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09/21/2018 - 12:36pm
Image of a book with a hand holding a bullhorn coming out of it and the words: Speak Out for Banned Books September 23-29

Banned Books Week (September 23 – 29) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Don't silence stories. Celebrate your freedom by reading and speaking out in support of banned books!

The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017 are:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    Originally published in 2007, this New... more

09/20/2018 - 4:16pm
Latinx Authors

I have read these suggestions in the past 10 years or so. Or they have been published in the past 10 years. Even though many of these books may take place in different parts of the U.S. or during different eras, the themes are still something that many young Latinos can relate to. The struggle to feel connected to your culture, yet at the same time, the struggle to feel like you belong in the United States, this struggle doesn't just fall on the shoulders of young Latinos, but other children of immigrants from different... more


09/10/2018 - 4:58pm
Young woman in library stacks looking through books

Want to work at the Green Valley Ranch Branch Library? Apply today for the Technology Youth Assistant!

Are you outgoing and friendly? Do you have mad technology skills? Can you juggle multiple tasks at once?

Then you might be the Tech Youth Assistant we’re looking for!

This is part-time, 10 hours a week, October 2018 - May 2019.

The ideal schedule would be 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Salary: $10.20 per hour.

Location: Green Valley Ranch Branch Library... more


08/27/2018 - 4:25pm
Metallic ballpoint pen tips by photosteve101 on Flickr

It's college admissions season. High school seniors around the country are getting ready to submit school transcripts and standardized test scores to their schools of choice and ask for letters of recommendation from trusted adults. They are summing up their extracurricular activities in resumes, and perhaps making a last push to improve their class rank. There is still one important, and sometimes intimidating, piece to the admissions puzzle: the college admissions essay.

Your college admissions essay can be the most important component in a well-rounded application packet. Why?... more


08/06/2018 - 8:41am
Dan vs Nature book cover

You’ve already got that required reading list knocked out, right? Who wouldn’t want to start right into Tortilla Flats or Lord of Flies, keeping in mind the dreaded inevitable essays to follow? Give yourself a break and dig into something fun, relatable, quirky, or thrilling, just something wonderful to escape into for a little while or a whole afternoon!

I laughed out loud reading Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick. Becky is just a normal 18 year old... more


07/23/2018 - 1:40pm
Princess Friederike Charlotte, Herford, Städtisches Museum

Friederike Charlotte von Brandenburg-Schwedt was born during the Age of Reason or Enlightenment with two career choices: marriage or the abbey. Her smarts may have encouraged elders to promote her as an assistant to the Abbess of Herford when only ten years old. Friederike Charlotte was intellectually curious and strengthened her science education during her teens through written correspondence with ... more


07/06/2018 - 1:11pm
darkest minds movie poster

One of the great things about summer time is escaping the heat into a dark theatre to see ALL THE MOVIES! So many "blockbusters," some that need to be seen multiple times, and just a limited number of weeks of summer vacation. What to do?!

As summer break is just about at its halfway point, allow me to focus your attention on just two upcoming releases: Eighth Grade, hitting theatres July 13, and The Darkest Minds,... more


06/21/2018 - 3:04pm
Book cover for Summer Days and Summer Nights

Looking for something to read, but don't want it to ruin your summer? How about some books that take place during summertime?! Here are some that I have personally read. 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Dimple thought she had her summer figured out. Go to web development camp, and win! But now there are so many detours, she's not sure what she wants.)

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (Quinn... more


05/15/2018 - 10:45am
Summer of Adventure logo

With so many options, choosing what books to read this summer can be overwhelming. While there is nothing wrong with rereading an old favorite, reading new material takes us on an adventure by introducing us to places, people, cultures and experiences we may have otherwise overlooked.

Tips for picking a book:

Get out of your comfort zone. It’s not fair to write off entire genres. Just because you didn’t like Lord of the Rings doesn’t mean you will dislike all fantasy and adventure novels.

Judge a book by its cover. There is nothing wrong with choosing... more


05/07/2018 - 2:40pm
3 Teens reading

Finally! School is almost over and soon you will have time to read whatever you want. It's hard to know where to start though - a lot of new books have come out while you've been toiling away at senior essays, standardized testing, and textbooks. You could start with the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award nominees for 2018, or maybe look at the YALSA 2018... more


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