Reading More Diversely: Eden’s Picks

For February’s Books and Bites program and podcast, we discussed our favorite and highly recommended diverse books. We want to highlight the importance of diversity not only in library collections, but in books as a reflection of diversity in our own community. The books I chose to recommend are powerful, award-winning narratives that make you…

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Events for Teens in March

Teens are welcome at the library! Every month we offer a wide variety of programs and workshops for our patrons in grades 6-12. Events are held either in the library’s meeting rooms or in the Teen Library, and registration is required for most events. Patrons can register online through our event calendar, by calling the…

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How to Spot Fake News

In a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, 64% of Americans say that fake news "has caused a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current events," and 23% say they have spread fake news.

Participants at Lunch & Learn: How to Spot Fake News agreed that it's getting harder and harder to tell what is true and what isn't, and some admitted that they no longer read the news because they find it too difficult to determine the credibility of an article.

When we constantly doubt the validity of our news sources, it can be very tempting to dismiss all news and believe only what we want to hear. But as world chess champion Garry Gasparov said in a tweet, "The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.”

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Best Books of 2016: Kendall’s Picks

At the January Books & Bites meeting, we discussed our favorite books from 2016. Listen to librarians Eden Grey, Carrie Green, and me, Kendall Haddix, explore the topic in our Books & Bites podcast, or read on for some of my recommendations.

2016 was a great year for teen series. Looking back over the books I read this year (thanks to Goodreads for organizing my reading lists), I gave five stars over and over to books with awesome world building, finely detailed characters, and interesting concepts that happened to be part of a series.

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Japanese Paper Crafts

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Paper-crafting as an art form has a very long history in Japan. The art of creating 3D paper dolls, called anesama ningyo, dates back at least 500 years. Traditionally, the faces of the dolls are left blank so that the maker or owner can imagine the face for themselves, making each doll unique to each viewer. Simplified versions of the traditional paper dolls, called shiori ningyo, sometimes used as bookmarks or decorations, are very popular, and you can try your hand at making them at the library next week.

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