Star Wars Lock-In for Teens

It's time for our annual after-hours lock-in at the library just for teens! Join us for a Jedi versus Sith melee, crafts, games, and movies. We've got space for 30 lucky teens. Grab an application in the Teen Zone or print out the Star Wars lock-in permission form here. Return your answers by July 1 and…
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21 Authors Who Write Fanfiction

You might be surprised by the number of bestselling authors who also read (or even write) fanfiction! In no particular order, here's the most comprehensive list that I could make of authors who have also dabbled in fanfiction writing: 1. Cassandra Clare Before she got her start in professional publishing, Clare was a wildly popular fanfiction…
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The Four Doorways

Recently, intrepid Book Squaders Polli and Kate sprinkled some of their reader’s advisory (that’s librarian-speak for recommending stuff you might like to read) mojo on others of us here at LPL by teaching us about uber-librarian Nancy Pearl’s Four Doorways: story, character, setting, and language. Basically, part of identifying what you might love next is…
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Paying Attention

Attention is the beginning of devotion. ~ Mary Oliver I’ve written before about the importance of unplugging (and the difficulties of doing so) but friends, I’ve been taken by a deeper desire. In this case, the desire looks like moving to Ireland, living in a village where I raise my own food and barter with…
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Celebrating #MerMay with Stories!

I work as an artist in addition to being a youth assist at LPL, so naturally I follow multiple painters and illustrators on Instagram. I've noticed in the last couple years that #MerMay has become a thing in the online artistic community. According to mermay.com, the month of May is a "celebration of creativity, community and above all… MERMAIDS." The idea…
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Tolkien Mania

The way I remember it, if my seventh grade English teacher caught you chewing gum in class, she’d walk over to your desk and leisurely but purposefully cup an upturned palm below your still masticating chin. You had to spit out your gum in her hand. Gross…
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