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Banned Books 2020

There has been a lot of discussion recently about appropriate books for school libraries. We thought this would be a good time to show you the most recently challenged books according to the American Library Association.

Every year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.

Homophones Samples

One-Letter Difference

“Homo” means “same” and “phone” means “sound.” So, “homophones” are words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings. The English language is filled with hundreds of homophones (flour/flower, profit/prophet), but some words are especially tricky.

It’s Not a Safari Without Simba

ALL of Africa (54 different countries!) isn’t home to lion these days, but in sub-Sahara countries, especially East Africa and South Africa, you’ll still find them, although they will generally be in national parks and on preserves.


Dada to Bauhaus

Art of specific styles or tendencies can be grouped into “movements”.

Uncovering the history behind a movement’s name can provide a more complete picture of its artwork and artists, forming a deeper understanding of the style.

Happy Valentine's Day

She Becomes Her Dreams

By J.J. Clarke Small miracles,Unnoticed miracles,Miracles—Angels. She saw the love of GodShine through the eyes of a man.A man—part angel? He gazes at her and she becomesA ballerina —Long legs, graceful, alive –Another life remembered. He gazes at her and a songForms in her heart –She sings her soul song. He gazes at her and …

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“Your Story”, a New Breakfast Serial Feature

YOUR STORY LETS YOU SHARE AND HELP OTHERS “Your Story” is a new Breakfast Serial feature that lets people share their personal, emotional stories anonymously with readers. “Often people have personal stories that really resonate with readers, but they may be painful or emotional, and writers are often reluctant to put their name on them,” says …

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Parts of a Book

Once again, Dave Chesson has come through with some valuable information for authors.

As a retired librarian, one of my pet peeves is an incorrectly constructed book.

Don’t let your book scream “self-published, read this article.

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Hallard Press Speakers Bureau

Groups in The Villages and surrounding areas are always looking for speakers that would be of interest to them.

Hallard Press is in the process of setting up a Speakers Bureau as a resource for area groups. The plan is to make speakers available to groups at various levels including ‘at home’ reader book clubs, as well as larger writing organizations and special interest groups.

Roaring 20's Flappers

1920’s Slang

It’s been 100 years since flappers, mobsters, and speakeasies were all the rage. 

This energetic era had its own rebellious language to match, and nonsensical words littered conversations in dimly lit speakeasies and on hectic city streets.

It’s high time to bring more of the colorful terminology into this century’s roaring ’20s.

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