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Baby Jumping Contest

Every year in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia, a festival called "El Colacho" takes place. During the festival, men in bright costumes jump over babies laid in the street. We're recreating this tradition (using dolls instead of babies) at the library. Stop in, learn more about this unique festival, and see how many babies you can jump over! Ages 11 and up. No registration required.

In Spagna, l'antica usanza de El Colacho, il santo del neonato by Viaggio Routard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a poignant reflection on grief, love, loss, and self-discovery. If you enjoyed Asher's novel, try one of these YA books that touch on some of the same subjects.

All the bright places by Jennifer Niven

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school-- both teetering on the edge-- it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

All the rage by Courtney Summers

After being assaulted by the sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, Romy Grey was branded a liar and bullied by former friends, finding refuge only in the diner where she works outside of town, but when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing and news of him assaulting another girl gets out, Romy must decide whether to speak out again or risk having more girls hurt.

National Poetry Month is celebrated across the world in the month of April. Not sure where to start with poetry? Try a novel in verse! Like a traditional novel, these books tell a complete story, but they use the verse style of poetry. Check out the call number 811.54 for traditional volumes of poetry. 

And we stay by Jenny Hubbard

Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.

Ask me how I got here by Christine Heppermann

Addie struggles with depression when she becomes pregnant and makes the difficult choice to have an abortion.

Check out one of the following YA titles to discover a different culture, or perhaps find a reflection of your own experiences.

Culture: Native American

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 big dose of lucky by Marthe Jocelyn

Culture: Canadian Aboriginal

Malou has just turned sixteen—hardly old enough to be out in the world on her own—and all she knows for sure is that she’s mixed-race and that she was left at an orphanage as a newborn. Beyond that, it’s a mystery—a mystery that takes her to the little town of Parry Sound, where she finds lots of young brown faces like hers. Are these her relatives, and why doesn’t anyone want to talk about it?

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