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)
A poet is visiting Elinor's school to celebrate National Poetry Month and every student will be sharing one of their pocket poems. Elinor has a hard time writing the “perfect” poem and soon everyone in the class has a poem in their pocket except Elinor. When the visiting poet arrives, Elinor reveals that she could not get her poem right. With the help of the poet, Elinor learns that real poetry comes from the heart. Recommended for Grades 1 and above.
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The Geisel Award is given each year to the “author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.” This award is named after Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2, here are some Geisel Award winners for you to try, including the 2015 winner!...Read more
There are some great characters and friendships in graphic novels. From best friends whose differences only bring them closer and add to their adventures, like in ...Read more
The movie My Neighbor Totoro is over 25 years old! This enduring classic from the imagination of Hayao Miyazaki takes place in the Japanese countryside. Two sisters move to the country in the summer with their father and discover the Totoros, furry caretakers of the forests, who can only be seen by children. The many wonderful characters and creatures make this a film for all ages to enjoy!
Brrrrrrrr!!! Winter is definitely here, which means more time to read! And, it also means that our Winter Reading Club has begun. Here is the scoop:
Who: Kids of all ages! (infant through 12th graders)
When: Jan. 5th through Feb. 15th
Where: You can pick up a Winter Reading Club coloring sheet at any UAPL location.
What: This works similar to a color-by-number painting. Each coloring sheet has a winter animal; the picture of the animal is divided up into 8 sections. On the back of the coloring sheet you will...Read more
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
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Heroes are more than just comic book creations. Twenty-five real heroes grew up in Ohio and became astronauts! Educators from the Neil... (full entry)When?07/06/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pmWhere?Lane Road Branch Library
For children ages 2-6 and their families. Young children will learn a variety of skills: rhyming, identifying sounds and letters, asking... (full entry)When?07/06/2015 - 7:00pm to 7:45pmWhere?Tremont Road - Main Library
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