Big Kids @ UAPL

Incredible instinct of the monarch butterfly

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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies migrate 2000 to 3000 miles from the United States and Canada to the forests of Mexico and back every year. Monarch butterflies begin their migration north from Mexico and southern California in the spring. It takes four generations of monarchs to reach the northern United States and Canada.  At the end of the summer, a super generation of monarchs is born and it's this generation that will travel all the way back to Mexico and Southern California in the fall.

Want to learn more about this beautiful and amazing insect?  

Explore the UAPL online reference databases. Visit our website and use the Research dropdown menu to click on Databases and scroll down to National Geographic Kids. This database has full text books that you can read and/or listen to! There is an excellent book in this database called Great Migrations: Butterflies by Laura Marsh. (You will need to log in with your library card and pin)

Read some of these non-fiction books in our library:

And, here are some lovely picture books about monarch butterflies:

The Many Faces of Poetry: The Novel in Verse

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Book cover for Words with Wings by Nikki GrimesInterested in poetry? Not sure where to start? Love books but think poetry is not your thing? Check out the novel in verse. This form of poetry merges the traditional story you find in a novel with poetry. It brings the best of both worlds…story and poems…together by using poems to tell the story. Great novels in verse are:

Want to explore poetry more? Want to learn about the many faces of poetry such as odes, haikus, lyrical poems, ballads, acrostic? Check out these online resources:

For a sneak peek at Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes check out this fan-made book trailer:

Happy Reading!

Youth Poetry Contest Winner!

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UAPL Youth Poetry Contest Winner, K-4 Division

For the last three year, the last week of March leading up to April our Teen Advisory Group has sponsored a poetry contest. This year the winner for the K-4 Division was Phoebe E. with her poem, “Moonlight Dance”. Congratulations, Phoebe and thank you to all our entrants!

“Moonlight Dance”

When comes the darkness

In the world

Fairies creep out

From the ground

 

Dressed in moss with

Hair so curled

Twirling, dancing

All around

 

Come the goblins

Heavy boots

Dragons flap their 

Wings and roar

 

Mermaids swim and

Play the flute

Unicorns come

From the moor

 

Fairies dancing

In the night

Dancing all a

Round till dawn

 

But when comes the

Morning light

you will see that

They are gone

Calling all Poets!

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This week we are gearing up for April (which is National Poetry Month after all!) by hosting a poetry contest! Aspiring writers are welcome to submit original poems this week (March 28th-April 1st) to any UAPL Youth department; poem length limited to 500 words, but no limitations on your creativity! 

Poetry will be judged anonymously by our Teen Advisory Board, made up of local teens who volunteer here at the library. Poems will be grouped by ages: K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th. Winners from each age category will recieve a blue ribbon, and the winning poem will be featured on our ualibrary.org website. 

Get writing! 

It's a Fact: You Can Be a Maker

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Being a Maker is all about using your creativity to explore the world around you.  Learning about new things and expressing yourself can be fun.  I’ve always liked playing board games and card games with my friends and family.  Now I can learn how to create a game of my own using the step-by-step instructions in the book, Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Games

Interested in more than just games?  Check out the other books in the “Be a Maker” series.

 

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