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A Pig Like No Other Nanny?

Mary Poppins — move over! Nanny Piggins has arrived. Once employed at a circus as the pig shot out of a cannon, she decides it's time for a career change when she sees a Help Wanted sign at the Green's house. Mr. Green is a stingy widower who won't pay for human nanny, so when a pig applies… But Nanny proves to be totally awesome and Derrick, Samantha, and Michael quickly love her. She lets them eat sweets all day and conjures up extraordinary escapades, like sailing with a boat to China for Chinese carry-out. Nanny knows how to outfox their father and even when their adventures turn into misadventures, they always have tons of fun of laughs — as will the readers of their terrific tales. Let's hope for more Nanny books soon!

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Maryland. His father and grandfather were former slaves. Despite being a farmer of modest means, he lived a life of unusual achievement. He was unwilling to let his race or age hinder in any way his thirst for intellectual development and has become known as an American Scientific Pioneer. To learn more about this inspirational African American read this Signature Lives book about him. Other biographies on him for youth are also available at the library. Check some out!

The Youngest Templar, Book II

In Book I of The Youngest Templar, the orphan Tristan teams up with Robard Hode and Maryam on a dangerous mission to return the Holy Grail to Britain. This exciting historical saga continues in Book II, Trail of Fate, as the three adventurers work together to protect the Holy Grail as they travel across France toward England, a journey that takes them to the Cathar fortress of Montségur.
There are many other captivating stories about knights and knighthood in the Children's Department, so come in and check some out!

The Christmas Genie

You might know Dan Gutman as the author of My Weird School and My Weird School Daze series. Or perhaps you like to read the books in his Baseball Card Adventures series. Well, just in time for the holidays, he has created a classroom fantasy story that you are sure to enjoy, The Christmas Genie. "When a meteorite crashes into a fifth-grade classroom at Lincoln School in Oak Park, Illinois, the genie inside agrees to grant the class a Christmas wish — if they can agree on one within an hour.

Fun With Food

Children in kindergarten - second grade are invited to listen to some yummy stories and create some delicious snacks. Register online today.
Program Date: Thursday, October 15, 7:00-7:45PM

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Read any good books lately?  I just read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by Irish novelist John Boyne.  Boyne wrote the entire first draft of Boy in two and a half days!  This book is about a nine year old boy named Bruno.  He is at a concentration camp but for very differant reasons than most books.  Read and find out why!

Gaiman's Graveyard Grabs the Newbery!

Noboby Owens, or Bod, is a 'normal' boy fated to be raised in a graveyard by ghosts and a guardian who is neither dead nor alive. Magical, terrifying, and filled with gripping adventures, The Graveyard Book is another supernatural masterpiece by Neil Gaiman and was justly awarded the 2009 Newbery Medal. Coraline, another creepy  Gaiman concoction, was made into a 3D step-motion animated film and is now showing at theaters. Check it out!

January 2009 Lunch & a Book - Jan 8

Case HistoriesCase Histories (Kate Atkinson): Private detective Jackson Brodie finds his own need for resolution sparked by three investigations including those of two sisters who discover a shocking clue to the disappearance of their third sister 30 years earlier, a lawyer whose life is turned upside-down when his daughter joins the firm, and a woman whose past mistakes and demanding family life culminate in a violent escape.

Year 2004 Top Nonfiction Picks

Burned Alive by Souad: A memoir by a young Jordanian woman who was the victim of an "honor crime" describes how she was nearly killed by her own family, her struggle to survive critical burns after being set on fire, and her determination to build a new life for herself.

Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond: After confessing to being a lifelong chocoholic, the aptly named Almond traces the history and bittersweet business practices of the companies producing those addictive candy bars.

The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker edited by Robert Mankoff: Showcases the work of hundreds of artists who have contributed to the magazine throughout its 80-year history.