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Inventive YA Novels

Each of the following suggestions is an inventive and original concept with lots of running, hiding, seeking, fighting, and sometimes a little magic. Every Day in particular starts a series with amazing implications for our understanding of time and consciousness. -Cinda The City of Bones | Cassandra Clare Summary: Suddenly able to see demons and …

Go-To Childhood Novels

Remembering my favorite go-to books of childhood, I was fortunate to have a lot of reading time when visiting my grandparents who had amazing ‘old’ collections of work I’d never heard of. They loved providing animal stories like Riki-Tiki-Tavi and the following. I was well acquainted with the Disney movies of these first two before …

Young Jenna’s Favorite Chapter Books

Library Director Jenna Dauer remembers Junior Fiction chapter books from her childhood. Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare Summary: Kit Tyler must leave behind shimmering Caribbean islands to join the stern Puritan community of her relatives. She soon feels caged, until she meets the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. …

Young Jenna’s Favorite PICTURE BOOKS

Library Director Jenna Dauer reminisces about five memorable books from her childhood. Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein Summary: A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. Reminisce: I tested on this book for Accelerated Reader and I remember …

Stunning Picture Books

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi | Chris van Allsburg Summary: When the dog he is caring for runs away from Alan into the forbidden garden of a retired dog-hating magician, a spell seems to be cast over the contrary dog. Recommendation: I forget to read the words, I’m so captivated by the art! See more …

2022 Summer Reading Program

Smithton Public Library District’s2022 Summer Reading Program FOR AGES 0-100+! Visit the library to sign up the whole family, beginning Monday, May 23, 2022. Everything you need to complete the reading program is in the folder! A few notes: Please read at or above your reading level. When determining your age, please use the age …

2022 Award Winners

2022 Illinois Bluestem Award Winners 2022 Monarch Award 2022 Rebecca Caudill Award Winners Check out our Google Sheets document (linked below) to see the titles! These spreadsheets also show you if the library has a physical copy, or if you can get a digital copy through Hoopla or CloudLibrary.

Little Kids, Big Emotions

The Spy Kid franchise (2001) -or- Little Nikita (1988) Note/Summary: I wanted to review Little Nikita, the story of an unwitting dependent child of parents who happen to be Russian moles in 1980’s USA. However, the IHLS does not appear to have a copy available for viewing at this time. As the character played by …

Staff Picks

The links below the groupings direct you to various blog posts featuring the listed titles. Happy Reading! -Jenna Dauer, Smithton Public Library District Library Director Tween (5th grade and up) interests:  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin – 2009 Inspired picture books: Thumpy Feet, by Betsy Lewin – 2013 This is Not …

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