Mark Twain and Show Me Awards Announced

Deep & Dark & Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn has been named the Mark Twain Award winner for 2010.

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Teen Volunteers Wanted...

Are you a teenager looking for a volunteer opportunity this summer? Do you like working with kids? Than the Reading Buddies program is perfect for you. You can gain experience working with kids, get community service hours, and even get a free t-shirt!

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National Library Week

This week is National Library Week. National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nations libraries and librarians. We will be celebrating National Library Week here at MRRL and would like to invite you to join us.

FRIDAY, APRIL 16: 11 A.M.-1 P.M.

Join us at the library for food and fun! Let us show our appreciation to you, our patrons, by giving you a free hot dog, chips and a soda. There will be fun and games, you can tour the bookmobile and keep an eye out for Dewey The Library Dog!

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National Poetry Month

Each year April is set aside as National Poetry Month; it is a time to celebrate poets and their craft. National Poetry Month was started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. You can find out more about National Poetry Month and the Academy of American Poets at

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Language Arts Kits

Spring has sprung and so has our Parent Teacher Collection. We have added a Language Arts Section (in the hanging blue-handled bags) to the room. You will now find 4 kits dealing with writing. One of the kits is from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and contains four DVDs, along with teacher notes and student handouts. The other 3 kits are called Writing Strands Levels 2, 3 and 4. These three books offer writing exercises, skill building and skill mastery. Keep an eye open for some of our new kits that will be coming out soon.

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Lexile and Accelerated Reader

Are you looking for the Lexile number or Accelerated Reader points for a book? Do you need a book with a specific Lexile or AR rating? We have links to the Lexile and Accelerated Reader websites on the Kids page. The links are under the Recommended Sites list - Books and Reading: Please take a moment to browse all the other recommended sites on our website.

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Looking for something new to read? Do you have a favorite subject or type of book? Do you not know what to read next? We can help. The staff in the Children's Department has created a bunch of booklists to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

You can find the booklists on our website on the Kids page under Booklists on the menu. We have general booklists for everybody and we have divided the booklists by younger readers, older readers, grade level and readalikes.

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Let us know how we are doing

The Programming/Children's Services Focus Group will be held on Thursday, March 4th at 4 pm in the MRRL Art Gallery. We would like your thoughts on how we are doing and what you would like to see the Library offer in the Children's Department.

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Homework Helpers

Do you need help with your homework? Do you have a paper to write? Do you have questions you haven't found the answers to? We can help!

Come explore some of our online databases that you can access from the library and the comfort of your own home. Let us show you the ins and outs of World Book Online, Gale Databases and more. These databases can help you with research, homework and lesson plans.

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February Displays

We have several exciting displays this month in the Children's Department. Our displays for February are on Black History Month, Valentine's Day, the Olympics and Critters Down Under - Australian Animals.

Come check out the books we have selected for these displays.

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