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Pinterest Live--Valentine's Card Party

Join us Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
at the Valentine's installment of our "Pinterest Live" series! We will have a lovely time creating Pinterest inspired Valentine's for your dearest love, dearest friend, or cherished family member. Ages 10 years and up. Registration Required.

Movie Madness: How To Train Your Dragon 2

It's time again for Movie Madness! Join us on Wednesday, February 18, at 2:00 PM as we show How to Train Your Dragon 2.  In the latest adventure, Hiccup and Toothless must protect the peace when they find a cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons.

You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy chairs. This film is rated PG.

Sunday Funday: Snowflake Brain Break

Join us for another drop-in Sunday Funday. Give your brain a break from studying, and come in to play a board game, or just make a basic snowflake. 

Science-Fiction and Fantasy Reads for Kindergarteners

Abby Cadabra, super speller by Joan Holub


Unicorn wings by Mallory Loehr ; illustrated by Pamela Silin-Palmer

Dragon's Easter egg hunt by adapted by Mae Marks


King Jack and the dragon by Peter Bently ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Zathura: a space adventure written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Superhero Reads for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten

Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold


Eliot Jones, midnight superhero by Anne Cottringer ; illustrated by Alex T. Smith


Do super heroes have teddy bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle ; illustrated by Mike Gordon ; color by Molly Hahn

Hero dad by Melinda Hardin ; [illustrations by] Bryan Langdo

Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds ; illustrated by Andy Rash

Grades 6-9 Winter themed reading

Brian's winter by Gary Paulsen

He would have to find some way to protect himself, some weapon. The fire worked well when it was burning, but it had burned down. His hatchet and knife would have done nothing more than make the bear really angry -- something he did not like to think about -- and his bow was good only for smaller game. He had never tried to shoot anything bigger than a foolbird or rabbit with it and doubted that the bow would push the arrow deep enough to do anything but -- again -- make the bear really made.
He bundled in his bag that night, the end of the two weeks of warm weather. He kept putting wood on the fire, half afraid the bear would come back. All the while he tried to think of a solution.
But in reality, the bear was not his primary adversary. Nor was the wolf, nor any animal. Brian had become his own worst enemy because in all the business of hunting, fishing and surviving he had forgotten the primary rule: Always, "always" pay attention to what was happening. Everything in nature means something and he had missed the warnings that summer was ending, had in many ways already ended, and what was coming would be the most dangerous thing he had faced since the plane crashed.


Julie of the wolves by Jean Craighead George ; pictures by John Schoenherr

100 Page Biographies

Searching for a biography that's just the right size? The following biographies have between 100 and 200 pages. Additional 100-page biographies can be found in the Who Was series and the Sterling Biographies series.

John Adams, the writer: a treasury of letters, diaries, and public documents by compiled and edited by Carolyn P. Yoder

John & Abigail Adams: an American love story by Judith St. George

Ansel Adams: America's photographer ; a biography for young people by Beverly Gherman

The voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights by Russell Freedman

Failure is impossible: the story of Susan B. Anthony by Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon

Children's International Language Collection

The International Language Collection in the Children's Department is home to numerous books, CDs and DVDs in a variety of languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Japanese, Spanish, Tamil, and many more.  The collection includes fiction and nonfiction titles in single and bilingual format.  Resources also include language learning kits for those wishing to acquire a new language.  The collection is located near the picture books directly across from the early learning play area.

Frozen characters and Angry Birds encourage kids to learn coding!

Frozen on CODE.orgFrozen's Anna and Elsa lend a hand in teaching children how to code! Join CODE.org in allowing every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and coding.
 

Angry birds is also an option for older kids or adults.



There is an initiative to complete one hour of free coding lessons in order to raise the level of somputer science fluency for kids. There is a push to teach computer science in the classroom to ensure that children are getting the best chance possible to succeed. Please visit CODE.org to sign up and try a lesson today!

Leaf through a book!

A special thank-you to all the kids that participated in our "Favorite Book, Leaf Display." Kids wrote the name of a book on a colored leaf that was displayed on the wall in the children's department. We had 344 leaves on the wall representing library kids and their favorite books! Your favorite book series represented were: Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton, and Michigan/American Chillers.

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, December 12 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is a sensory-friendly storytime with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

This program is wheelchair accessible.

Movie Madness: Guardians of the Galaxy

It's time again for Winter Break Movie Madness! Join us on December 29 at 2:00PM as we show Guardians of the Galaxy! This action-packed, epic space adventure expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the  entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy chairs. This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language .

December Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Please Be Prompt!

Tween Service Corp

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, January 17, 2015, 2-3 PM.

Suggested Reads for 8th Grade

There are so many great books out there for eight graders! Below are some particularly good ones from recent years, spanning fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and everything in between.

Fiction

The earth, my butt, and other big, round things by Carolyn Mackler

Far far away by Tom McNeal, a sinister take on Hansel and Gretel


Akata witch by Nnedi Okorafor, essentially Harry Potter set in Nigeria

Eat, brains, love by Jeff Hart


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Historical Fiction

How I became a ghost: a Choctaw trail of tears story by Tim Tingle

Nonfiction

Dungeons & Dragons Gaming

Roll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming.  This monthly program will take place the fourth Tuesday of every month, 3:30-5:00 PM beginning January 27.  All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice.  This program is suggested for ages 9-12.  Families are welcome.  No registration is required.

Photo Dungeons & Dragons by River Siren (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Thorndyke Thoughts: History Mysteries

Hey Kids,

One of my librarian friends told me about an event where she heard Marc Aronson give a talk about history. That might sound boring, but he wasn’t just talking about names and dates. If you like mysteries, investigations, questions and answers, following clues, and challenging what other people think, then you might like to try some of his books. Usually he writes for upper elementary (4th and 5th grades) or for middle schoolers, but your parents might even like these.

Ain't nothing but a man: my quest to find the real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson — If you’ve heard of Paul Bunyan, maybe you’ve also heard of John Henry, the legendary man who beat a steam drill. Did you know he was a real person? In this story Scott Nelson tells about his discoveries of John Henry, the real man.

The griffin and the dinosaur: how Adrienne Mayor discovered a fascinating link between myth and science by Marc Aronson with Adrienne Mayor ; illustrated by Chris Muller — Dinosaurs have fascinated people for a long time, but even before people knew there were dinosaurs, they had found their bones and made up stories of what they must have been like.

Masterful Mysteries

Kindergarten

Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

The doghouse by Jan Thomas

First Grade

Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley

Research Rocks!

Not sure how to begin that Science Fair Project Report? What is the Scientific Method anyway? Fear not! Come to our Research Rocks program on Saturday, November 22 from 10:00-11:00 AM in the iLab. We will look at what makes good research and how to write up a basic report. This class is open to kids ages 9 to 12 years old. Registration begins October 27th.