While Harvey and Irma have already made landfall, hurricane season has begun with a bang in the southeast states. Since we don't experience this weather phenomenon locally, here are some books featuring both fictional and factual stories about surviving the storm what some other parts of the country experience.

Picture Books and Readers

Various wetland creatures, from alligators to egrets, enjoy what begins as a calm and peaceful day in the bayou, then prepare for and endure a passing hurricane, and finally settle in for a peaceful night.

Mini Minecraft

For the littlest minecrafters, we offer a special session geared just for them! Participants ages 5-7 who already have a Minecraft PC account can participate in a themed building event in our private world. Children must have prior experience using a mouse and playing the game on a PC. Parents are encouraged to stay and assist on an as needed basis. Registration Required and begins June 23rd.

Image of Minecraft toys by Sergey Galyonkin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Book Buzz

Preparing for a long summer? Stock up on suggestions for audiobooks and printed books to listen to as you travel to your destination or lounge with upon your arrival. All ages and reading levels will be covered. Find individual titles for each child or something the whole family can enjoy together! No registration required.

 

Image of Bee Book by yonder is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Muggle Quidditch - Rescheduled Date

Muggle Quidditch

Throw a bludger and catch a snitch when you play Muggle Quidditch, the non-magical version of the game from the Harry Potter novels, at the Heritage Park soccer fields (weather permitting).  Participants should bring their own brooms.  Registration is required for participants (ages 9-17) for each session.  No registration needed for spectators.  Registration begins May 25. Maps to the playing fields will be available at the Library on game days.  Costumes are encouraged (but not required)!

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Stories featuring scientists and curious characters might inspire readers to explore and experiment with things they encounter. Find some suggestions below, then find an adult who can assist with your own observations and search for answers. Do you get the same results as the characters you read about?

NOTE: While we have divided the titles into groups for children in grades 2-5 and children in 5th grade and older, we recognize children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.

Image of STEM chalkboard by Colleen Simon for opensource.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Grades 2-5

Saturday STEM

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. Get introduced to concepts through presentations, active exploration, and creative projects. Registration Required.

  • Saturday, September 23 - Spheros - Test drive these little rotund robots resembling BB8 without a head. You are the brains behind their movements. Registration is required and begins August 25.
  • Saturday, October 21 - HTML - Learn how computers process information and some basic HTML prompts. We'll meet in the Computer Lab and put our new knowledge to the test. Bring a flash drive to save your work for future editing opportunities. Registration is required and begins September 25.

 

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 21 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Internet Lab HTML Registration required.

Today the American Library Association announced its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. The Young Adult Library Services Association bestows the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults annually to the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18). The Sibert Award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children to the most distinguished informational book for children.

For more information about other awards and their recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2017 Sibert and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner

March. Book 3 by John Lewis

Yes, the same book won both awards!

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression:"One Man, One Vote."

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening ... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

Today the American Library Association announced its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award and the William C. Morris Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association bestows the Michael L. Printz Award annually on books that demonstrate excellence in young adult literature. The William C. Morris Award is given to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. 

For more information about other awards and their recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2017 Michael L. Printz Award Winner

March. Book 3 by John Lewis

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression:"One Man, One Vote."

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening ... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced today. To explore the latest in distinguished children's and teen literature, and to see what we have in our collection, check out our posts on the Newbery AwardCaldecott Award, Geisel Award, nonfiction book awards, and the teen book awards (Morris and Printz Awards).

For more information on these and other awards, check the ALA Website.

Additional 2017 award winners in our catalog are listed below.

Coretta Scott King Awards and Honor Books

A series of awards that recognize African American authors and illustrators.

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