Coretta Scott King Book Awards: 50 Years of Excellence

All year long the American Library Association and libraries across the nation are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. These awards recognize the most outstanding books for youth by African American authors and illustrators that reflect African American culture and universal human values. This award honors the work of Coretta…
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Top Picks: James Baldwin

We celebrate the 95th birth anniversary of one of America’s most prolific and gifted souls, James Baldwin, on August 2. The novelist, playwright and activist's profound works still resonate today. I was introduced to Baldwin back in Mrs. Harrison’s seventh-grade class when we were assigned Black Voices to read as a yearlong black literature project…
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Top Picks: Jackie Chan

If you love martial arts movies as much as I do, you’ve probably seen many a film with the talented and wildly popular martial artist Jackie Chan. Known for his phenomenal stunt work and acrobatic style, Chan also brings an attention to detail and slapstick humor to his films. Here are my top picks for…
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Curiously George: Celebrate H.A. Rey’s 120th Birthday

September marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of H.A. Rey, one half of the team that created the iconic Curious George book series. Margaret and George H.A. Rey created this beloved character from humble beginnings in Germany. Celebrate H.A. Rey by reading these timeless classics. Curious George: Read the book that started all the…
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Eek….Bats! Books for Kids

Bats! They’re mysterious and creepy. They suck blood and hang upside down, but they're also downright amazing! Did you know that bats are the only mammals that can fly? Or that bats help keep the insect population down? Bats even pollinate. Yes, that scary hairy bat you’ve been frightened of is actual of friend of…
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Father of the Year

It’s that time of year when we celebrate good ole Dad! Whether you played catch with him in the backyard, watched sports with him on television, or he watched you practice ballet—Father's Day is all about that guy, the one who spends quality time with his kids. Let’s celebrate the supreme grill master, football enthusiasts…
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