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Torpedoed by Heiligman

Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set sail for Canada with one hundred children on board.  When the war ships escorting the Benares departed, a German submarine torpedoed what became known as the Children's Ship. Out of tragedy, ordinary people became heroes. This is their story.

Heiligman is one of my favorite authors of nonfiction for youth.  She is a dedicated researcher who unfolds events in a truly compelling way.  Horn Book recently referred to her as a nonfiction maestro.  I agree.  And so will you.

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship" by Deborah Heiligman (10/08/19)


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Harry Potter and the Illustrated Goblet of Fire

Jim Kay has taken another beloved J. K. Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and made it even more spectacular.  Seriously, you can practically feel the dragon's breath coming off the page!  The full-color illustrations combined with the 464-page length make this a weighty read, so don't try to read it while lying on your back in bed.  That's a surefire way to get a broken nose.  Instead, spread it before you on the table, the floor, or your lap, and immerse yourself in the magical wonder.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition by J. K. Rowling & Jim Kay (October 8, 2019)
Harry Potter wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in this case, different can be deadly.

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KJ's Reader Getaways

So I think most of you know that my name is Katie Jane.  And that I like books.  I also like to talk about books.  And, when I go into the schools, I'm always having teachers and parents say they'd love to sit down and talk books with me somewhere that isn't school.  I have good news!  I'm taking my show on the road!

I'm launching a new outreach initiative for adults who want to talk about kid lit.  KJ's Reader Getaways will take place once a month.  The day of the week and the time of day will change, in order to fit into a variety of people's schedules.  The location will also change.  I'll be stopping by a variety of local eateries all over our great city.  I'll buy a tasty treat, sit down, and talk about books.  Which ones will I talk about?  Whatever everyone else is interested in discussing!  The first one is fast approaching, so mark your calendar!  I'll go ahead and give you a sneak peek for the other fall Getaway, too.  Click on this link to access a printable flyer complete with addresses.

KJ's Reader Getaway - I Scream for Ice Cream and Books!
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.
The Whole Scoop

KJ's Reader Getaway - Wild About Books
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Wild Roast Cafe

We have a couple of teen events headed your way.  Go ahead and add them to your already busy schedule.

Saturday, October 5, 2019
11 am - 4 pm

Receive community service for helping the library with a service project. Grades 8-12.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Inspired by the show, we're decorating desserts based on a surprise theme.  Can you decorate the best?  Grades 7-12.  Register online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 10/01.

Steve Sheinkin, I love you.  And I'm not alone.  So I won't be selfish and try to keep you all to myself.  I will share you with the rest of our eager readers.

Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin (09/24/19)
Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.  These awe-inspiring stories culminate in a suspenseful, nail-biting race across the country that brings to life the glory and grit of the dangerous and thrilling early days of flying, expertly told by the master of nonfiction history for young readers.

Watch the book trailer, which includes historical footage of the featured aviators.


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Teen Volunteers

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.