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Dungeons & Dragons (& Libraries)

  • Posted on: 14 March 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Before the onset of the pandemic last year, the Downtown Branch had a weekly meeting for teens to hang out and play board games, as well as Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder thanks to our volunteer Dungeon Master. With things as they are, meetings in person have been cancelled since the library has been back to work but the group has still been meeting virtually to continue to hang out and create new adventures! Utilizing Discord voice chat and Roll20 to facilitate our games remotely Wednesdays from 4-6pm, if you have a teen or are a teen interested in joining the group please contact jschafle@hmcpl.org for more information.

What is Dungeons & Dragons?

School of Rock: Picture Books to Introduce Your Kids to Your Favorite Music

  • Posted on: 26 February 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

During the quarantine last year I took the time at home to practice my sewing and stitch one a bunch of band patches to my denim jackets and decided to make it into one of our library guides when I got back, showing how to make your own battle jacket and I even complied some lists of heavy metal and punk inclined reading for our youth, young adult and adult collections (you can find the full guide here). Below I've curated some of my favorite family friendly titles to share with your children to introduce them to some of your favorite genres and artists...though I must admit I am a bit partial to punk and metal:

Picture Books

Winners of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards

  • Posted on: 19 February 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

With the new year, the American Library Association (ALA) has released the 2021 Youth Media Awards which recognizes youth and young adult books for outstanding achievement based on certain criteria, below I've listed the awards winners and when available linked the titles we have currently in the library catalog. For a more in depth look at past and present winners and honorees check out our comprehensive libguide, Award Winning Youth Books.

John Newbery Award

The John Newbery Award is named after an 18th century British bookseller and given annually for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

Graphic Novels to Read During Black History Month

  • Posted on: 3 February 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Black History Month is a great reason to explore new books to read and broaden your horizons. Over the past several years I've built the library's adult graphics collection with a number of voices, perspectives and cultural representations. In honor of this month, I've curated some of my favorite titles either by black creators, or featuring black characters or non-fiction titles about black history.

Basquiat: A Graphic Novel by  Paolo Parisi

30 Days of Kindness Books for Kids

  • Posted on: 1 November 2020
  • By: Jon Schafle

Thanksgiving is the time of year when our thoughts should turn to togetherness, unity, and appreciation for each other and our love towards our family and friends. It's a great time to share these ideas with your kids and explore what it means to be a kid and thoughtful person and to help out and celebrate the season I've put together a list of 30 books from our Youth Services collection that show off these ideas of thankfulness, empathy and kindness:

 

♦ Picture Books ♦

The 31 Spooky Youth Books of Halloween!

  • Posted on: 6 October 2020
  • By: Jon Schafle

It's just like R.L. Stine always says at the start of his Goosebumps books, "Reader beware...you're in for a scare!" For October this year I've selected thirty one books, one for each day of the month, from our Youth Services collection- ranging from board books all the way to young adult novels! Below you'll find some of my favorite books to read or read to your favorite ghosts and goblins, broken down by age range:

♦Board Books♦

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Graphic Novels

  • Posted on: 3 October 2020
  • By: Jon Schafle

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month I wanted to showcase some of the amazing Hispanic comic creators that we have available in print in our adult graphics collection system wide as well as digital editions that are available through Hoopla which you can also access with your library card. There's a huge amount of talented creators in the industry but I limited it to some of my personal favorite stories (I do have a soft spot for silver/bronze age comics) and I hope you'll find some new some titles to explore:

José Luis García-López

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