage Month, which includes a number of interesting events. Some of these are film screenings, which I had the honor of helping select. It is rare to see Natives creatively controlling or centrally featured in films. However, here are a few gems you could check out: […]

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Happy Bloomsday: Novels Set in Just One Day

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Observed annually on June 16, Bloomsday is celebrated in Dublin and elsewhere to commemorate the writer James Joyce and the characters and events of his famous novel Ulysses, which takes place over only one day, June 16, 1904. Here are other novels set during just one day. On Chesil Beach: The main sequence in this novel takes […]

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The Books of Our Fathers

Celebrate dads of all types with these preteen reads to get you thinking about that all-important father figure in your life. Bud, Not Buddy: 10-year-old Bud has had a rough go of it as a black kid growing up in foster homes in Depression-era Flint, Michigan. He expects his luck to change when he meets his father, […]

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For Your Health: Mental Health Awareness Month Reads

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Whether or not mental health issues have personally affected you, it is important to understand them and gain empathy through other perspectives. Here are some teen books that shed some light on a complex issue. Get Well Soon Depressed, overweight Anna Bloom's parents commit her to a teen psychiatric […]

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Mother, May I Read A Good Book?

Mother's come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few recommended reads for preteens that feature an influential maternal figure. Coraline: Fans of the macabre may appreciate Coraline's creepy journey through a door in her house that leads to a mysterious world. Like many stories about fantastic quests, her experiences with the "Other Mother" (complete […]

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Ebert Fest Part Two: The Man, The Movies

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Ebert Fest has traditionally been curated by one of history's most loved film critics, and features a lineup of classics and new movies that may have been overlooked by other critics. Here are a few festival titles available in the library if you'd like to check them out or program your own fest. Young Adult […]

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Ebert Fest Part One: The Man, The Literature

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Last week the sixteenth annual Ebert Fest was presented in Roger Ebert's hometown of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Ebert passed away shortly before his own curated festival last year. To understand the genius of one of the most popular film critics of all time, it is essential to read his literature to realize just how easily he […]

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Siblings On Screen

April 10, 2014 is National Siblings Day, and there have been a number of these sticky relationships depicted with finesse on the silver screen. Check out these titles for a peek into the secret world of siblings. Your Sister's Sister: Indie directress Lynn Shelton employs her minimalist mumblecore techniques to maximum effect in this contemporary look at Iris […]

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