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March Is National Craft Month

Feeling crafty? Visit your library and check out books like these for cool project ideas.

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The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig

Written by three authors, this book has three related love stories in three different time periods.  Olive lives in the 1890’s, her daughter Lucy is in 1920, and her granddaughter Kate is in 1944.  All are connected to a grand house in New York City.  Olive’s father was an architect and he designed the mansion for the rich Pratt family.  She went to work as a housemaid there after her father’s death.  Mr. Pratt had refused to pay him, and Olive’s middle class family had slipped toward poverty.  Olive is determined to find proof that her ...

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March Is Youth Art Month

Browse the art collection at your library to learn more about famous artists and their work or to make some art of your own!

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I just read it this morning and couldn’t put it down.  When I did, all I could think was, “Wow.”

Long ago, a boy named Otto was lost in the woods and rescued by three sisters imprisoned there by a witch’s curse.  In return for their help, he promises to help break the curse by carrying their spirits hidden in a magical mouth harp—what we know today as a harmonica, and passing the instrument along to the right person at the right time.    This harmonica ties Otto with three other children—Friedrich in Germany during the Thir...

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Camp Olvido by Lawrence Coates

Being a working mother with 2 children, 2 jobs, and a messy chef as a partner, it is often difficult to commit the time and effort to reading larger works of fiction. I recently discovered the benefits of short stories and novellas for this very reason. They give me the satisfaction of storytelling, but on a simplified scale. The novella, Camp Olvido, certainly does just that.

 

          A “Hispanic Heritage” read, it takes place in California in 1932, at a migrant labor camp, where a majority of its workers toil i...

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I (Don’t) Like Snakes, by Nicola Davies

Our young protagonist DOES NOT  like snakes.  She REALLY REALLY does not like snakes—which the rest of her reptile loving family does not understand.  As she goes through the list of things she does not like about snakes, one-by-one, her family refutes her arguments, explaining why the thing she does not like (i e: they're icky, slimy, scaly skin), is in reality what makes snakes REALLY REALLY cool.   Being a fair young lady, she listens to her family’s arguments favoring snakes, and eventually decides that, yes, snakes are really pretty nifty creatures....

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My Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody

This sequel of sorts to the bestselling memoir, “Not Without My Daughter,” is full of local interest. Mahtob was the young daughter in that story, and her memories stretch from Tehran to Saginaw.

In 1984, Mahtob’s Iranian-born father took her and her mother to his homeland for what was supposed to be a short vacation with relatives. At the end of the two weeks, he confiscated his family’s American passports and told his wife and daughter they weren’t leaving – ever. Mahtob was very young at the time, but she remembers a lot from her eighteen months...

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It’s Leap Day!

February 29 is known as Leap Day and occurs in most years that are divisible by four. Use your extra day this month to visit your library.

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Visit the Public Libraries of Saginaw to check out these great reads and more!!!

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Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos

All aboard!  Two perennial childhood themes combine in this delightful title.  Hop on and chug through the alphabet with rhymes featuring both general and specific trains from around the world.  Young train enthusiasts will appreciate the soft realistic illustrations that incorporate both capital and lowercase versions of each highlighted letter.  A brief glossary provides additional information at an appropriate level.  Whether to read before bed or as part of a storytime, Alphabet Trainsis sure to have everyone whistling with pleasure. 

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