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Aug
12

Books by the Banks: Writing Contest

Adults (18+) and teenagers (ages 13-17) are invited to enter the 2019 Books by the Banks Writing Contest.   Entries should evoke a sense of Cincinnati. Both fiction and nonfiction are welcome, and all subjects are acceptable.  Submissions must not exceed ten pages. All entries must be emailed or postmarked by September 23, 2019.     […]

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Aug
07

Most popular book so far in 2019

The year is more than half over and the title that’s been checked out of our branches the most often is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen. It’s also the number one bestseller so far in 2019 nationwide according to Publishers Weekly. Also chosen for Reese Witherspoon’s bookclub. Have you read it yet? Where […]

By Laura | books
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Jul
18

If you liked Midsommar, try one of these folk horror tales

The movie Midsommar has been getting a lot of buzz recently and I've seen several references  to folk horror. According to FolkHorror.com, it's a sub-genre of horror fiction  characterised by reference to pagan traditions often involving rituals and nature deities. The folk horror book/movie that people are most likely to know is the Wicker Man [...]
By Laura | books
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Jul
12

Kindergarten Readiness: Writing Skills

It's important to help your child gain kindergarten readiness skills! Writing goes hand-in-hand with reading and both skill help children make the connection between spoken language and information communication. Did you know that "pre-writing" is an important step on the way to learning to write?  Practicing fine motor skill development through pre-writing activities helps children [...]
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Jul
02

Recommended: Fantastic locked room mysteries to enjoy!

Are you a fan of escape room challenges? Do you enjoy puzzling out how to escape the seemingly inescapable? Then a locked room mystery might be your next best reading thing. Locked room mysteries or impossible mysteries take place in a locked room or an isolated area like a remote island with a very limited [...]
By Laura | books
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Jun
25