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Read a Graphic Novel — 2022 RAD Reading Challenge for Teens

Jennifer Deuell
January 17, 2022
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Welcome back! I hope my intro post to this year's RAD Reading Challenge has you all excited and ready to dive in! I'm starting out my challenge with the first prompt — read a graphic novel. I think this is a great way to start off the year because graphic novels are fun, visiually satisfying, and tend to be shorter than a traditional novel so there's a high chance of success for completing this prompt. For my graphic novel I chose Almost American Girl by Robin Ha. This book has been on my radar since last year when it was nominated for our...

2022 RAD Reading Challenge for Teens!

Jennifer Deuell
January 14, 2022
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For me, the new year always brings a new reading challenge. In 2020 I completed and wrote about the Read Harder Reading Challenge. And last year I created my very own — The 2021 RPL Teen Reading Challenge. Each year I would say I have moderate success with these. I've discovered some new authors, genres, and books that I may not have otherwise. But I've also read some duds. So why do I return to these challenges year after year, you might ask? The answer, simply, is that they get me out of my reading comfort zone. As a librarian, this is...

A New You in 2022

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So, we’ve come through well over a year of quarantine. It has become clear that physical health, including astrong immune system, is very important. This is a good time to revisit, or modify, many traditional foods and ways of preparing them. We can’t help but be distracted or influenced by the whole foods plant-based eating lifestyle that is being promoted by naturalists, athletes, chefs, and even medical doctors. Plant-based diets are everywhere--on television, social media, and the internet. Often we find ourselves inundated by...

Most Anticipated YA Books of 2022 (the first half)

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Wow! It has been quite a year for YA books. Would you agree? I've enjoyed some great new YA titles this year including A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson, Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, and An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi, just to name a few. Well, if you thought 2021 was a great YA reading year, you're going to be even more excited about 2022. From stories of survival, to historical novels in verse, from magical traveling hotels, to a Romeo and Juliet retelling based on...

Bah! Humbug!

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Bah! Humbug! How did this phrase come to convey curmudgeonly displeasure? The origin of the word humbug is unknown. It emerged in England in the mid-18th century, with a first known print use in a student newspaper in 1751, followed shortly by inclusion in a book of witticisms in 1754. In both sources, a humbug was a trick or a hoax. By the early 19th century, the word was most associated with nonsense and bother.  It's also a (mostly British) word for a hard, peppermint candy! Merriam-Webster has a concise article about the etymology of the...