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Flashback Four: The Lincoln Project

Dan Gutman is starting a new series!  It blends fascinating real history with an action-packed and hilarious adventure!  At least, that's what the publisher promises.  Since it's Dan Gutman doing the writing, I believe them.

Flashback Four: The Lincoln Project
"Congratulations! You are invited to participate in a very special once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please do not share this invitation or discuss it with anyone." four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history's most important events. This time, the four friends are headed to 1863 to catch Abraham Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. They'll have to work together to ask the right questions, meet the right people, and capture the right moment. And most important—not get caught! 

(This book won't be published until February 23, 2016.  I'm blogging about it today because it's Lincoln's birthday.  You can go ahead and add your name to the waiting list.  Simply click on the blue title.)

BONUS!
There is another new time travel novel featuring Abraham Lincoln!
The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie That Saved the Union by Dave Potter (#2 in a series)

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Perfect Pair #19

This month's pair is proof that dog really is man's best friend.  

  • Balto of the Blue Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne (2016)
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    The magic tree house has returned, and it's taking Jack and Annie back in time to Alaska 1925.  There they meet Balto, a jet-black Siberian husky destined to save victims of the diphtheria epidemic.  But the trail isn't easy, and Balto is going to need Jack and Annie's help!
  • Alaska's Dog Heroes: True Stories of Remarkable Canines by Shelley Gill (2014)
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    These true canine stories from the last frontier describe remarkable acts of intelligence, stamina, loyalty, and heroism by Balto, Togo, Tekla, Stickeen, and more of Alaska's famous dogs. From traversing mountains in winter with deliveries of life-saving medicine to fighting off bears and finding lost children, each beautifully illustrated and exciting story comes from the pages of Alaska's history.
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High School Musical Karaoke

It's the tenth anniversary of High School Musical.  Can you believe it?!  How can you celebrate this epic milestone? Come and sing-a-long with Troy and the gang at High School Musical Karaoke on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  Remember these classic songs?

  • Start of Something New
  • Get'cha Head in the Game
  • What I've Been Looking For
  • Stick to the Status Quo
  • When There Was Me and You
  • Bop to the Top
  • We're All in This Together

No registration required.  Snacks provided.  Open to grades 7-12.  (Did you notice how I went to super short sentences at the end?  That's because I know you're having a hard time focusing now that you have Get'cha Head in the Game stuck in your head.  Ok, ok . . . I'm the one having a hard time focusing.  That tune is just so catchy!)

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Classic games come to life in GIANT format at Life Size Games on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  First, second, and third graders will play Hungry Hungry Hippos, Operation, Jenga, Ants in the Pants, and Connect Four, but they won't be board games on a table top.  We've super-sized the fun!  There will also be game-themed snacks, in case you were wondering.  (And you were totally wondering.)  Register online or by phone (444-7830).

DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the Kid Zone has a bookcase filled with board games you can play at the library?  We do!  It's next to the printing station, behind the main desk.  Have fun!
 

2016 is the 75th anniversary of H. A. Rey's classic story, Curious George.  Our favorite curious little monkey has a new nonfiction series!  Each adventure includes experiments, photos, and fun facts!  Have you discovered it yet?

BONUS!
I totally didn't plan this, but today is Chinese New Year.  And 2016 is the Year of the . . . MONKEY!

I Heart Ladybug Girl!

Become a member of the Bug Squad and help Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy make this the best Valentine's Day ever at I Heart Ladybug Girl on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.!  Your Bug Squad Valentine preparation training will include:

  • Creating a bug mask and cape
  • Making some buggy Valentines to give to your friends
  • Tossing Ladybugs
  • Following Ladybug Girl on a daring and dangerous journey (Don't forget your imagination, though Ladybug girl has plenty to spare.) **This is an obstacle course with elements from some of the Ladybug Girl books.
  • Charging your bug juices on Ladybug Girl's favorite Valentine snacks

After the show, grab some of the picture books that inspired the fun!  The author is David Soman, so look under E  SOM for Ladybug Girl, Ladybug Girl and Bingo, Ladybug Girl and Bumblee Boy, Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow, Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad Playdate, Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma, and Ladybug Girl at the Beach.  The newest title, Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate, is available under E  SOM  NEW BOOK.

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Pennypacker Presents Pax

There have been lots of good books about a boy and his dog.  This good book is about a boy and his . . . fox.

"Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own."

Pax is written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen.  Their collaboration is "a viscerally affecting story of war, loss, and the power of friendship.  The black-and-white drawings by Klassen offer a respite for readers, while adding to the haunting atmosphere.  With spare, lyrical prose, Pennypacker manages to infus this tearjerker with a tender hope, showing that peace and love can require just as much sacrifice as war."  (from School Library Journal)

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Dance Dance Underpants

Ballet Cat is back!  And, once again, she's trying to get a friend to dance.  Butter Bear is about to make her ballet debut.  Ballet Cat wants her to leap.  Butter Bear just wants to point her toe.  What's holding her back?  Silly underpants!  Get ready to roll on the floor with laughter when you read Bob Shea's Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Don't miss the first funny book in this series!
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret

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Black History Month: New Titles Worthy of Extra Celebration

2015 was a great year for juvenile nonfiction books, and many of those titles are perfect for Black History Month.

2016 already looks like it will be an equally great year for books about African-American history!

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No Jacket Required – “Presidential Biographies,” January 2016

HPL’s genre group discussed Presidential Biographies in January.

The titles and websites presented are listed below.

  • Woodrow Wilson by H.W. Brands
  • Lyndon B. Johnson by Charles Peters
  • No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The Roosevelts: An Intimate History DVD by Ken Burns
  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • Thomas Jefferson Landscape Architect by Frederick Doveton Nichols and Ralph E. Griswold
  • The Unfinished Presidency by Douglas Brinkley
  • A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
  • Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
  • Young Mr. Obama by Ted McClelland
  • The American Journey of Barack Obama by Life Books
  • "The Fix’s List of Best Presidential Biographies" from The Washington Post
  • Essential Books I, II, and III on the right side of the page from Dead Presidents blog
  • http://bestpresidentialbios.com/

Please join us on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 for a discussion of Poetry. The group will be held in the Theatre Level Meeting Room C at 10:30 a.m. Call Nonfiction at 444-7840 for more information.

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