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National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day 2021

National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day is celebrated annually on September 13th. This is a day that encourages children and adolescents to cook for or with their parents or guardians. Younger children are encouraged to work together with their parents or guardians to create something. This allows them to be supervised but still have in on the baking fun. Kids should find their favorite recipes and make a great meal, snack, or treat for the family. This is a fun and exciting day for everyone involved. -evolveservices.org Fix-it and forget-it kids' cookbook: 50 favorite recipes…

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Keeping Your Cool Going Back to School

This list of lower elementary titles encourages readers not to look at school as something scary, but as a new adventure full of new friendships, mischief, and learning. “The first day of school” by Margaret McNamara Can a dog go to school? A great book for beginning readers, this book tells the story of one little boy’s dilemma of going back to school with or without his dog. “I got the school spirit” by Connie Schofield-Morrison What does it mean to have school spirit and how can you find it…

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Limited Indoor Programming is Back, But What Does That Mean?

Starting September 1st we will be bringing back some of our indoor Teen and Adult programs such as Book Clubs, Teen Advisory Group, Visually Impaired Persons Support Group, Textile Lab, Afternoon Movies, Audio Described Movie Day, and more! While this is super exciting we still need to remain cautious during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here are a couple of precautions to keep in mind: Masks are required at all times while attending indoor programming If you are unable to wear a mask for the entire duration of the program, please contact our director at least a week in advance to request…

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Books with Gorgeous Covers Our Staff Loves

They say, "never judge a book by its cover", but here at the library we not only celebrate cover love but also encourage it! Picking a book based on the cover is completely valid. Someone (or many people) worked really hard to make that cover gorgeous. Looking at the cover first, synopsis second is also one of the easiest ways to get a reluctant reader to pick up a new book. So come on, pick up a book based on its gorgeous cover. The insides just might match. "Nightlights" by Lorena Alvarez A beautiful, mysterious graphic novel…

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LOVE for Little Ones

Have you ever thought about "Love?" What does it mean and how far can it go? This list of children's books explores these questions with humor, attention, and beautiful pictures. "Love" by Matt de la Peña Can love mean more than one thing? This book explores the different ways that we experience love, from our earliest days to life's rough patches. "Robot in Love" by T.L. McBeth In this funny tale of love, can one little robot find the courage to follow his heart? Find out in Robot in Love. …

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Books Featuring Characters with Mental and Physical Challenges

Books on this list have characters with physical or mental challenges. Encouraging children and teens to read fiction books with disability representation is a great way to teach diversity and inclusion. Aven Green, sleuthing machine by Dusti Bowling Third-grader Aven Green has been solving mysteries for a whole month, cracking such cases as The Mystery of the Cranky Mom. But can this perceptive detective solve two cases at the same time? First, her teacher's lunch bag disappears. Then Aven's great-grandma's dog goes missing. Fortunately, since Aven was born without arms, all the "arm" cells went to her…

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Books You May Have Missed

If you've ever felt overwhelmed walking into a library or bookstore, you're not alone! According to Forbes, hundreds of thousands of books are published annually... while the average adult American reads only 12 books a year. Here are some titles you may have missed over the years that we think are worth a look! The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson Originally published in Swedish in 2009, this laugh-out-loud account of a centenarian's 'escape' from his nursing home and his ensuing antics is reminiscent of Forrest Gump. Can't get…

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International Fiction

The books we read can help us connect to the world. Check out these titles that take place all around the globe. A Burning by Megha Majumdar After a fiery attack on a train in India leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people become inextricably entangled. His Only Wife by Peace A. Medie This moving debut novel follows a brave young woman in Ghana traversing the minefield of modern life with its taboos and injustices. The Mountains Sing by Phan Qué̂ Mai Nguyẽ̂n A must-read multigenerational tale of the…

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Brown Bag Talking Book Discussion Favorites

While all of our book clubs welcome any attendees, the Brown Bag Talking Book Discussion is designed for patrons with visual challenges. These readers utilize either the large print book format or a recorded version provided through the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Impaired (NLS), a part of the Library of Congress. These are books the group has read and appreciated over the last few years. If you’re interested in joining our Book Discussion group check our event calendar for our next meeting or visit our Braille and Talking Book page for more…

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Quick & Easy Recipes

Looking for quick & easy recipes to make dinnertime less stressful? These cookbooks are full of ideas to make meal prep less demanding so you can spend more time doing what you really want to do! Liv B's easy everyday: 100 sheet pan, one-pot and 5-ingredient vegan recipes by Olivia Biermann Everything in this book is cooked with either five ingredients or in one pot or on a sheet pan. You'll use less kitchen equipment and less effort, giving you more space to exhale in your already busy day. Fix-it and forget-it. Best…

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