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Those funny chicks from The Trouble with Chickens are back in a series all their own. Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie are not your typical chicks. They might be cute, but they are also daring and always ready to solve a mystery or fight crime. When a very scared squirrel named Tail comes to tell them about the “big and scary thing” that has landed in the backyard, the chicken squad is on the case. With the use of some strange camouflage and deductive reasoning the chicks investigate the big, green, round, and shiny object that just might be from out of this world. Beginner chapter book readers will enjoy these hilarious chicks and the wonderful illustrations that capture all the silliness this story has to offer. (Grades 1-3 School Library Journal)

Do you want to learn how stargaze, mimic birdsong and spot wild animals?  This book is packed with all kinds of exciting outdoor activities for children and the whole family, to encourage awareness of the natural world, to develop self-sufficiency skills, and to show how much fun it is to explore nature.   

Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic town where everyone has everything that they need, the lawns are perfectly manicured, and there is no crime.  Serenity is small and there are only thirty kids living in it, including Eli Frieden.  Eli has never left Serenity and why would he ever want to?  All the kids have pools, he has his friends, and his father is the mayor and principal of the school. This town seems perfect and Eli is perfectly happy to live there.  Everything changes the day his best friend Randy convinces him to ride their bikes to the edge of town.  Something strange happens to Eli when he hits the town limits; he gets terribly sick and has to be rescued.  The next thing he knows Randy is getting sent away to live with his grandparent's in Colorado.  Things are changing in Serenity, especially when Eli discovers a secret letter Randy has left him that leads to even more surprises.  Eli teams up with two other kids, Tori and Malik, and together they discover that Serenity is not at all what it seems, and neither are they!  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

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Gardening for Kids

Written by published on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 6:00pm

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!

Spring Books For Very Young Readers

Written by published on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:10pm

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
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Poetry Contest Winners for Grades K-4 and 5-8

Written by published on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:38pm

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!

Garden 

The richest garden high up on the hill
had the smell of roses
a slightly pointed breeze... Read more

Naptime with Theo and Beau and other Fun Puppy Books

Written by published on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:58pm

Book Cover for Naptime with Theo and BeauMarch 22nd was National Puppy Day! What a great way to bring in Springtime with a loveable,... Read more

It's a Fact: Amazing Eyes

Written by published on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:34am

MarmosetDid you know that not every kind of animal has the same type of eyes?   Tigers can see six times better at night than humans.  Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.  Most hamsters only blink one eye at a time. And, worms have no eyes at all!  Learn about all the unique and interesting types of eyes in ... Read more

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  • For children 0-24 months and their caregivers. Caregivers will learn songs, stories and rhymes to enhance personal reading time. These... (full entry)

    When?
    04/27/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45am
    Where?
    Tremont Road - Main Library
  • Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children 0-24 months and their caregivers.

    When?
    04/27/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45am
    Where?
    Miller Park Branch Library