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Louise is a Children’s Librarian with a deep appreciation for a well-made picture book and a carefully plotted novel. When she’s not catching up on the latest middle grade contemporary fiction, Louise is usually reading a paranormal murder mystery, a melodramatic YA paperback from the 80s, or a focused history of a seemingly mundane topic with hidden complexity (think: home addresses, beaver dams, melodramatic YA paperbacks). Between mind-blowing books, fiction and nonfiction alike, Louise can be found doing jigsaw puzzles, listening to music, baking, or creating paper and textile art.
Gardening with Children!

Gardening with Children!

Here at the Coventry Village Branch, we’re gearing up for gardening season. In this week of the vernal equinox, we’ve got seedlings starting inside, a new seed library stocked with heirloom vegetable and flower seeds, and our biweekly Garden Gatherings program for...

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Indigenous Heritage Books for Youth

Indigenous Heritage Books for Youth

November is National Native American History Month. We're fortunate that the last several years have seen an increase in the number of books reflecting the diverse, vibrant indigenous cultures of this land. These new opportunities to learn about and celebrate these...

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Supporting Your Reluctant Reader

Supporting Your Reluctant Reader

As your child transitions into independent learning and reading, you might notice that they’re what we librarians call a “reluctant reader.”   There are so many reasons that someone might be a reluctant reader. Reading is intimidating, especially when it’s new to you....

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Take a Super Seat and Read!

Take a Super Seat and Read!

Where is your favorite place to sit? What seat do you know the best? When you’re out and about, where do you sit for a rest? Are there enough places to rest? Are you someone who needs to think about that, or not? In Sam’s Super Seats, we meet a young girl who must...

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How Animals Adapt in Winter, Including Humans

How Animals Adapt in Winter, Including Humans

Happy solstice! Winter has officially arrived, and, with it, nature’s invitation to cozy up, slow down, and get some rest. As this fall has transitioned into winter, I have been thinking about dormancy and other ways the natural world shifts into a lower gear for the...

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Spooky Reading for the Spooky Season

Spooky Reading for the Spooky Season

              October is in full swing and with it, the season for spooky reading! At the top of my October to-be-read list is the final book in Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces Quartet. This is by far my favorite horror for middle...

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First Readers Explained!

First Readers Explained!

First readers, easy readers, leveled readers, beginner readers... they go by many names. These small books play a mighty role in your child’s reading development, but they can be mighty confusing as well. But fear not, grownups of growing readers! Today, I’m here to...

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Picture Books and Emotional Resilience

Picture Books and Emotional Resilience

Picture books are tools, not just for developing literacy skills, but also emotional skills. Our well-being depends on a set of emotional skills known as emotional resilience, or the ability to cope with difficult feelings, scary or traumatic experiences, life...

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YA Historical Fiction for Pride Month

YA Historical Fiction for Pride Month

Travel through history with pride this month with these YA novels that write queer people back into history, exactly where they belong.   Begin in 1893 Chicago with The City Beautiful, a Jewish thriller set against the backdrop of the World’s Columbian Exhibition....

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Great Reads for Autism Acceptance Month

Great Reads for Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month! This observance, now increasingly led by autistic self-advocates, seeks to open discussion and celebration around life with autism spectrum disorder. Everyone interacts with people with autism regularly, whether they know it or not,...

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