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.
It's that time again, kids. Time to hug smelly old Aunt Matilda (why does she have to wear SO MUCH perfume?), time for your mom to harp at you in front of everyone, to eat your brussels sprouts, time to fill your stomach to almost bursting, time to fight your little brother for the last piece of pumpkin pie, time to let Great Grandma squeeze your cheeks and drone on about how much you've grown, time for the wish bone to be broken (what are you wishing for?), and time for turkey!!
IT'S TIME TO GET THANKFUL!!
No, really…seriously… we really do have a lot to be thankful for. Here at the UAPL, you can fill out a feather for our bulletin board turkey, and tell us what you are thankful for. Some of the things our patrons are thankful for are dinosaur books, ice cream, mommy & daddy, food and love. The answers are as varied as our wonderful patrons. At the UAPL, we are thankful for you. We are thankful that you allow us to help you find books that you love, thankful that you love to read and use our services and facilities. Have a great Thanksgiving! If you are in the mood to read books about Thanksgiving, give these a try:
Our traditional Summer Reading Club is getting an extreme makeover! Here are the details:
Summer Library Club begins earlier than in years past; it will begin on May 26th.
In addition to the literacy focus, we have added experiential learning “activities” to explore. Participants can choose from 60 activities; activities can be found on the Summer Library Club website, www.summerlibraryclub.org. There is also a shorter list on the back of the reading log, which will be available on the website and can also be picked up here at the library.
Summer Library Club is for all ages! The program works the same for all ages:
- Simply sign up either online at www.summerlibraryclub.org, or in person at any UA library.
- Log reading hours on your Summer Library Club account online, or in person at any UA library.
- After reading 10 hours and completing 10 activities, you have earned your first prize: a stack of great coupons. (Examples of some coupons: $8 off library fines! Free Chipotle meal for teens or kids! And more…)
- After reading a total of 20 hours and completing a total of 20 activities, you have completed Summer Library Club; you can grab your final prize at any UA library (a free book! We will have a variety of favorite titles, for all ages). You are also automatically entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for your age group.
- Summer Library Club ends on Aug 2nd. All hours must be logged by 5 pm on Aug. 2nd to be eligible for the Grand Prize.
Grand Prizes (winners will be notified by phone on Aug. 3rd):
- Baby/toddler: Basket of books and age-appropriate toys
- Preschooler: Basket of books and age-appropriate toys
- Elementary (Gr K-5): 4 tickets to Marvel Universe Live! And a Marvel Book.
- Teen (Gr 6-12): 2 weekend passes to Comic-Con.
- Adult: A bundle of gift cards/gift certificates for Jeni's, Moretti's of Arlington, Ohio State Parks, and Cameron Mitchell.
It's going to be a great summer! See ya soon!
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)
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
Adele and her brother Simon are coming to America from France to visit their Aunt Cecile, who takes them on a train trip to see the United States! Simon is more interested in seeing all of the sights than in keeping track of his belongings, which become lost from New York City to San Francisco. See if you can find what Simon lost in each picture. The detailed drawings and sweet story will delight readers of all ages, but particularly those ages 4-8.
Are you ready for your car trip? Are you trying to get a vacation in before school (already!!) starts Aug 20th? Family car trips are easier with a well told story for everyone to enjoy. We are featuring audio books from master storyteller Jim Dale who has become well known for performing the Harry Potter saga. He has also narrated many fine classics and other fantasy titles.
- Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
- Around the World in 80 Days
- James Herriot's Treasury for Children
- Peter Pan
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix **Guinness Book of World Record Holder for this recording!
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
More great Adventures!
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.
Louise Erdrich of Ojibwe descent is a poet and writer of books for both kids and adults. Her books feature stories on Native Americans from the past and the present.
Paul Goble is an English born artist and storyteller that moved to South Dakota and became friends with Chief Edgar Red Cloud of the Lakota Indian tribe. He won the Caldecott Medal, the award for the most distinguished American picture books, in 1979 with his book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
Please check our folktale section 398.27 Native American for more stories about Native American peoples and also our Native American history section starting with call number 970.
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.
Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! Bedtime Math problems is a new organization hoping to make math at bedtime a similar cherished ritual for families. Bedtime Math has a book and we have a copy to give away! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to enter a random drawing to take place on Dec. 2, 2013; we'll contact the winner that same day.
It's simple to sign-up online for Bedtime Math and receive a daily math problem presented for three different math levels: Wee Ones (preschool), Little Kids (K-2), and/or Big Kids (grade 2+). Users are encouraged to explore and use all levels as fit their family situation. The site has lots to explore including an app for phones and a blog for parents.
No worries if you can't wait or don't win, you can request a copy of Bedtime Math from our catalog.
Winner must be able to pick up the book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221; we will not deliver or mail the item.