Books are a great way to learn and to travel. The pages of a book can take you to distant lands and even imaginary lands, and books encourage empathy by allowing us to see the world through other eyes.

I wonder how many of us met new worlds and new knowledge, just by time spent at the library, especially as children.

The Amory Municipal Library is a great place for children and young people. Children’s books have their own room, and young adult books have a newly set-up section of their own.

This week’s focus is on new books available for the younger folks.

  • “Harbor Me,” by Jacqueline Woodson. The author of award-winning “Brown Girl Dreaming” tells this middle-grades story of six kids who come together in an arts classroom which becomes a safe place for each of them. Reviews of this book are sky-high.
  • “Goosebumps Slappy World” by R.L. Stine. The Goosebumps books really need no description except that this is a new one.
  • “Darius the Great is Not Okay,” by Abib Khorram. This prize-winning young adult novel tells the story of a half-American, half-Iranian teen trying to find out where he belongs.
  • “A Map of Days,” by Ransom Riggs. Welcome to the fourth book in the “Miss Peregrins’s School for Peculiar Children” series for young readers. (And older readers might enjoy them as well.)
  • “Catwoman Soul Stealer,” by Sarah J. Maas is part of DC Comics’ Icon Series, and tells the story of an adventure of Selina Kyle, better known as Catwoman. This series is geared more toward teens and older.
  • And finally, for the youngest readers: “Noodleheads Find Something Fishy,” by Ted Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Wells; National Geographic’s “Solve This: Wild and Wacky Challenges for the Genius Engineer in You,” by Joan Marie Galat; and “Dory Fantasmagory,” by Abby Hanlon, the first in a multi-book series.

The library is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Sundays. Regular programs offered for free are Pre-School Story Time each Thursday at 10:15 a.m. and Lunching With Books on the third Thursday of the month at noon.

The Amory Municipal Library is located at 401 2nd Ave. N. You can call us at 256-5261 or fax to 256-6321.

Judy Crump is a member of the Amory Municipal Library Board of Directors.

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