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How Do You Know the Difference?

There is a wonderful nonfiction picture book series that goes along perfectly with this summer's science theme.  However, none of the titles fit in our Under the Microscope blog subjects.  So how were we going to make sure our patrons knew about the books?  It was a bit of a problem, but it was easily solved with this blog post!  The series is called How Do You Know the Difference by Melissa Stewart.  Each book focuses on a pair of similar creatures and explains how to tell them apart.  The series features great photographs and encourages careful observation.  I highly recommend them to all inquisitive children (and their teachers).

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Under the Microscope #8

Modern science is often very high-tech.  Power up and take a closer look at ROBOTS & TECHNOLOGY.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.)

  1. Amazing Military Robots by Sean Stewart Price
  2. Batman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Batman's Gear by Agnieska Biskup & Tammy Enz
  3. Battling for Victory: The Coolest Robot Competitions by Kathryn Clay
  4. Cool Robots by Sean Kenney
  5. Cool Stuff Exploded: Get Inside Modern Technology by Chris Woodford
  6. Cool Tech: Gadgets, Games, Robots, and the Digital World by Clive Gifford
  7. Eyewitness Computer by Mike Goldsmith & Tom Jackson
  8. Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg by Judy L. Hasday
  9. Fantastic Contraptions by Yoshihito Isogawa
  10. High-Tech Olympics by Nick Hunter
  11. How Cool Is This?
  12. How to Build a Prize-Winning Robot by Joel Chaffee
  13. How to Draw Robots by Mark Bergin
  14. The Kids' Guide to Robots by Barbara J. Davis
  15. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch
  16. Nature Got There First by Phil Gates
  17. Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects by Kathy Ceceri
  18. Robots by Clive Gifford
  19. Robots by Jenny MacKay
  20. Robots and Artificial Intelligence by Nicolas Brasch
  21. Space Robots by Steve Kortenkamp
  22. Spy Gizmos and Gadgets by Susan K. Mitchell
  23. Spy Tech -- Digital Dangers by Susan K. Mitchell
  24. Spy Technology by Ron Fridell
  25. Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids by Jason Fry
  26. Steve Jobs: Technology Innovator and Apple Genius by Matt Doeden
  27. Technology: A Byte-Size World! by Dan Green
  28. Weapons and Technology by Martin J. Dougherty
  29. Who Is Bill Gates? by Patricia Demuth
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Closed for the Fourth

The library will be closed for Independence day on Friday, July 4, 2014.  This does not mean you should take a break from Summer Reading!  It just means you'll have to do your reading on your own turf, in between barbecues and pool parties and fireworks-watching.

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Animal Tales presents Reptile Scales & Tails

We have a brand new animal show coming to the summer reading stage!  Animal Tales is an edZOOcational program out of Kentucky.  (Interesting Fact: Animal Tales director Jared Baker worked at the Birmingham Zoo for four years.)  The Reptile Scales & Tails show features 5-6 live animals, including a large tortoise, lizards, and snakes.  After the show, learn even more fun facts about your favorite reptiles.  Just look for the Dewey Decimal number 597.9 in the Kid Zone. Remember, there are informational books in three places -- the picture book room (green stickers), beginning readers (orange stickers), and the general nonfiction collection.

Animal Tales presents Reptile Scales & Tails
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Heroes in a half shell -- TURTLE POWER!  I am so ridiculously excited about our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle program on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.  I am a long-time TMNT fan.  Donatello is my favorite.  He's smart, good with a bo staff, and a fan of the color purple.  I have a collection of Donatello figurines that I've been accumulating since 1990.  And guess what else?  I get to be Donatello at the party!  All four turtles -- Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael -- plus April O'Neil will make an appearance.  Talk about a photo opportunity!  And you can let everybody know which turtle is your favorite by making a look-alike mask.  There will also be plenty of ninja-inspired activities like Michaelangelo's Nunchucks Ladderball Toss and Donatello's Whack a Bad Guy.  You'll also get a chance to Escape to the Sewers then eat breakfast pizza and other snacks.  All TMNT fans are welcome, and you don't need to make a reservation.

Find Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle books and DVDs in the Kid Zone!
Picture books = E  TEE
Beginning reader books = E  STEP  BEGINNING READER
Mutant Mayhem chapter book= J  TEE  NEW BOOK
How to Draw Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles = J  743  NAV
DVDs = T

Find more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fun online!
Official website on 

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