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Holly Black Leads Us Through The Darkest Part of the Forest

Holly Black's new book is a super-dark fantasy book.  What a surprise!  Luckily, that's what Ms. Black does best.  The Darkest Part of the Forest features a haunted wood, a boy in a glass coffin, and a monster that sounds like a woman weeping.  Is that tempting tidbit not enough for you?  Here's the official synopsis:

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does... As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

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Perfect Pair #6

A new year, a new set of perfectly paired children's books. This month focuses on art.

  • Rudy and Claude Splash Into Art by Adam McHeffey (2014)
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    Rudy is a curious mouse who wonders, "What is art?" Claude, his feathered friend, tries to teach him. Rudy works on a self-portrait, a still life, a landscape, found art, a sculpture-- all with disastrous results! Then he tries to create an artistic masterpiece, but ... SPLAT! Has Rudy finally become an artist?
  • Get Into Art: Animals by Susie Brooks (2013)
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    Introduces readers to works of art featuring animals by such esteemed artists as M.C. Escher, Andy Warhol, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse, and provides instruction for animal-centered art projects.
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TJI: Paint Chip Comic Strips

Graphic novels and fiction books illustrated with doodle art is all the rage.  So our book club for Grades 4-6 decided to make Paint Chip Comic Strips to advertise the books we read.  Take a look!

Austin = Timmy Failure: We Meet Again by Stephan Pastis
Carlie = The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale
Carson = 39 Clues: Unstoppable: Flashpoint by Gordon Korman
Jessica = Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Renée Russell
J.P. & Will = Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Miss Katie Jane = Frank Einstein and the Anti-Matter Motor by Jon Scieszka
Kira = Athlete vs Mathlete by W. C. Mack
Liam = Vader's Little PrincessGoodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown
Sawyer = Ocean S.O.S. by J. Burchett & S. Vogler

The next meeting of This Just In! will be Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Register online or by phone (444-7830).

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Double Trouble Lego

We have two Lego events this month!  Both are called Lego: Let's Build It and focus on construction.  There will be a giant Lego demolition game (complete with wrecking ball), a make-a-paper-minifigure craft, and random building challenges for you and your Lego bricks.  There will also be a picture station and a brown bag snack.  Registration for each has already begun!  Choose the one that's right for you.  Call 444-7830 or click on the blue.

Lego: Let's Make It! (grades 4-6)
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Lego: Let's Make It! (grades 1-3)
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

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More Olaf

Frozen continues to be HUGELY popular.  We had over 600 people attend our Frozen Fun event in December!  If you missed it (or if you loved it and want more), I have amazing news.  We're hosting Play Along with Olaf this Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Olaf will once again grace us with his cute presence.  Kids will play a couple of wintry wonderful games --  a snowball toss and Olaf bowling -- and make their very own Olaf character to take home.  Plus there will be plenty of snacks.  You don't have to register for this event.  Simply follow the stars if you wanna build a snowman.

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