Mysti Murphy is starting seventh grade and so far nothing is turning out as expected. Her best friend Anibal Gomez has blown her off to become a “hipster” and gain the attention of a pretty girl at school. Meanwhile, Mysti has plenty of problems at home. Her family has a secret; her mother is agoraphobic which means she never leaves the house. Mysti and her sister keep this secret and their father takes care of everything that needs to be done outside of the house. Things take a bad turn when her father falls and suffers an injury that lands him in the hospital for a long stay. Now it is up to Mysti to move beyond her mother's projected fears and find the courage to help herself and her family. With the loss of her best friend Mysti ends up at the “loser island” lunch table and eventually befriends a strong and sassy Rama Khan who helps her find that courage. Mysti is a character that you'll be rooting for from beginning to end! (Grades 5-8 School Library Journal)
Tiny, Moonpie and Andre are three cats who want to know if there is a yappy, snappy dog in their house! Lift the flaps to discover what is going on in their world! A fun, interactive story for ages 3 and up.
Clover's Luck is the first book in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. Clover has always considered herself unlucky and especially with pets. Her most recent one, a pet bird, flies off into the forest and when she goes chasing after her Clover stumbles upon a flyer advertising a job at an animal adoption agency. When Clover goes to ask about the job she is hired on the spot and soon learns the secret of M.A.A.A.; it's full of magical animals. Fairy horses, magic toads, witch kittens, unicorns, and even a baby dragon are among the animals available to adopt. Just as Clover is feeling her luck might be changing she gets left in charge of the agency and a sneaky witch shows up causing all sorts of trouble. Can Clover overcome her bad luck and help the animals find good homes? (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)
For Kids: Great Reads
New Children's Books
News for Little and Big Kids
Our traditional Summer Reading Club is getting an extreme makeover! Here are the details:
Summer Library Club begins earlier than in years past; it will begin on May 26th.
In addition to the literacy focus, we have added experiential learning “activities” to explore. Participants can choose from 60 activities; activities can be found on the Summer Library Club website, www.summerlibraryclub.org. There is also a shorter list on the back of the reading log, which will be available on the... Read more
Now is a great time to get started on a gardening project. It's great exercise, you get to play in the dirt, and you can learn some things about nature! There are lots of gardening activities to try, from growing your own fruits and vegetables to attracting birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to your backyard. Don't worry if you don't have much outdoor space - lots of gardening projects don't need much space at all.
Check out the titles below to get started on your gardening adventure!
The weather is changing and families are getting outside again to enjoy the new season. Young children are just as happy and excited about getting outdoors as adults, maybe even more so because it means time at the park or a ride in the stroller. The start of a new season is a great time to introduce the signs and symbols of that season. Here is a list of books that celebrate spring and that are available in board book format so that even the littlest readers can enjoy them!
- It's Spring! by Samantha Berger
- Springtime Baby ... Read more
Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions. The K-4 grade winner was Katie H. with her poem “Garden” which appears below and the grade 5-8 winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” also appears below right after Katie's. Congratulations to both winners!
The richest garden high up on the hill
had the smell of roses
a slightly pointed breeze... Read more
Connect with Your Librarians
Join our Youth Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.
Resources for Preschool Kids
Events for Kids & Teens
For a full events calendar for kids and teens, please follow this link.
Calling all 6th-12th graders, join us at the Lane Road Library on select Wednesdays for our Teen Wednesday programs. The Spring line-up... (full entry)When?05/27/2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pmWhere?Lane Road Branch Library
Looking for a quiet place to study? Have a group that needs space to prepare for exams? Well have open rooms available at select times... (full entry)When?06/01/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pmWhere?Tremont Road - Main Library
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