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Road to the Olympics with the Shibutanis

Maia and Alex Shibutani are ice dancers with dreams of attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In 2011, the Shibutanis were the first ice dance team in U.S. history to win a medal (bronze) at the World Championships in their debut senior season. They also took the silver at the U.S. championships and at Four Continents Championships behind their training mates, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. While we are all still steeped in the London Olympics, hear what dedication and drive are needed to aspire to the Olympics and perform at championship levels from brother and sister team, Maia (18) and Alex (21) on Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 PM.

Geeky Reads for kids

Geek n.

  1. An unfashionable or socially inept person.
  2. A person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest: "A computer geek".

We have lots of books in our Children's Library starring geeks. And quite often, they are the heros. Check one out today.

Notes from an accidental band geek by Erin Dionne

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley; illustrations by Ethen Beavers

Geeky Non Fiction for kids

The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to get you started.

The real spy's guide to becoming a spy by Peter Earnest and Suzanne Harper, in association with the Spy Museum

The big book of spy stuff by Bart King; illustrations by Russell Miller

The dangerous book for boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

Speak in Public

It's often said that people fear public speaking more than death. While that's not exactly true, talking is front of people is a major fear — one you can conquer!

Places to Speak

Other places often welcome speakers, such as conferences, meetup groups, places of worship, and even the library!

Books on Speaking

Speaking your way to success by Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts

Public speaking success in 20 minutes a day

Build a Time Machine

Time machines provide a fun learning experience, a unique business opportunity, and a contrived way to manipulate your plot arc. Watch out, though — depending on the make and model you choose for your temporal vehicle, they can often be expensive to build and difficult to maintain. See below for several types of time machine, along with assembly instructions when available.

Hot Tub

The mechanism for how a hot tub can become a time machine isn't well-explained. However, if you acquire a hot tub and the chronological mechanism never works, at least you have a hot tub, right? For further instructions view:

Origami

Origami for everyone: beginner, intermediate, advanced by Didier Boursin

Origami zoo: 25 fun paper animal creations by Paul Jackson and Miri Golan; illustrations by Paul Jackson; photographs by Avi Valdman

The new encyclopedia of origami and papercraft techniques by Ayako Brodek; edited by Claire Waite Brown

New Badges for 2012

Connect Your Summer is back and better than ever, and with it are 12 new badges. Click on the badges below to see the reading, program, and activity recommendations from our staff experts for how to earn each badge. Once you've completed an experience, claim the badge online for a chance at some great prizes:


time-travel sleuth-it make-tracks love-it hands-on go-wild geek-out game-on curtains-up conquer-it chow-down be-well

Manga Drawing Contest 2012

Starting June 18 enter our Connect Your Summer 2012 Manga Drawing Contest and you could win some great prizes (a special 'thank you' to Chou Anime Cafe for donating). Last day to enter is August 3. Prizes will be awarded for 3 different age categories: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th grades. Plus 3 prizes for those who best represent this summer's badges.

Contest Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted by students entering 5th–12th grade. Winners will be chosen in three divisions: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th
  2. Three additional winners will be chosen for drawings that best represent the theme of our Connect Your Summer Badges.

Time Travel TV Series

Being Erica. Season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] — Erica Strange is sent back in time by her therapist, Dr. Tom, to deal with the regrets of her life.


Doctor Who. The complete first series, Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc] by 2 Entertain ; BBC — The Doctor and his companion Rose travel around the universe  - and through time - to battle Daleks and other evil aliens.

Make a Cake

Sugarlicious: 50 cute and clever treats for every occasion by Meaghan Mountford

The complete photo guide to cake decorating by [Autumn Carpenter]

Special cupcakes by Wendy Sweetser

What's new, cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson ; text and photographs by Alan Richardson ; recipes and

Baseball Reads for Kids

Batter Up! We've got a whole roster full of great reads for kids about America's Favorite Pastime. Check one out today before they're loooong gone.

The boys by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Jeff Newman

Baseball hour by Carol Nevius; illustrated by Bill Thomson

Watch me throw the ball! by Mo Willems

Conquer a New Genre

Are you in a reading rut? Summer is a great time to try something new.

Use the drop-down menus on the Kids Book Lists page and May We Suggest blog to generate suggestions for a brand new read. Try a graphic novel, audiobook or ebook for a fresh reading experience. If you're feeling brave, combine a new format with a genre you've never read before to truly conquer this badge.

Can't find anything inspiring? Fill out the May We Suggest form to receive personal recommendations.

Curtains Up Books for Kids

Did you know that many of the great family movies out there were kids books first? You can earn your "curtains up" badge by reading some of these great titles:

Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke; translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Cheaper by the dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey; (with a new afterword by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey)

Girl Mysteries

Enjoy a good mystery? Like strong female characters? Take a look:

Snatched by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue


Dawn undercover by Anna Dale

Fake ID by Walter Sorrells


And then everything unraveled by Jennifer Sturman

Food-Faring Adventure

The traveling restaurant: Jasper's voyage in three parts: a novel for children by Barbara Else ; [illustrations, Sam Broad] is a savory story featuring twelve-year-old Jasper who must mature very quickly in order to meet the challenges of life suddenly thrust upon him. He is abandoned by his family, he thinks, and soon realizes his baby sister has been kidnapped by the ruthless Lady Gall and her soldiers. She holds the key to restoring the missing magic to Fontania and he must rescue her before they poison her and take control of the kingdom. He gets help from a most unexpected source - the Traveling Resaurant, a mysterious ship serving delicious, magically appearing food and the two owers who operate it.

2012 Connect Your Summer Final Party!

August 11 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. To thank you for taking part in the Connect Your Summer reading program, we are throwing a huge bash! Be present for prize announcements, eat a snow cone, make some art and much more, such as:

Youth Time Travel Series

The knight at dawn by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca


Knights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith


A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle


Honus & me by Dan Gutman


City of masks by Mary Hoffman


The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost ; translated by William Rodarmor


The fire thief by Terry Deary

Photo Trek with Rick Lieder

OnTuesday, July 17 at 10:00 AM, join acclaimed photographer, Rick Lieder, as he treks around the library grounds in search of creatures to "capture" on film.  The library will provide disposable cameras or you may bring your own.  Take advantage of this opportunity to learn to "capture" images of your own.  This program is geared to patrons aged 9 and up.  Space is limited, so register today. 

It's About Time (Youth Books)

Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson


Justin Thyme by Panama Oxridge


The new policeman by Kate Thompson


Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Baseball! Monday Movie Madness

Join us on Monday, July 16, for an all day, baseball family movie extravaganza starting at 10:00 AM with a film for our youngest patrons and gradually getting more sophisticated, until the 6:30 PM showing of Moneyball.