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This list will be finalized in September, but why not begin reading now? Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe If I Stay by Gayle Forman Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Anderson Steelheart by […]

Take a few minutes to honor the life of Tomie DePaola on the one-year anniversary of his unexpected death. All Homer High students grew up in the prime of Tomie DePaola’s work as a children’s author and illustrator.  His trademark colors and illustration style became favorites of children around the world. He even wrote engrossing […]

Book talks are useful and entertaining.  Sometimes we wonder if a book is worth reading, if it’s worth the time it takes to read from beginning to end.  One of my favorite books is 48 hours long on audio; another is only two; both require hours of my life.  Book trailers and talks give us […]

Be Internet Savvy

October 23, 2020 | Leave a Comment

The Internet is a huge temptation for connecting with others, even people you do not know.  The thing is, what and who you see on the Internet isn’t always reality.  A person can pretend to be anything and anyone, and you wouldn’t know the difference.  Be smart.  Don’t give your personal information.  Don’t agree to […]

If you haven’t read Dune by Frank Herbert, you are missing an epic story–epic as in brilliant, well-told, and ageless.  Dune is not only a story.  It is the opening to an unforgettable universe.  You may be thinking, “I wonder if the bookstore or local library has that book.”  If you like adventure and intrigue […]

Have you heard of this radio program?  I stumbled across it on the radio one night driving home from Kenai.  Check it out here. “No politics, no opinions, just stories. We tell a story and the audience tells us their stories—LIVE, with raw emotional power. Daily bringing the campfire scene to your ears.”   Get your […]

Fake News, Part 2

December 12, 2017 | Leave a Comment

As a follow-up to “Fake News Epidemic” this post links to an article in The Intercept which details a very recent, very embarrassing false report by at least three major news outlets.  Toward the bottom of the article other examples of false reporting are also given.  Read it for yourself. “The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most […]

Fake News Epidemic

November 14, 2017 | Leave a Comment

  Fake news is any news which is broadcast or printed by the media that misleads the audience about a specific group, person, or action. The audience can be misled in either a negative or positive way. Fake news happens in two ways: (1) when reporters do not check their facts before releasing their news […]

The right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction   Free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause, or movement may be explored   From the American Library Association, 2017   *                      *                      *                      * Libraries defend […]

Guys Read

January 21, 2016 | Leave a Comment

[tribulant_slideshow gallery_id=”1″]   Guys, I would like your book recommendations. What books have you really liked that you would recommend to other guys? Check out some ideas here and let me know what you think:  http://guysread.com/books/  

“Gasoline Tax to Jump $3.00 January 1st!” No! Really? Maybe. Maybe not? The headline said it, so isn’t it true? Some headlines scream doom and gloom, others announce incredibly good news. But are they true? The most difficult headlines to discern relate to current events and personalities and contain just enough “truth” to look real […]

9-11

September 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Twelve years ago our nation was attacked, and our lives as Americans changed dramatically.  Our current teenagers were only small children then and know about this tragedy only through media.  They don’t remember the days before the TSA moved into airports, when family and friends could sit at the boarding area waiting for flights. Thanks […]

  • What We Become…

    “What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.”

    “May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books.”

    ~Thomas Carlyle, Victorian Scottish philosopher, writer, historian and teacher

  • Rules of the Road

    "My grandma always said that God made libraries so that people didn't have any excuse to be stupid."

    Joan Bauer - Rules of the Road

  • Frigate like a Book

    There is no frigate like a book

    by Emily Dickinson

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away, Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry - This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll - How frugal is the Chariot That bears a Human soul.

    http://www.poets.org/

  • Frederick Douglass

    "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass