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Dani Diamico, Children's Librarian at Sage Library

We have a Rising Star!

Every year, the Michigan Library Association chooses a Rising Star librarian - someone who, despite being in the field less than five years, has shown great leadership. Award winners are energetic efficient librarians who push the boundaries of originality and creativity to establish a library cultu...

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The World of Wordless Picture Books

Can you imagine picking up a book, only to find there aren't any words, and that's exactly how it's designed to be? Wordless picture books are a growing genre, so you might find quite a few as you browse library shelves. Many people aren't quite sure what to do with them - how do you read a book wit...

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Thriller Mania

A very common question in the library is “what are other people reading?”. People like to read the current, hot reads because a)if it’s popular, there it is probably good and b)they can converse with other people about it. Lately when I get that question I am sending more and more people to lists of...

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5 Early Literacy Practices

Every month our children's staff plans to share a tip to help develop early literacy skills in children. For our first post, we will talk about the 5 early literacy practices identified by researchers with the American Library Association* for the Every Child Ready to Read initiative. We will s...

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Your Brain on Audiobooks

Audiobooks aren’t cheating! A recent study at UC Berkeley scanned the brains of participants as they both read and listened to stories. The surprise result was that the brain reacted almost identically when listening to audio as when it read the actual text. But audiobook listeners have had that ...

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Digital Early Literacy

Back to school is in the air! With all the excitement older children have about returning to learning, it’s a great time to introduce early literacy and math concepts. The number of options can be overwhelming! Luckily, the library has quite a few resources made exactly for young children learning t...

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Club Reading After Oprah’s Book Club

Let’s start with a little celebrity book club history. Back in 1996, Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s most recognizable names at the time, turned her attention to books as she began her own book club. Periodically she chose a title and with her blessing, sales skyrocketed for the book and everyone&...

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Raise a Reader Backpacks Now at Wirt Library!

The children’s staff here at Bay County Library System love to help families raise readers! To that end, we have recently added a collection called “Raise a Reader Backpacks”.  These backpacks help children develop early literacy skills through talking, reading, singing, writing, and playing. ...

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Mango Languages

Mango is the award-winning language learning resource for individuals and organizations around the world. The only single solution that combines quality content, intelligent technology, and an adaptive algorithm that delivers practical phrases from real situations. This is language learning centered...

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