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The Much-Maligned Ty Cobb: A New Biography for Sports Fans | Adult Books for Teens

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“The more his fires burned the more that provoked him on the field and I suppose one could say that the happy byproduct was the extraordinary baseball that he gave the fans at the time, but … uh, there’s a moment when you have to say it’s not worth it. I think that Ty Cobb in his totality is an embarrassment to baseball.” —Daniel Okrent, in the documentary Baseball (1994) by Ken Burns

 

“Ty Cobb wanted to play…but none of us […]

“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit

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As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

The Books of Summer | Listen In | June 2015

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Summer is the ideal time for audiobooks. With a break from classes, July and August allow time for relaxing when students can plug in their earbuds and choose their own reading.

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Maker Bookshelf, the next step in our Maker journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

A few weeks ago, I announced that we were organizing a Maker Collection of materials that we will circulate at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. It is one of three things we are doing to better incorporate the Maker movement into our library. This is the process we went through to […]

Apprentice Architect | Touch and Go

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Through interactive activities users will have an opportunity to explore a museum designed by Frank Gehry and consider some of the decisions an architect makes about shape, color, pattern, and light as they design their own buildings.

Beasts of Lore: Dragons | Focus On

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An assortment of dragon tales for readers of all ages.

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Kate Messner’s “59 Reasons to Write” | Professional Shelf

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Children’s and YA author Kate Messner’s “Teachers Write,” a free online writing workshop for teachers and librarians, will begin on July 6th. Are you ready?

And They All Lived Happily Ever After. Or Not. | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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While in traditional fairy tales, villains get their comeuppance while princes and princesses live happily ever after, intriguing takes on the genre play with tropes with ingenious results.

Fun in the Sun | Great Books for Summertime Sharing

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Suffused with blue skies, dazzling sunshine, and lighthearted adventure, these picture books are just right for summer storytimes, reading lists, and book displays.

Biographies to Blow Your Mind | JLG Booktalks to Go

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Though biographies aren’t always most kids’ first choice for pleasure reading, they may feel differently when they get their hands on these stunning picture books that highlight some truly amazing individuals.

Manga 101

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A manga primer that will turn you into an otaku (fan), with suggested titles.

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Storytimes and Read Alouds for Incarcerated Teens | YA Underground

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No matter the age or sentence, the incarcerated teens that Amy Cheney serves enjoy being read to. She shares several offerings that would make excellent and diverse read-alouds and storytime picks for disenfranchised young adults.

Sandbox Science on the iPad

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Generations of kids have been introduced to science concepts at sand and water tables. Today, they can also explore sandbox apps.

Friendship: Real, Imagined, and Spare │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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If keeping friends is difficult, making them must seem insurmountable for some kids. The following intermediate chapter books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild offer all kinds of situations that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel as if they’ve found new friends.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler | An Interview With Phillip Hoose

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Phillip Hoose’s book about a group of Danish teens who took on the Nazis when the rest of the country was too afraid shines a light on a little-known but awe-inspiring tale of courage.

The Only Game | Baseball!

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As a new baseball season begins, the hopes of fans everywhere are flying high. This season’s promising line-up of middle-grade sports fiction is sure to please.

Whale Watching|Those Magnificent—and Vulnerable—Leviathans

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Encourage kids to dive into this selection of informational and fictional picture books to learn more about the largest animals on the planet.

The Hum of Mindful Learning | Professional Shelf

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It’s easy to recognize the educational bliss of a classroom that hums with joyful learning. Here are two books that have the potential of transforming classroom stresses and improve learning outcomes along the way.

Spine-Chilling Whodunits for Summer Reading | Adult Books 4 Teens

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The “Adult Books for Teens” blog has a new home. In its latest format, the column presents four summer mysteries perfect for beach reading.

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SLJ’s Summer Reading Resources 2015

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Putting the final touches on your summer reading program? Just getting started? Help is here.