Author: Monicah Fratena

21 Feb Make a Difference: Chew Toys

La Porte County Public Library received a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association and Dollar General to fund a series of projects led by La Porte teens. This series is called “Make a Difference”. Throughout 2018, teens will be invited to help make...

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20 Feb Youth Media Awards 2018

The American Library Association announced the Youth Media Awards this week. These awards celebrate the best of the best in youth books published in the past year. If you’re looking for a good read, check out one of these award winning titles! Hello, Universe by Erin...

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20 Sep New John Green Book…Finally!

John Green is finally publishing a new book! The beloved Nerdfighter, author of “The Fault in Our Stars”,  will release “Turtles All the Way Down” on Tuesday October 10th. Reserve your copy today from the Library! Be first in line to enjoy this new powerful...

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13 Sep College Application Day

Colleges across Indiana are waiving their application fees for students who apply on College Application Day. This year, College Application Day will be held on Friday September 29th. Schools all over the state will offer assistance and various activities to help students apply for college. Are...

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21 Nov National Book Award Winners Announced!

And the winners are….On November 16th the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the prestigious National Book Award. The Award is given in four different categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature. This year’s winners are:   Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead   “After Cora,...

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02 Nov Discover a New Hobby

I am a serial hobby hunter. For years I have tried to find the perfect hobby. I’ve tried knitting, crocheting, sewing, beadwork, painting, cheesemaking, writing, playing a variety of instruments (those were rough times). Recently I decided that my “hobby” may just be exploring hobbies. The...

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31 Oct Seriously Creepy Reads

It’s October and just like the arrival of Pumpkin Spice flavored everything, it’s time to read some creepy stories. To help you get in the spirit (get it?), here are some fantastically creepy books to check out. -The Diviners Series by Libba Bray New York City in...

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08 Aug Bess Crawford. Nurse. Crime Solver.

Bess Crawford is one tough, but polite, cookie. She is a combat nurse, working in war zone Europe during the Great War. In addition to her bravery, intelligence and compassion, Bess is also a crime solver. She is the kind of character this reader wishes...

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10 Jun Catalog Search Tips: Part 3

Are you looking for a book with a specific reading level? Here are some ways to search for titles using Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts ranges. To start a Reading Level search, click on the “Other Searches” menu to the right of the catalog search...

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01 Mar Leo Wins the Oscar!

I first fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996. He was the perfect Romeo in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet (best adaptation ever). To this day I can quote nearly all of Romeo and Juliet due to how many times I’ve seen this movie....

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22 Feb Too Obedient?

In 1961 Yale University professor Stanley Milgram developed an experiment to test how far people will go to remain obedient to authority. The experiment was designed so that one volunteer, the "teacher", would have to deliver electric shocks to another person, the" learner", for every...

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14 Jan 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced this week. Books that receive these awards often become classics. Many awards are granted during this ceremony, but the top announcements are the Newbery, the Caldecott and the Printz. Each of these awards recognizes excellence in a specific...

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30 Nov The Rest of Us Just Live Here

As a die hard fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have a deep appreciation for supernatural teen dramas. In these stories, a special teen, the “Chosen One”, must battle a fierce evil in order to save the world from utter destruction. Teen literature is...

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