Latino Fiction

The Vintage book of Latin American stories Summary:In The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories, Julio Ortega and Carlos Fuentes present the most compelling short fiction from Mexico to Chile. Surreal, poetic, naturalistic, urbane, peasant-born: All styles intersect and play, often within a single piece. There is "The Handsomest Drown Man in the World," the García Márquez fable of a […]

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Latino Nonfiction

The Latino reader : an American literary tradition from 1542 to the present Summary:An anthology of writings by Latino authors, spanning a period from the mid-sixteenth century to the late twentieth-century and including history, memoirs, letters, essays, fiction, poetry, and drama. The Norton anthology of Latino literature Summary:This anthology includes the work of 201 Latino writers from Chicano, Puerto Rican, […]

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Great American Read Booklist

Are you watching The Great American Read? This an eight-part series “explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to […]

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Library Stories for Children

Library Books for Children

National Library Week is celebrated April 8-14 this year. Here are some books with stories and poems for children about adventures in the library!

  • Margret & H.A. Rey’s Curious George visits the library
    Summary:George is lucky to arrive at the library just in time for story hour. But it’s not easy for a little monkey to sit still too long. From selecting books to getting his very own library card, George’s day at the library makes reading fun,

  • Jumping off library shelves : a book of poems
    Summary:Here is the library, not just as a place that houses books, but as an experience. Fifteen poems celebrate the thrill of getting your first library card, the excitement of story hour, the fun of using the computer, the pride of reading to the dog, and the joy of discovering that the librarian understands you and knows exactly which books you’ll love. The poems, compiled by noted poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, pay homage to the marvels of books and reading. Accompanied by Jane Manning’s colorful, imaginative illustrations, this collection lyrically celebrates the magic of libraries.

  • Brown, Marc Tolon.
    D.W.’s library card
    Summary:After finally getting her first library card, Arthur’s little sister D.W. tries to check out her favorite book, with humorous results.

  • Cleminson, Katie.
    Otto the book bear
    Summary:Otto lives in a book in a house but when no one is looking he comes to life to read his favorite stories and practice his writing, until he is left behind and must set out in search of a new home.

  • Clifford, Eth
    Help! I’m a prisoner in the library!
    Summary:Two girls spend an adventurous night trapped inside the public library during a terrible blizzard.

  • Fraser, Mary Ann.
    I.Q. goes to the library
    Summary:After going to the library with Mrs. Furber’s class every day of Library Week, I.Q., the class pet, hopes to take out a funny book with his own library card.

  • Harper, Charise Mericle
    A big surprise for Little Card
    Summary:A quirky ode to spirit, identity and the joy of having a library card follows the adventures of Little Card, who delightedly anticipates going to school to become a birthday card only to trade jobs with Big Card and embark on a life at the library, where he struggles to use his exuberant gifts in a quiet environment.

  • King, M. G.
    Librarian on the roof! : a true story
    Summary:The story of RoseAleta Laurell who arrived in Lockheart, Texas to be the head of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. The library was outdated so she spent a week on the library roof to raise money and interest in the library.

  • Lasky, Kathryn.
    Spiders on the case
    Summary:Buster, a walnut orb weaving spider, enlists the help of Jo Beth, one of a family of poisonous but friendly brown recluse spiders, to help stop humans who are stealing from the rare books room of the Boston Public Library, where the spiders live.

  • McQuinn, Anna
    Lola at the library
    Summary:Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat. Lola loves Tuesdays because that is the day she and her mother go to the library. Everything about the trip is an exciting adventure, from packing her backpack with books and her all-important library card, to storytimes and singing, to choosing new books and the walk home, when they always stop for a special treat. But the best time of all is when Mommy reads her story at bedtime.

  • Meister, Cari
    Splat the Cat and the late library book
    Summary:Splat becomes a fugitive from the library when he realizes he has an overdue library book.

  • Miller, William
    Richard Wright and the library card
    Summary:Based on a scene from Wright’s autobiography, Black boy, in which the seventeen-year-old African-American borrows a white man’s library card and devours every book as a ticket to freedom.

  • Myron, Vicki.
    Dewey the library cat : a true story
    Summary:Abandoned in a library book drop slot in the dead of winter, this remarkable kitten miraculously endured the coldest night of the year. When librarian Vicki Myron found him in the morning, she wrapped him in her arms, nurtured him back to health, and introduced him to his new home – the library. Helping Myron through a difficult time, and inspiring the struggling town of Spencer, Iowa, Dewey gained worldwide fame as a symbol of hope, warming the hearts of all with his tail…or rather, his tale. This middle-grade adaptation of the Grand Central bestseller Dewey features an 8-page photo insert, including exclusive, never-before-seen photos of the Dewey.

  • Parish, Herman.
    Amelia Bedelia’s first library card
    Summary:Amelia Bedelia helps out at the library with her classmates and wonders what kind of book she should borrow when she receives her first library card.

  • Perry, Phyllis J.
    The secret of the silver key
    Summary:Fribble’s birthday present from his grandparents is a letter containing a secret key. Curious as ever, Fribble discovers what the key unlocks, only to find another mystery. Where will it lead him? Only the library can help him solve his case.

  • Pinborough, Jan.
    Miss Moore thought otherwise : how Anne Carroll Moore created libraries for children
    Summary:Examines the story of how librarian Ann Carroll Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library.

  • Spinelli, Jerry.
    The library card
    Summary:The lives of four young people in different circumstances are changed by their encounters with books.

  • Stadler, Alexander.
    Beverly Billingsly borrows a book
    Summary:Beverly is thrilled to finally check out a book with her own library card, but when she accidentally keeps the book too long she worries that she’ll have to pay a huge fine or go to jail.

Contact NOBLE

You should contact your library directly for help with your library account, including account expiration, change of address, overdue items, returns, etc., or for interlibrary loan requests, purchase suggestions, etc. NOBLE Libraries — List of libraries with contact information

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Commonwealth Catalog

The Commonwealth Catalog extends your search beyond your local library’s resources. In one easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries across Massachusetts to find the books, DVDs, and music you’re looking for. Make a request and it will be delivered right to your local library for quick pickup. Check availability of items in the NOBLE […]

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NoveList Plus

NoveList PlusLooking for a good book? Try NoveList Plus, an online service helps you find the next book in a series, fiction or nonfiction titles based on subject, genre or mood, read-alikes for your favorite authors or books, reading group guides and more. You’ll need your library card to use this from home.

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March is Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to our shared social, cultural and political history. Women’s History Month has been observed since 1987 when a Congressional Resolution expanded Women’s History Week to a month-long celebration, which includes International Women’s Day on March 8th.

This year’s theme is: “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Biographies of “First Women” — From the first woman to walk in space to the first woman to win an IndyCar race, here are some inspiring children’s biographies of “first women.”

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