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Library I Spy

Stop by the Children's Help Desk and pick up your Library I Spy sheet! Walk around the library and check off each item as you spot it. Then turn your sheet back in to receive a sticker. Don't forget to go online and claim your Sleuth it badge!

Mystery Authors Word Search

Do you love word searches? Do you find yourself looking for more mystery authors to read? Earn your Sleuth It badge by completing either our adult or children's mystery author word search! Pick up your copy at either Help Desk. No need to turn it back in. Save it so you'll have a list of authors that you may have never read before. Once you finish it, make sure you visit our website and claim your badge!

World War II : A History Mystery Activity

By conducting research and using the fewest number of clues possible, solve a mystery related to World War II. Geared towards children in grades 3-8, this is a great way to earn your Sleuth It badge. Complete the mystery and then return to our website to claim your badge!

Christmas Music

With Christmas just around the corner, why not take a look through our extensive collection of Christmas CDs? With so much variety, we make it easy to put together that perfect playlist for all of your holiday activities!

Halloween Cooking

It's that time of year to start making plans for Halloween! Whether you're throwing a party, going trick-or-treating, or passing out candy, you can never have enough spooky treats around to snack on. Check out The Halloween Cooking Blog and Food Network's Halloween Cooking page for some great recipes, as well as our own collection of Halloween cooking and idea books.

Library Jokes

Do you love jokes? How about jokes specifically related to libraries? Well, here's a great website that is full of library jokes and cartoons.

Rubber!

Do you enjoy keeping up with the films that play on the festival circuit? Do you like strange, art house thrillers? If so, you may just want to check out Rubber. Rubber, originating from France, featured prominently during 2010, playing Cannes, Fantastic Fest, AFI, and others, and is finally getting a U.S. release! The story centers around Robert, an inanimate tire, who discovers that he has destructive telepathic powers. He soon sets his sights on a desert town and a beautiful woman who becomes the focus of his obsession. Creating a path of destruction, Robert may just be the most interesting movie villain yet.

Louise Rennison Fans!

Are you a fan of Louise Rennison's book series that began with Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging? If you are, you may have been disappointed when she published her last book in the series in 2009. That is why I was so excited to hear that she is beginning a new series revolving around the misadventures of Georgia's younger cousin, Tallulah Casey! Withering Tights is due to be released on June 28, 2011 and promises to be just as fun and hilarious as the previous books. And if you haven't read any of the books, and want to feel good and laugh out loud, give them a try!

Library Lovers' Month!

Most people associate February with Valentine's Day, but did you know that February is also Library Lovers' Month? Check out this website to print some great bookmarks, send some online postcards, get library-inspired ideas for things to do with kids, and even see a list of movies involving librarians. Then come visit the library to check them out!

Must-Read Fiction!

It has been quite a while since I read a book that impressed me as much as The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst. The story revolves around a best-selling author who has been estranged from her famous rock-singer son for the past four years, a residual effect of a past family tragedy. When her son is suddenly charged with the murder of his girlfriend, however, she desperately tries to make her way back into his life and piece together what actually happened. Interspersed throughout the novel are chapters of the newest book the main character is working on, which is a compilation of the endings of all of her previous books followed by new endings for each them.

The Library Shop

Do you often find yourself searching for places to buy unique, perhaps library-related, gifts for yourself or others? The Library Shop at the New York Public Library has a fantastic online store that fills this need! Purchase author-inspired fragrance diffusers, Shakespeare action figures and much more. Check it out today!

The Other Side of the Door

If you have never read a Nicci French novel, now is the time to give it a try! This husband-wife team consistently write such fantastic British suspense fiction that as soon as you read the first page, you can barely put the book down until you reach the last. In this newest novel, The Other Side of the Door, a young woman finds her summer fling boyfriend dead and proceeds to do everything that she can to hide the body and remove all traces of evidence. As the story moves quickly along, you'll find yourself thinking that you know what's happened only to reach the twists at the end of the novel that always manage to surprise. This is definitely not a book to be missed.

World Turtle Day!

Did you know that May 23 is World Turtle Day? The American Tortoise Rescue is a turtle and tortoise rescue organization that initiated World Turtle Day in 2000. The group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals. You can find more information on the Humane Society of the United States website, as well as checking out our wide selection of turtle-related materials.

Hilarious British Fiction

If you have never read any of the books in Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, now is the time to get caught up! The last book in the series, Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? has just been released and is more hilarious than ever. The books follow the humorous escapades of a British teenage girl through her diary entries and are guaranteed to have you laughing out loud at any age. If you're new to the series, get introduced to Georgia with Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging.

Love Board Games?

In recent years, Hasbro came up with the cool idea of publishing some of its popular board games in "library" editions. Now you can get some of your favorite games in compact boxes that look like books and fit right on your shelves!