Kelsey Arender

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Kelsey Arender is a Lexington native who fell in love with her work in libraries in 2012. Prior to her recent career change, you could find her at the public library's children department. Now, she happily works in a middle school library. On the weekends, Kelsey and her husband, William, enjoy watching reruns of their favorite TV shows, attending church, and reading with their one-year-old daughter. Kelsey's favorite things include endless mugs of coffee, cozy sweaters, rainy days, and laughing with friends. She may be an introvert but if you start a conversation about personality types, toddlers, or hygge, you'll make a fast friend. You can find her hanging on Instagram at @we_all_get_sleepy.

5 Adorable Halloween Picture Books

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Halloween is right around the corner and everybody is excited. However, those of us with younger kids can feel apprehensive since we are trying to find a balance between enjoying Halloween and the holiday...

My Favorite Books to Recommend to Middle Schoolers

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Middle school readers are wonderfully unique. They are right between Middle Grade books, which are appropriate for fourth through seventh grade, and Young Adult literature, which spans middle and high school. How does one...

How an Australian TV Show Changed Playtime With My Daughter

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My oldest has always been wildly independent. Even as an infant she would fuss if I held her too long. She was far more content rolling around on the floor. As she got older,...

What Being a Girl Mom Means to Me

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When I became pregnant with my first child, I initially prayed for a boy. I imagined how he would grow up adventurous, unafraid of anything, later becoming a remarkable young man who tracked mud...

5 Picture Books Perfect For Those Rainy Summer Days

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Summertime is now in full swing! Sunshine, swimming, and lazy afternoons outside fill up our days. However, summer also includes unpredictable thunderstorms and rain, sometimes forcing us to sit inside, wishing about the sunshine...

4 Ways to Love Your Local Libraries

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Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is warming up, but it’s not scorching hot. The birds are chirping early in the morning. And the best part? April is...

SC Junior Book (Middle Grade) Award Nominees I’m Excited to Read

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Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books,...

SC Young Adult Nominees I’m Excited to Read

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Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books,...

SC Children’s Book Award Nominees I’m Excited to Read

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Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books,...

SC Picture Book Award Nominees I’m Excited About

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Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books,...

How TikTok Changed My Housekeeping

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As someone with a small child, I usually find that I am behind on the latest trends and technology. If it’s not directly related to something my daughter would enjoy, it gets tossed out...

Toddler Approved Christmas Crafts

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So far this year, winter weather has been just as unpredictable as usual. One day it’s sunny and the next the temperature drops and it rains. With a two year old at home, it...

5 Tips For Nesting During Pregnancy

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Now that I’m more than halfway through my pregnancy, I have to admit that my absolute favorite part is the sudden urge to nest. “Nesting” refers to the sudden burst of motivation that women...

Pregnancy The Second Time Around

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When I found out this summer that I was pregnant with our second child, I couldn’t help but compare the experience to my first pregnancy. I assumed there would be backaches and morning sickness,...