Did you miss our Rain storytime this week? Don't worry, here are stories and rhymes so you can have a splashy storytime at home!

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Blue on blue by Dianne White

Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.

The American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2017. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Reason for challenges: suicide

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Reason for challenges: profanity, sexually explicit

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

A lot can happen in 24 hours! Check out a book that takes place over the course of a day or night. 

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car crash, teenaged Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

Dope sick by Walter Dean Myers

Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J's life when he could have made better choices.

Columbine by David Cullen

What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we "know" is wrong. It wasn't about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world's leading forensic psychologists, and the killers' own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.

Ceremonial Violence analyzes the Columbine high school shooting and four other cases and explains for the first time why teenagers commit school rampage shootings. In additon to these cases, Fast provides a detailed, clear narrative of the Columbine shootings. With his grasp of the elements of abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, and neurology that contribute to the homicidal mindset, Fast offers us a means of understanding and coming to terms with these tragedies.--From publisher description.

"In the vein of Dave Cullen's Columbine, the first comprehensive account of the Sandy Hook tragedy--with exclusive new reporting that chronicles the horrific events of December 14, 2012, including new insight into the dark mind of gunman Adam Lanza. Twenty-six people dead; twenty of them schoolchildren between the ages of six and seven. The world mourned the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. Now, here is the startling, comprehensive look at this tragedy, and into the mind of the unstable killer, Adam Lanza. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and a decade's worth of emails from Lanza's mother to close friends that chronicled his slow slide into mental illness, Newtown pieces together the perfect storm that led to this unspeakable act of violence that shattered so many lives. Newtown explores the two central theories that have permeated the media since the attack: some claim Lanza suffered from severe mental illness, while others insist that, far from being a random act of insanity, this was a meticulously thought out, premeditated attack at least two years in the making by a violent video-gamer so obsessed with "glory kills" and researching mass murderers that he was willing to go to any length to attain the top score. Lanza's dark descent from a young boy with adjustment disorders to a calculating killer is interwoven with the Newtown massacre as it unfolded at the time, told from the points of view of eye witnesses, survivors, parents of victims, first responders, and Adam's relatives. A definitive account of a tragedy that shook a nation, Newtown features exclusive material including initial misinformation reported by the media and commentary on how this catastrophic event became a lightning rod for political agendas, much like Columbine did more than a decade ago"--.

Stephen Hawking was a famous physicist and cosmologist who died on March 14, 2018. Despite suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease for most of his life, Hawking received many awards and much success for his work. Learn about Hawking and his subject matter with some of the titles below. 

Chronicles the life and career of the theoretical physicist, from his battle with ALS to his work on black holes.

Provides information on several notable people in science, including Alhazen, Marie Curie, and Stephen Hawking.

Teen Writers' Studio

Do you love making up stories, poems, or dreaming about writing a novel one day? Do you want to meet other teens who share the same passion? Join us for an informal session where you can meet other writers, do a few exercises, talk about how to improve your work and bounce ideas off each other. You will never be required to share your work, but if you'd like to, this is a safe space and judgment free zone. Open to all middle and high school students. 

Untitled by Elizabeth M is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, April 21 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Community Room
Saturday, May 26 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Community Room
Saturday, June 30 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, August 11 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

March is Women's History Month! Celebrate by reading about the amazing accomplishments of women throughout history. 

Sonia Sotomayor by Barbara Kramer

Ballerina Maria Tallchief describes her childhood on an Osage reservation, the development of her love of dance, and her rise to success in that field.

Did you miss our Love Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a storytime you can do at home.

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Sweet hearts by Jan Carr

A young girl celebrates Valentine's Day by making and hiding paper hearts around the house for her family to discover. Includes directions for making hearts and a brief history of Valentine's Day.

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Alex Award. The Alex Award recognizes the best adult books that have appeal for teens. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Stonewall Book Award. The Stonewall Book Award is given annually to the best children's and young adult books that explore the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2018 Stonewall Winners

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

"Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons"--.

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