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Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game.  Beginners are welcome on June 10 and 24th at 1:00 PM.  The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs."  For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com

Deadly Desperados

The case of the deadly desperados by Caroline Lawrence — The setting of this new historical fiction mystery is the Wild West, where desperados, gamblers and gunmen abound. In this western, P.K. Pinkerton is on the run from a ruthless gang, determined to hold on to his families last priceless possession. Relying on disguises, P.K. must outwit the outlaws in this fast-paced, fun adventure.

Avoiding Perfectionism

Freeing our families from perfectionism by Thomas S. Greenspon ; edited by Pat Samples — Do you expect too much of yourself or your kids? Do you have a hard time relaxing? These tendencies can be a few of the problems that result from perfectionism, which is a problem for many families. This book will teach you what perfectionism is not and help you free your family from this burden that can take a heavy toll on self-esteem, relationships, and energy.

Starlab Indoor Planetarium

Since the dawn of time, man has dreamed of traveling through the heavens. Today's students are tomorrow's astronauts! Explore the wonders of the night skies on Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  In the comfort of their large inflatable Starlab Dome, Dynamic West Assemblies bring the star-filled presentation to you. An awe-inspiring program that is fully interactive, this one is not to be missed!
We will repeat the same show several times within the two hour program time beginning at 10:00 AM.  Please be aware that space is limited. 

Battle of the Cupcakes

On Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 AM, test your baking skills in our Battle of the Cupcakes. Bring three delicious cupcakes for our panel of judges to evaluate on both taste and presentation.

Your cupcakes should be from the same recipe so our three judges are all tasting the same thing. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in the following three age categories:
  • Tweens (Ages 11-12)
  • Teens (Ages 13-18)
  • Adults (above age 18)

[cupcakes with a reading list by shimelle is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Great Ghost Adventure (Youth Book)

Ghost knight by Cornelia Funke ; translated by Oliver Latsch ; [illustrated by Andrea Offermann] will keep you in rapt suspense with terrifying ghosts, an ancient mystery, and present day conflicts. Eleven-year-old Jon is shipped off to Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school, in part because he loathes his soon-to-be dentist stepfather. Vengeful ghosts begin attacking Jon almost immediately, but luckily he finds help from the lovely, albeit mysterious, Ella whose grandmother is a reputed ghost expert. She insists that Jon's only hope is to summon the ghost of the late knight Longspee. Will Longspee help? Can he be trusted? Why are the time-traveling ghosts of Lord Stourton and his servants so intent on killing Jon anyway?

Three More Series Being Moved to J Fiction

The following series will soon be found only in the J Fiction Collection:
  • Michigan Chillers — will be shelved as J Fiction Rand
  • American Chillers — will be shelved as J Fiction Rand
  • Hannah Montana — will be shelved as J Fiction Hannah
Thank you once again for your patience and understanding while these items are being processed to reflect these changes.

Sylvan Saturday: Celebrate Summer Learning

Join the folks from Sylvan Learning Center on May 19th from 2:00-3:00 PM for a fun, inspiring, idea packed event to help students come up with activities to maintain their learning skills all summer long. Summer is the perfect time for a different kind of learning. This event will feature lots of resources and "giveaways" to keep tweens and teens motivated and excited about learning even once school is out. Register now!

The Art Behind Your Favorite Movies

Animated movies, done by hand or computer, are beautiful to watch.  Not only does the story draw you in, but the blasts of color that illustrate the action going on. We have some wonderful books on art in our favorite movies. Here are a few you won't want to miss:

Tween Service Corps

Are you in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Do you enjoy helping out in the library? Join us on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn 1 hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. We look forward to seeing you!

Connect Your Summer Teaser

Leo Papa, head of Information Technology, tells us about what we can expect from this year's engaging summer program at CPL.

2011 William L.Crawford Fantasy Award Winner

Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine is the recipient of this year's William L. Crawford Fantasy Award. This annual award honors talented, up-and-coming authors who published their first novel in the year previous to the award. Previous winners of this award are Charles de Lint and Judith Tarr.

May Tween Service Corps

Are you in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Do you miss being on the Tween Advisory Board? Join us on Sunday, May 13, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn 1 hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. We look forward to seeing you!

NHS Homework Help Ends May 31st

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

*Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too! The last day for tutoring is May 31st.

The Adventures of Tintin: Movie and Comic

In honor of Free Comic Book Day, we'll show the movie The Adventures of Tintin (PG) on Saturday, May 5th, 1:00-3:30 PM.  Bring your popcorn!  Plus, get a quick 10 minute (beginner's) lesson on how to draw your very own Tintin to celebrate the beloved comic.

The 39 Clues Series is Moving to J Fiction

The series, The 39 Clues, will be temporarily unavailable while changes are made to reflect its new shelf location in J Fiction. Because there are multiple authors it will be shelved by the title of the series:

J Fiction Thirtynine

Thank you, again, for your patience and understanding during this process.

An Adventure Story Not to Be Missed

The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is not for readers who like predictable stories with stereotypical characters. Action, a plot laced with surprising twists and turns, and magnificent, engaging characters await the reader who picks up this book that they will then not be able to put down. Civil war threatens Carthya after the entire royal family has been murdered. Connor, a nobleman, devises a cunning plan to gain power and save his country from ruin. Four orphans who resemble the king's youngest son, long thought to be dead, are stolen and forced to compete for the role of impersonating Jaron. One is murdered by Connor almost immediately to instill terror and unconditional obedience. But Sage, the narrator of this tale, is stubborn, rebellious, and impetuous.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on Sunday, May 13 at 1:00 PM  in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners welcome.
The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs." For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@woway.com.

The Perfect Game

Did you hear about Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber's perfect game on Saturday? A perfect game is when a pitcher faces 27 batters and there are no runs, no hits, no errors, and nobody left on base. It is a feat only accomplished 21 times in Major League Baseball history. It has been accomplished only once in Little League World Series history. You can relive that event in:

The perfect game [videodisc] — A team of poor Mexican boys, smaller than most of the boys they played against, tackle visa problems, prejudices and team dynamics on their way to the World Series. It would make a great pick for your next family movie night.

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 26th is National Poem In Your Pocket Day. Poetry lovers celebrate by carrying their favorite poem with them and sharing it with friends, family, co-workers, or anyone who will listen. Check out our excellent poetry collection and jot down a poem to carry in your pocket.

Poetry speaks who I am editor, Elise Paschen

The trouble with poetry and other poems by Billy Collins