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Randall Oaks Staff Favorites of 2018

You’ve seen enough “Best Of” lists for 2018 by now, so the Randall Oaks staff thought we’d just share some of our favorites, whether they're critically lauded or not. Here’s a sampling of books and movies that came out last year that we enjoyed for various reasons- they made us think, they made us cry, they were just plain fun, etc.

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2018 Bluestem Award Winner and Nominees

The Illinois School Library Media Association has announced their winner for the 2018 Bluestem Award!

Every year, the Illinois School Library Media Association nominates twenty books for the Bluestem Award and students across Illinois vote for the book they believe deserves to win. This year's votes have officially been totaled and Illinois students have decided that the winner of the 2018 Bluestem Award is Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson!  You can view the voting results here

Mardi Gras

If Valentine’s Day was just not your holiday, Mardi Gras might be, and for many people, Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans.

If you can’t make it to the Crescent City for February 28th this year, the following titles will make you feel like you’ve learned something about its complex history and delicious food.

Genre Guide: Graphic Novels

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Graphic novels tell stories through text and art. While the exact definition of the term “graphic novel” has been endlessly debated, for the purposes of this blog we will include serialized comics (collected volumes), manga (Japanese comics, which are read from back to front, right to left), and stand-alone works. For my Top 5 graphic novels post, I’m focusing on graphic novels in the teen collection.

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Graphic Novels: Real Reading

I read my first graphic novel when I was in high school. Somehow, despite my voracious reading habit, I never wandered into the graphic novel section of my local library before my teenage years. I don’t remember what my first one was, but I do remember how entertaining I found it to see the action unfold through the illustrations and fast-paced writing.

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