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…

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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


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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Try a Blind Date with a Book

Are you booking for love in all the wrong places? Try a blind date with a book! Just stop by our display, and we’ll set you up with the perfect match. JCPL staff have chosen some of their favorite reads from our adult fiction and nonfiction collections to share with you. Since we know how…

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JCPL Family Book Club

Share the Love of Reading with the Whole Family Charlie and the Chocolate Factory January 23-March 11 Families of all ages are invited to join the JCPL Family Book Club by reading aloud the selected book together in the comfort of your own home. The purpose of this book club is to promote and encourage…

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Best Books of 2016 – Eden’s Picks

At the January 2017 Books & Bites program we plan on discussing the best books of 2016, whether they were our favorites, fantastic award winners, or books widely read at the library. Join us on Wednesday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. in the JCPL Conference Room to enjoy light refreshments and great discussion!2016bestbooks-collage

Over the course of 2016 I read a wide variety of novels, e-books, and graphic novels, and listened to many audiobooks as well. For my selections of the best books I read in 2016, I wanted to share one of each format of book to encourage readers to explore the options for choosing their next read. My favorites fit into the fantasy and science-fiction genres, and they are written for teens and adults. You can find all of them in the JCPL Catalog by clicking on the book covers. 

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