Let Your Creative Juices Flow!

January is the month to really encourage creativity among adults, teens and children! Express yourself! Randall Munson is the man behind this incredible, creative month! Munson, a famous motivational speaker wanted to set aside a time of the year to encourage one another to push our boundaries and focus on what we want to create. […]

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World Braille Day

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January 4th is World Braille Day—we celebrate the achievements of Louis Braille, the man who invented the Braille writing/reading system! Louis Braille was not born blind.  As a child, he was playing in his father's workroom, where he grabbed an awl to make holes in some leather.  However, the awl slipped, poking Louis in the […]

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We Need Diverse Books Spotlight: Kody Keplinger

Meet the powerhouse author behind the popular book to movie, The DUFF! Kody Keplinger is known for her incredible and descriptive realistic fiction.  Most of us have seen or heard of the movie, The DUFF about the "nerdy" girl who doesn't care what other people think of her, struggle through high school, stays true to […]

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Girls Who Code

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Computer Science no longer belongs only to the boys! Girls Who Code is a National non-profit organization determined to close the gender gap in technology. This organization provides summer clubs and immersion camps to empower girls of all ages to hone their computer skills in order to raise the number of women in the field […]

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Author of the Month: Tom Angleberger

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Have you read Origami Yoda? Or perhaps Inspector Flytrap? Join ALD in celebrating the author of these incredible books, Tom Angleberger! Tom Angleberger is the powerhouse behind Origami Yoda, and is a popular author among elementary and middle school students.  Tom was diagnosed with Aspergers, but he does not let that stop him!   Tom is married to famous […]

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Celebrate Picture Books!

What was your favorite picture book growing up? Hands down, mine was The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle.  Not only were Carle's illustrations original and brightly colored, but he added noises to his beautiful story of the cricket who just wanted to make music like his friends! The Very Quiet Cricket November is National Picture Book […]

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9/11: What it Means for Children in 2016

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As parents and educators, we are more aware and reminiscent of the tragedy of September 11, 2001.  However, 15 years later, our children have little to no context of what the destruction of the World Trade Center truly means to adults and to the country, as a whole. For me, 9/11 was the first national tragedy […]

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The Force is With You…Star Wars Reads!

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This October, Star Wars will take the literacy world by storm. This will be the 5th year of Star Wars Reads, and they have come up with bigger and better things! To find out more, and stay up to date with upcoming October events, you can visit: http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-reads-2016 Star Wars Reads includes the following in libraries and […]

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School Dayz

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It's that time of year again! Are you ready to head back to school? Are you just getting started and heading to Kindergarten or are you the top of line 5th grader? Are you the new kid, and you're kind of scared to start everything all over again? Have no fear! Books are here! No […]

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