Tweens

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to celebrate, here is a list of books that contain characters living with neurodiversity and/or mental illnesses. For more information on mental health or to learn how to become an advocate for yourself or others please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at  www.nami.org

Middle schooler Natalie's year-long assignment to answer a question using the scientific process leads to truths about her mother's depression and her own cultural identity.

Finding perfect by Elly D Swartz

"With some help from her siblings and friends, Molly is able to face her OCD and be strong enough to get help for it"--.

Thorndyke dressed as Winnie-the-Pooh

 

Hey Kids,

Did you know that it is Children's Book Week? This year, from April 30 - May 6, we're celebrating children's literature at the library. I'm joining in the fun by dressing up as one of my favorite book characters, Winnie-the-Pooh. Who is your favorite character? 

Even though I love Pooh Bear, there are always new stories to discover. Below are some great stories I've read this year. I hope to see you soon at the library - please come show or tell me about your favorite children's books and characters.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

 

The new liBEARian by Alison Donald

When the children discover a bear at the librarian's desk at story time, they think he's the new librarian. 

 

If you enjoyed reading about Felicity Merriman, the American Girl character who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia on the eve of the American Revolution in 1774, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Also available in: audiobook

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

DIY Green Screens

Green screens are used in movies and TV to place a real subject in front of an exciting digital background. Create your own green screen using a pizza box, then experiment with adding backgrounds into a short film. 

A limited number of tablets are available for use in this program. You may download the app "Green Screen Live Video Record" to your own smart phone or tablet in advance if you would like to use your own device. 

This program is for ages 9-17. Registration is required and will begin on June 21. 

[Green Screen at VPL's Innovation Lab by Richard Eriksson is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, July 17 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room Registration required.
Thorndyke the Bear's Foot

 

Hey Kids,

Misty Copeland has been chosen as the honorary chair for National Library Week. Mark your calendars for April 8-14, because it will be a great week to celebrate our fabulous library. Misty Copeland is an accomplished ballet dancer and author, so she knows a lot about telling a good story in many different ways. I've included some suggestions below, some books about interesting dancers and of course, those by Misty Copeland herself.

Enjoy your National Library Week celebrations. Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Nonfiction

Tween Test Kitchen

Have you been looking for a chance to experiment in the kitchen? This is your chance! Test out your cooking chops with unique and silly recipes that you can recreate at home. All supplies will be provided. For ages 9-12. Registration is required. 

#Food by Med Coolman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, June 27 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Microwave Mug Meals Registration required.
Wednesday, July 25 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Tiny Food Party Registration required.
Wednesday, August 15 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Gross Goodies

 

If you enjoyed reading about Luciana Vega, the American Girl character who goes to Space Camp, you might be interested in these titles.

 

Fiction

I love you, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

In 1969, as her own family is falling apart, ten-year-old Mamie finds comfort in conducting a one-sided correspondence with the least famous astronaut heading toward the moon on Apollo 11.

Stephen Hawking was a famous physicist and cosmologist who died on March 14, 2018. Despite suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease for most of his life, Hawking received many awards and much success for his work. Learn about Hawking and his subject matter with some of the titles below. 

Chronicles the life and career of the theoretical physicist, from his battle with ALS to his work on black holes.

Provides information on several notable people in science, including Alhazen, Marie Curie, and Stephen Hawking.

If you liked Freddie Fernortner, then give one of these a try:

When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

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