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Where in the World?

Hey kids! Are you curious about the world around you? What are some of those crazy landmarks we have? Come to our Where in the World program on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 from 7:00 to 7:45PM and have a fun time learning about landmarks both here and in other countries. We'll do some trivia, eat a tasty snack, and make some creative crafts. Registration starts June 29 and is open to Children ages 5 years to 8 years-old with a Caregiver. See you there!

J100 — Some Weird Stuff!

The J100-199 section of Children's Non-fiction has a lot going on! We have a wide range of topics including the Supernatural (witches, ghosts), Optical Illusions, Feelings, Friendship, and Death. Stop on by and enjoy!

Gabby and Gator by James Burks

Gator is an alligator a little boy flushed down the toilet. Gabby is a little girl who doesn't have any friends and refuses to speak because she is always picked on by the school bullies. Together they form a friendship that helps them both be comfortable with who they are. A quick, light read with many giggles. Enjoy Gabby and Gator by James Burks.

First and Second Grade Book Group

Attention kids going into First or Second Grade! Join us for our book group on August 18, 2011. This month's book selection is Uh-Oh Cleo by Jessica Harper. Registration begins on August 4, 2011. After you register, be sure to stop at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book.

J000-099 Collection

aliensAre you interested in books and DVD's about the extraordinary or unexplained? Ever need an encyclopedia or almanac to check-out and take home? Thinking about finding bigfoot or tracking UFO's? Curious about computers and the internet? Be sure to stop by the J000-099 collection in the Children's Non-fiction section. We have all sorts of cool items on monsters, aliens, the internet, the Guinness Book of World Records, World Book Encyclopedia, almanacs, the People and Places encyclopedia, and so much more. Enjoy!

Poet Laureate for Children

The Poetry Foundation has chosen their newest Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has written a lovely post about Mr. Lewis on their blog. Also, we have a wonderful selection of poetry books by Mr. Lewis in our collection that you should check out and enjoy!

Batter Up!

Get your math bat out (otherwise known as your brain) and have fun playing Math Baseball! This fun game is part of the Funbrain website. It has different levels of difficulty and also different skills (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) that you can test your math magic on. Each time you get a right answer you get a home run! Have fun!

Happy Birthday Yoda!

Happy Birthday Yoda! Well, actually, it isn't exactly Yoda's birthday but the big day for Frank Oz. He was born on May 25th, so you still have time to get a card out to him. The library has many great books with a Star Wars theme and also materials on his other genius voice work, the Muppets! Enjoy!

Cyberchase Games Central

Even though the school year is nearly done, Cyberchase Games Central has tons of fun games that you can keep playing all during summer vacation. These games have different challenges you can solve, inventions you can make, and math problems that need to be solved. It is developed by PBS.org. Enjoy!

Congratulations to Verlander!

Hey Tigers fans! Join me in congratulating our pitcher, Justin Verlander, on his amazing no hitter this past weekend against Toronto! This doesn't happen every day, and it has only happened twice in the career of Mr. Verlander and only a handful of times in all of Detroit Tigers history! While waiting for the next game to start, be sure to check-out one of our awesome baseball books, to keep you busy until the announcer once again yells, "Play Ball!"

Cool Math Games

Do you need some math help because you find the subject completely dull? Is math just not your thing and you feel like each day in Math class is a struggle? Check out this fun website Cool Math 4 Kids. It is chock full of fun math games that hit up all the major topics including decimals, long division, fractions, and much more! Have fun!

Go Tigers!

Hey Tigers fans! Did you get the chance to see our team beat the Chicago White Sox this weekend? Truly a weekend of great baseball! A little chilly for the season, but you could feel the excitement with each of our boys crossing over homeplate. Be sure to check out the Official Detroit Tigers website for all the latest on our team and you chance to order tickets and be at the game! Now that baseball season has begun, I can smell spring in the air!

AAAMath

Do you find that your math homework can be really difficult? Are there concepts that you are struggling with that you wish you knew more about? Check out the website AAAMath! They have hundreds of pages that talk about basic math skills and have examples to go with most of their content. Good Luck!

Comic Book Fans Unite!

Marvel Universe Fans take note! While waiting for the newest movie to come out, be sure to check out our new Marvel Comics Encyclopedia. If that's checked out, be sure to browse through our awesome graphic novel collection for all your favorite Marvel heroes and heroines! Get your capes and boots on folks — we're going to need them.

Mint Launches "Quest for Money" Game

Parents, are you looking for a fun way to teach your kids and teens about saving money? Have them try out the new game from Mint.com called Quest for Money. Its goal is to teach money management in a fun and entertaining way. Learn more about the game or jump right in to playing it. Enjoy!