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Book Review: The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas

By Awnali Mills When eleven-year-old Stella visits NASA, a black hole follows her home.  Nervous at first, she quickly sees the advantages of a pet black hole that can swallow the things that bother her.  But most of the things … Continue reading

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Book Review – Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas

By Awnali Mills Charlotte’s mom is…well…flakey.  Men are never “who she thought they were,” and she moves her family around whenever she feels like the universe is directing her to.  Charlotte and her twin, Freddy, have weathered the changes by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

By Awnali Mills Several years ago, I learned about the “Mercury 13” – women who tested to be Mercury astronauts.  I was astonished that I had never heard of them before.  Fast forward to last week.  I’m studying up on … Continue reading

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Monster Storytime 10-11-17

By Awnali Mills This week’s storytime was all about monsters.  To introduce us to the theme, my puppet monster, Gulp, showed up bringing our letter M and some “m” pictures.  The books I chose were There Was an Old Monster … Continue reading

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Book Review: Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill

By Awnali Mills Twelve year old Rose Brutigan is tall and brilliant.  She is a talented cellist, and takes math at the university.  What she wants more than anything is to win a fellowship with Maestro Waldenstein.  For that, she’ll … Continue reading

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Police Storytime 10-4-17

By Awnali Mills This week’s theme was Police, and we had a wonderful guest presenter—Officer Richard Mallory, our community police officer.  The books I chose were Police: Hurrying! Helping! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell, and Police Officers on Patrol by K. … Continue reading

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Bear Storytime – 9-27-17

By Awnali Mills Last week’s storytime (actually, two storytimes) was all about bears.  The books I chose were Never Ask a Bear by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. I started … Continue reading

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