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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Science Fiction pt. 2!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about Science Fiction!!!  What I love about Science Fiction is that there are so many different types and aspects--Science Fiction is defined as anything that could possibly happen in the future and it does not mean that it has to be in outer space even though that is a common setting.  Science Fiction can contain a number of topics from robots and artificial intelligence, to living in outer space and intergalactic wars.  We even have Science Fiction that contains some dystopian elements about how life could be extremely differ...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Science Fiction pt. 2!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about Science Fiction!!! What I love about Science Fiction is that there are so many different types and aspects--Science Fiction is defined as anything that could possibly happen in the future and it does not mean that it has to be in outer space even though that is a common setting.  Science Fiction can contain a number of topics from robots and artificial intelligence, to living in outer space and intergalactic wars.  We even have Science Fiction that contains some dystopian elements about how life could be extremely different in the fut...

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Happy National Pet Month

In celebration of pets, May is recognized as National Pet Month. It’s a wonderful time to show a little extra appreciation for our furry friends, and books are always a great resource for everything, including learning something fun about your pets! 

In addition to learning from these books, you can also just enjoy feel-good animal stories. In The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy, we see the positive impact pets can have on our lives. I know that for me, I'm always cheered up from a difficult day when I ...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Twins!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about books which feature twins as main characters!  These titles are all about twins (brothers and brothers, sisters and sisters, and sisters and brothers) and their relationships which are the main focus of our amazing stories.  Twins have a unique relationship which is different from other siblings and they can be found in not just realistic titles but also in fantasy, adventure, science fiction, and dystopian--all of which we feature in our theme for this week. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Twins!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about books which feature twins as main characters!  These titles are all about twins (brothers and brothers, sisters and sisters, and sisters and brothers) and their relationships which are the main focus of our amazing stories.  Twins have a unique relationship which is different from other siblings and they can be found in not just realistic titles but also in fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian--all of which we feature in our theme for this week. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yasibl...

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Family History Corner

Researching Common Surnames:

May 2022

My last name is Smith.  I have been told that our ancestors changed our surname before immigrating to the United States from Poland.  I have hesitated to attempt any research because I feel like I truly have a generic name.  Would it even be possible to learn anything about this family?

-A Researcher

Your question really has two parts to it.  How can I find the original Surname of my family? If it is a common surname, how do I research it properly?  Having a generic surname can be very fr...

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Thursday Five O'Clock Spot: Katy Eckstein

Have you heard about Bowman Library's new Thursday Five O'Clock Spot? Every Thursday at Five O'Clock, there are fun things happening for school age children at Bowman Library. These hands-on programs promote creativity and problem solving and collaboration skills, and everyone who comes leaves with a smile!

 

1st Thursday: Imagination Station

This STEAM based program has activities for children of all ages, so bring the whole family to enjoy this program together. Each month has a different theme along with 5 stations designed to best suit various ages, abil...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Biographies!!!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about books which are biographies and memoirs!  Biographies and memoirs are books about individuals, each with their own unique stories to share and read.  Biographies are usually written about an individual by a different person and memoirs are written by the featured person.  Just like nonfiction, these books are so not boring (even though they get a bad rap as being that way) and we can learn so much not only about the individual but as well as the history and culture of the time as well as about ourselves. These books and...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Biographies!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about books which are biographies and memoirs!  Biographies and memoirs are books about individuals, each with their own unique stories to share and read.  Biographies are usually written about an individual by a different person and memoirs are written by the featured person.  Just like nonfiction, these books are so not boring (even though they get a bad rap as being that way) and we can learn so much not only about the individual but as well as the history and culture of the time as well as about ourselves. These books and more ca...

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Teen Book Spotlight--AAPI Authors Pt. 2!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about books which have been written by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors!!!  May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month and we are showcasing some amazing and talented individuals.  Each author brings their own unique viewpoint and background to each of these titles, providing a point of view which is a must read.  There is an incredible mix of realistic, historical, and some adventure providing options for many tastes and preferences.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the sea...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--AAPI Authors Pt. 2!

Our middle grade book spotlight this week is all about books which have been written by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors!!!  May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month and we are showcasing some amazing and talented individuals.  Each author brings their own unique viewpoint and background to each of these titles, providing a point of view which is a must read.  There is an incredible mix of realistic, historical, and some science fiction providing options for many tastes and preferences.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog...

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Marvelous Us! Part III

In Marvelous Us! Part I and Part II we explored books related to our marvelous human bodies. Although popular culture over-emphasizes how our bodies may look, we often fail to appreciate how our bodies function. Whether or not you are happy with the way your body looks, the way it functions is truly marvelous. We take for granted the complex inner workings of the human body until something is out of balance, then we cannot stop thinking about it.

We are all familiar with the foundations of good health: eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly. A bit easier said than done, but t...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Novels In Verse Pt. 2!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is on books that are Novels in Verse!  Novels in verse are stories that are uniquely told through a series of poems instead of paragraphs; even if you are not the biggest fan of poetry I promise you will enjoy these!!  You may not even realize that you are reading poetry as you turn page after page to get to the endings.  We have everything this week from sports to historical and survival. These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthverse as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check back next...

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Teen Book Spotlight--Novels In Verse Pt. 2!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on YA books that are Novels in Verse!  Novels in verse are stories that are uniquely told through a series of poems instead of paragraphs; even if you are not the biggest fan of poetry I promise you will enjoy these!!  You may not even realize that you are reading poetry as you turn page after page to get to the endings.  We have titles that are historical, romance, and realistic to just name a few.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yaverse as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  Check b...

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Middle Grade Book Spotlight--Flower Covers!!!

Our Middle Grade book spotlight this week is focused on books that have some Flower Covers!!!  Since it is finally Spring outside(!) we are taking inspiration from the colorful blooms and exploring books that share the same features.  As we are choosing these books based on their front covers with flowerful features, we have an amazing selection that are all completely different from one another from dystopian to fantasy and novels in verse to historical and magical realism!  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #youthcolorfulcover...

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