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Babysitting -- Are You Ready for the Responsibility?

The Kid Zone has some brand new books that will help you answer that question!

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Storytelling Maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the award-winning author of Becoming Naomi León, The Dreamer, and Esperanza Rising.  Her newest book, Echo, is a 592-page masterpiece that opens with a fairytale then relays the stories of three very different people -- Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California.  The connection that links them all together?  A magical harmonica.  Only a storyteller of Ryan's caliber would be able to pull that off.  I cannot wait to read it!

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NEDAwareness Week

February 22-28, 2015 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  Eating disorders – such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder – remain a serious concern.  In our country, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime.  These conditions affect all kinds of people and don’t discriminate by race, age, sex, or size. If you or someone you care about might be suffering from an eating disorder, it is important to educate yourself and seek professional guidance as soon as possible.  Early intervention is key to a successful recovery.  Click on the bold and blue to access an amazingly helpful website.  These books will help too.

Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Letting Ana Go by Anonymous
Looks by Madeleine George
Massive by Julia Bell
Perfect by Natasha Friend
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Purge by Sarah Littman
Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One's) Relationship with Food a Problem? by Jennifer J. Thomas & Jenni Schaefer
Eating Disorders Information for Teens by Elizabeth Bellenir
Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with an Eating Disorder by Carrie Arnold with B. Timothy Walsh
Overcoming Binge Eating by Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn
The Truth About Eating Disorders by Mark J. Kittleson


I am not familiar with the work of Kathryn Holmes.  Her new novel, The Distance Between Lost and Found, is also her first novel.  But it has been described as a cross between Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and Gary Paulsen's Hatchet.  So it is definitely worthy of a blog post. 

Sophomore Hallie Calhoun has just endured the most excruciating six months of her life. Once the rumors about her and the preacher's son, Luke, made their way around school, her friends abandoned her, and Hallie has completely withdrawn. Now, on a hike in the Smoky Mountains with the same people who have relentlessly taunted her, Hallie is pushed to her limit. Then Hallie, outgoing newcomer Rachel, and Jonah—Hallie's former friend—get separated from the rest of the group. As days go by without rescue, their struggle for survival turns deadly. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to trust one another in order to stay alive . . . and for Hallie, that means opening up about what really happened that night with Luke. From the catty atmosphere of high school to the unpredictable terrain of the mountains, this novel is a poignant, raw journey about finding yourself after having been lost for so long.

Gareth Hinds has turned classic works into stunning graphic novels -- Beowulf, The Odyssey, and several of Shakespeare's plays.  His most recent conversion is Macbeth, Shakespeare's classic story of dark ambition, madness, and murder.  The setting is eleventh century Scotland.  The general Macbeth is convinced by three witches that he will one day be king.  Macbeth decides to assume the throne by killing King Duncan.  Hinds's rich illustrations pull you into the claustrophic mind of a man driven mad by ambition, and he makes the story's supernatural elements shine with an eerie light.  This adaptation is "both respectful and daring" and is highly recommended.


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Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.