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On the road again: Family-friendly titles to listen to while driving this holiday season

By Tori Hamilton, Children's Library Associate, Glenpool Library

We all know that reading together is a great way to bring families closer, but during the busy holiday season, it can be difficult to find the time. Luckily, if your family is planning to take any road trips to visit friends or relatives over Christmas break, the library has a great selection of family-friendly audiobook titles that appeal to a broad range of ages. Check out this librarian's top three audiobook series recommendations, chosen for kid-appeal, adult-appeal, and amazing narrations.

The Case for a No-"Toy" Christmas

We're well into the season of articles and blog posts and morning news shows trumpeting "The Best Children's Toys of the Year" or "Hot Kids' Gifts for Christmas!"

These articles typically round up flashy new toys, organized by price point and age ranges, and always featuring happy, smiling children playing away.

Tell us about your kids & the library!

Children's librarians LOVE hearing about your kids. We especially love knowing how what we did in one storytime inspired you or your child to read more, or try out a new song at bedtime, or come back for more library fun!

But sometimes we forget to ask.

Well, we're asking now. 

In an effort to communicate our value to the community - specifically in early literacy programming (storytimes) - we are gathering stories about how real, everyday children and families benefit from the library.

All American: book review of "Blue Sky White Stars"

By Melody Palmer, Youth Librarian, South Broken Arrow Library

What does an American look like? Where does an American come from? Pretty much everywhere! In "Blue Sky White Stars" - written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Kadir Nelson - explores this patriotic message in a way that both blue state and red state voters will find inspiring.

Yes, your baby can participate in National Novel Writing Month, too!

By Tori Hamilton, Children's Associate, Glenpool Library

Every November marks the return of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, a community movement that offers support and encouragement to aspiring writers as they work to churn out a manuscript in 30 days.

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