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October is a Great Time for Ghosts!

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The nights are getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and pumpkins can be seen all around.  It's October and what better month is there for curling up with a spooky story?  Ghost stories, like carved pumpkins, come in all shapes and sizes: from funny to very, very, scary!  We have compiled a list of new ghost stories below that should have appeal to our readers who want a hauntingly good tale!

 

Harry Potter news!

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Have you heard the big news? Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

No, J.K. Rowling isn't publishing a new Harry Potter book, sadly…but she is involved in writing a screenplay called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring the fictitious author Newt Scamander. The story begins seventy years before Harry Potter arrives on scene, set in a secret wizarding community in New York City. No news yet as to when we can expect to see this on the big screen. Find the press release on J.K. Rowling's blog here. There is also talk that this will be the first film in a series!

Apple season is approaching, so let's start cooking!

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Apple season is just around the corner and with it comes wonderful opportunities for family fun.   After a day of picking delicious apples head home for some toasty (and tasty) indoor activities.   How does apple sauce, apple dip, apple crumble, caramel apple muffins or apple cake sound?  This season you can make your own yummy apple treats with your kids.  Stop in the UAPL Youth Services department and check out some of the following books for awesome recipes using apples that are scrumptious, simple and kid friendly.   

 

Ready for More?

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What's better than a really good book?  A new book in a wonderful series, of course.  There are some great sequels on the way.  Visit our catalog to reserve your copy today. 

Lemony Snicket keeps his readers guessing with When Did You Last See Her? the next book in his All the Wrong Questions series.  Fans of funny books will enjoy Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8 by Jeff Kinney.  and Guinea Dog 2 by Patrick Jennings.  For non-stop adventure, you can't beat Dan Gutman's Genius Files books.  The fourth book in this wild ride, From Texas with Love promises to be action packed.  And let's not forget about adding a little magic to our lives.  Wendy Mass revisits Willow Falls in The Last Present.

Let UAPL help you get back to school!

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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!)

Captivating Storytelling You Can Check Out With Your Library Card

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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. 

Classics!

Harry Potter!

More great Adventures!

  • The Emerald Atlas  Orphans on an adventure to save their family and the world.
  • Liesl and Po A magical mix-up brings together orphaned Liesl, Will an alchemist apprentice, and Po a ghost on an extraordinary journey.
  • Peter and the Starcatchers : A “pre-quel” to Peter Pan

Picture Perfect Science

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With the implementation of the new Common Core standards, educators and parents are realizing the importance of integrating literature and science.  Picture books are a wonderfully interactive way to introduce young children to the many diverse fields of scientific inquiry.

In Counting on Frank by Rod Clement, a boy and his dog ask questions about the ordinary things all around us.  Lisa Wheeler’s book, The Pet Project: cute and cuddly vicious verses, illustrates the value of the scientific method as a problem-solver. 

Picture books investigate specific scientific principles too.  Ever wonder why some things float and some things sink?  Archie the goat and his friend Skinny the hen use Archimedes’ principle to find out what floats in a moat

Visit either of these websites for more picture perfect stories.

Surviving the Family Road Trip

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Does your family argue over who gets to pick the music on long car trips?  Do you need a cure for the “Are we there yet?” blues?  Pack a good supply of family-friendly audiobooks for your next road trip. Audiobooks are entertaining as well as educational. Children will be exposed to a wide variety of literature and improve their listening skills.  And, you can add to the experience by trying some of the following fun activities.

  • In-Car Casting Calls: Try making up new voices for your favorite character.  Act out a few scenes.
  • Geography: If the book's setting is real, discuss how far away the location is, how you could travel to get there, what the weather would be like, etc.  If the location is imaginary, have fun making up these details.
  • Listen for Clues: Periodically stop the audiobook and have everyone guess what's going to happen next.  
  • Create the Sequel: When the book is finished, have everyone make up a different ending.  Or, imagine what would happen in a sequel.  
  • Interview the Author: What would you ask the author about the book?  What questions are left unanswered?

Listening to audiobooks and playing these games will make the car trip seem shorter and offer a terrific way to involve the whole family in a lively discussion.

Here are some favorite audiobooks for family listening.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
read by the author
(3 hours 16 minutes)

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
performed by a full cast
(4 hours 57 minutes)

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
read by Lynn Redgrave
(13 hours 31 minutes)

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
read by the author
(4 hours 30 minutes)

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
read by Jim Dale
(approx. 9 hours)

Get Into Nature!

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While planning your family's summer activities remember to include the Metro Parks summer programs into your calender. Free family programs include hiking, canoeing, fishing and storytime activities for preschoolers.  You can access the Metro Parks program and events calender at http://www.metroparks.net/ 

Before you begin your adventure at the park, stop by the Upper Arlington Public Library for some great books on nature.  Here are some suggestions to get you started…

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