While enjoying my last issue of Real Simple, the "Your Words" column revealed a lovely treatise on gift-giving. A reader told us that when she buys for her grandchildren, she follows this rule: "Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read."
For 35 years, the American Library Association (ALA) has been celebrating "Banned Books Week," a time that we showcase books that people have tried to remove from libraries and schools in an attempt to prevent people from reading them. But some people think that in America, we no longer ban books. Is this the case?
Teen books are often known for their drama. Luckily, when you're not in the mood to be bogged down by conflict of the angsty variety, a host of hilarious teen books await you, perfect for all sorts of readers. Whether you like fantasy, realism, sci-fi, or history - there's a funny book waiting for you in this list. Visit our funny teen book display this month (it's the one covered in emojis). Or just click the title to put a hold on one of these
Valentines season doesn't click with everyone. Maybe you're between relationships, have suffered a breakup, or just aren't into the whole lovey-dovey, materialistic holiday. If you're trying to avoid all the romance getting thrown in your face, we have some great books that eschew romantic relationships for friendship.
Writing a hand-written letter seems pretty quaint, but receiving hand-written mail is a wonderful treat. So it's no surprise lots of people have tried to keep the art alive in an age of texting, messaging, and email. Many holidays exist around the world to celebrate and encourage letter-writing, and January is no different! We celebrate Letter Writing Week the second week of January.
The Teen Center has been open for a couple of months now and it's been so great to see you all visiting to game, make crafts and art, jam with friends, and just chill out. We're adding some finishing touches to really personalize the room and make it yours: wall art and more games!
I have some ideas but your input is more important. Take this survey (teens only) to give feedback on how we can further decorate the Teen Center. I need to submit ideas to our Friends group by December 1, though, so don't delay!