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Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Picture Book to the Rescue!
I just LOVE Mike Austin picture books. Last year, I was particularly taken with Fire Engine No 9. It shadowed a fire engine and its crew through a busy day, telling the story using mostly sound words. This year, Austin follows up with Rescue Squad No 9, which tracks a boat that rescues a girl and her dog when their sailboat is caught in a storm. This new story also uses onomatopoeia and repetitive vocabulary to emphasize the story's action. And there is plenty of action. It's an intense rescue mission after all!
Don't Keep This a Secret
Trenton Lee Stewart, the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series, has a new book out this week! He invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?
The Secret Keepers
Parkour practitioner Reuben Pedley has been having a hard time since his mom lost her job and they had to move to a different (and poorer) part of the city. Friendless, he spends his days avoiding the Directions, the enforcement officers of the mysterious Smoke, who runs the city. On one of these afternoons, he finds a very interesting object after getting himself stuck on a ledge while he was supposed to be at home. What he discovers crammed in the masonry of a wall is an extremely old pocket watch that he is certain is worth a large sum and might just help him and his mother leave the poor part of town. Instead, he realizes that the watch has a little bit of magic in it, which gives him a special ability. Regrettably, the Directions learn of the presence of the watch, and they will stop at nothing to bring it to the Smoke. Only Reuben and his newfound friends have what it takes to solve the mystery of the watch and save their city.
Banned Books Week 2016
Banned Books Week is here! Defend the First Amendment and read a banned book September 25-October 1, 2016. You can choose from the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015 (click here to watch the video) or one of the titles featured on the many lists available on the official Banned Books Week website. They have lists about frequently challenged children's books, teen books, books by authors of color, books with diverse content, and classics.
What else can you do?
Contribute to the Banned Books Week conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.
Find out what authors have to think about Banned Books Week. Take a look at guest author posts on the Intellectual Freedom blog.
History of Fun Stuff
You think you don't like history? The History of Fun Stuff series will change your mind! This Level 3 Ready to Read series goes back in time and behind the scenes to teach you the cool history of all sorts of your favorite things. The newest one comes out on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, and it's called The Colorful Story of Comics.
"Do you know how comics, graphic novels, and manga came to be? Or that they have their roots in cave drawings? Did you know that Benjamin Franklin is credited as having the first cartoon in an American newspaper? Ever wonder who put the fun in the Funny Pages? Become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on the funny history of comics!"
Find the other titles in this series in the Kid Zone!
- The Deep Dish on Pizza! by Stephen Krensky
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- The High Score and Lowdown on Video Games by Stephen Krensky
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- The Scoop on Ice Cream by Bonnie Williams
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- The Stellar Story of Space Travel by Patricia Lakin
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- The Sweet Story of Hot Chocolate by Stephen Krensky
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- The Tricks and Treats of Halloween by Angela Murphy
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- The Way the Cookie Crumbled by Jody Jensen Shaffer
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Blogging and Coding How-to
The Super Skills series has two new books to help you become more tech-savvy in our technology-driven world. Perfect for beginners and near-experts alike!
How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons by Shane Birley (2016)
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This brisk read provides 10 lessons for those interested in bringing their voices to the internet, covering blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and everything that goes with them. The book expands upon these lessons in each chapter. For example, the “Record Your Podcast” chapter not only covers basic podcasting formats, but highlights the anatomy of a podcast, how long shows should be, theme-music development, and more. The book also features a section dedicated to internet safety, one all kids should read regardless of their online ambitions. The graphics and charts are serviceable, featuring racially diverse children and dutifully breaking up the chunks of text in a format that’s easy on the eyes. A chapter focused on developing audience is especially helpful to those looking to get their voices heard. But above all, the book positions online expression as equal to any other form of artistic expression: maintaining a web series is just as valid as photography or painting in the eyes of the book’s audience
How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons by Sean McManus (2015)
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The spiral binding on this book is completely necessary, as it enables the book to lay flat for readers to consult while working on their Scratch programs via computer—following along with the book without having the Scratch website open would be a confusing undertaking. The first couple of sections provide background on Scratch’s purpose and why one would program in it: it easily makes programs with graphics, and it does so while the programmer is online, requiring no software installations. Then programming teacher and prolific code-guide writer McManus hits his stride in guiding readers through increasingly complicated code. He takes readers from simple quiz games to games in which the player’s character jumps between moving platforms while dodging enemies. The book’s full-color design takes advantage of Scratch’s very visual, color-coded format, but the true-to-screen reproductions falter with some glossy code images of black text on dark colors, which are much harder to read than their computer-backlit equivalents. The final sections cover the basics of HTML tags and an impressive demystification of CSS, with the goal of embedding the Scratch game in a personal website.
World Rhino Day with a Worldly Rhinoceros
September 22, 2016 is World Rhino Day, and there is a brand-new picture book that is an absolutely PERFECT choice to read on that day.
Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros Who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone . . . While She Ate Her Way Up and Down the Continent! by Emily Arnold McCully
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In 1741, a Dutch sea captain, Douwemont Van der Meer, transported Clara, a young rhinoceros, from India to his home in Leiden. For the next 17 years, Van der Meer transported her to dozens of cities throughout Europe, including Berlin, Rome, Paris, and Vienna. Clara charmed royals such as Empress Maria Theresa and Louis XV. She amazed peasants and aristocrats, who paid to see her. Poets, painters, and musicians created works in her honor. McCully carries readers on these travels while never losing sight of the relationship between the captain and Clara. Van der Meer needed to raise money constantly to satisfy Clara's prodigious appetite for bread and hay and her fondness for oranges and beer. She repaid him with affection and patience during the travels and exhibitions. McCully's watercolor illustrations capture the fashions and landscapes of the time. Panoramas such as the entourage sailing on a huge raft down the Rhine convey the spectacular undertaking involved in Clara's travels. An extensive author's note supplies additional information on Clara's story and the current state of rhinoceros populations. Consider pairing this title with Mary Tavener Holmes's My Travels with Clara, which incorporates photos of paintings, coins, and figurines with Clara's image.
Who's the Best Man? Richard Peck!
Richard Peck is a multi-award-winning writer of middle grade and young adult novels. He has been honored with a Newbery Medal, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN Award, and the National Humanities Medal. His passion for encouraging children to read, as well as educating parents about the importance of reading to children before they can read independently, is inspiring and a driving force for many educators. Each and every one of his novels is multi-faceted and versatile. Find out more about his previous novels (and how to use them in the classroom) when you access An Educator's Guide to Richard Peck. Now, let's learn about his newest title!
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Archer Magill has spent elementary school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great car customizer; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he nds a fourth—Mr. McLeod, a teacher. But now here comes middle school and change. Archer doesn’t see too far ahead, so every day or so a startling revelation breaks over him. Then a really big one when he’s the best man at the wedding of two of his role models. This is a story of small-town life, family, and everyday heroes.
Lupica's Last Man Out
According to Booklist, "Lupica stirs equal quantities of grief and gridiron action into his latest outing." Are you surprised? Neither am I. That's what Mike Lupica does best.
Last Man Out
When the Brighton Bears suit up on game day, 12-year-old Tommy Gallagher is the toughest kid on the football field. And the bravest. After all, his father Patrick is a Boston firefighter--one of Boston's bravest. Tommy's dad taught him everything he knows about football--and life. Yet even Tommy isn't strong enough for what happens when the sirens ring and, for the first time, they're racing away from the fire. "First man in; last man out" had always been his dad's motto . . . yet he never said anything about leaving in an ambulance. What kind of risk had his dad taken? Now Tommy's biggest battle has nothing to do with football. And the kid who always had such respect for risk on the gridiron finds himself drawn to it off the field.
- Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter (2014)
J 636.7 MON Every morning, Tuesday helps Luis get his shoes on, one at a time. He reminds Luis to take his medicine. He even gets Luis’ cane for him. But here’s the thing about Tuesday: he’s not a person––he’s a service dog! After Luis came back from war, everything was different and ordinary things scared him. Luckily, he had Tuesday, who stuck by him, helping him every step of the way. Wherever Luis goes, Tuesday is sure to be following right beside… ready to protect his pal. And there is a lot of love to go around because Luis looks after Tuesday, too. He takes Tuesday to the park, wipes his paws, and even brushes his teeth!
- Tuesday Takes Me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter (2016)
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From New York’s Staten Island Ferry to a double-decker bus in Washington, DC, a delightful service dog, named Tuesday, narrates this fun and exciting journey ― with his disabled veteran partner ― to a very special place.
Luis Carlos Montalván is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and advocate. Tuesday is his beloved service dog and recipient of the American Kennel Club’s Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence. A 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Captain Montalván served multiple tours abroad and his decorations include two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge. In 2010, Montalván completed a master of science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A vocal advocate, he regularly appears on local, national, and global media. Luis & Tuesday have spoken, in person, to hundreds of thousands of people across North America about disability awareness, trauma and healing.
Were you wondering if Raina Telgemeier has officially hit the bigtime? The answer is YES! Even the New York Times is crazy about her and her newest graphic novel, Ghosts.
"Raina Telgemeier’s characters fizz with visual energy. They DASH! across the page, trailing motion lines and little clouds of smoke. When they’re angry, steam whistles from their ears; when they’re crushing, they expel perfect red hearts from their blushing cheeks. . . . This can make them appear, on first glance, a bit simplistic — cartoonish, in the pejorative sense. But Telgemeier’s interest in knotty issues of tween and teenage social and family life [is] evident. . . . the book’s lovely darker palette of blues and grays hints at the sadness that inflects this story of childhood illness and dislocation. Catrina has moved with her family to the foggy, windswept Northern California town of Bahía de la Luna, in hopes that the cool air will help her little sister Maya’s cystic fibrosis. Cat, about to enter sixth grade, is moody and upset about the move; Maya, despite her grim prognosis, is joyful and excited. A neighbor boy, Carlos, who guides “ghost tours” around town, tells Cat and Maya that (fictional) Bahía de la Luna is filled with spirits, who like to gather in the old mission and feed off the cool winds. With Day of the Dead approaching, this scaredy Cat has to overcome her fear of the unknown while protecting her ailing sister from an uncertain future."