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Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Every once in a while a reader will find a narrative that touches their heart in ways that most others do not. For this reader, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is such a book. 

The main character, Monsieur Perdu, owns and operates a most winsome bookshop, The Literary Apothecary, which is housed on a floating barge on the Seine River. From his bookshop he dispenses literary cures for the ailments of his customers. Perdu has an amazing ability for prescribing just the right book to remedy heartaches, loneliness, scarred souls, and for reenergizing spiritless psyches. The...

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April is National Poetry Month

Jacqueline Woodson is the Poetry Foundation's Young People's poet laureate. In Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson uses free verse to share her growing up years.

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Cesar Chavez Day

This day is a  national commemorative holiday in the U.S. as well as the birth date of Cesar Chavez. He was born on March 31, 1927 near Yuma, Arizona and dedicated his later life to helping American farm workers.

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Happy Birthday, Kate DiCamillo!

Award-winning writer Kate DiCamillo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on this day in 1964. Celebrate her special style of storytelling with one of these titles.

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World Water Day

Get a cool drink and check out these titles on this precious resource.

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The Snow Child by Eowen Ivey

Based on the Russian story, The Snow Maiden, Ivey’s debut novel maintains a fairytale style.  Set in rural 1920’s Alaska, childless homesteaders, Jack and Mabel, are grieving the loss of an unborn child and,  while Jack is crumbling under the weight of the work he must do in the harsh Alaskan wilderness if they are to survive, Mabel is in depths of depression and contemplating suicide. Then, one evening, in a rare moment of levity, the two go out into the first snow and build a snowgirl only to find it destroyed the next morning. Suddenly, a little blond-haired girl ap...

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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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