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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...