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Designing Your Own Dream House

Published: April 15, 2021

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Using graph paper, rulers, and pencils design the floor plan for your very own dream house.

Racism and Diversity in Kids’ Books

Published: April 12, 2021

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When the Dr. Seuss Enterprise recently announced on the anniversary of his birthday that they took six books out of publication last year because the illustrations included harmful racist stereotypes, it hit the news and the public began taking sides. Most of YDL’s copies of the books were quickly checked out, driving up the demand for books that hadn’t been checked out much at all in recent years. Now we learn that Dav Pilkey, a contemporary favorite author of the Dog Man series, has apologized for using offensive stereotypes and Scholastic has halted distribution of Ook and Gluk.   However, …

What to do about racism in children’s books

Published: April 12, 2021

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Research has shown that infants are aware of differences in skin color, and by the age of 5 kids understand that skin color is associated with status in our country. There is research-based evidence that kids of color are negatively impacted by these stereotypes, and they aren’t good for white children either. Books can add to the harm or provide ways for children to see themselves reflected positively in the world by serving as mirrors and windows for all kids. As part of our series on racism and diversity in children’s books, read further and reflect on your own childhood …

Why read diversely?

Published: April 12, 2021

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Research has shown that infants are aware of differences in skin color, and by the age of 5 kids understand that skin color is associated with status in our country. There is research-based evidence that kids of color are negatively impacted by these stereotypes, and they aren’t good for white children either. Books can add to the harm or provide ways for children to see themselves reflected positively in the world by serving as mirrors and windows for all kids.    As part of our series on racism and diversity in children’s books, read further to learn more about why …

How to diversify your reading

Published: April 12, 2021

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Research has shown that infants are aware of differences in skin color, and by the age of 5 kids understand that skin color is associated with status in our country. There is research-based evidence that kids of color are negatively impacted by these stereotypes, and they aren’t good for white children either.   Books are one tool to use to teach your child to understand racism and bias. As part of our series on racism and diversity in children’s books, read further to find tips for how to diversify the reading you do as a family. How to make sure …

The Library Bookmobile at a neighborhood stop
Bookmobile coming back on the road April 21!

Published: April 12, 2021

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The Bookmobile back on the road starting April 21! Here are the details.

Palestine

Published: April 9, 2021

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Let’s visit Palestine, as part of our Around the World tour.

Photograph of Charles Pattison
Ypsi Stories Episode 6: The Information Age before the Information Age

Published: April 6, 2021

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Episode 6 of Ypsi Stories.

TAG speaks out against racism

Published: April 5, 2021

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The teen advisory is passionate about social justice. Find their resources here!

national library week
It’s National Library Week!

Published: April 4, 2021

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Happy National Library Week! Celebrate with us by using our digital resources and attending the Superior Groundbreaking this Wednesday.

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