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Reading Record Punch Card

How can libraries create excitement about coming into the library to check out books or other items on a regular basis? I’m thinking a monthly drawing with really neat (but not too expensive) book related prizes. When patrons check out

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Fun Online Phonics Games to Practice Reading Skills

Smart Skills You Need to Take You Far “Perseverance!” That’s the rally call chosen by the class of adult learners I work with as a literacy tutor. Learning to read isn’t an easy skill to master, and it takes time

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Cultivating Relationships

The social aspect of our lives is undeniably important for our well-being and happiness. People who have strong connections with others report higher levels of happiness. Relationships can also be challenging at times, and can be a source of unhappiness

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Smart Skills Trading Cards

GREAT Skills are a) in demand in the workplace b) rarely taught, and c) very helpful in all areas of life! The GREAT Skills Trading Cards provide key information from experts for learning these skills. The links below lead to

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2015 Book Roundup

To prepare for planning goals for 2016 I am reviewing the past year. Here is a look back at the top five books I read in 2015. 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman – Getting the Important Stuff Done Start by Jon

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Passport Cover for Book Lovers

Are you looking for a simple, inexpensive gift idea? You won’t believe how easy it is to make this for your favorite book lover! Buy a Mead pocket calendar. These are available lots of places and only cost a few

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10 Ways to Be Like Dollar Shave Club

I have a new goal: Be Like Dollar Shave Club, because they know how to do things right. First they captured my attention with humorous commercials. They made me feel like this would be a fun club to join. They offer

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The Habit of Complaint

When I worked at the library, one of our volunteers was the sweetest little old lady you can imagine. There were days I could tell that she wasn’t feeling her best, but she always got up, got dressed, and gave

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25 Quotes and Affirmations to Finally Defeat Procrastination

Procrastination is a major obstacle to productivity that we all face. Armed with 25 quotes and affirmations based on Alex Vermeer’s strategies for motivation (plus 10 more to overcome fear!) you will have powerful ammunition to finally defeat procrastination. Fear is a common

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Give and Take (Book Review)

In the book “Give and Take,” author Adam Grant outlines different reciprocity styles, including: givers, matchers, and takers. He then poses a question: which style would you guess is most likely at the bottom of the success ladder? While givers

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