Tweens

Hot Summer, Cool Kids

There are lots of fun ways to keep cool this summer and earn your Connect Your Summer Badges too. Read a book about an animal under a shady tree and earn your Make Tracks Badge. Or make a cool treat, and earn your Chow Down Badge. Go see a movie in a chilly theatre and earn your Curtains Up Badge. You can even go swimming in a lake or pool for your Go Wild badge, and read a favorite book on a raft.

Author Donald J. Sobol Dies

Beloved author of the Encyclopedia Brown series, Donald J. Sobol, passed away July 11, 2012. He was 87 years old. His Encyclopedia Brown series debuted in 1963 and has delighted children for decades. Sobol's son has said his father died of natural causes. Mr. Sobol is survived by his wife, sister, three children, and four grandchildren.

Get inspired, Go Wild

Have you earned your Go Wild badge yet? If not, summer isn't over yet--so you still have time. Now that the weather has gotten better, be sure to get out and Go Wild by taking a walk in the woods or at a park, enjoying Art in the Park this weekend, July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 in Downtown Plymouth, or run through the sprinkler to cool off. No matter what you choose to do, Go Wild and have fun!

Great Mystery Book

The great cake mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrations by Iain McIntosh is a delightful read and a quick way to claim the Sleuth It badge in the CYS program. It is written by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (an adult series) and introduces readers to Precious Ramotswe as a child. When treats start disappearing from the kids' school lunches, a chubby boy named Poloko becomes the likely suspect. Precious believes he is innocent and sets out to find the real culprit. Set in a vividly realistic setting of Botswana with magnificent black and red illustrations and featuring compelling characters, this mystery will have readers of all ages clammering for a sequel.

Butterfly Wings and Musical Things

This unique program combines interactive storytelling, beautiful music, full audience participation and hands-on fun with musical instruments. From 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday, July 13, The Storytellers present music and instruments from the Caribbean, West Africa, North America, Brazil, Australia and other countries. Children will be invited to play various instruments at this memorable storytelling concert.

[BW music by buttons.butterflies is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0]

If You Liked the Mysterious Benedict Society

If you liked the Mysterious Benedict Society, then try one of these books:

The mysterious case of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett Helquist

The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch ; illustrations by Gilbert Ford

The girl who could fly by Victoria Lakeman Forester

H.I.V.E.: Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education by Mark Walden

Traditional Folk Dance

On Monday, July 9 from 7:00-8:00 PM, Jim McKinney of the Golden Griffon Stringtet will instruct us on and "call out" a litany of traditional folk dances. This lively, energetic and very fun program harks back to a different time when do-si-dos and sashays were the hot new thing. Costumes optional. Come join the fun!

[Austen folk dancing by Michael R Perry is used under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Realistic Fiction for Tweens

Here's some great realistic fiction for tweens:

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary; illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Every soul a star: a novel by Wendy Mass

The secret language of girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Ida B—: and her plans to maximize fun, avoid disaster, and (possibly) save the world by Katherine Hannigan

A corner of the universe by Ann M. Martin

When you reach me by Rebecca Stead

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