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Summer Reading 2020 Staff Picks

Summer is winding down, and, although this hasn't been a normal summer by any stretch of the imagination, we still found time for a few sweet summer reads. Here are our staff favorites of Summer 2020. Saga "My husband and I read the whole series together during the first few weeks of quarantine. Following along as a young family flees across the universe, enduring impossible odds, was a good way to escape and put our own lives in perspective. It's also wildly entertaining." -- Shauna The Sword in the Stone "This tale of Wart and Merlin can be…

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Support for Educators in Uncertain Times

With kids heading back to school both in-person and online, educators and parents face new and unique challenges this school year. Taylor Community Library is offering a series of new workshops to assist educators and their students. Our online workshops are presented online and range from storytimes for lower elementary to a writer's workshop with a local author for older kids. Below are our programs for the 2020-2021 school year: KidWrites Workshop: Poetry Edition Need a fun explanation for simple poetry forms? The basics of writing poetry can be hard to start for students, but there are some fun…

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Take the Pledge & Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Looking to give your little one a head start for Kindergarten, even if it's years away? A love of reading doesn’t have to wait until your child steps through the doors of their Kindergarten room. The ability to read has been linked with academic success in school, and even reading to your newborn has long term benefits. It can be a bonding experience for your family. It also teaches children the building blocks of language-- the alphabet and their shapes. Reading to your child prepares your little one for their first year of school with confidence. …

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Getting Started with 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading classic childrens books is a grat way to get started on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Here are Hailey's picks for the best classic picture books that little kids love. Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel Although is book was published in 1939, it is recommended because of its bold illustrations and story of the power of friendship The Very Hungry Caterpillar This book's bright colors and story are sure to delight young readers interested in the transformation of a very hungry simple caterpillar. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers https://catalog.tln.lib.mi.us/?section=resource&resourceid=31185500 Aside from its award winning illustrations,…

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Explore Lebanon

Last week, a tragic explosion in Beirut killed hundreds and left thousands injured. We know that books are one of the best ways to learn about other cultures and develop empathy for others. Here is a list of recommendations from staff member Shauna with titles that can help you explore the beauty of Lebanese culture.   Rose water & orange blossoms : fresh and classic recipes from my Lebanese kitchen I discovered this cookbook in our collection recently, and it is one of my recent favorites. Phenomenal recipes created by a Lebanese-American who grew up in Michigan.   The Hakawati An enchanting novel with…

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Health & Safety in the Library

One of the biggest questions we get these days is, "When are you going to open the library?"  We love serving our community and want to be able to provide resources in all the ways that we used to.  However, we have to make the safety of our community and our staff our absolute priority. The library is a beloved space in Taylor for many reasons. For many people, we act as a "third space"-- one of those special places between work-life and home-life-- where you can get work done, meet with friends, and enjoy being around the company of others,…

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Fun with Temporal Mechanics

With Palm Springs getting so many great reviews on Hulu, we thought we should call out some of our favorite movies that smash the time/space continuum.  Here's a list of librarian Tekedra's favorite picks:   Groundhog Day This is the original stuck in a time loop movie. I love this movie because the concept begins like a terrible practical joke and ends with the actual change in a person's personality. It's silly and kind of profound.     The Lake House I'm not that into Romantic movies, but it's a Keanu/Sandra Bullock movie that feeds my secret need for a Keanulock ship.   Back to the Future…

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Michigan Activity Passes are Back!

After a short hiatus due to the pandemic, the beloved Michigan Activity Pass program is back!  You can check out free or discounted passes to some of the best recreational and cultural activities across the state. If you are looking for some socially-distanced fun on a budget, this is the program for you.  From museums to campgrounds to nature preserves and more, you can use your library card number to check out mobile passes, no printer needed.  If you need help checking one out, there is an online tutorial linked here. Check out the Michigan Acitivity Pass program today!

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Re-opening Plans

Libraries are able to start offering in-person services again, and we couldn't be more excited.  We will be re-starting services in phases.  This helps us prioritize the most important needs and build our own capacity to serve you safely.  Before we outline our plans, we should note that all plans are subject to change depending on local guidelines.  We will continutally update our COVID-19 Response page with the most up-to-date information. You can begin returning library items now. Our bookdrop at the south entrance of the library is now open.  Please return your checked out items to this bin only.  We…

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Our Commitment to Racial Equity

Here at the library, we had planned to post a lot of fun content this week for those participating in summer reading. But with all that's going on in our country, we would like to take a moment to pause and reflect on the demands of protesters around the country, calling for an end to racial inequality. We commit to being an institution that is accountable to all of our community members-- especially our black neighbors and all others impacted by structural oppression. We commit to learning and growing-- as individuals and as an organization-- in dismantling the vestiges of white supremecy in…

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