YA in the Real World

I’ve been knee deep in young adult books lately. When life overwhelms me, I love to escape into YA fiction to read about characters who are tripping into adulthood and trying to figure out their lives. For some reason, reading the stories of characters whose lives are utterly full of promise is much more escapist…
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I say Ooh, You say Aah!

Every year as schools wind down, the library winds up. Summer is just around the corner and the bulk of LPL’s Youth Services department went out into the wild-- aka USD 497-- to promote the Summer Reading Program. (If you want to learn more about it, when it starts, how long it lasts, what even…
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Hello, Universe!

Youth Media Award season is a heady time for Librarians in Youth Services. We’re all trying to figure out what the best book will be, while waging our own mental campaigns for our favorites by thinking very compelling arguments at the selection committee. Like the Oscars, we wait all year to find out which books…
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Fantastic Beasts @ LPL

Just in case you haven’t been on the internet, seen a magazine/newspaper, or watched television in the last year, I’m here to inform you that there is in fact a new Harry Potter movie coming out. The screenplay is written by J.K. Rowling herself (unlike a certain play that must not be named), and it’s set…
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Newbery Hopefuls

Last week I attended Kansas City Public Library’s Mock Newbery awards which basically looks like this: a bunch of librarians nerd out about a selection of books, then we vote on which one we believe is worthy of top honors. The criteria for the Newbery Award are just vague enough that a lot is left open…
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Rompy Reads

  Spring has sprung, and when I get joyously happy about the weather, I generally want to grab a fun read that’s perfect for sun-lounging. Here are three books – in three different genres – that are ideal for a sunlit afternoon filled with rompy adventure and funtimes. Now when I describe these books as rompy…
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