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Insatiable Readers – Favorite Sports: Sweat or Strategy? July 2017


The library’s Readers’ Group discussed Favorite Sports on Saturday, July 15.  The titles presented are listed below.


Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Boys Among Men by Jonathan Abrams

Alone in Antarctica by Felicity Aston

Up Your Game! By Gary Belsky and Neil Fine

Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry

Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis

Still Life with Brook Trout by John Gierach

The Games by David Goldblatt

A Graphic History of Sport by Andrew Janik

Thousand-Miler by Melanie Radzicki McManus

The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aaron Ralston

Tribal by Diane Roberts

The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci

String Theory by David Foster Wallace

The Kings of New York by Michael Weinreb

ESPN’s 30 for 30


 Feed your need for great nonfiction titles and bookish conversations!  Join us in the Plaza Reading Room on Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. for “A Year in the Life: People Will Try Anything for a Year!”  There will be free coffee and lots of reading fun!


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Bitty Bot

A little robot would rather go on an intergalactic adventure than go to sleep in this rhyming romp that breaks all the bedtime rules. 

In a busy robot town 
bots begin to power down. 
All except for Bitty Bot! 
Feeling sleepy? 
Maybe not! 

Read Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna, then have fun with these downloadable activities.

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Documentary Screening: Mad Hot Ballroom


Join us for a fun and lively showing of the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom! Follow the journey of sixty fourth and fifth graders from New York City as they work together until they can out dance most adults. Over the course of ten weeks, these kids learn the foxtrot and the tango to compete in a citywide competition. This film, distributed by Paramount Vantage (formerly Paramount Classics), won the audience award at the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The movie has showtimes at 2 and 6:30 pm on Monday, August 14th. We offer free admission and refreshments and would love to see you there!


Would you like to practice your dance moves before the documentary? Check out these!

Tango (DVD) 793.3 YOU 

Picture yourself dancing: step by step instruction for ballroom, Latin, country and more by Shawn and Joanna Trautman 793.3 TRA

Ballroom dancing intermediate (DVD) 793.3 BAL

Discover Dance: Ballroom (DVD) 793.3 DIS

Taking the lead: lessons from a life in motion by Derek Hough B HOUGH

- Stephanie


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If you're lucky, you've already discovered author Kasie West.  If you haven't . . . well, your luck is about to change.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- she wins!  In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.  Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Did this one make it onto your Summer Reading list?  If not, there's still time to rectify that situation.

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta (May 16, 2017)
The greatest storytellers connect with readers through universal truths, and Uwiringiyimana tells her own profound story with clarity and honesty. After a heart-pounding cliff-hanger opening, Uwiringiyimana goes back in time to revisit her childhood in Uvira, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although occasionally interrupted by bouts of war and subsequent migration, her childhood was rich and fulfilling. However, everything changed during a stay at a refugee camp. The camp at Gatumba was attacked by the Forces for National Liberation, a militant rebel group—a deadly event that would forever alter Uwiringiyimana and her family. The resulting narrative is a powerful look at the family's move to the United States, the challenges of adjusting to a different culture, Uwiringiyimana's painful recognition of her trauma from the massacre, and, finally, the healing she experienced as she took ownership of her emotional needs. Throughout, readers will be able to relate to Uwiringiyimana's adolescent struggles of fitting in and her relationship with her parents as a new adult. The title is a critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced but still accessible. (from School Library Journal

Gimme Those Green Pants

We all have that piece of clothing or that accessory that makes us feel invincible.  For me, it was my Wonder Woman underoos.  For my sister, it was her "bell" dress -- a dress with a swirly skirt that had a bell pinned to the inside.  What was it for YOU?  And what is it for the star of our feature story?

Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
Jameson really loves green pants, when he wears them he can do anything.  But when he is invited to be in his cousin's wedding, he is torn.  He really wants to be in the wedding, but he would have to wear a tuxedo, a black tuxedo.  So what will he do?  Will he brave the black pants and be in the wedding?  Or will he stick to his green pants?  It is a tough decision.  A really tough decision.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!!!

Watch the book trailer!

Download the Teacher Tip card from Candlewick Press.

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Kick Off Kindergarten

Who's ready for a party just for kids starting kindergarten?  I am!  Me too!  Don't forget me!  Sounds like everybody's ready for Kick Off Kindergarten on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  This event is just for kindergarteners and their caregivers.  We will be celebrating this major milestone with a series of fun activities inspired by the school day.

Art - Create an apple for teacher.
Math - Where will your name fall on our community graph?
Music - Dance and play along with some toe-tapping tunes!
Science - Take part in our screaming balloon experiment.
Snack - Enjoy a cool popsicle treat.
Storytime - Make poetry come alive as you act out I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor.

Every child will also receive an official Going to Kindergarten button badge when they arrive and a stamp on the hand as they leave.  And make sure you experience Picture Day in our Class of 2030 photo booth.  You do not have to register for this event.  Just follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.

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Two Burach Giraffes

I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach (February 14, 2017)
Grab the best seat in the house with this funny, touching picture book about a giraffe who keeps being mistaken for a chair!  Could there be anything worse for Giraffe? Maybe being sat on by a skunk or smooshed by two hapless hippos, or worst of all—cornered by a hungry lion? No one seems to notice that Giraffe is not standing around just to be sat upon. Will he be able to find his voice and make his friends realize who he really is?
Watch the book trailer!

There's a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach (February 23, 2016)
In this debut picture book, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant!
Watch the book trailer!

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The Ends of the World

It's THE ENDS OF THE WORLD as we know it.

The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall
This is the thrilling conclusion to The Conspiracy of Us, the romantic adventure series that calls, a “Da Vinci Code-style thriller for teens.”  Power balances on a knife’s edge. Destiny is uncertain. And love is the most terrifying thing of all.  The Circle of Twelve is not who Avery though they were. Neither is Avery.  Her mother is dead. Betrayal and attraction and history have tangled the strings that bind her, Jack, and Stellan. And now, Avery and her friends must put aside their own problems and focus on putting a stop to the most dangerous conspiracy of all.  From London to Russia to Egypt, from the chill of underground crypts to the flash of paparazzi cameras, Avery West will finally have to confront whether her fate means salvation–or destruction.

Don't miss the first two explosive titles!
1. The Conspiracy of Us
2. Map of Fates

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Discover Fred Koehler

Discover Fred Koehler!  This up-and-coming illustrator is definitely worth knowing!  

Puppy, Puppy, Puppy by Julie Stenberg
What happens a family with a young child is given a brand new puppy? Twice the chaos and twice the cuddles in the most adorable mayhem that’s ever been in print.

This Book Is Not About Dragons by Shelly Moore Thomas
It isn’t, okay. So stop asking if there are any dragons in this book. Because there aren’t.

One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Winner of a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award, One Day, The End tells a series of connected stories much in the way a kid would actually tell a story to a grown-up – just the facts with all the juicy parts left out. Fortunately for readers, the truth comes out in the illustrations. Kids will love to read aloud the simple text and get lost in the fun of the stories behind the stories.

How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
Little Jumbo just can’t understand why his dad is having such a bad day. It couldn’t be the raisins Little Jumbo spit out at the ceiling or the bath he refused to take–after all, Little Jumbo’s dad knew he hated raisins and had already taken a bath that week! Luckily, Little Jumbo is such a thoughtful elephant that he decides to turn his dad’s bad day around with some of his–ahem, his dad’s–favorite things.

Super Jumbo by Fred Koehler
It's another romp with Little Jumbo, the most adorable elephant ever!  When Little Jumbo encounters an entire neighborhood in need of heroic helping hand, what could possibly go wrong?

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