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February 14, 2024

‘Across So Many Seas’ Shares Textured Tapestry of Jewish Life + Giveaway!

February 1, 2024

Let’s ReThink School Libraries to Improve Reading

January 23, 2024

2024 ALA Award-Winners List + FREE Award-Book Pane + Chance to Win

December 18, 2023

Awesome Picture Book Reads for 2023-24

International Children’s Book Day is on April 2nd. If we didn’t already have a good enough excuse to read children’s books, this day is for sure one!
August 24, 2023

28 Books to Boost STEM Reads in Your Library

November 30, 2020

Holiday Book Recommendations

Something we all share at Alexandria is a love for books and reading, which means there’s no shortage of recommendations around here. Since Halloween is just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of fun and eerie books with options for all ages.
September 30, 2020

10 Spooky Books We Recommend for Halloween

Something we all share at Alexandria is a love for books and reading, which means there’s no shortage of recommendations around here. Since Halloween is just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of fun and eerie books with options for all ages.
July 18, 2019

Back-To-School Librarian Toolkit

School is back in session. That means students will be streaming through the library doors wanting to find the next best read at your library!
June 17, 2019

Ultimate 2019 Summer Reading List

Temperatures are rising and we all long to be outside. Whether you're near a beach, at the pool, in the mountains, or sunbathing by a lake; bringing along a good book to your summer adventures is a must.
June 5, 2019

Celebrate National Audiobook Month with The Best Books!

The whole month of June is National Audiobook Month. In celebration, we've gathered audiobook suggestions for patrons young and old.
April 19, 2019

Best LGBTQ+ Books to Have in Your Library

We've gathered a list of the best 2019 LGBTQ+ books to have in your library to round out your collection with a fuller spectrum of diverse books. Check it out!
November 16, 2018

Holiday Gifts for our Librarians and Media Specialists!

We’d like to celebrate the last month of the year by gifting our librarians and media specialists with some fun library resources. We hope these books, lesson plans, and ideas will help you survive until the winter break!
April 19, 2018

Books and Activities for Children’s Book Week

As a librarian and media specialist, you have a role in creating readers in patrons young and old. This is a big task, and we understand that you need a lot of the tools and resources to complete this work. We’ve compiled a list of books, activities, and helpful resources so you can celebrate Children’s Book Week at your library!
March 14, 2018

23 Children’s Books to Read for International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day is on April 2nd. If we didn’t already have a good enough excuse to read children’s books, this day is for sure one!
March 6, 2018

Springtime Books for Library Patrons of All Ages!

Springtime is the perfect season to do some spring cleaning, final studying before the summer break, and of course, to get lost in a wonderful book!
December 28, 2017

Best Short Stories to Read Right Now!

Reading short stories has many benefits! Check out these five short stories to get your middle and high school students reading.
November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Books We are Grateful For!

In the spirit of November, here are the best five Thanksgiving books to help us remember the history and purpose of Thanksgiving!
October 20, 2017

Don’t Be A Monster!

There’s a chill in the air, leaves are crunching under your feet, pumpkins are ready to be picked…it must be HALLOWEEN!     Did you know that October is also Anti-Bullying Month? Halloween originated as a Celtic Pagan celebration known as Samhain, which means “Summer’s End” and is pronounced “Sow-In” […]
September 22, 2017

Get Ready for Banned Books Week 2017

Today marks the start of Banned Books Week. This annual event is a form of symbolic protest and a celebration of the freedom to read. It started in 1982 as a response to the steadily expanding scope of censored material, today it continues to gain momentum and grow in participation. […]
September 15, 2017

Our Favorite Banned Books

In celebration of Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30), we put together a list of some of our employees’ favorite books that have been banned at some point. You may be surprised which influential books made the cut!
September 13, 2017

Start Your School Year Right with These 5 Titles

Summer’s beginning to wind down and autumn is just around the corner. It’s the time of year for children to head back to school. While this time of year can be met with resistance, each school year is a fresh start. It’s an opportunity for students to do their best academically and personally. Start the school year off right by loading that new backpack with books! Here are some suggestions for back to school reading:
July 14, 2017

4 Boredom-Beating Summer Reads

The sun rises early but sets late, temperatures are hitting triple digits, and there are ice cream & shaved iced stands on every street corner. Yes, summertime is in full swing but with it comes the two most dreaded words every child utters while they are not in school…. I’m […]
June 22, 2017

4 Patriotic Books for the 4th of July

Summer has officially begun and soon we will be celebrating the birth of our nation. July 4th marks the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The event officially separated the original 13 colonies from the British crown and pushed the American Revolutionary War into full swing. […]
December 30, 2016

Our Favorite Reads in 2016

December 8, 2016

Book Review: The Brothers Lionheart

  10-year-old Karl Lion (called Rusky) spends most of his days on a sofa-bed. When he finds out he doesn’t have long to live, his only comfort is in the tales told to him by his beloved older brother, Jonathan (called Lionheart for his bravery). The tales are of Nangiyala, […]
October 26, 2016

Book Review: The Testing

  For children coming into adulthood in the United Commonwealth, being chosen as a Testing candidate for the University—where all the future leaders, inventors, and scientists are trained— has no greater honor. Cia is thrilled when she is one of the chosen, especially since no one from her colony has […]
August 10, 2016

Last-Minute Summer Non-Fiction

School is almost back in session! Did you finish your summer reading lists? If you’re anything like us at Alexandria, you’ve got stacks on stacks of books to finish by the beginning of the school year, end of the calendar year, whatever it may be. Not to throw a curveball […]
May 17, 2016

5 Books for Ambitious Women

  If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You Public Relations extraordinaire Kelly Cutrone gives no-nonsense advice on how to succeed, drawing from her own professional and personal experiences.                           Still […]
April 4, 2016

5 Book to Movie Adaptations to Look Forward to in 2016

  Are you the type that adores book to movie adaptations, or are you the one turning up your nose with, “The book was better?” Hopefully no matter your preference, you’ll find this list of upcoming films exciting and worthwhile. The Little Prince A beautifully animated film featuring an all star […]
April 4, 2016

National Poetry Month

From sonnet to limerick to ode to free verse, poetry has been a major part of human expression for thousands of years. April is National Poetry Month, and we can’t wait to break out all our Dickenson, Browning, Angelou, and all the rest of our favorites. We’ll celebrate by cozying up […]
March 28, 2016

Hot New Titles for Your Library

Based on holds ratios and ordering of libraries nationwide, here are some hot new titles to know and recommend to your patrons. This week’s most in-demand book is New York Times bestselling author Karen Robard’s romantic suspense novel Darkness. It’s the tale of a brilliant ornithologist on a research trip […]
March 21, 2016

Celebrate National Reading Month

For a true book lover, every month is reading month, but for the rest of the country, March is officially National Reading Month! We’re already almost halfway through the month, but it’s not too late to promote awareness. The challenge of National Reading Month is giving young readers the opportunity […]
February 17, 2016

Award Winners for Black History Month

It’s Black History Month, an exciting time to celebrate the achievements, improvements, and innovations that African Americans have made throughout the centuries. One such contribution is literature, of which there is a lush history of vibrant stories, tales of courage and bravery, and knee-slapping humor. With the American Library Association’s […]
August 19, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: THE WINNER’S CURSE

Guest Post by Mia Seventeen-year-old Kestrel lives in an empire where adulthood offers only two choices: get married or join the military. Her father, a general, expects her to choose the latter path, while certain eligible young men hope for the former. Kestrel desires neither. One day while wandering the […]
June 16, 2015

Book Review: Escape Reality with Candy and the Creepy Creatures of Abarat

In Clive Barker’s Abarat, readers meet 16-year-old Candy Quackenbush, a small-town girl with an alcoholic father and weak-willed mother. Candy knows there are more interesting places out there and longs for something weird. When Candy meets the John brothers, a creature with 1 body and 8 heads, she brings the […]