Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library



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21st Century Kids: Travel by Pedal Power

June 22, 2021

A bicycle might be one of the best inventions ever. They offer the rider transportation and provide hours of fun at the same time. Moreover, riding a bike is a universal experience for the majority of kids. No matter the setting, urban, rural or suburban, bike ridership is everywhere. President John F.

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21st Century Kids: Set Sail for Ocean Adventures

June 08, 2021

What could be a better adventure than sailing the high seas? In many stories, the sea and its unpredictability add excitement to a tale.

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21st Century Kids: Experience Extreme & Wild Weather

May 25, 2021

Every day in the news we hear about some extreme weather event happening in the United States. These events impact homes, livelihoods, and life itself. Constant occurrences require bold solutions to decrease extreme weather frequency and strength.

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21st Century Kids: Read Multigenerational Stories

May 11, 2021

During the past year we have all become deeply aware of the importance of family. Moreover, the love and caring of extended elder family members is beneficial during challenging times. These relationships with Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles are, at times, complex.

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21st Century Kids: Embrace Diversity Through Poetry

April 27, 2021

There is power in poetry, as it can relay to others your feelings and what you care about. The world needs more young voices to use their words to bring unity. Here are some poetic selections to explore from a diverse group of voices.

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21st Century Kids: Read Novels in Verse

April 20, 2021

Poetry can be expressed in many ways. Although traditional poetry fills library shelves, so do novels written in verse. This unique style of storytelling encourages intentionality with every written word.

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21st Century Kids: Tree Advocates

April 13, 2021

I stand in awe of a large Ash Tree, growing in my backyard for thirty-seven years. This tree not only provides wonderful shade during summer, but also is a place of rest for birds and squirrels. I can’t imagine life without trees, as they are essential to all outdoor spaces.

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21st Century Kids: Laugh out Loud

April 06, 2021

Did you know April is National Humor Month? Laughter is necessary to keep spirits lifted and hold onto a positive attitude. Reading a funny story, poem, or collection of jokes will bring a smile to your face. The Los Angeles Library provides readers with a variety of humorous books.

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21st Century Kids: Discover the Classics With Graphic Novels

March 30, 2021

The idea of adapting classic stories into a graphic novel format is intriguing. Moreover, classic books are listed on required reading book lists and are a staple of libraries. Therefore, it’s not unusual for readers to have familiarity prior to exploring alternative formats.

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21st Century Kids: Read Around the World

March 23, 2021

Reading gives everyone the opportunity to travel all over the world; books provide a wonderful window into other cultures and lands. This exposure encourages tolerance and understanding of individuals that differ from you. The Los Angeles Public Library makes it easy to become a global traveler.