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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.  

Voyage, from former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, is a journey into imagination and what can magically be transformed with the simple act of reading.


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Books That Celebrate Food

Written by published on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:07pm

It’s time to have fun with food! There are a lot of great picture books out there that celebrate food –  from using food to make art, as in ...Read more

Native American Stories and Storytellers

Written by published on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 3:47pm

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.

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Families and Food

Written by published on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:00am

When November rolls around, I start thinking about family gatherings, food and good memories. Below are three picture books that explore the themes of family,food and fun. Do you have a favorite picture book about families and food?

Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise

Three little bears set off to Grandma's to help her bake treats for gifts.  This rhyming story has sweet pictures and a recipe for...Read more

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Written by published on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:04pm

It’s that time of year again!  Can you believe that it is already time to Trick or Treat?  It may be hard to believe with this heat wave, but Trick or Treat is on Thursday!!  If you don’t have your costume yet, don’t worry–there is still time.  

A great go-to is the classic ghost.  Just find an old sheet with holes in it for eyes.

Or, just wear all black and tie a shirt around your head like in the picture below with a scarf around your waist.  Ta-da! You’re a ninja.

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Audiobooks Read by the Author

Written by published on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:08am

Living on the east side, my commute gives me plenty of time in the car to listen to music, the news, and, most enjoyably, audiobooks!  I have found that I particularly like audiobooks that are read by the author.  Below are some youth and young adult titles that are on my read or to-read lists:

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  • Our popular Coding Club is back! Learn where to start, share your skills or work on coding projects with others. Registration is... (full entry)

    10/07/2015 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm
    Tremont Road - Main Library
  • For children ages 2-3 and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes and stories teach children how sounds and letters relate to reading and will... (full entry)

    10/08/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45am
    Tremont Road - Main Library