Your first book of 2014?

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Your first book of 2014?

Your first book for 2014? Your first book of 2014 ought to be a new adventure, not a usual pick. Will you challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone?  Will it be: fiction, mystery, fantasy, historical novels, biography, memoirs or classics?? Having finally entered the world of tablet reading with the receipt of a Nook

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Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant waitress Linda “Pam” Elliott has gone on to greener pastures

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Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant waitress Linda “Pam” Elliott has gone on to greener pastures

              Longtime Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant waitress Linda “Pam” Elliott passed away on November 29, 2013 in West Plains, Missouri. She’ll be missed by many. Waiting to be served at a restaurant recently, I commented to my husband: “I don’t ever want to be a waitress!”  Trying to take orders

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Giving thanks for the gift of reading

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Giving thanks for the gift of reading

GIVING THANKS FOR THE GIFT OF READING Giving thanks for the gift of reading, of exploring new worlds, being transported as on a magic carpet ride, to distant lands to meet fascinating people. A good book becomes a good friend. Right now might be a good time to encourage young people to make a good

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Oh, the places we’ll go and potential we’ll reach without drugs!

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Oh, the places we’ll go and potential we’ll reach without drugs!

Oh, the places we’ll go and potential we’ll reach without drugs! Oh, the things we’ll get to know when we wisely choose to let our teachers teach us! Driving by your local elementary school, have you noticed schoolyard fences decorated with red ribbons and posters, and school trees have red bows wrapped around them?  This time

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Reading has purpose when you’re reading to a dog!

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Reading has purpose when you’re reading to a dog!

Reading has purpose when you’re reading to Chase the dog at our local library in Buena Park. At least these children and their parents think so!  Chase joins them faithfully each week and even brings his trainer along, who spreads a blanket in an open area between some bookshelves. The children read to Chase with their

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Jumpstart’s 2013 Read-for-the-Record sets a new record!

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Jumpstart’s 2013 Read-for-the-Record sets a new record!

Jumpstart’s 2013 Read-for-the-Record campaign sets a new record while sharing the story of OTIS, the little tractor and his friend, written by Loren Long.   Each fall, readers from around the world show their support for early childhood literacy by reading, giving, sharing – and record-breaking – on WeGiveBooks.org. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in partnership

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Your Library Card helps you use Learning Links to be a Library Champ!

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Your Library Card helps you use Learning Links to be a Library Champ!

  Be a Library Champ!  Your Library Card can help you use Learning Links to be a Library Champ! Are you a Library Champ?  How often do you use your Library card at the Library or from home? You can search for jobs, read eBooks, guide your child or grandchild to get help with homework, learn

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Grandparent’s Day can happen every day – a time to read and to share!

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Grandparent’s Day can happen every day – a time to read and to share!

Grandparent’s Day can happen every day – a time to read and to share! Oh, what fun to enjoy favorite books coupled with snacks and games, topped off by a grandparents undivided attention.  Did you celebrate Grandparent’s Day this year? Well, every day can be grandparent’s day, no matter what age you are. If you are alive, you

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Back-to-School First day Focus – Routines Refreshed, Learning Engaged

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Back-to-School First day Focus – Routines Refreshed, Learning Engaged

Back-to-school is a time of refreshing daily routines to provide structure, and capturing students’ curiosities to engage learning, for teachers and parents. Working together, the home and school front can set a growth-producing tone for their charges, the students. That starts on DAY ONE of the fall semester. Many schools hold an assembly on the blacktop for

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