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Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

Mon., May. 4
Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time walking around my neighborhood. It started when we got a puppy a couple of months ago. But the practice has definitely increased as our ability to get out and about elsewhere has decreased.   My walks have helped me focus, be more aware, and see my neighborhood with new eyes. I’ve walked down blocks I had (embarrassingly) not yet discovered in my fifteen years…
Grandparent shares their smartphone screen with their grandchild.

Building Resilience Three Links at a Time

Fri., Apr. 24
A few years back, the Collection Development team here at CLP began sharing what we call “SuperBetter Moments.” The idea came from a TED talk by game designer Jane McGonigal.   In the video, McGonigal shares the story of creating SuperBetter, a game intended to help people overcome challenges, build resilience and increase happiness. With over seven million views (and a subsequent bestselling book), there’s a good chance you already know about…
Libby icons for several e-books and audiobooks. Titles are: How To Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry, Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick, Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, and Clock Dance by Anne Tyler.

Uplift with Up Lit

Sat., Mar. 21
Feeling overwhelmed by the news? Need something uplifting to, well, lift your spirits?  We’ve put together a collection of Up Lit on our OverDrive site.  What is Up Lit, you may ask? In a nutshell, it’s any novel that has an optimistic outlook, makes you feel good, and focuses on empathy. It doesn’t mean the characters don’t face challenges, but their journey is also full of kindness, hope, and affirmation.   If you…

Going Back in Time

Tue., Jul. 31
Recently, Tor, a top publisher of science fiction and fantasy books and a division of Macmillan, made a surprise announcement regarding a change in their eBook licensing model for libraries. Effective immediately, libraries will no longer be able to purchase eBook copies of new Tor titles until four months after their on-sale date. What does that mean for you? When John Scalzi publishes the next…

Banned Books Week - Book Challenges Explained

Wed., Sep. 6
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. When people first hear about Banned Books Week they often ask one of two questions: “Who doesn’t have the freedom to read?” and “Are books really banned?” The answers aren’t as straight-forward as you might think. When we talk about the freedom to read we’re not just talking about being allowed to pick…