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Wordless Books...How and Why do you Read Them?

So, I may be blowing the cover here but there is a superhero on the library shelf. A whole bunch of them, actually. They hang around in their unassuming secret identities just waiting to be noticed so that they can uncover their superpowers of literacy to you and your kids!

I’m talking about wordless books.

“Wordless” books? What in the world is that? Is that an oxymoron like “jumbo shrimp” or “pretty ugly?” Absolutely not! Wordless books are excellent agents of early literacy skills. Allow me to explain. Wordless books help readers understand the elements of story structure. If all you have are illustrations to go on, you have to arrange them in your head to create a beginning, a middle, and an end. They encourage interactive storytelling and discussion.

Let's Get Ready to Read!

Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success!  The Austin Public Library is thrilled to announce our new early literacy initiative Storytime Connection. We have been hard at work creating resources that highlight early literacy tips, recommended books, opportunities for training, and videos that will entertain as well as educate. 

Claire DeWitt and the Best Mysteries I've Read in Awhile


Those of us who are avid mystery readers are familiar with the tropes of the genre. We’ve got the anti-heroes who aren’t above breaking the law in the pursuit of justice, we’ve got the fluffy heroines who get themselves in and out of danger with ridiculous regularity. We’ve got the cozy cottage mysteries and the hard-boiled detectives. I do not believe, though, that we’ve ever met a heroine quite like Claire DeWitt.

New Year's Celebrations

Happy New Year!

Many people may not know that the month of January is named after the two-faced Roman god Janus (the god of opposites, which included beginnings and endings). As the story goes, one of Janus’ faces looks toward the future and the other toward the past.  In celebration, the Romans began the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions on the first of January!


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