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Focused on a specific topic, our subject guides and pathfinders can help you discover the resources you need.

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Our downloadable guides range from new release lists to “how to” instructions designed to help you with our collection.

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Homework Resources

Did you know your library card can help you with your homework? The library subscribes to a variety of online resources that you won't find in a Google search. We give you access to digital versions of encyclopedias, journals, magazines and other reference sources you can trust.

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If you still have questions, just visit our Youth Services or Reference areas at the library, or call us at (614) 486-9621.

Resources for Preschool Kids

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Looking for coloring fun, crafts, or a new game to play on the computer? Check out some of these exciting sites which have been especially chosen for kids by members of the Upper Arlington Public Library staff.

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Librarian-recommended Online Resources

You can find answers to

  • health and behavioral questions,
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by visiting the librarian-recommended links below.

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Request for Volunteer Program Presenters

The Upper Arlington Public Library is always looking for people that have special skills, knowledge or talent and who are able to volunteer to share that talent with children by offering a program! Previous volunteers have shared how to play chess, draw manga, and taught various crafts such as knitting.

The Kids and Teens Blog

 
Written by and posted on 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 The World of Food by Carl Warner, to the life of vegetables as seen in Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal, to the fun of discovering all that our utensils can do, as seen in The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton –  there is plenty to get imaginations running and full! And if reading all about food gets your appetite going there are also some great easy recipe books for kids too.

For a sneak peek at one of my favorite books about food, The World of Food by Carl Warner, check out the video below. Warner creates stunning, fantastical worlds using food as art. Each page is themed with a different color and an imaginative description. This book not only teaches kids about colors and offers an interactive experience trying to guess what foods make up the different landscapes, but it provides a backdrop to making up stories that go with each world. For more information on how he creates these fantastical worlds see his website Carl Warner.

 

There are also some great books that celebrate all things utensils. A few of my favorites are:

The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clayton

The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton tells the story of when a young girl’s task of setting the table turns into a fantastic adventure as the utensils come to life, spoon and dish run off on their own, and they must be convince to come back! This book turns a routine task into an imaginative adventure.

In Chopsticks by Amy Rosenthal, explore the wondrous life of chopsticks! This story celebrates both friendship and independence as, after a slight food mishap with a very tough stalk of asparagus, the chopsticks, who have been together forever, must spend some time apart. One is on “bed” rest and the other ventures out on his own. What will the pair do without one another? And how many amazing stories will chopstick bring back to tell his best friend?

Spork by Kyo Maclear

Spork by Kyo Maclear celebrates individuality and uniqueness as Spork, a little bit fork and a little bit spoon–but not quite one or the other–must find his way in the world of utensils. 

A few other of my favorites that really bring food to life are: Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal, A Few Bites by Cybele Young, and Cupcake by Charise Harper.

                     A Few Bites by Cybele Young          Cupcake by Charise Harper

Enjoy!!

 

Native American Stories and Storytellers

The falling leaves remind me of Thanksgiving and also of stories of long ago when people lived and worked within the natural world...Read more

 

Military Teen Fiction

Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the...Read more

 

Families and Food

When November rolls around, I start thinking about family gatherings, food and good memories. Below are three picture books that...Read more

Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

    Conrad Wesselhoeft
    Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly
    Rating: 4.43/5
  • Cover of Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy, #3)

    Sarah Zettel
    Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy, #3)
    Rating: 3.82/5
  • Cover of I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin, #2)

    Allen Zadoff
    I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin, #2)
    Rating: 4.25/5
  • Cover of On the Road to Find Out

    Rachel Toor
    On the Road to Find Out
    Rating: 3.39/5
  • Cover of Love by the Morning Star

    Laura L. Sullivan
    Love by the Morning Star
    Rating: 3.31/5
  • Cover of Hungry

    H.A. Swain
    Hungry
    Rating: 3.41/5

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Events for Kids & Teens

For a full events calendar for kids and teens, please follow this link.

  • Calling all 6th-12th graders, join us at the Lane Road Library on select Wednesdays for our Teen Wednesday programs. The Winter line-up... (full entry)

    When?
    12/03/2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
    Where?
    Lane Road Branch Library
  • Make a paper gingerbread house for our annual competition. We supply the materials and you bring the creativity. Houses will be left at... (full entry)

    When?
    12/03/2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Where?
    Tremont Road - Main Library

Youth Services: About Us

The Youth Services Department is committed to educating children, teachers and parents in our community.  We offer a wide range of services from storytime classes to teen book discussion groups. Our staff is eager to help children, teens, and adults find the right information for their homework and to help you find the perfect book.

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