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Spotlight on the Newbery Medal

It's that time of year for cheering on our favorite children's books—the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards are upon us. On February 12, the best of the best books, videos, and other media for children and teens are announced at the American Library Association's annual conference, and we'll be here at the Library watching. Among the popular and prestigious awards given at the event are the Coretta Scott King Book Award, the Randolph Caldecott Medal, and others.

January 17th is Kid Inventors' Day

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The world needs terrific inventors—so every January 17th, the world celebrates Kid Inventors' Day! Encourage the creativity of a young inventor you know by reading these inspiring tales of creation and innovation together.

If I Built a House Chris Van Dusen 

Inventing requires imagination—and there is no shortage of that in this hilarious picture book. Young Jack tells his mom about all the unique ways he would build a house. A space-age robot that cooks and cleans? Slides? Art Room? They're all here in Jack's house! What would a house you built look like? Recommended for ages 3–5.

For the Animal Lovers

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PHOTO: LEE ADLAF

We all know kids who are obsessed with animals. There's the kid who's read all the dinosaur books the Library has to offer, and is still hungry for more. Or the kid who can't stop watching videos of fluffy, adorable small mammals, who wants to know everything they can about them. I know all about these kids—because I was one of them (and in many ways, I still am).

If you're looking for something to entice your household animal lover over the long winter break, check out these movies and books at the Library.

Celebrate Star Wars Reads!

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Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Star Wars first made the jump into theaters? Since then it's been taking the world by force, igniting the imaginations of fans of all ages.

Every October, we celebrate this bounty of books with a special holiday—Star Wars Reads. Over the years, books have become a great way to expand on the stories set in the Star Wars galaxy.

Looking for a book to pique the interest of your young Star Wars fan? Try these fun Star Wars Reads!

How Does Your Garden Grow?: Gardening with Kids

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It's May and you know what that means: it's time for the Library's annual Generations Gardening Together event! 

This Sunday, seniors and children again team up to create the beautiful garden that grows each spring and summer in the Children's Courtyard on the Grant Street side of the Main Library. Come by with the kids at 3 p.m. Sunday to join in the fun, learn from seasoned gardeners, and get messy!

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