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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

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.

Two More Series Moving to J Fiction

Two more series are moving to J Fiction:

  • A to Z Mysteries - will be shelved by author:   J Fiction Roy
  • Amazing Days of Abby Hayes - will be shelved by author:  J Fiction  Mazer

Thank you again for your patience while these items are temporarily unavailable in order to process the changes.

Show Us What You Love

Fill out one of our LOVE IT hearts with your favorite book, movie, music, or program.  You can pick up a heart at the the Children's Help Desk and the Adult Help Desk.  After you fill out your heart, don't forget to claim your LOVE IT badge online.

Children's Comics are Back!

Children's comics are back now. They are located in the Tween area of the Children's Department by the back window. We have more awesome comics than ever before for you to enjoy — Tiny Titans, Transformers, Sonic, Simpsons, Batman, Archie, and Marvel Adventures to name just a few. Current issues are in red binders and can't be checked out, but past issues can be checked out for one week. Come in and check them out!

Drills This Week

Emergency evacuation drills have been scheduled at the library this week. All patrons will be required to participate in these drills, so be prepared to quickly collect your valuables and exit the building. Safety drills are necessary to keep our staff familiar with proper procedure in the event of real emergencies. Thanks in advance for your cooperation and patience.

Ultimate Contraption

On Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-8:00 PM help build a giant Rube Goldberg machine and film it. Don't know what one is? Take a look here. We'll have tons of wacky supplies. You bring your imagination.  This program is recommended for people aged ten and up.

[Domino Effect by Smabs Sputzer is licensed under CC BY-A 2.0]

A Big Thank You For NHS!

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

Tween Service Corps August 2012

Are you in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade and looking for ways to fulfill 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, August 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you!

Bleacher Report

Are you a huge sports fan? Do you think you know all there is to know about sports? If so, you are going to want to check out the website, Bleacher Report. This site is full of stats for all your favorite sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and the upcoming Olympics. Enjoy!

You too can be a Star with Songify!

Songify, a creative and lively app, will turn anyone into a music master. It tunes, chops, and syncs your spoken words with pre-written background music. When you are finished you have a fun song featuring you. This app is available for multiple platforms all for free!

Nicholas Benedict's Mysterious Childhood Revealed

The extraordinary education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart; illustrated by Diana Sudyka — is a must-read for anyone who has read books from Stewart's series, The Mysterious Benedict Society. Nine-year-old Nicholas has been shifted from orphanage to orphanage because no one quite knows how to deal with this brilliant, bizarre child plagued with narcolepsy. At Rothchild's End Nicholas encounters unchallenged bullies, self-absorbed adults, and ridiculous rules and procedures. He also presented with an intriguing mystery that if solved could make him a millionaire and buy his freedom from insufferable orphanages forever. On his quest to find the enigmatic treasure before the orphanage's director, Nicholas faces unexpected obstacles, but also forms rich frienships.

The Buzz about The Bee

A new champion speller will be crowned Thursday at the conclusion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington D.C. Don't miss the action starting at 8:00 PM on ESPN. Also, Bee officials announced on Tuesday that a world bee of the English language is in the preliminary planning stages for next year.