Julia and her house have settled by the sea. It was too quiet! She hangs up a sign welcoming all lost creatures and suddenly her house is not quiet anymore. For all those who welcome lost creatures ages 4 and up.
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.
A child's simple note about cancelling bedtime ends up on the desk of a newspaper reporter, which then lands on the front page of the newspaper. Everyone reads this and bedtimes are stopped. What will happen to everyone with no bedtimes? A good sleepy-time read-aloud for ages 4-8.
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!
The parents of a bandit family split up. The Dad bandit marries a princess and brings all of her royal children into the hideaway, which makes the bandit kids unhappy. Can they all get along and live together? This is a fun story about blending families of bandits, prince and princesses, and even dragons for ages 4 and up.
The beginning of a new school year means many things to students; new teachers, new friends, new school supplies, and if you are really lucky some new clothes! The start of school is also a good time to refresh yourself on all of the resources we have available at the UAPL to help you throughout the year. We are always here to help you find what you need for school assignments or just to recommend a really great book! Below is a list of the resources that you may or may not be familiar with–come on in and we will help you find them!
- Research Databases (available in the library or at home through our website)
- Discovery Kits (bundled books and activities about specific subjects)
- Reading Recovery Leveled Readers
- Book Bundles (picture books bundled together by subject)
- Extensive Non-Fiction and Biographies Collection
- Internet Computers and Printers (don't forget your headphones, library card number, and pin!)
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 by Marla Frazee. In this wordless picture book a baby clown has fallen off a circus train and is helped by a lonely farmer to find his family again. Wordless picture books are a great opportunity for young readers to tell the story.
Miss Laura chose: Milo is not a Dog Today! by Kerstin Schoene
Milo is a dog who loves to pretend to be other animals. He wants to find a friend who likes to play pretend games too. Can he find a friend to play?
Miss Jennifer had two favorites!
- Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! by Jeff Cohen is a very realistic story about what happens when little people give haircuts.
- Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka: a super cute story about a little puppy who wants to play and finds a friend in a grumpy green monster in the park.
Miss Dana picked: Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower
Lily is a little girl who has just gotten a kitten and discovers how much trouble kittens can be. This is the sequel to Silly Doggy!
Miss Tracie's favorite is Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam
A wandering fox is trying to find shelter in the cold winter. A little boy sees this and brings food and puts the fox in the greenhouse. To repay the boy's kindness the fox makes a magical garden appear in the night.
Katie's pick is Nancy Knows by Cybele Young
Nancy is an elephant who has a good memory most of the time. There is something important that she cannot remember! When she takes a quiet moment is when she remembers. The reader can see all of what Nancy knows as the story moves along.
Stephanie has two picks both about famous artists.
- Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales c elebrates the imagination of Frida Kahlo for the youngest of readers.
- The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
If you lived in a cold, dreary northern French town, where would you find color? Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan gives us the childhood of Henri Matisse.
Sue: Sparky by Jenny Offill
A child gets a pet sloth.
Sarah: Telephone by Mac Barnett
A string of birds play telephone on a telephone wire. Funny!
Have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!
Beth's Story, 1914 is the first installment in the series Secrets of the Manor. Beth is excited for her twelfth birthday when she will receive her great-grandmother's heirloom necklace as a gift, but when the necklace goes missing Beth must learn the secrets of her manor house in order to clear the name of her maid and friend. While searching for answers Beth finds a hidden diary with clues to a much larger family mystery that dates back generations. Historical fiction and mystery collide in this fun new series. (Grades 4-7 School Library Journal)
Winter is in full swing and there is magic in the air! And elves are in the mix! Here are some fun books that explore the world of elves! Also, for some online fun check out the Website (and APP) ElfYourself.com where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf! (Links open in a new window)
Explore the World of Elves!
Finn and Cara live with their family in a village off the western coast of Ireland. One day the children end up castaways landing on Fog Island, a dark and mysterious place. What will happen to the children? Who would believe the story of the island? A timeless story from a classic picture book author will delight readers ages 5 and up.