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Poetry Has Gone to the Dogs

Meg Raymond
April 19, 2021

April is both National Poetry Month AND National Pet Month.  What better way to celebrate than with poetry about dogs, for dogs, and by dogs.  Check out the Academy of American Poets and The Poetry Foundation for great poems and inspiration.   Eating Poetry by Mark StrandInk runs from the corners of my mouth.There is no happiness like mine.I have been eating poetry.The librarian does not believe what she sees.Her eyes are sadand she walks with her hands in her dress.The poems are...

2021 Teen Reading Challenge: Protecting Our Environment


It's hard to believe it but we are already in our fourth month of the 2021 RPL Teen Writing Challenge. That means, if you've been completing one prompt a month, you're a quarter of the way through! This month I focused on readings about protecting our environment. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that our planet is in trouble. In December of last year, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres gave an address at Columbia University titled "The State of Our Planet."  The whole speech is staggering yet inspirational and is...

By Teens, For Teens - War Storm by Victoria Aveyard


Welcome back to our new(ish) series "By Teens, For Teens." In these special blog posts, we'll be sharing recommendations made by some of our VolunTEENS. This month we have an AMAZING book trailer to share made by Robyn O., age 15 and featuring the book War Storm by Victoria Aveyard.  War Storm is the fourth book in Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen YA fantasy series. If you are interested in checking out any of the books in the Red Queen series, check out our online catalog! This will show you all the holdings we have for physical books,...

Aries Book Horoscope


Every month of 2021 we will be sharing a tailored horoscope blog post for the current sun sign plus something extra so the rest of us aren’t left out! This post has been hard to write. Well, not hard to write exactly, but hard not to just make it a callout post for all the Aries babies in my life! I’ve had lovingly combative relationships with all of them, including my older sister. (Two differently fired-up personalities clashing–I’m a Leo–so it’s not unreasonable to expect some eruptions.) The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle...

Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust


In 1979, Congress designated the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust (DRVH), an annual 8-day commemoration with tributes and special educational programs to help us remember and learn lessons from the Holocaust. This year Days of Remembrance are between Sunday, April 4, and Sunday, April 11, coinciding with the Israeli observance of Yom HaShoah. The The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum leads the observances. The museum is offering a live virtual event on April 8, 2021, 11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EDT. What Was the...