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Ashley (left) and Emily Bialasik display their Reading Club Patches – that is, the ones they’ve earned so far. There will be more soon!

Sisters Blaze a Reading Trail, Collect Badges

Emily and Ashley Bialasik may well be the daughters many other parents wish they had: avid readers who, between them, have earned 33 patches in KidSpace’s Reading Patch Club. Their patches go in the plastic baseball-card protective sheets that KidSpace gives all participants (as do most kids’), making quite a collection. At the rate Bialasik […]

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Discover the Life of Musicians & Songwriting

Discover the life of musicians and songwriting through two YA fiction novels in the Teen Underground Fiction collection. I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil is a fictionalized account of the songwriting career of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. This songwriting duo started song writing in their teens in the same office as Carole King […]

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Notable Videos for Adults 2016

I was very lucky to be part of the the American Library Association’s Notable Videos for Adults committee for 2016.  Each year, the national committee, part of ALA’s Video Round Table group, selects a list of 15 outstanding documentaries released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. For […]

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This Week in the Wonder Ground: How Sound Travels

This week’s Big Idea: Sound travels through some materials better than others. Last week we explored how sound travels through air and water. This week we explore how sound travels through other materials like metal, rubber, carpet, and plastic. Activity:  First, we laid out a smörgåsbord of stuff to explore. On one side, we had […]

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