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This picture book is based on the true story of the gorilla Umande.  Umande's mom was too young to know how to care for him, she saw him as a playmate.  Umande ended up in our Columbus Zoo gorilla habitat and found a Mom in Lulu.  A sweet story for animal lovers of all ages.  

What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet?  You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment.  The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone.  For ages 4 and up.    

Marshall's class has been reading about runaway gingerbread cookies for days, but he does not believe that they can really escape.  The class bakes and decorates their own gingerbread people and then when they disappear, everyone follows the clues left by the escaped cookies.  What happened to those gingerbread people?  A fun romp for ages 4 and up.

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Amazing Butterflies

Written by published on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 7:32pm

Looking for an idea for a family outing that is fun and educational? Check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden's newest interactive family exhibit “Amazing Butterflies” which opened May 17th. To help prepare for your visit check out some of our books about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Read Your Way Through Africa

Written by published on Mon, 05/19/2014 - 6:08pm

With the new Heart of Africa exhibit opening this week at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium it might be time to do a little research into the animals and country from that exotic land.  Whether it's some fun fiction or interesting facts, reading up on the subject could enhance your next trip to the zoo or at least get your little ones excited for the amazing animals they are about to see. Below you will find some selections that are sure to please even the youngest patrons! 

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Get Ready To Read! Print Awareness

Written by published on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 4:58pm

Print awareness is noticing print everywhere! Print awareness is knowing that the squiggly lines on a page symbolize something meaningful. Print awareness is the knowledge that writing in English is read from left to right and that the text flows from the top of the page to the bottom. Another aspect of print awareness is being familiar with how a book works; that books have covers, and pages to be turned, left to right....Read more

Hold for Ransom

Written by published on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 7:04pm

Creepy…weird…disturbing…deranged…quirky…enchanting…spooky. These are all words that readers have used to describe Ransom Rigg's first novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Lucky for us, Mr.Rigg's has recently released the sequel, Hollow City, in which Jacob Portman journeys to London to save the magical world of all things peculiar…well, ya know, maybe you should just watch this book trailer. Be prepared to be totally creeped out!

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Get Ready To Read! Building Narrative Skills

Written by published on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 6:12pm

Mother and baby readingToday’s children are expected to have strong pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. How can parents ensure that they are providing the right experiences for their children to develop these skills? Many parents don’t realize that...Read more

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Events for Kids & Teens

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  • Local educator and professional puppeteer, Rebecca Riley, will perform her shadow puppet adaptation of the classic children’s... (full entry)

    When?
    12/13/2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
    Where?
    Lane Road Branch Library
  • Dash through the snow to this fun Pre-K winter music-and-movement storytime featuring jingle-bells, snow balls and more.
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    When?
    12/15/2014 - 10:30am to 11:00am
    Where?
    Tremont Road - Main Library