How to Blackout Poetry

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What is blackout poetry? Blackout poetry is when you take a written piece of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and redact words, in order to come up with your very own poetry! Step 1: Find a newspaper article, and old book, or a magazine that you feel comfortable destroying.... er, altering. Step 2: Skim the passage […]

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Great Websites and Games for Kids

Check out these highlights from Great Websites for Kids (GWS) sponsored by the American Library Services to Children. For the complete list, please visit the Great Websites for Kids page. Animals All About Birds: Learn all about birds on this website created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Bird names, species, location and history are all featured. Also […]

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David Levithan

David Levithan is often credited for jump starting a huge boom in Young Adult literature featuring gay main characters. His protagonists are smart, aware of the world, interesting, and of course, his novels feature a lot of romance. He has partnered with other influential YA authors, as well, including John Green. Check out his newest […]

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Featured YA Diverse Author of the Month: Sherman Alexie

This week is banned books week, where libraries (and booksellers, teachers, publishers, everyone!) comes together to celebrate the freedom to choose what you read.  When I was scrolling through this year’s challenged books, I was happily surprised that Sherman Alexie’s book did not appear on this year’s list! Usually, in years past, it ends up […]

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How to Survive a Family Roadtrip

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6 things to bring to survive that cross-country roadtrip with your family: (and also some great books to listen to) 1. Snacks. You do not want to spend your vacation hangry. Pack Dorritos, Sweedish Fish, and some carrot sticks. And while you're at it, check out the audiobook version of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvator […]

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