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Holiday Picture Books

The snow is falling and people are getting ready to celebrate the holidays, so check out our selection of Holiday favorites. Pour yourself some hot cocoa, cozy up with your little one, and read a holiday story together. Li’l Rabbits Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington Li'l Rabbit is not having a very good Kwanzaa. Granna Rabbit is sick, and so his family won't celebrate his favorite part of Kwanzaa this year: a big feast called Karamu. Li'l Rabbit knows what to do! He'll find Granna Rabbit a special treat for Karamu so she can celebrate anyway. He…

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Books for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

From November 5th to 11th, is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week. We thought the best way for us to celebrate is with book recommendations featuring: animal shelters, volunteering at animal shelters, searching for pet friends, and finding new friends and a sense of purpose helping those in shelters. Hope you enjoy these great reads! Volunteering for Animal Welfare by Walt K Moon From helping homeless pets to assisting injured wildlife, there are many ways to volunteer with animals. Some people help scientists track wild animal populations, while others help zoos teach people about the importance of conservation.…

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Books with a Person of Color on the Cover

Did you know that most book covers with a person of color on the cover were made specifically for that book and not a stock image? Try out one of these amazing books with BIPOC representation today! The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books, twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella is excited when Harlem-born Hazel starts working next to her. Soon Hazel is elevated to "Office Darling" and Nella starts receiving threatening notes. Nella is determined to find out who is behind them. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams…

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Tween Books You’ll Want to Share with Your Friends

Whether you’re a tween or not, these books appeal to so many emotions and thoughts, you’ll want to share them with a friend! Start a book club, join ours, send a long distance friend one of these and get to reading, because this list is full of good reads that go with conversation … and maybe a coffee or hot cocoa too. The Accursed Vampire by Madeleine McGrane As if being a vampire kid wasn’t tough enough, Dragoslava is also cursed by a witch, doomed to carry out her errands for the rest of their life…

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2023 Summer Reads

Summer is almost here and that means you need to start the hunt for your next epic summer read! Whether you read it on the beach, while on vacation, or even on your couch, these options are perfect for your next library haul. Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum Jen Weinstein and Lauren Parker rule the town of Salcombe, Fire Island every summer. They hold sway on the beach and the tennis court, and are adept at manipulating people to get what they want. Their husbands, Sam and Jason, have summered together on the island since childhood, despite lifelong…

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Picture Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

It's Mental Health Awareness Month! Here's a list of some picture books that show characters working through and overcoming obstacles while struggling with mental health. Anxious Charlie to the Rescue by Terry Milne When a friend is in need, anxious pup Charlie has to break routine to help. Will this help him to discover changes can be good, or will something bad happen as Charlie fears? Read to find out what happens. Take a Breath by Sujean Rim Bob, an anxious baby bird, fears that he will never learn to fly. His friend Crow…

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Visionary Women of the World

The arts, sciences, music, spies, politics, and social movements…no field has been unchanged by women innovators. The books on this list introduce readers to fascinating women in both history and the present day. She caught the light by Kathryn Lasky Reach for the stars by reading about Williamina Fleming, who helped create a map of the universe for future astronomers. Sing, Aretha, sing! by Hanif Abdurraqib Learn about an incredible woman who raised her voice and helped spark a movement! Read the story of young Aretha Franklin, civil rights activist, and musical artist.…

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Scales & Tales

The books on this list feature reptiles having silly and heartwarming adventures, from joining families to solving mysteries. Betty the bearded dragon by Debbi Michiko Florence You might have heard of fostering dogs and cats, but did you know some people foster reptiles? That’s right, and that’s where we meet Betty, the new foster animal for Kaita’s family. Invisible lizard by Kurt Cyrus Hearing a voice but no one there? That’s the problem the animals have around Napoleon the chameleon. What is it going to take for him to get noticed? Read on…

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Alien Encounters

Looking for an out of this world read? Then look no further! Every book on this list features some sort of alien encounter. We've got green aliens, blue aliens, robotic aliens, and more. Aliens who want to destroy us and aliens looking for love or friendship. So keep on reading to find your next cosmic novel. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor She left her home for the stars, but found more adventure than she bargained for. A tense and intimate coming-of-age story in space. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green April May makes a video that shows her…

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