Ramadan begins this year on Wednesday, May 16th and ends on Thursday, June 18th. Check out a book to learn about this Muslim holiday and its traditions!

Nonfiction

Ramadan by R. J. Bailey

Did you miss our Rain storytime this week? Don't worry, here are stories and rhymes so you can have a splashy storytime at home!

From Storytime

Blue on blue by Dianne White

Rhyming text and illustrations depict the swell and quieting of a storm.

Drawing With Code

Learn how to use blocks of code to create simple shapes and designs. Work together to complete drawing challenges using loops and functions, then you'll have a chance to experiment with your own designs!

A limited number of computers are available. If you have your own laptop computer at home, please bring it for use in this program. For ages 9-12. Registration is required and will begin on July 24. 

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The American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2017. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Reason for challenges: suicide

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Reason for challenges: profanity, sexually explicit

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

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. 

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]

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A lot can happen in 24 hours! Check out a book that takes place over the course of a day or night. 

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car crash, teenaged Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

Dope sick by Walter Dean Myers

Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J's life when he could have made better choices.

Stories & Stretches

Mini yogis can find their center by learning some simple stretches, listening to yoga stories, and doing a craft! Children ages 4-9 are invited and parents are encouraged to observe and/or participate. A yoga mat or towel is recommended, but not required.

TIGRE ZEN by telly gacitua is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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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

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Columbine by David Cullen

What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we "know" is wrong. It wasn't about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world's leading forensic psychologists, and the killers' own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.

Ceremonial Violence analyzes the Columbine high school shooting and four other cases and explains for the first time why teenagers commit school rampage shootings. In additon to these cases, Fast provides a detailed, clear narrative of the Columbine shootings. With his grasp of the elements of abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, and neurology that contribute to the homicidal mindset, Fast offers us a means of understanding and coming to terms with these tragedies.--From publisher description.

"In the vein of Dave Cullen's Columbine, the first comprehensive account of the Sandy Hook tragedy--with exclusive new reporting that chronicles the horrific events of December 14, 2012, including new insight into the dark mind of gunman Adam Lanza. Twenty-six people dead; twenty of them schoolchildren between the ages of six and seven. The world mourned the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. Now, here is the startling, comprehensive look at this tragedy, and into the mind of the unstable killer, Adam Lanza. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and a decade's worth of emails from Lanza's mother to close friends that chronicled his slow slide into mental illness, Newtown pieces together the perfect storm that led to this unspeakable act of violence that shattered so many lives. Newtown explores the two central theories that have permeated the media since the attack: some claim Lanza suffered from severe mental illness, while others insist that, far from being a random act of insanity, this was a meticulously thought out, premeditated attack at least two years in the making by a violent video-gamer so obsessed with "glory kills" and researching mass murderers that he was willing to go to any length to attain the top score. Lanza's dark descent from a young boy with adjustment disorders to a calculating killer is interwoven with the Newtown massacre as it unfolded at the time, told from the points of view of eye witnesses, survivors, parents of victims, first responders, and Adam's relatives. A definitive account of a tragedy that shook a nation, Newtown features exclusive material including initial misinformation reported by the media and commentary on how this catastrophic event became a lightning rod for political agendas, much like Columbine did more than a decade ago"--.

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.

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