Staff Picks

Hooray for MLK!

In continued celebration of our great friend, Martin Luther King Jr., the children’s room will host a special story time and activity during our Family Funday Sunday.Please join us in the Children’s Room at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.Curl up, get cozy, and read!

Your Friday Five: Oldies But Goodies

Katie's Picks

When I was a kid, reading was all about secret spaces and hiding spots. I would read in cupboards with a flashlight, climb trees and nestle in a crook with a book, crawl under beds, hide behind sofas, and squeeze into closets in order to be by myself and become enveloped in whatever world my current book would take me.These five recommendations from the past are not just great books for the 8-12 set; they're also perfect reads for the reader with a secret spot because they're filled with mystery and magic and secrets and spaces. Enjoy.

'Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad' by Monica Edinger

A Book Review

I am sure that you have heard of the slave ship Amistad, and the mutiny that took place on board. But did you know that there were four children on board the ship?

Best of the Bunch

Some of 2013's best cookbooks

This year was a bumper crop of stellar cookbooks. I’ve put together a brief list of some of my favorites and, of course, my biases come through.I love ethnic food and I’m becoming more and more fascinated with inventive and imaginative vegetarian cuisine. Below are six of the best cookbooks that were published in 2013.

Arrr, Pirates!

Family Fun Time in the Children's Room

Ahoy, me hearties!  On Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m., join us in Ye Olde Children's Room for a pirate-filled hour of crafts and games.  Fun for all ages -- bring the whole swashbucklin' family!

Reader's Theatre

Featuring 'The Fisherman and His Wife'

Calling all readers!Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

Unlock This Graphic Novel

Follow along in Welcome to Lovecraft, as a new world is unlocked for two brothers and their sister in the aftermath of their father's murder.

Oldies But Goodies

Youth Services Librarian Lauren shares some picks

There is so much new children's literature out there, and a lot of it is great. But somehow, if you're a voracious reader, it can still be difficult to find that one book in the sea of many that both a) sounds appealing, and b) you haven't already gobbled up.So instead of waiting around for the next book that calls your name to be published, why not try something older? After all, everything old is new again. Here are five of my favorites from 18, 20, 35 years ago -- books that I truly believe still hold up today. Most of them will be of interest to the 8- to 13-year-old set.

Downton Abbey Season 4

Begins Jan. 5 on WETA-26

Excited about the upcoming fourth season of Downton Abbey on PBS?  Need to catch up or want to watch your favorite episodes again?

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