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Best of 2019! The annual ultimate pre-holiday mega-list of RPL staff picks

Posted about 3 days ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
What’s the best book you read this year? We asked our staff and this is what they had to say: Tonya Tyler, Senior Library Technician, Belmont Library: I read anything […]
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Hopper-esque Reads

Posted about 1 week ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
Like many, many other people, I visited the Edward Hopper exhibit now on display at the VMFA over Thanksgiving. Hopper is one of my favorite artists so I was especially […]
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YA Family Drama…Just in Time for the Holidays.

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Jennifer Deuell
Posted in Book Reviews
It’s no secret. For many, the holidays are associated with a time of stress and drama, particularly with family. It’s as if conflict and stress is part of the tradition. […]
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Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That – Reading When There’s No Time to Read

Posted about 2 weeks ago by Meg Raymond
Now that the days are shorter, and the nights seem endless, you would think there would be time to sit on the sofa with a big thick book – perhaps […]
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Wibbly Wobbly Words

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Naomi D'Archangel
Dyslexia affects between 5-17% of the population worldwide. This is a higher percentage than people with red hair! (less than 2%) So what is it really? Dyslexia is a written […]
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Read Harder Challenge #20: Writing Our Way Out, Read Harder Challenge #21: As the Crow Flies & Read Harder Challenge #22: Full Cicada Moon

Posted about 3 weeks ago by Jennifer Deuell
Prompt #20: A book written in prison First, a warning.  I know I’ve been writing about YA books for the Read Harder Challenge; however,  Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs From […]
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Rising seas

Posted about 4 weeks ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews
In The Great Derangement, acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh questions our collective “imaginative failure” in the face of global warming. He examines our failure to “grasp the scale and violence […]
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Engaging with authors

Posted about 1 month ago by Natalie Draper
I admit it, I am the sort of person who shares YouTube videos of favorite authors talking and reading at university lecterns, or hanging out in nice chairs on stages […]
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NaNoWriMo

Posted about 1 month ago by Naomi D'Archangel
Welcome to NaNoWriMo! I promise, that’s not gibberish. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel from November 1st to 11:59pm November […]
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Cooking (and eating!) in November

Posted about 1 month ago by Meg Raymond
Posted in Book Reviews
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