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Featured Article: A Trip Around the World

Let’s take one more vacation before returning to school. This vacation will take us all around the world without even leaving our home. Well, except for a trip to the library. With summer break winding down and days spent at the pool numbered, it’s time to reflect on a wonderful summer. Did you relax by […]

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Featured Article: The Importance of Storytelling

Storytime = a librarian surrounded by small children as he/she reads a story. Oral storytelling = a storyteller surrounded by listeners as he/she tells a story.  Who doesn’t love storytime? The answer would be very few. A fun story read to a group of young children who are usually seated on the floor, escaping into a different […]

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Featured Article: A Lot to Celebrate

It doesn’t get more American than the Fourth of July; that is, until you see the other July observances. National Baked Bean Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month, National Grilling Month, and National Picnic Month. Okay, so Americans really love to eat in July. That’s just the month observances. Take a […]

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Featured Article: Health Benefits of Hobbies

Many psychologists agree that hobbies have health benefits. They provide ways to challenge our minds, strengthen our bodies, relieve stress and make us happier. Some researchers say they even help protect against dementia and help us feel younger. In her parentcircle.com article, Benefits of Hobbies for Your Child , Dr. Priscilla J. S. Selvaraj reveals 10 […]

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Featured Article: Celebrating Mr. Rogers’ Example

On June 8, 2018, theaters will be showing the documentary film Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, which focuses on children’s television icon Fred Rogers. What is so significant about the film is viewers get a chance to hear about the life of children’s programming creator Fred Rogers and his idea to bring love and kindness […]

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Featured Article-How Will You Love Our Planet on Earth Day?

Growing up, my family only recycled when they saw the payoff in cash. Back in the 1970s we would take our bottled soda glasses back to the store for a few cents each. In the 1980s, still soda drinkers, we recycled our soda cans by taking them to the aluminum recycling center. We were helping […]

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Featured Article: Adults Read YA Too

In Crossover Readers’ Advisory: Maximize Your Collection to Meet Reader Satisfaction, edited by Jessica E. Moyer, she and various librarians present a collection of adult books that teens may like and a collection of young adult books that adults may like. Moyer and the other contributors have done a wonderful job of filling a void in Reader’s Advisory. With […]

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Featured Article : St. Patrick’s Day Theme

Holidays provide extra fun for school classrooms and public libraries. Not only are they a great excuse for fun, out-of-the box activities, but they also provide a wealth of themes and opportunities for lesson plans. It seems that whenever there is a theme attached to learning, children become more involved. It was true in my role as […]

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Featured Article: The Dog That Changed My Mind

On February 16th many in the world celebrated Chinese New Year, thus beginning the Year of the Dog. The Chinese regard the dog as a lucky animal and one who brings good fortune. In general, dogs are known for their loyalty and ask nothing in return but love and affection.  I never understood the concept […]

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Featured Article: Happy Anniversary Read & Shine

I recently had a college student, who is studying to be a teacher, ask me what is the one book I think every child should read. I replied there isn’t one, however, every child should be represented in a book in her classroom. Now more than ever this is so true. As Read & Shine […]

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Who is the author of Nancy Drew?

Last week while working on a weeding project in the nonfiction section, I stumbled upon the book Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the women who created her by Melanie Rehak. This book’s premise is how the Nancy Drew series came to be and the two most influential authors of the series. I had known that […]

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Stuff the Stocking with Series Books

The Christmas tree lights are shining and enjoyed by everyone in the family, who have all settled down near the tree after a festive evening meal. A single gift is handed to each family member and, with immense anticipation, each person opens the gift to find the same item. Well, the same item but not; […]

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Joyeux Noel! Kala Christouyenna! Feliz Navidad! Nollaig Shona Dhuit!

As I undertook this week’s Read & Shine newsletter I was met with anxiety. You see, I love Christmas and love reading about Christmas customs all over the world. Many years ago, I found a small book at a discount store that had a page for each of the many types of Christmas celebrations around […]

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World Kindness Week- November 13 through November 20

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”- Mark Twain On November 13, 1997, a group of humanitarian organizations from around the world came together at a conference in Tokyo and made a ‘Declaration of Kindness.’ This declaration had no political nor religious affiliations. The main goal was to […]

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Celebrate Banned Books

In a past position as a high school librarian, I entered my office one day to find an art history book on my desk opened to a photograph of a nude statue. Confused, I simply put the book back on its appropriate shelf only to have it reappear on my desk later in the week. […]

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Heather Kindschy, award-winning Media Specialist, CLCD friend and former newsletter editor – at the LC Summer Teaching Institute.

Heather Kindschy is a beacon in the world of education. Former Georgia Media Specialist of the Year, Metro Atlanta Media Specialist of the Year, and Media Specialist of the Year in the Cobb County School District, Kindschy keeps her eye on the latest trends and pedagogy in education and libraries. So, it was no surprise […]

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Author Chat – R. Gregory Christie

R. Gregory Christie has made quite a name for himself in the world of children’s literature. He has been a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor recipient five times and has received numerous other awards for his illustrations. I recently had the pleasure of hearing R. Gregory Christie speak at a literature conference, and later that […]

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Murder in the Mountains – A Northern Light and the True-life Murder that Inspired It

“Gillette Electrocuted for the Murder of Sweetheart.” It is a headline ripped straight from a 1908 newspaper and just as compelling as ever. A recent visit to the Adirondacks reminded me of one of my favorite historical fiction books, A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly and the true-life crime upon which Donnelly’s story revolves. It […]

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Author Chat – The Fan Brothers

The Fan Brothers, Terry and Eric, are the “it” boys of children’s literature. This sibling author/illustrator duo is responsible for the award-winning The Night Gardener. Their illustrations beg a second and at least a third look before you have seen all the details and the story is just as awe-inspiring. With their debut being such […]

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Serendipitous CLCD Enterprise Searches

There are a lot of great things about CLCD Enterprise, but one of my favorites is the ability to get lost. Getting lost is not a bad thing, think Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Sometimes I feel like I have fallen down a rabbit hole. For example, thinking of ideas for this week’s newsletter, I remembered […]

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