The Middle School Book That Made Me Love Reading: James Ramsey Ullman’s Banner in the Sky

It was a real pleasure to see the library had recently ordered a copy of James Ramsey Ullman's Banner in the Sky because, frankly, I don't know if I'd be working here if it wasn't for that book. Banner in the Sky is great for kids between 5th and 8th grade to read on their own (although…
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“Experimental Reading”: The Alternative Way to Explore the Children’s Section

Having a hard time choosing which book to read next? Not sure how you’re going to find those twelve books you need to get these awesome Summer Reading prizes? Or perhaps you think you’ve read everything, and that the library offers you no more new, exciting adventures. Look no further than “Experimental Reading.” Inspired by…
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Family Read-a-likes!

Hello, Lawrence Library Lovers! I have a problem, and I'm wondering if anyone else can relate. I come from a very bookish family and when I was younger, I was constantly being told I couldn't read the vampire/action/romance books my parents read, because they were a little "mature" for me. Now that I am an…
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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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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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