Book Corner: Celebrate Black History, Culture with Picture Books

As publishers do an increasingly better job of producing more books with diverse characters, I am delighted to see more children’s books celebrating a wider variety of people and events—and also more books telling the stories of everyday families. Black History Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate black history and culture with some of…
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5 Hot New Titles for March 2020

Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in March. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out our new titles page. Summaries provided by the publisher. My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell, is a debut novel that bestselling author Gillian Flynn calls "Brilliant and stunning...an absolute…
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Book Corner: Embrace the Cold from the Comfort of Home with These Wintry Reads

You trudge through the drifts, bits of ice falling onto your neck and trickling under your collar. Your toes are numb, your eyelashes stick together, your breath condenses on the scarf over your mouth. Your core is so cold it’s almost warm, surely the beginning of hypothermia. The scent of chai tea wafts over you…
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ALA Youth Media Awards 2020

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced the 2020 Youth Media Awards on January 27, 2020, at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting. Read about the winning and honored books below. The John Newbery Medal The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution for children published in…
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What’s on Tap: Local Breweries

The past 20 years have seen an explosion in the availability and variety of craft beers in the Fredericksburg area. There are many opportunities to experience the region’s microbreweries - from personal visits to library programs - which allow explorers to experience the tastes unique to our community and its innovative brewers. Adventure Brewing Company…
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Together We Read: A digital book club from OverDrive, February 19-March 4

Together We Read is a two-week digital book club hosted by our eBook service OverDrive. February 19-March 4, Lean on Me, by Pat Simmons, will be available with no waitlists or holds. Download Libby to borrow the eBook from using your phone or tablet.  Lean on Me by Pat Simmons Tabitha Knicely is overwhelmed with…
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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

In Heroine, by Mindy McGinnis, readers see just how fast one can go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows when Mickey Catalan, a young woman who is excelling on and off the field, faces tragedy.  A car accident involving Mickey and her best friend Carolina, another important player on the school’s…
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Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson

By Annie Brulatour Fourteen-year-old McKenna Barney has a massive secret - her eyesight is rapidly deteriorating. As she struggles to keep this to herself and maintain her independence, she has slowly isolated herself from her friends and family. Now, McKenna is at risk of losing the one thing she loves most: dog sledding. But when…
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