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June: Go Outside or Stay Indoors: a Daily Guide


June is a month full of contradictions and changes.  Spring changes to Summer.  The sun sets later and later, and rises earlier.  June 21st - the Summer Solstice - is the longest day of the year.  In the United States, it is the National Park Service’s Great Outdoors Month, celebrating a month that “beckons us to go out and explore all that nature has to offer".  Going outside is good for your health - both physical and mental - there are so many things to do outside!  But … some people are solitary, indoor creatures.  I should...

Keep Your Wheels Turnin' with these Road Trippin' Audiobooks

Hayley DeRoche
May 26, 2023

When the fight over whose music gets played has worn everyone in the car down to a husk of their former selves, it's time for an audiobook! These are some tried and true favorites of mine, along with kid-friendly titles that my little ones ask for again and again, mile after mile (after mile after mile after mile...). All of these are available through RPL, either on old-school CD, or through Libby (the app formerly known as OverDrive) or Hoopla. YOUNG CHILDREN My children are in elementary school now, and I'm -- well, we won't say how...

WHO'S BAD? Worst reviews, and the books, music and movies that provoked them.


In early January 2023, HBO Max and TV writer-producer, Charlie Grandy had the idea to launch a redux of the 1970’s Scooby-Doo and the Gang cartoon, but with a diverse and snarky twist. They called the show VELMA, and cast comedy writer and actress Mindy Kaling to voice its lead: Velma Dinkly. This re-imagined story of teenaged detectives was T-R-A-S-H-E-D. I had no idea that there was a new Scooby-Doo cartoon or an Indian-American Velma before I’d been told by social media and critiques that it was an unforgivable failure. It was offensive...

May Book Chat with the Youth Services Team


Welcome to the another installment in our series of blog posts featuring children's books we're currently loving! "Book Chat with the Youth Services Team" features one book recommendation from each of our Youth Services team members. We cover a variety of books from fiction to non-fiction, picture books to chapter books, graphic novels and more! We hope that this month's reading recommendations get you excited about some awesome new books we've added to our collection as well as some oldies but goodies....

When Mother's Day is Hard

Jennifer Deuell
May 10, 2023

Mother’s Day is not happy for everyone. Instead, it can be a time of grief, pain, ambiguity, frustration, strain, and even guilt. Personally, Mother’s day has been a sad day for me for the last 10 or so years of my life, first for years of infertility and more recently for the loss of my own mother. These are just two reasons why someone might find Mother’s Day difficult. There are so many more. And we want to show our support to them, too.  As I’ve stated in several of my other blog posts, I find solace in reading. I’m sure most...