Anna Hibiscus is a little girl who lives in amazing Africa. In this Anna Hibiscus story, Anna and her family all go to the beach and are all too busy to splash with her in the water. The waves want to play with Anna, which make her laugh and laugh. Soon all of the family are together in the water. A fun and wet story about families at the beach for ages 4 and up.
Feeling lazy this summer? Consider these fun facts about the world's slowest animal – the sloth.
- 1. Sloths can sleep from 15-20 hours per day.
- 2. Sloths only go to the bathroom about once a week.
- 3. Some sloths can turn their heads almost all the way around.
- 4. Sloths might not run, but they are very good swimmers.
- 5. Two-Toed sloths actually have 3 toes on each back leg.
Learn more fun facts or read some wonderful stories about these curious (but extremely cute) creatures.
The end of Summer Reading Club 2014 is fast approaching, August 2nd to be exact. Here in the youth department we spend a great deal of our time helping young readers find the next great book. Because as we all know, finding the right book makes all the difference. In the summer I like to recommend funny and entertaining series that make you want to keep reading and give you the opportunity to stay with characters you have come to enjoy. Here are some first books in my favorite series for middle-readers. Hopefully, with these titles, you can keep the little ones reading strong through the next two weeks and after!
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt
The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
Swindle by Gordon Korman
We Are not Eaten by Yaks (An Accidental Adventure) by C. Alexander London
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
This guest blog was written by Eileen, one of our summer interns here at the UAPL.
Are you running out of fun things to do this summer (besides reading, of course)? If so, have no fear because science will save the day! As you all know, the theme of the summer reading program this year is science. So what better way to have fun this summer than doing two awesome science experiments? With your parents’ permission and guidance, gather these simple ingredients and have a blast experimenting!
Make Your Own Bubbles!!
What you need:
Pour equal amounts of water and dish soap into a container and stir gently.
Then, dip in the bubble wand and blow those bubbles!
Glow in the dark water!!
What you need:
Pour the water into the bowl
Cut the highlighter in half and pull the ink-soaked felt out of one half
Put the felt into the water, turn the lights off, and watch it glow!
For more fun science activities, check out these books!
It is time to celebrate all things chess! Sunday, July 20th, is International Chess Day and it’s time to play! And read! Not only do we have lots of strategy guides, from beginner to advanced, but we also have lots of great chapter books about kids who love chess. And if that is not enough check out the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. See the trailer below for a sneak peek.
And if chess is only one among many games that you love to play and can barely stop playing in order to do anything else – do not despair! We have some great books about games that incorporate games and puzzles for you to solve right into the story! My favorite so far is Gollywhopper Games and Gollywhopper Games: New Champion. Both are about a toy company who puts on a nationwide competition where participants must solve several rounds of puzzles and games, narrowing the completion down bit by bit, until there is one winner – who wins 1 million dollars! The book’s website gollywhoppergames.com has games, puzzles, and contests.
For links to these books, other books about games and puzzles, and/or chess books in the library catalog, see the links below.
Happy Chess Playing!
Mr. Magee and his little dog Dee pack up the camper and go on the road. A trip to the forest up a hill with a beautiful view. All is quiet and peaceful until a bear wanders in who wants their marshmallows! A fun rhyming read-aloud for all ages.
When a boy moves into a new neighborhood he devises a way to meet new people and make new friends. Neville!? Where did he go? A fun read-aloud for ages 4 and up.
Earlier today the library had an interesting visitor. A Red-tailed hawk rested for a while in the trees outside the front entrance. According to a wonderful new book, National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds: A Beginner's Guide, the Red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in the United States.
Learn all about the birds in your backyard with the help of these wonderful resources.
The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently sponsored a poetry contest for grades K-12. The winner of the K-4 Division was Graci J. Here's Graci's winning poem:
Over the Rainbow
Over the Rainbow where the stars shine shine bright.
Over the Rainbow where there is no fright.
Where the sun is shining,
the clouds are no longer crying.
That's where I'll be.
Where there is good and no evil.
The music is calm and there is always a song.
Where the sunset follows the moon and stars,
where everyone is happy where they are.
That's where I'll be.
When I wake and see my destination,
I can always to back to my imagination
I can take a ride on a shooting star,
go back to a place called Over the Rainbow.
That's where I'll be.
We have lots of great poetry books waiting for you at the library. Stop in and check them out when you get the chance. We'd love to see you!
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.
- Butterfly Birthday by Harriet Ziefert
- The Butterfly House by Eve Bunting
- Butterfly Garden by Margaret McNamara
- A Butterfly's Life by Lee Landley (EBOOK)
- A Monarch Butterfly's Journey by Suzanne Slade (EBOOK)
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Following the Life Cycle by Suzanne Slade (EBOOK)
- Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost