We recently learned that the Chapel Hill Public Library offers a really cool service: They’ll send you personalized reading recommendations (and even put those books on hold for you) if you tell them recent books you’ve liked and disliked.

We’ve tried the service out (for a 5-year-old) and received back great recommendations that were spot-on for the new reader in question.

Other cool library-related items:

– You can check out a pollinator kit or a waterways kit from the library. We recently checked out the waterways kit and had a great time discussing the various nearby creeks.

– The library maintains three StoryWalks in public parks, with books to read along the paths. (They rotate the books each month. My kids like to run from page to page.)

– On Thursday, the library is hosting the Morehead Planetarium for a program about NASA’s Artemis program and recent findings from the James Webb Space Telescope.

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