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Yes, we have updated our website. And we did it with the help of many of you in the community. So thank you for helping to make it possible and thank you (in advance) to the many individuals we hope will share their feedback to make it even better. It is just getting started! It will grow and develop over time, your input will help make it great.

Although there are a lot of pretty pictures (which are nice too!) the core of our mission with the new website was to improve the function not only for today but for the future.

Halloween Events

As the weather cools and fall looms I begin to think about Halloween. At my house Halloween is a BIG DEAL. My highly creative engineer husband (who was obviously a movie set designer in a previous life) loves to decorate the house for Halloween and create a faux cemetery in the front yard (complete with a skeleton clawing its way out of a grave). I, on the other hand, prefer the cozier, gentler side of Halloween.

The National Book Award: Young People's Literature Longlist

Today I am focusing on the National Book Award, specifically the category of Young People's Literature. But first let me tell you a little bit about the National Book Award. The National Book Award has been around since 1950 and the mission of this organization is to "celebrate the best of American Literature." The award has four different categories and a winner is chosen from each one. The categories are Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.

Let’s Play! From console games to tabletops

Video games are like celebrated novels--their immersive narratives and distant worlds transport us into unique story experiences. Just as you close the final page in a fantastic book, finishing a game can become a challenging quest to find something new to enjoy.The mini-games are over, you’ve collected all the secret items, and unlocked bonus characters, so what should you play next? The same challenges apply to gaming as when you want to find your next good read.

Unexpected Alphabets

I like alphabet books that look at letters in unusual ways. While alphabet books can be used to teach about and reinforce knowledge of letter sounds and shapes, they can lead to so much more--piquing a child’s curiosity, honing her skills of observation, or leading him to use his imagination to see letters in the world around him. As children learn to identify letter names and shapes, we encourage them to search their environment for letters and words.

Staying Safe Online

When signing children up for their first library card, I give them the same advice Uncle Ben gave Peter Parker (aka Spiderman): “With great power comes great responsibility.” Library cards are valuable tools to access a wealth of knowledge and information, but there’s another tool just as powerful—the internet. Like any tool, there are safety issues to consider. Cyber security is simply measures taken to keep computers and computer systems safe.

Reading Aloud + the Love of Reading

Reading aloud to your child is very important in relation to the development of their early literacy skills. In fact, reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to ensure reading success. It is easy to become very focused on children knowing how to read, but what about helping children develop a love of reading? Knowing how to read and having a love of reading do not always go hand in hand. One way to help develop children's love of reading is to continue reading aloud to them even after they have become proficient readers.

Great Teen Books for Adults

I read an interesting statistic the other day. Over 55% of people who read teen books are not teens-they are adults. After I reflected on this for a very short amount of time I realized that this statistic is not terribly surprising because, after all, I help adults find and check out teen books on a regular basis here at my library. Why do adults enjoy teen books? They enjoy them for many of the same reasons teens do.

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