December 18, 2014 | Boydl
Brian's winter by Gary Paulsen
He would have to find some way to protect himself, some weapon. The fire worked well when it was burning, but it had burned down. His hatchet and knife would have done nothing more than make the bear really angry -- something he did not like to think about -- and his bow was good only for smaller game. He had never tried to shoot anything bigger than a foolbird or rabbit with it and doubted that the bow would push the arrow deep enough to do anything but -- again -- make the bear really made.
He bundled in his bag that night, the end of the two weeks of warm weather. He kept putting wood on the fire, half afraid the bear would come back. All the while he tried to think of a solution.
But in reality, the bear was not his primary adversary. Nor was the wolf, nor any animal. Brian had become his own worst enemy because in all the business of hunting, fishing and surviving he had forgotten the primary rule: Always, "always" pay attention to what was happening. Everything in nature means something and he had missed the warnings that summer was ending, had in many ways already ended, and what was coming would be the most dangerous thing he had faced since the plane crashed.
December 12, 2014 | albergak
The International Language Collection in the Children's Department is home to numerous books, CDs and DVDs in a variety of languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Japanese, Spanish, Tamil, and many more. The collection includes fiction and nonfiction titles in single and bilingual format. Resources also include language learning kits for those wishing to acquire a new language. The collection is located near the picture books directly across from the early learning play area.
November 25, 2014 | durbinm
A special thank-you to all the kids that participated in our "Favorite Book, Leaf Display." Kids wrote the name of a book on a colored leaf that was displayed on the wall in the children's department. We had 344 leaves on the wall representing library kids and their favorite books! Your favorite book series represented were: Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton, and Michigan/American Chillers.
November 23, 2014 | Michelle
Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Please Be Prompt!
November 11, 2014 | hathawaym
There are so many great books out there for eight graders! Below are some particularly good ones from recent years, spanning fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and everything in between.
The earth, my butt, and other big, round things by Carolyn Mackler
Far far away by Tom McNeal, a sinister take on Hansel and Gretel
Akata witch by Nnedi Okorafor, essentially Harry Potter set in Nigeria
Eat, brains, love by Jeff Hart
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
November 6, 2014 | visnawj
November 2, 2014 | Thorndyke
One of my librarian friends told me about an event where she heard Marc Aronson give a talk about history. That might sound boring, but he wasn’t just talking about names and dates. If you like mysteries, investigations, questions and answers, following clues, and challenging what other people think, then you might like to try some of his books. Usually he writes for upper elementary (4th and 5th grades) or for middle schoolers, but your parents might even like these.
Ain't nothing but a man: my quest to find the real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson — If you’ve heard of Paul Bunyan, maybe you’ve also heard of John Henry, the legendary man who beat a steam drill. Did you know he was a real person? In this story Scott Nelson tells about his discoveries of John Henry, the real man.
October 29, 2014 | Michelle