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Books in the Spotlight: January

Each month CMLE will highlight three books that have some factor in common. We hope they will give you ideas for your collection, or influence an activity, lesson plan, or display. 

This month, we are thinking about camping – and that includes camping in the winter (we’re not scared of a little cold in Minnesota)! It’s always fun to take outdoor adventures, and why not pack a good book or two along with your gear? Read on for some reading suggestions both about camping and also to take along on your adventures:

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Books in the Spotlight: October

LightbulbEach month CMLE will highlight three books that have some factor in common. We hope they will give you ideas for your collection, or influence an activity, lesson plan, or display. 

This month, we share three different books that focus on increasing simplicity and de-cluttering different areas of your life. These books can be used in your library to spread awareness about mental well-being or help people that may be struggling to put their life or possessions in order.


joy-of-lessThe Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay

This book is described on Goodreads as “a fun, lighthearted guide to minimalist living.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff” in our lives, whether physical or mental, and this book hopes to guide you through the journey of simplifying. Although, be warned that one reviewer did mention excessive use of exclamation marks in the book, so prepare yourself for some upbeat positivity!

  • The author also has a blog, and where she posted this article about Clearing Our Inner Clutter.
  • Watch this cute, quick video with five tips from The Joy of Less:

declutter-your-mindDeclutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by SJ Scott and Barrie Davenport

Worrying and overthinking are common problems, but they can have a lasting negative affect on your mental well-being. This book provides tips and specific actions to help clear your mind. By taking the steps outlined in the book, “you’ll have the clarity to prioritize what’s most important in your life, what no longer serves your goals, and how you want to live on a daily basis.”

  • If visual reminders are helpful to you, check out this image to work your way to a clear mind.
  • Get moving and relieve anxiety with this article on walking meditation.

life-changing-magic-of-tidying-upThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

This book about organization and simplifying your home has been popular for awhile now, possibly because of it’s promise to get your house in order once, and never need to do it again! The author encourages people to work through their belongings on a category by category basis, and to become aware of each object’s energy, discarding what does not “spark joy.” The book has many fans as well as critics, and if you’ve read the book, tell us your thoughts in our CMLE Librarian Professionals Goodreads book group, where we are currently discussing the book!

  • Having trouble visualizing some of the suggestions from the book? This article that illustrates how to follow the folding directions will help you!
  • Here is a post from the True North Comfort blog that features just the highlights of the KonMari Method.


Spotlight on Books Conference

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The annual Spotlight on Books conference will be held on April 8-9, 2016 at Chase on the Lake in Walker, Minnesota. This is the 28th year for this wonderful conference focusing on children’s and youth literature. This is a perfect get-a-way for teachers, librarians, parents or college students who have an interest in this topic.

The conference will have a variety of presenters including Anton Treuer, Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann, Carrie Ehlert Newman, and a special Skype lecture with Debbie Reese on how to “Indigenize your Library”.  For more details and registration click here for the conference website.

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Save the Date: Spotlight on Books is Coming

Image by Ed Yourdon. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons' licensing.
Image by Ed Yourdon. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

A conference for adults focused on youth literature will be  on April 11-12th. It will be held at Sugar Lake Lodge, near Grand Rapids, MN. The featured speakers for the 26th annual conference include Will Alexander, Mary Logue, and Michael Hall. 

Check back with CMLE under Upcoming Events after the new year!

Spotlight on Books Event!

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Northern Lights Library Network (NLLN) is hosting the, “Quarter Century of Great Books” Conference, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on April 11-13th.  If you are an adult interested in youth literature-this conference is for you!

Authors Mary Casanova, Karen Cushman, Susan Marie Swanson and illustrator, Scott Nash are among the list of feature presenters.  In addition, Vicki Palmquist from The Children’s Literature Network will talk about how to make graphic novels irresistible to readers.

Registration is still open-click here for additional information!