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Kirkwood Public Library Recommends Election Books For Kids

Recommended for Preschool to 3rd grade Colorful illustrations, well-loved animals, and concise word choice and definitions help this picture book appeal to the younger elementary crew. It explains a simple popular-vote system, and how to set up rules for an election. It is not particular to the U.S.- while it does explain voting systems, and […]

How to watch this week’s L.A. Times Festival of Books

Welcome to the first week of the 25th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Stories Ideas! Because of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s free celebration of the written word is going virtual. For 25 days, writers, poets, artists, storytellers and bookstore exhibitors will be featured in 25 panels and readings — all viewable from the […]

The ‘I Survived’ Books Are Perfect Reads For An Anxious Age

It’s either a perfect or a perfectly terrifying time for Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived books, a series of historical fiction that follows one kid as he or she finds themselves in mortal danger at the center of an event — like the Great Chicago Fires of 1871. But as she points out — at least […]

Thirty books to help us understand the world in 2020

Michael E Mann on the environment A distinguished climatologist and geophysicist, Michael Mann is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications tagias well as four books, including 2012’s The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars and his forthcoming The […]

Library launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program | News

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library started the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program that encourages parents and caregivers to read books to newborns, infants and toddlers. The goal is to read 1,000 books before a child starts kindergarten. For every 100 books that are read to the child, they earn a virtual badge and can visit […]

Hitting the Books: The latest ‘Little Brother’ is a stark cybersecurity thriller

In the excerpt below, Masha finds herself in a squalid Slovstakia hotel, recently fired by her employer Xoth and no longer able to assist her favored band of street resisters, led by Chriztina. Then, things go sideways. Excerpt from ATTACK SURFACE by Cory Doctorow. Copyright © 2020 Cory Doctorow. I woke to find myself in […]

BOOKS | REVIEWS: Field Notes From an Unintentional Birder

Most birders have a “spark bird,” some rare, gorgeous or exotic creature they spot in the wild that hooks them forever on birding. For Julia Zarankin, it was the common red-winged blackbird. That lowly bird struck her as magnificent the first time she noticed it. It had “unexpected vermillion patches” on its wings and a […]

Demanding representation for books and beyond

. A push for more local Black authors in the public library system W.D. Foster Graham has a real passion for words. He was raised in South Minneapolis and graduated from Luther College as a psychology major. An avid reader from a young age, novels remain a passion of Foster Graham. “My dad was a […]

Village Books and Paper Dreams: Building Community One Book at a Time

Building community one book at a time is the mission of Whatcom County’s largest independent bookstore, Village Books and Paper Dreams. Anyone who ventures into the shop, whether in Fairhaven or in Lynden, is immediately struck by a curious and exciting feeling of wonder. Employees Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton became the owners and […]

San Angelo author Elmer Kelton books featured in new collection, here’s where to preorder – Standard

SAN ANGELO — The award-winning author with a long history with San Angelo will have his stories featured in a new collection, including one story not seen since 1956, according to a Forge Books release. Elmer Kelton, who died in 2009, continues to live on with his stories. On Nov. 10, 2020, Forge Books will […]