walkingdead

As season four of The Walking Dead creeps towards its close, let’s take a moment to ponder: why do more than 19 million people watch a show about zombies each week? Why do you have to go back to 2008 to find a show that could beat The Walking Dead in the ratings? Compared to other super-powered monsters (like vampires) zombies are pretty pathetic. They can barely even climb stairs. Plus, they’re gross. Did Robert Kirkman, the creator of the original comic book series, dream of the phenomenon it would become?

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lego

The Niles Public Library’s Lego Club is built on the idea that motivated and creative kids, ranging from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, will produce clever and interesting projects if you take these steps:

1) put a few thousand Legos in front of them

2) maintain a safe space where they are free to experiment, plus “show off” creations to each other and their parents or caregivers

3) take photos of Lego-makers with their creations (everyone who wants theirs taken) and post to social media

4) provide a tasty treat when Lego Club ends (a “thank you” for everybody’s cleaning up and putting Legos back in their bins).

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boysread

“What can I do to help my son enjoy reading more?”

Imagine you are me – the only male librarian in KidSpace – and the person asking is a harried mother (it is usually the mom who’s asking). Her son gets so-so grades and reads below his grade level; what’s more, getting him to read at all is like pulling teeth. The only incentive left is to withhold the Xbox controller until his school-assigned reading is done… And reading books for pleasure? That aren’t even on the school list? Forget it!

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buffy1

Here it is, the moment you (and I) have been waiting for: the reveal of my number 1 (not to mention favorite show of all time)! That top spot goes to…Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Since its inception over a decade ago and the premiere of the pilot episode (the first episode of any series), which aired exactly 17 years ago today (FUN FACT) as of this writing, Buffy, as it came to be known as, lived on in pop culture and its existence has influenced multiple series that came after it. In particular, the popular use of pop culture that was a touchstone of its dialogue and the existence of a “big bad” per season has popped up in other series such as Smallville.

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