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    #OCLSReads: Teen Books for Summer 2021

    Every year we make a recommended summer reading list for teens, and this year is no different! Get your summer started off right with these recommended tales!   The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert In a predominately white California beach town, the only two Black seventh-graders, Alberta and Edie, find hidden journals…

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    #OCLSReads: Early Learning Books for Summer 2021

    The 2021 Early Learning Summer Reading List is now available! This booklist covers a lot of ground, serving parents of children ages 0-5—a wide range of abilities! One thing all young children have in common is their hunger for learning. Capitalizing on the opportunity to build a love for reading is important. We have divided…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: Leaders Eat Last & When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

    International Year of Peace and Trust: Leaders Eat Last & When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

    Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek  Author and inspirational speaker Simon Sinek writes about how some effective leaders build a “Circle of Safety.” He uses true workplace stories that range from military to big business, from government to investment to illustrate his point.In working with organizations around the…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dead Are Arising & Let Your Voice Be Heard

    International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dead Are Arising & Let Your Voice Be Heard

    The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne & Tamara Payne NPR’s Gabino Iglesias describes The Dead Are Arising as “the definitive biography of Malcolm X.” Iglesias credits the contextualization the book offers as the reason this biography stands out, even from Malcolm’s own The Autobiography of Malcolm X, co-written with Alex Haley.…

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    International Year of Peace and Trust: The Good Neighbor: The Life And Work Of Fred Rogers

    In September of 2019, the United Nations adopted a resolution to designate 2021 as the International Year of Peace & Trust. The UN’s resolution “underlined that the International Year constitutes a means of mobilizing international efforts to promote peace and trust among nations on the basis of political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation in order…

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  • Q&A with Chris Grabenstein - Home Sweet Motel - One Book, One Community - Shelf Centered

    Q&A with Author Chris Grabenstein

    One Book, One Community encourages communities to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. This year, Orlando Sentinel selected Home Sweet Motel, the first book in Chris Grabenstein’s Welcome to Wonderland series. In anticipation of the event, Chris appeared as a guest on the library’s podcast Shelf Centered. Here are a…

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  • Preschool Fun: Sesame Street!

    Preschool Fun: Sesame Street

    Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? This week, inspired by the library’s weekly Sesame Street Storytime, we’re celebrating our favorite Muppets! These activities are based on Every Child Ready to Read, which helps our friends learn pre-reading skills. We’ll cover Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing and Playing. TALKING: Who is your favorite…

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  • International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dog Who Lost His Bark

    International Year of Peace and Trust: The Dog Who Lost His Bark

    In September of 2019, the United Nations adopted a resolution to designate 2021 as the International Year of Peace & Trust. The UN’s resolution “underlined that the International Year constitutes a means of mobilizing international efforts to promote peace and trust among nations on the basis of political dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation in order…

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  • Books About Love for Preschoolers

    Books About Love for Preschoolers

    I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. ReynoldsA celebration of love in all its forms, this book asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid and to act with compassion and kindness, to live with gratitude, and to take care of themselves by practicing self-love.   Worm…

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  • Best Books Of The Year, as Chosen by a 3 and 6 Year Old

    Best Books Of The Year, as Chosen by a 3 and 6-Year-Old

    I have two very opinionated readers. The eldest, L, has helped me make these lists the past two years. The youngest, M, is now joining the blogging game and is excited to share her favorite books that were published in 2020. As noted in previous years, these are favorites as chosen by my children –…

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