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Author Jason Reynolds helps spotlight Banned Books Week

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 3, 2021

Students in Pennsylvania scored a victory last week in a battle to allow books about diversity and racism to be used in schools. The Central York School Board last fall "froze" teachers' and students' access to books about Rosa Parks, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and more.
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‘Black Boy Joy’ brings together 17 messages of positivity

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 26, 2021

Picking out a fresh outfit for the first day of school, skateboarding, baking a peach cobbler – these are just some of the fun things that kids do in the 17 short stories of "Black Boy Joy." "Every story moves toward a place of joy," said Kwame Mbalia.
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Water Cooler: Books that will teach you about Hispanic American experiences

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 20, 2021

What better tool is thereto learn more about Hispanic American life and history than a book? Here is a list of fiction by Hispanic American authors and nonfiction on Hispanic American history to help you commemorate the contributions and experiences of Hispanic Americans through Oct. 15 and beyond.
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Water Cooler: Books for back to school

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 7, 2021

Starting a new school year can be overwhelming. So many things are new, from friends to teachers, subjects and schedules. If your child is feeling a bit stressed or unsure about the new school year, here are a few books that might help put some of their worries at ease.
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Sara Pennypacker explores loss, nature in new ‘Pax’ novel

Sara Pennypacker often kept to herself as a child in school, the kid who opted to read quietly and kept a bright blue notebook with her so she could craft written stories. Once for a class assignment, she submitted one of those stories to her teacher.
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Summer Stories - The Lost Year: ‘Spider Island’ by Simeon Mills

After three years on the island, I stepped off the ferry, back onto the mainland and was greeted by the cruel sound of children eating ice cream. There had been no such treats on the island. No children. I would see my own son tonight at 8 o’clock, but would I recognize him?
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Water Cooler: Exploring contemporary science fiction

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 24, 2021

Since these unprecedented times aren’t going anywhere fast, it’s still a great time for some escapist fiction. It may be an even better time for these stories now as the Inland Northwest has seen some cooler, breezier days offering the first hints of fall.