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Captivating Storytelling You Can Check Out With Your Library Card

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Are you ready for your car trip?  Are you trying to get a vacation in before school (already!!) starts Aug 20th?  Family car trips are easier with a well told story for everyone to enjoy.  We are featuring audio books from master storyteller Jim Dale who has become well known for performing the Harry Potter saga.  He has also narrated many fine classics and other fantasy titles. 

Classics!

Harry Potter!

More great Adventures!

  • The Emerald Atlas  Orphans on an adventure to save their family and the world.
  • Liesl and Po A magical mix-up brings together orphaned Liesl, Will an alchemist apprentice, and Po a ghost on an extraordinary journey.
  • Peter and the Starcatchers  A “pre-quel” to Peter Pan

Native American Stories and Storytellers

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The falling leaves remind me of Thanksgiving and also of stories of long ago when people lived and worked within the natural world.  There are a great number of Native American stories that are still being told today.  

Joseph Bruchac of  Abenaki Indian heritage has been writing, singing and telling stories that reflect his heritage and other Native American traditions for over 30 years.

Louise Erdrich of Ojibwe descent is a poet and writer of books for both kids and adults.  Her books feature stories on Native Americans from the past and the present.   

Paul Goble is an English born artist and storyteller that moved to South Dakota and became friends with Chief Edgar Red Cloud of the Lakota Indian tribe.  He won the Caldecott Medal, the award for the most distinguished American picture books, in 1979 with his book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.  

Please check our folktale section 398.27 Native American for more stories about Native American peoples and also our Native American history section starting with call number 970.  

 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher is a sweet, year-in-the life tale of the four fletcher boys and their two dads, Dad and Papa.  Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog are looking forward to a new school year with sports, plays, a new school, and friends but not everything goes as planned.  Then they meet their new neighbor who turns out to be cranky and not thrilled to live next door to a bunch of boys, but can the Fletchers win him over?  This family is smart, funny, and loving and you will love getting to know them.  

Bedtime Math Book Give-Away!

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Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! Bedtime Math cover  Bedtime Math problems is a new organization hoping to make math at bedtime a similar cherished ritual  for families.  Bedtime Math has a book and we have a copy to give away!  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to enter a random drawing to take place on Dec. 2, 2013; we'll contact the winner that same day. 

It's simple to sign-up online for Bedtime Math and receive a daily math problem presented for three different math levels: Wee Ones (preschool), Little Kids (K-2), and/or Big Kids (grade 2+).  Users are encouraged to explore and use all levels as fit their family situation.  The site has lots to explore including an app for phones and a blog for parents.  

No worries if you can't wait or don't win, you can request a copy of Bedtime Math from our catalog.    

Winner must be able to pick up the book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio  43221; we will not deliver or mail the item.

UAPL Poetry Contest Winner, K-4 Division

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently sponsored a poetry contest for grades K-12.  The winner of the K-4 Division was Graci J.  Here's Graci's winning poem:

 

Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow where the stars shine shine bright.

Over the Rainbow where there is no fright.

Where the sun is shining,

the clouds are no longer crying.

That's where I'll be.

 

Where there is good and no evil.

The music is calm and there is always a song.

Where the sunset follows the moon and stars,

where everyone is happy where they are.

That's where I'll be.

 

When I wake and see my destination,

I can always to back to my imagination

I can take a ride on a shooting star,

go back to a place called Over the Rainbow.

That's where I'll be.

 

We have lots of great poetry books waiting for you at the library.  Stop in and check them out when you get the chance.  We'd love to see you!

Let UAPL help you get back to school!

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The beginning of a new school year means many things to students;  new teachers, new friends, new school supplies, and if you are really lucky some new clothes!  The start of school is also a good time to refresh yourself on all of the resources we have available at the UAPL to help you throughout the year.  We are always here to help you find what you need for school assignments or just to recommend a really great book!  Below is a list of the resources that you may or may not be familiar with–come on in and we will help you find them!

  • Research Databases (available in the library or at home through our website)
  • Discovery Kits (bundled books and activities about specific subjects)
  • Reading Recovery Leveled Readers
  • Book Bundles (picture books bundled together by subject)
  • Extensive Non-Fiction and Biographies Collection
  • Internet Computers and Printers  (don't forget your headphones, library card number, and pin!)

2014 Picture Book Picks!

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We love picture books!  Picture book stories are for everyone and perfect for sharing.  To celebrate another great year at UAPL we are sharing some of our favorites from 2014.  

Dena's Pick: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee.  In this wordless picture book a baby clown has fallen off a circus train and is helped by a lonely farmer to find his family again.  Wordless picture books are a great opportunity for young readers to tell the story.  

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Miss Laura chose:   Milo is not a Dog Today! by Kerstin Schoene

Milo is a dog who loves to pretend to be other animals.  He wants to find a friend who likes to play pretend games too. Can he find a friend to play?

jennifer eva and sadie

Miss Jennifer had two favorites!  

  • Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! by Jeff Cohen  is a very realistic  story about what happens when little people give haircuts.
  • Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka: a  super cute story about a little puppy who wants to play and finds  a friend in a grumpy green monster in the park.

Dana's pick: Naughty Kitty

Miss Dana picked: Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower

Lily is a little girl who has just gotten a kitten and discovers how much trouble kittens can be.  This is the sequel to Silly Doggy!

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Miss Tracie's favorite is Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

A wandering fox is trying to find shelter in the cold winter.  A little boy sees this and brings food and puts the fox in the greenhouse.  To repay the boy's kindness the fox makes a magical garden appear in the night.  

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Katie's pick is Nancy Knows by Cybele Young

Nancy is an elephant who has a good memory most of the time.  There is something important that she cannot remember!  When she takes a quiet moment is when she remembers. The reader can see all of what Nancy knows as the story moves along. 

stephanie viva fridaStephanie has two picks both about famous artists.

  • Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales c elebrates the imagination of Frida Kahlo for the youngest of readers.  
  • The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
    If you lived in a cold, dreary northern French town, where would you find color?  Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan gives us the childhood of Henri Matisse.  

Sue holding Sparky picture bookSue: Sparky by Jenny Offill

A child gets a pet sloth.

Sarah: Telephone by Mac Barnett

A string of birds play telephone on a telephone wire. Funny!

Have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Masterminds by Gordon Korman

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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