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National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Teens! Did you know that September 15th – October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month?

Celebrate by stopping by the Teen section for these and other titles featuring Hispanic and Latinx protagonists and their stories:

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers–especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.”

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

“This is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy’s quest to save both.”

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The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

“Margot Sanchez is paying off her debts by working in her family’s South Bronx grocery store, but she must make the right choices about her friends, her family, and Moises, the good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood.”

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.”


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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

“This book tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want to belong, not to her run-down neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself in the midst of her oppressive surroundings. Esperanza’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.”

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Miles Morales: Spider-man by Jason Reynolds

“As a student at Brooklyn Visions Academy, Miles Morales knows he’s lucky. Not all kids get this opportunity, especially not kids from his neighborhood. With his quirky best friend Ganke, this school year is gonna be a blast. Right? Wrong. Miles has a secret. He’s actually Spider-Man. Well not THE Spider-Man but A Spider-Man. Pretty much the only Spider-Man in town now that Peter Parker is gone. Miles is doing his best to save every little old lady but it’s getting to be too much. He’s got more important stuff to worry about like homework, girls, family, the perfect Halloween costume, and girls. Did we mention girls? Ok well maybe just one girl. But when Miles accidentally discovers a villainous teacher’s plan to turn good kids bad, he will need to come to terms with his own destiny as the new SPIDER-MAN”

International Dot Day!

Friends and families! Come on down to the Main Library this Saturday, September 15th, for our International Dot Day Celebration!

From 10:30 am to 1 pm, we will be celebrating creativity through activities inspired by local author & illustrator Peter Reynold’s picture book, The Dot. There will also be a storytime, snacks, and free giveaways of the book! (while supplies last)

Read to a Dog Raffle!

Attention kids! Have you always wanted to practice reading to a dog? Well, stop by the Children’s Room and enter our raffle to win a chance to read to Friday the Dog!

8 lucky winners will be chosen to read aloud to Friday the Dog on September 18th and October 18th. The raffle begins Saturday, September 1st, so come on down and enter!

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Meet your new Assistant Principal!

Attention Byam and Harrington parents and students!

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Byam and Harrington Elementary Schools’ new assistant principal, Betsy Dolan, will be doing 3 more Social Success Reading hours here at the library!

Drop by the Children’s Room for any of the remaining sessions (I’m sure many of you Byam families were here yesterday morning! 🙂 )



We look forward to seeing you!


Teen Iron Chef!

Calling all teens entering grades 5-12!

Do you love to cook? Do you wish you knew how to cook? Do you love the Great British Baking Show as much as I do? (seriously, I can’t get enough of it)

Then you won’t  want to miss out on our super fun summer event, Teen Iron Chef, this Thursday August 9th at 4:00 in the McCarthy Room! Bring your creativity and talent for all things tasty!

Allergy warning: The main ingredient will contain gluten.

Author Visit with Jerry Pallotta! Thursday 8/9 at 10:30 am

There is nothing quite as exciting as meeting an author and hearing them read their own work! Come by the Main Library this Thursday, August 9th at 10:30 to meet the amazing author, Jerry Pallotta!

Jerry will read to us from some of his classic picture books, and give us a glimpse of his new “Who Would Win?” series.

This is a drop-in event for kids ages 6+ and their families. We look forward to seeing you there!

End of Summer Bash Planning Meeting

Calling all teens entering 7th grade & up!

First and foremost – you all did an AMAZING job planning and running the Harry Potter Party – THANK YOU SO MUCH!

We would love to have your creative energy and input in planning the End of Summer Bash, this Friday August 3rd at 3:00 pm in the conference room!!!

(Though thinking of summer ending brings a tear to my eye!)