Games and Toys

Curiosity by Gary Blackwood — In 1835, when his father is put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, twelve-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.

Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler — Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Things Could Be Worse


Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (anorexia)— Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

Thirteen reasons why: a novel by Jay Asher (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.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown (school shooting) — Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

Target Family Reading Night: Painting!

Celebrate your inner artist at our Target Family Reading Night on Tuesday, June 2, 7:00-8:00 PM. Attendees, ages 4-8, will hear art themed stories, participate in a series of activities, and receive a free book to add to their own personal library. Participants are encouraged to dress for a mess.  Registration begins May 19.

This program is sponsored by the Target Early Literacy Grant.

Scary and Spooky Stories

Kindergarten

The gruffalo by Julia Donaldson ; pictures by Axel Scheffler

The dark by Lemony Snicket ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Black dog by Levi Pinfold

The monster at the end of this book by written by Jon Stone ; illustrated by Mike Smollin ; featuring Jim Henson's Sesame Street muppets

First Grade

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer

Amazing Artists: Jackson Pollock

Tweens ages 11-13 are invited to get messy making art on Tuesday, June 16, 2:00-3:00 PM. Learn about the artist Jackson Pollock in the Community Room. Then head outside and make your own masterpieces by flinging, dripping, and splashing paint. Dress for a mess, and registration is required.

Image: Number 1 by Jackson Pollack, 1948

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