Easy Fiction

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Meeting Cézanne by Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by François Place

The Order of the Owls by Elisa Puricelli Guerra ; illustrated by Gabo León Bernstein ; translated by Chris Turner

The great Egyptian grave robbery by created by Jeff Brown ; written by Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

The mystery of the crystal castle: Bavaria, Germany by Carole Marsh

Summertime Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children, come join us for a special dance party celebrating music from around the world. As always, it is freestyle dancing aimed at getting everyone movin' and groovin'.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

  • Monday, June 23, 10:00-10:30 AM

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Stories Spun Around the World

Run, run as fast as you can, can you catch a gingerbread man? What about a rolling rice cake? What about a speeding gordita? How about a matzo ball boy? Join us on July 29 from 7:00-8:00 PM and enjoy a classic tale as it spins around the world, create some crafts, and share some snacks.

This program is for kids ages 4-8 with their caregivers. Registration begins on May 26.  

Worlds of Wonder

Exoplanets are being discovered at an astounding rate. Truly amazing worlds with incredible compositions roam our cosmos. Join us on August 12 from 2:00-3:00 PM as we learn some astonishing facts about exoplanets, design your own exo-world, savor a snack, and have some astronomical fun. This program is for tweens going into grades 5 through 7. Registration begins on May 26.    
[Exoplanet HD 189733b Eclipses Parent Star (NASA Cahndra 07/29/13) by NASA's Marshal Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

2014 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

This award recognizes an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults. 

This year's winner is:

P.S. be eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

This year's honor books are:

March. Book one by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

Words with wings by Nikki Grimes

Newbery Award Winners for 2014

The John Newbery Medal for 2014 has been awarded to:

Flora & Ulysses: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Newbery Honor books for 2014 are:

Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler

The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

One came home by Amy Timberlake

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Dystopian Science Fiction for Fifth Grade

Students in the fifth grade at Hoben have an assignment to read a science fiction book that has a dystopian theme. Here is a selection to get them started.

Archon by Lana Krumwiede

The Resisters by Eric Nylund

Sky jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Wake up missing by Kate Messner

Earthfall by Mark Walden

Time snatchers by Richard Ungar

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