There's nothing like a good witchy tale to get in the mood for Halloween. The best witches have a practical head on their shoulders and a good sense of humor, and make for interesting and exciting stories. Here are a few favorites.

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
Also available in: e-audiobook

When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble. Molly is sweet and spunky, but will she be able to overcome her faults?

Traces the story of dancer-turned-magician Adelaide Herrmann, placing her achievements against a backdrop of period conventions about women in the arts and her determination to continue her work after the death of her husband. This is a true story of a woman determined to make it in a magician's world.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Time

ABC Activity Time offers a safe and informal environment for caregivers to interact with their young children. Experience a variety of hands-on and imaginative play opportunities while building social and cooperative skills with other young children and caregivers. No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, April 24 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, April 24 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Wednesday, April 25 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, April 26 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, April 26 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Friday, April 27 - 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room
Saturday, April 28 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Monday, April 30 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, May 1 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, May 1 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Wednesday, May 2 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, May 3 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, May 3 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Friday, May 4 - 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room
Saturday, May 5 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room

 

In case you missed our Tea Party storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own elegant and delicious storytime at home.

From Storytime

Tea party rules by Ame Dyckman

An friendly, but firm little girl makes a bear cub follow all the rules at her tea party before he is allowed to eat any of the cookies. Things don't turn out quite how either of them planned.

 

In case you missed our giraffe storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras for sharing your own very tall and fast storytime at home. 

From Storytime

Blue & Bertie by Kristyna Litten

Bertie the giraffe oversleeps and becomes separated from his herd, but a new friend helps him get home and gives him a new perspective in the process.

 

In case you missed our sharing storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras for sharing your own storytime at home. 

From Storytime

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. Has he learned to share or not?

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

 

In case you missed our Grandparents storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own storytime at home. For more information on Grandparents' Day, check grandparentsday.org.

From Storytime

In the red canoe by Leslie Davidson

A multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tribute to the fragile, wild places that still exist. A celebration of the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.

The Fourth of July holiday serves as an inspiration to look back at the beginning of the United States. The following materials might interest readers who enjoy the early history of our country, or who like learning new and surprising things. Click on the titles for location and availability.

Shares the stories of remarkable women who shaped American history between 1796 and 1828, including Dolley Madison, Isabella Graham, and Sacajawea.

The true story of James Armistead Lafayette--a slave who spied for George Washington's army during the American Revolution. But while America celebrated its newfound freedom, James returned to slavery. His service hadn't qualified him for the release he'd been hoping for. For James the fight wasn't over; he'd helped his country gain its freedom, now it was time to win his own.

 

In case you missed our Foxes storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own foxy storytime at home.

From Storytime

My ears are huge and fuzzy by Jessica Rudolph

In this book, young readers will learn all the different traits of a particular animal, and then get to guess what it is.

 

Look through another's eyes with a book translated from another language. Scroll to the bottom for chapter books and teen fiction.

Picture Books

Over the ocean by Tarō Gomi

A young girl gazes out over the horizon, and wonders what lands lie beyond the ocean, and what the people are like who live in those lands.

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