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You Do the Math

Do you think that math was designed to torment kids?  Do you need proof that math is awesome?  Really awesome?  Take a look at these books in the You Do the Math series by Hilary Koll and Steve Mills!  Find all four under the call number J  510  KOL  GRAPHIC NOVEL.

  • Design a Skyscraper
    Find out what it takes to build high in the sky. Follow each stage of the project and complete the math exercises to build one of the world's tallest buildings!
  • Fly a Jet Fighter
    Take to the skies on a mission to be the best fighter pilot! Follow each stage of the mission and complete the math exercises to create your squadron of jet fighter aces!
  • launch a rocket into space
    Blast off on a mission to Launch a Rocket into Space! Follow each stage of the mission and compete the math exercises to make sure your rocket blasts clear of the atmosphere and returns safely!
  • Solve a Crime
    Collect the clues to become an amazing super-sleuth! Follow each stage of the case and complete the math exercises to track down and catch the criminal.
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The Hindenburg

The newest title in The 39 Clues: Doublecross series is called Mission Hindenburg.  I know you're a huge fan of the series, and you don't want to wait any longer before devouring the next installment.  But do you have any background knowledge about this historical disaster?  Maybe you should read one of these books first.

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How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons

Looking for a project to fill your final days of summer?  Look no further than How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons by Robert Blofield.  Learn how to write, direct, and edit your own film without a Hollywood budget.  As the title promises, the book focuses on ten skills you'll need to develop:

  1. Find Inspiration
  2. Turn Your Idea into a Script
  3. Visualize Every Shot
  4. Plan, Plan, Plan!
  5. Camera Work
  6. Lighting and Sound
  7. Be a Confident Director
  8. Editing Your Film
  9. Show Off Your Film
  10. Keep on Filming!

Each skill is broken down into smaller lessons that include tons of helpful hints, handy tips, and "WOW" factors for storyboards, shooting scripts, camera rigs, cutaways, and more!  And the book's spiral binding makes it easy to keep it open to the most helpful page.  Highly recommended for movie maker enthusiasts!

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Make sure you turn in your reading logs by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.   When the vault door closes, it won't re-open until next summer.  We will draw names for the bike and the four teen grand prizes first thing Wednesday morning.

Another John Green book has been turned into a movie!  It hits the big screen this weekend.  As a librarian, it is my DUTY to encourage you to read the book first.  We have Paper Towns in many formats.

Young and shy Quentin (Nat Wolff) is in for the night of his life when Margo (Cara Delevingne), the most popular student in high school, recruits him to help her play mischievous pranks on the friends who betrayed her. The next day, however, the mysterious Margo is nowhere to be found. With help from a few buddies and some cryptic clues that she left behind, Quentin embarks on an obsessive mission to find the girl who stole his heart and made him feel truly alive.

For Maker Minds

Are you a kid who loves to build stuff?  Are you looking for inspiration for your next project?  Take a look at these books!  Are you a parent hoping to foster a culture of hands-on creativity in your child?  These books offer excellent role models for productivity, motivation, and overcoming obstacles and setbacks.  Are you a person just looking for a great book?  Look no further.

  1. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
    E  SWE / E 791.5  SWE
  2. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
    JB  KAM
  3. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
    E  BAR / E  BAR  BOOK & CD
  4. Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J. H. Shapiro
    E  709.2  SHA
  5. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
    E  SPI
  6. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Davis
    E  791.06  DAV
  7. One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul
    E  363.72  PAU
  8. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
    E  BEA (ebook also available)
  9. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert
    JB  EHL
  10. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant
    JB  PIP
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More Maple & Willow

Lori Nichols was a featured author/illustrator at our Read.Write.Draw. conference in April, and she has a new story featuring our favorite sisters!  I can't wait to read Maple & Willow Apart.  It's a perfect choice to prepare siblings for the big changes that come when school begins.

"Maple and Willow have always been inseparable. So what happens when Maple starts big-girl school and Willow stays behind? Well, of course, both girls have marvelous adventures of their own, but the truth is, they miss each other. And when they see that the missing is mutual, they find a unique way to feel connected even when they have to be apart."

Don't miss Lori's other picture books -- Maple and Maple & Willow Together.  She also illustrated No, No, Kitten! by Shelley Moore Thomas and This Orq (He Cave Boy) by David Elliott.

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Greetings from Somewhere

As summer winds down, you might get the travel bug.  You may crave visits to foreign cities, but you may not have the money or time or parental consent for such adventures.  Don't worry, you can still experience the magic and mystery of faraway places.  Read the Greetings from Somewhere series by Harper Paris.  Second grade twins Ethan and Ella travel around the globe, solving mysteries along the way.  Find them under the call number J  PAR  FIRST CHAPTER BOOK.

  1. The Mystery of the Gold Coin (Brookeston, USA)
  2. The Mystery of the Mosaic (Venice, Italy)
  3. The Mystery of the Stolen Painting (Paris, France)
  4. The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
  5. The Mystery of the Lion's Tail (Maasai Mara, Kenya)
  6. The Mystery of the Suspicious Spices (Mumbai, India)
  7. The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge (Macchu Pichu, Peru)
  8. The Mystery at the Coral Reef (Brisbane, Australia) -- COMING SOON!
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Ant Power

I'm pretty excited about the new Ant-Man movie, which opens in theaters this weekend.  The hero is able to shrink in scale but increase in strength.  That's why he's named after the mighty ant.  Ants are amazing insects and incredibly strong!  Find out more with these books.

Ant by Ting Morris
Ant Antics by Deborah Lock (also available as ebook)
The Ant: Energetic Worker by Luc Gomel
Ants by Grace Hansen
Ants by Margaret Hall
Ants by Melissa Stewart
Ants by Valerie Bodden
The Ant's Nest: A Huge Underground City by Miriam Aronin
Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen & Tudor Humphries
Army Ants by Clint Twist
Busy Ants by Kristin L. Nelson
The Life Cycle of an Ant by Hadley Dyer & Bobbie Kalman

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Roger Day Is On the Way!

It's almost time for our favorite finale -- Roger Day!  His music is fun, and his energy level is high.  Get ready for Mosquito Burritos, Monkey Brains, and more!  Reminder, take special note of the seating guidelines.  This is one of our most popular shows, and they fill up quickly.

Roger Day
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

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