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If you missed our Leaf Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a fall storytime that you can do at home. 

From Storytime

In a simple, evocative conversation with nature, a young girl witnesses how the season changes from summer to autumn.


THE LEAVES ON THE TREES (to The Wheels on the Bus)

     The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown… all over town.

     The leaves on the trees come tumbling down… all over town.

     The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish… all over town.

     The leaves on the ground get raked right up… all over town.

     The trees all around are bare and cold… all over town.

     The trees show the seasons go round and round… all over town.

The United Nations is celebrating 2016's World Space Week from Oct. 4-10th. Check out some of these picture books dealing with the moon, the stars, aliens, and astronauts.

A young child thinks about what it would be like to be an astronaut and go out on a mission into space. The book uses actual terminology, such as gravity, orbit, and satellite, in easy to read, simple sentences paired with colorful drawings.

Goodnight moon by Margaret Wise Brown

A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.

Written by an astronaut, a small but plucky mouse named Mike is sure that he can help the Space Shuttle astronauts, and ends up saving the whole mission. Includes facts about NASA and space travel. His adventures continue in the sequel Mousetronaut Goes to Mars.

This month's mysteries are going to the dogs and cats.  

A familiar tail by Delia James
Crime and poetry by Amanda Flower
File M for murder by Miranda James

Librarian Charlie Harris, living in his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, with his Maine coon cat Diesel, becomes caught up in a murder mystery when his daughter Laura is suspected of killing Connor Lawton, her old flame.


Hamilton’s America will air on PBS on October 21. A powerful musical, if you haven’t heard it you can borrow a copy of the broadway soundtrack on CD or stream it on Hoopla. You might find that the music inspires you to explore further into our early nation. If so, try some of these additional resources that span fact and fiction from throughout the library. This assorted list includes items from the children’s collection that might be of wide interest, followed by denser materials from the adult collection. Don't find yourself saying, "What'd I Miss?" 

Aaron and Alexander by Don Brown

Explains how political differences between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton escalated their Revolutionary War-era rivalry and culminated in the most famous duel in American history. The final line of this beautifully illustrated picture book should sing out to fans of the musical.

Also available in: e-audiobook | video | e-video

Sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.

A key figure in the American War for Independence, the marquis de Lafayette was an exuberant youth from France who convinced the fledgling United States to volunteer for their army. If you love America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman, this book gives his backstory.


If you missed our Breakfast Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a yummy storytime that you can do at home. 

From Storytime

A collection of brief poems about all different kinds of foods--from cereal and oranges to pasta, potato chips, and peas. We read the very first poem about yummy breakfast smells.


A wonderful song for a long grocery line, the full text is in the file attachment at the bottom of this post.

Richard Feynman once quipped: "Time is what happens when nothing else does." But Julian Barbour disagrees: if nothing happened, if nothing changed, time would stop. For time is nothing but change. It is change that we perceive occurring all around us, not time. In fact, time doesn't exist. In this highly provocative volume, Barbour presents the basic evidence for the nonexistence of time, explaining what a timeless universe is like and showing how the world will nonetheless be experienced as intensely temporal.

What do snowflakes, mirrors, and the universe as a whole have in common? Physicist Dave Goldberg takes readers on a warp-speed road trip guided by the notion that while randomness may seem to rule our lives, it never seems to erase an essential orderliness. Space, time, and everything in between in our elegant universe - from the Higgs boson to antimatter to the most massive group of galaxies - are shaped by hidden symmetries

pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads. One of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing, with surprising and fascinating results. The staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories are all described accessibly in A Universe from Nothing, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. 

"The Hidden Reality" reveals how major developments in different branches of fundamental theoretical physics -- relativistic, quantum, cosmological, unified, computational -- have all led us to consider one or another variety of parallel universe.

If you missed our Lion-themed Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a roaring good storytime that you can do at home. 

From Storytime

Fiercely feline by Kelly Calhoun

Young children are natural problem solvers and always looking for answers, especially when it involves animals. Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. Clearly written facts give readers a deeper understanding of how the animal lives. More in this fun series can be found in the nonfiction collection.


If you know Old Macdonald, you know it's easily adaptable, so we used the following animals:

     Elephant, Snake, Butterfly, Frog, Lion

And of course, made the appropriate animal noises or actions for each verse.

Spirit bridge [large print] by James L Rubart

The Warriors Riding have achieved staggering success in the spiritual realm, but with the final battle looming, the Warriors' only chance of survival depends on calling for the Spirit Bridge.

As the household of NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke prepares for an invasion of family and friends for Thanksgiving, an ungrateful son decides to stop the nagging from his parents - by ending their lives. Soon Jerald Reinhold is working his way through anyone who has ever thwarted him in his path to an easy life. Eve is increasingly frustrated in her efforts to cover all the potential victims as Jerald stays a terrifying step ahead. As the festivities begin, Eve is desperate to identify which victim on Jerald's long list will be the next, so she can stop the killing spree..

Following his punishment for trying to measure God's greatest gift, Father Time is granted his freedom and is sent on a mission to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

When Colorado carpenter Gary Adams spots two mysterious creatures in the woods near his house, he calls on his friend, veterinarian Cammy Rivers for advice. But like Gary, Cammy has never seen an animal resembling this beautiful species. But when the Department of Homeland Security puts a call out for Gary and Cammy because of these animals, the two risk everything to protect the innocent creatures.

Longlisted for the National Book Award A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life -- and threaten to rip apart our social fabric We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance--are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. 

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra , the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

Featuring a diverse group of writers, War No More gathers the best of America's vibrant tradition of antiwar and peace literature, essays, letters, speeches, memoirs, poems, stories and songs spanning almost three centuries. It offers an unprecedented view of a powerful and perennially relevant American tradition, encompassing five-star generals, theologians, nuclear physicists, folk singers, signers of the declaration, quietists, anarchists, veterans, and Nobel laureates.

With spot-on details and ingenious plot twists, Beverly Connor has been compared to the hottest crime writers on the scene. Now, she ratchets up the suspense with a series featuring a cunning and complex sleuth: forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon. Her new job as director of the RiverTrail Museum of Natural History in Georgia takes Diane out of the game-until a former love and a murdered family bring her back in.