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Check out what the Lorain Public Library System staff are currently doing in their free time. Whether it’s books, movies, TV shows, music, and more, we want to share what has caught our attention.

Currently Reading

Cheryl, Technical Services Director: How the South Won the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson

Susan, Main Library Manager: One by One by Ruth Ware & The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000’s by Andy Greene

Cheri, Main Library Librarian: All Adults Here by Emma Straub, Black Boy by Richard Wright & The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Her Story

After fighting her whole life, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020. A champion of women’s rights and a Supreme Court Justice for 27 years, Ginsburg has left a lasting legacy that transcends her work.

“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

To learn more about this fascinating woman, her strength, and the impact she had on this country, check out the books and movies recommended below.

To Read

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Lorain’s Rising Titans

Neighborhood Alliance (lead partner), Neighborhood Alliance Child Enrichment Services- Lorain, Help Me Grow Home Visiting- Neighborhood Alliance, Lorain Public Library System, Horizon Education Centers, Lorain County Public Health, Lorain County Community Action Agency- Head start, Lorain City Schools, Lorain County Health & Dentistry, Childcare Resource Center

Who are the Rising Titans? 

Rising Titans is a funded United Way of Greater Lorain County Community Collaborative, made up of partners who are dedicated to the Kindergarten Readiness of Lorain’s children and their families.

The Rising Titans Collaborative and its partners have the overarching goal of creating community-wide kindergarten readiness. Our goal is to design a system that will help parents prepare their child for kindergarten from birth.

What does it mean to be ready for Kindergarten? 

Kindergarten Readiness means being able to do more than know your ABC’s and 123’s, it is a holistic approach. It’s being able to share toys with other children, follow directions from adults other than a caregiver, use scissors, pencils, crayons, etc., run, skip and jump, and many other developmental skills.

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Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring and highlighting the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans, runs from September 15 to October 15. Today we are showcasing a few of the many recent books written by Hispanic and Latinx authors in the last year. From contemporary to fantasy, realistic to magical realism, check out these titles for kids, teens, and adults!


Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega

Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster

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Audiobook Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Published by HarperTeen on May 5, 2020

Genres: Contemporary, Poetry

Teen Fiction

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo is a captivating story full of emotion, family, and more following the tale of two sisters unaware of each other when their father dies in a plane crash. It’s a novel of grief, anger, and betrayal, but also of passionate, strong women supporting one another. Acevedo has such a way with words and I fully recommend reading this breathtaking novel.

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Staying Safe Online – Resources for Youth and Families

With school starting fully or partially online, depending on your district, there’s a lot to keep track of. New technology, new routines, usernames, passwords – to anyone braving these waters, know that we at the library are here for you! This blog post highlights three engaging resources specifically designed to help children and teens learn how to learn and play online safely – and kindly.  Formats include picture books, videos, quizzes, and games – experiences meant to connect with youth through play and exploration. You can click through the embedded links to see these for yourself. Let the fun begin! 

Faux Paw the Techno Cat (Early Elementary)

Geared toward grades K-3, this book series features a cat named Faux Paw and his misadventures with technology. Most of these short e-books are available as PDFs, narrated e-books, or animated videos. The corny cybersecurity-themed songs, activity pages, and cartoon style certainly fit with their intended demographic, however slightly older kids may also benefit from the topics discussed. The most recent book, Faux Paw and the Unfortunate Upload, specifically touches on the downsides of trying to go viral that may be helpful for children encountering social media platforms like Tik Tok for the first time.   “Faux Paw the Techno Cat” is one of several resources made available to families and educators by iKeepSafe, a company specializing in helping educational products comply with state and national privacy and child safety laws.

Interland (Upper Elementary / Middle School)

“Interland” is a set of four engaging games that take place on digital floating islands, each of which focus on a different area of online safety. It is part of “Be Internet Awesome,” a collaboration between Google and digital safety experts iKeepSafe, ConnectSafely, and the Family Online Safety Institute. “Mindful Mountain” focuses on deciding who to share information online with, and how. “Reality River” teaches players to detect and report scammers and phishers. “Tower of Treasure” covers password security. Finally, “Kind Kingdom” deals with cyberbullying. The games can be played in any order.

The animation is modern, chunky, and colorful, and the games have simple controls and objectives – features that children who are used to playing Roblox and other online games should respond to well. In service of a fun player experience, however, sometimes the educational content becomes simplified or abstract. The quizzes at the end may ask questions the players need more context to answer. To get the most out of “Interland,” talk with your child about their playing experience, and check out the “Be Internet Awesome Family Guide,” available here.

NS Teens (Middle School / High School)  

This website houses a ton of games, quizzes, videos, and more intended for teen and tween audiences. NetSmartz, who co-created this site, is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and as a result it has a strong focus on teaching youth not to meet up or share personal information with strangers they befriend online. However, the website tackles a lot of other key topics for teens, including data security, unwise social media sharing, cheating on schoolwork, and even bad gamer behavior.  

One of the coolest experiences, in my opinion, is the comics: interactive stories that unfold as you scroll the mouse, which allow you to choose the main character’s actions.  The quizzes are also fun, and a bit funny – perfect for ages 8-12. The games – which interestingly tackle subjects such as stopping your friends and family from oversharing online – follow rules that will be familiar to players of “Angry Birds,” “Plants vs. Zombies,” and other popular games. However, since they rely on Flash, they may not work on every browser or device. The website also includes three types of videos: animated stories, interviews with teens on certain topics, and “real-life stories” – the last category intended for older teens, ages 11-17, because of the serious content discussed.

If you like this organization’s work but have a younger child, check out their other major resource, NetSmartz Kids.  It includes printable activity sheets, an animated cartoon series, and a game called “Cloud Chaos” meant for ages 5-8. 

For More on This Topic

The organizations who create the resources I’ve just discussed all provide guides for families and/or teachers that can be found on their websites. In addition, there are other groups promoting digital safety for all ages. Stop. Think. Connect. is a national awareness campaign with a large library of printable resources.  The nonprofit Cyber Savvy Kids provides some eBooks and activity sheets for children, as well as detailed PDF guides for educators and families who sign up to receive access. Your library staff can also help connect you to books and other internet safety resources.

Good luck out there, families, and stay safe (online and IRL)!

Recent Album Releases on Hoopla

While we tend to focus more on books here at LPLS Recommends, today I wanted to share some of the new music that caught my eye on Hoopla. This resource from our eLibrary has an extensive collection of albums that spans genres and age ranges to provide a listening experience either at home or on the go. Check out the below titles that have been released in the last 30 days for some new songs to sing along with.

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On the Radar: New Adult Books Coming in September 2020

On the Radar is back with September’s adult titles! Check out what new releases are coming below.

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Published by Europa Editions

Expected on September 1, 2020

Genres: Literary

Adult Fiction

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Published by Knopf

Expected on September 1, 2020

Genres: Literary, Contemporary

Adult Fiction

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Published by William Morrow

Expected on September 1, 2020

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Adult Fiction

Coffee Days Whisky Nights by Cyrus Parker

Published by Central Avenue Publishing

Expected on September 8, 2020

Genres: Poetry

Adult Fiction

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Published by Orbit

Expected on September 8, 2020

Genres: Fantasy

Adult Fiction

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

Published by Berkley

Expected on September 15, 2020

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Adult Fiction

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

Published by Macmillan

Expected on September 15, 2020

Genres: Historical, Fantasy

Adult Fiction

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Published by Bloomsbury

Expected on September 15, 2020

Genres: Fantasy, Mystery

Adult Fiction

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Published by Pamela Dorman Books

Expected on September 22, 2020

Genres: Mystery

Adult Fiction

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Published by Del Rey Books

Expected on September 29, 2020

Genres: Fantasy

Adult Fiction

Are you excited for any of these picks? What September releases are you hoping to read?

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Reading the 2020 Booker Prize Longlist

One of my favorite summer to fall activities is reading the Booker Prize longlist.  If you’re like me and love reading unique books that might not be on your radar, then this is the task for you!  Personally, I often have a hard time making up my mind about what to read, so having a curated list of “to-reads” is perfect!  Plus, there’s a certain level of accomplishment in checking each title off as you read.  I have discovered some of my favorite novels and writers through the Booker Prize lists.  Past favorites include 4321 by Paul Auster, Normal People by Sally Rooney, and Days Without End by Sebastian Barry.  

The Booker Prize for fiction has been around since 1969.  The prize was originally limited to any English language novel published in the British Commonwealth, which included countries like Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa.  In 2014, the prize was opened up to any English language novel no matter the country which sparked its own controversy, especially when American’s starting winning!  We do have our share of prestigious literary awards after all… 

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