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If your childhood was anything like mine, you relished getting a new Where's Waldo book from the library! I loved cracking the cover and doing a leisurely search through all the folderol, until finally: Waldo!  But I still wouldn’t turn the page until I had looked through all the quirky and often hilarious vignettes.  Plus you could explain the vast amounts of time you spent with the books, "But Mom, this is practically a history book, these lions are eating Romans in the Colosseum."

I have to admit I still look at these books now and again.  I even get a rush when I'm at events with thousands of people like Comic Con and I find someone dressed up as Waldo.  I tell myself, "Found him!" and do an internal happy dance.

Teens, if you want to re-live the thrill of the hunt for Waldo, come to the library next week!  We'll have him hidden in various spots in the library, and if you find all of them you can win a prize for being such a smartie!  Come to the First Floor Reference desk anytime between Monday the 25th and Saturday the 30th to get started. 

Happy Hunting!

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As you may know, the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week. As you may not know, Joella, our Children's Services Manager, spent much of 2015 listening to audio books as part of the Odyssey Award Committee. 

The Odyssey Award  is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. This year's prize went to The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and narrated by Jayne Entwistle. You can check it out on CD or find it on OverDrive. 

Every Friday, we'll bring you short lists of things our staff members are loving lately. Here's a list of Sharon's Five Favorite Clutter-Defeating Books. It's the new year, and you might not be able to take control of all aspects of your life, but these recommendations can certainly help you take control of your stuff!

 

1The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
(2014)

A practical guide and international bestseller from a Japanese cleaning consultant. Marie’s new book, Spark Joy, will be released on January 5, 2016.  

 

2ClutterFree Revolution: Simplify Your Stuff, Organize Your Life & Save the World
by Evan Michael Zislis
(2015)

Zislis is a professional organizer who helps people simplify so they can focus on what matters most: “who we love, what we do, how, and why we live - because everything else is just stuff.”  

 

3Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized 
by Susan C Pinsky 
(2012)

Pinsky gives practical, ADHD-friendly solutions for a more organized home and life. 

  

4Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good 
by Andrew J. Mellen 
(2010)

Professional Organizer Mellen offers this comprehensive 400-page book to make your life more organized.  

 

5Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down
by Peter Walsh
(2015)

The author maintains that people cannot make their best and healthiest choices in a cluttered, disorganized home. He presents a 6-week plan to help readers declutter AND lose weight. Walsh appears regularly on The Rachael Ray Show and writes for O: The Oprah magazine. 

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