How Zane Gray Saved a Lonely Teen

I lived in Japan for three years beginning at age 11. It was a beautiful country. I have many wonderful memories of Japan from riding a bullet train to visiting a Shinto shrine to walking outdoor markets filled with the pungent smell of fish and packed tubs of...

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The Importance of Writing

The Importance of Writing

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved writing things down. I write lists, I use journals, and I always have to write something down in order to remember it. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve started a journal with the best of intentions but...

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Getting Your Teens to Read

Getting Your Teens to Read

Dear Abby, My Teen Doesn't Like to Read Anymore. Help! Signed, 99% of humans parenting Teens Remember when you could pick up a book from the library, any book, and your child would sit on your lap and listen? Favorite books were read over and over. Your family visited...

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The Importance of Social Media

The Importance of Social Media

Times have changed, and social media has become an essential marketing tool for businesses, organizations, clubs, etc., but did you know that social media is very important for public libraries? Through social media, libraries are able to connect not only with patrons...

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Finding Craft Resources at the Library

Finding Craft Resources at the Library

Most people are familiar with Pinterest and YouTube when searching for craft and handiwork ideas, tutorials, and videos. Did you know your local community library has hundreds of online resources about hobbies and crafts? If you have a library card and a few minutes...

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Why Middle-Grade Books are Important

Why Middle-Grade Books are Important

When the Chronicles of Narnia movie came out back in 2005, I was ten years old and I really wanted to know everything about the movie because all of my friends had already read the books. My mom bought me the seven-book collection that was in one volume. I read the...

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What’s the Deal with Graphic Novels?

What’s the Deal with Graphic Novels?

Even when circulation was slow during the pandemic, there was always one area of the Young Adult section where books consistently checked out, and that was the graphic novel section. Graphic Novels are very popular with readers of all ages, and while some may not see...

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Why Crafting Is Good For You

I’ll let you in on a secret…creating handmade crafts have the ability to make you relaxed and happy! If you have ever lost track of time while working with your hands then you have experienced a form of meditation.  Making handmade items is inconsistent with anxiety,...

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Why I Love the Library

There is a library down the street from my parent’s house but we never went there because of the city zoning. In order to check out books, we would have to pay a yearly fee or go to the library in another town. My mom would take me to a used bookstore or to the thrift...

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What is YA literature and who can read it?

Patrons sometimes wander into the Young Adult (YA) section of the library and ask, “What exactly is in this section?” Usually, after I answer, most patrons say they wish there had been a YA section of the library when they were growing up. While there may not have...

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