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Writer Resources for Nanowrimo

The Write Stuff

As November begins, so does the annual tradition of NaNoWriMo. If you have never heard of it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The organization behind it encourages writers to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The goal is to get pen to paper--even if the words aren’t perfect. If you a...

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Eight Mystery Thriller Teen Titles with covers from the eight books listed in the article

Teen Mystery Reads

I'm feeling inspired by shows like Only Murders in the Building and One of Us is Lying, so let’s focus on some of the twisty, awesome mysteries and thrillers you can find in the teen section. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus This is one of the newest shows on the Peacock streaming network. ...

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New Beanstack Challenges with Beanstack Logo in Corner

Monthly Challenges on Beanstack

Hey readers. Are you looking for some inspiration for your next read? We have been changing a few things up here, including our Beanstack challenges. We retired our Read Woke Challenge, and are now bringing you new monthly themes to stretch your reading muscles. In the month of September, we a...

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Pictures of Assorted Faces with caption below #TrueStory

YA Memoirs & Biographies

Whether you prefer reading nonfiction, are looking to shake up your reading, or are hoping to get inspired, make sure you don’t miss out on the Teen Biography section. Full of stories of people from all walks of life, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs have always been a section that I am draw...

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A Girl in Gold Dress standing in front of giant clock beside text that reads Bibbidi Bobbidi Book Movie and Book Retellings for Teens and Adults

So Many Cinderellas, So Little Time.

Amazon Prime released a trailer for their new Cinderella movie starring Camila Cabello (and Idina Menzel and Billy Porter and a lot of other talent). This got me reminiscing about some of my other favorite adaptations of the classic tale. While all fairy tales have provided us with great source mate...

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LGBTQ+ in YA (Covers of Books Across a Rainbow)

Read with Pride: YA Titles

Here are six YA titles to read all year long, not just during Pride Month! You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Representation: Queer) What’s it about? Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But...

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MiLibrary Quest: Summer 2021

Let the virtual scavenger hunt begin! MiLibraryQuest: Summer 2021 has begun and teens 6-12 grade are invited to participate! More than 150 libraries throughout Michigan have posted descriptions of interesting and unusual animals on their websites. Teens will search the websites of participat...

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OverDrive Magazines

Magazines Now Available in the BCLS OverDrive Collection

Our OverDrive digital collection now includes over 3,000 magazine titles which are always available and you can check out as many as you like on your BCLS library card. Just check out a digital magazine issue and you can turn pages and browse articles and photos just like a paper magazine ...

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