Easy Picture Books Winter/ Holidays Reviewed by Connie Bennett What parent or grandparent hasn't heard the plaintive request to "read me a story"? Especially at this time of year when outside is cold and icy, and Daddy proclaims that "it isn't good snow for making snowballs", children seem to innately crave a warm lap or chair, and a wintry book! I've gathered three that caught my eye, that were heartily recommended by our Children's Librarian, Kellie Roberts.
I’m Glad My Mom DiedBy Jeannette McCurdyReviewed by Connie Bennett, Vinton Public Library ClerkBiographyThis book has been heavily hyped by the media, and oft-requested in the last few months at the library. In my opinion, it has no redeeming qualities.Jeannette McCurdy, in case you didn’t know, was a small-time child star on a couple of Nickelodeon programs (“iCarly” and “Sam and Kat”).
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl By Stacy McAnultyJunior FictionCurrent EventsReviews by Connie Bennett & Isabel Silver This book was highly recommended to me by a young friend, Isabel Silver, who told me it was "very, very good, and be sure to tell them that!" Ever obedient, I have complied.
For many families, the plan of how to pay for college is uncertain. And trying to figure out that plan can be intimidating.But college is within reach, even for those with modest incomes, as long as saving begins early. Reasonable, small monthly savings, if started when kids are young, can benefit from compound interest and earnings. And those regular contributions add up over time.
The Lonely Law By Matt Stuart Western Fiction Large Type Reviewed by Connie Bennett Originally copyrighted in 1957, this adventure was first renewed in 1985, then published again in September of 2022.
Agent Josephine By Damien Lewis Adult Non-Fiction Biography Reviewed by Connie Bennett In a radical departure from my usual choices, this book is not only non-fiction, but also a biography.
Olivia Claus by Kama Einhorn My Penguin, Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel A Simple Christmas on the Farm by Phyllis Alsdurf Christmas-themed Easy Reader books Great pictures Reviewed by Connie Bennett For anyone who is a fan of Olivia and her family, Olivia Claus is a Christmas "must"! In this holiday story, items are mysteriously disappearing; first, Olivia's monkey, Mathilda, then Dad's snowflake sock, then her brother's missing piece from his new puzzle.
The Inheritance Games By Jennifer Lynn Barnes Young adult fiction Mystery Reviewed by Connie Bennett This young adult book begins, "When I was a kid.
Families who will have students in college for the 2023-2024 school year can take the first step in the financial aid process now.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for 2023-2024 became available on Oct. 1. Students and their parents should fill it out early to ensure the best consideration for available college funding, which may be limited.
In celebration of Veterans Day, Western Governors University (WGU) has launched a new scholarship for active-duty military personnel, veterans and their spouses who are interested in furthering their education. The “Military Appreciation Scholarship” valued at up to $2,500 each, is open to new students who plan on enrolling in any of the online, nonprofit university’s 60+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs in IT, business, K-12 teacher education, and health professions, including nursing.