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Sky Raiders Book and T-Shirt Give-Away

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We've got a pre-pub book and t-shirt to give away!  Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, is writing a new series called Five Kingdoms.  We have an advanced copy of the first book titled Sky Raiders.  Sky Raiders introduces Cole Randolph who along with his friends has been pulled into another place known as the Outskirts a state somewhere between dreaming and waking. Cole has to find his friends, correct the unbalance of magic in the five kingdoms and find a way to get everyone home to stay. Written for ages 8+. Danger and adventure abound!  

Below is a video of Brandon Mull talking about the series. The clip is followed by the contest admission form.    


Drawing will take place on January 21, 2014.  We will contact the winner that day.  Winner must be able to pick up the book and t-shirt at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH  43221; we cannot deliver or mail the items. 

Sky Raiders Give-Away Entry Form

Super Power Saturdays - Middle School Powers!

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Summer Library Club is in full swing and we are well underway looking at super power books. So far we have looked at What's Your Power? and Juvenile Graphic Novels - All Kinds of Powers! This week we will highlight books about Middle School Powers. There are a lot of great books out there about all the unique powers, abilities, and experiences of middle schoolers. For a few top picks check these out:

One of my favorites from this list is Savvy by Ingrid Law. It's about a girl who is about to turn 13 and everyone in her family gets a unique power on their 13th birthday - and she knows hers is going to be great. But, when her dad gets hurt and she and her siblings are left behind, she knows it's her power that will save him. And so begins an adventure across the state to reach her dad and find her power. If you have already read Savvy there is a companion book Scumble that tells the story of her cousin. And as a bit of news, coming soon is book 3 in the Savvy series! It is called Switch and will be available September 2015. Checkout Ingrid Law's website  for more information. In the meantime here is a sneak peak at Savvy.


For a list of these and other great middle school reads check out the Middle School Powers book list in our catalog.

On July 4th we will look at real life heroes in NonFiction: All Kinds of Heroes. And we will wrap things up on July 15th where we explore how to make your own characters and graphic novels in Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels.

Happy “Superpowered” Reading!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and A Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson

It is the year 1854 and a deadly cholera outbreak has come to Broad Street in London.  A young Orphan named Eel and his best friend Florrie team up to help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water and not by poisonous air, as is the belief at the time.  This is a great story about the history of public health and about one young orphan finding a purpose through science.  Based on true events,this book combines historical fiction, a medical mystery, and a survival story all into one exciting tale.  (Grades 5-8 School Library Journal)  




Science Explorer Summer Science Experiments

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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:

Dish soap
Small container
Bubble wand


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!



Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness

In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon

Dory is back and this time she's ready to start a new school year and make a real friend.  Dory's older siblings, Luke and Violet, have convinced Dory that it's time to leave her imaginary friend, Mary, at home for the new school year and leave her crazy imaginings behind.  On the first day of school she meets Rosabelle, a girl with an imagination as big as Dory's, but they don't hit it off right away. When she and Rosabelle bump into each other at the park their imaginations collide and send them on an adventure.  Now if only Dory could convince her brother and sister that Rosabelle exists and that she has finally made a real true friend!  Adorable illustrations add a lot of charm and will entertain young readers.  Look for Dory Fantasmagory if you want to start at the beginning. (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)

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!

Graphic Novel Characters: Best Friend Adventures

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There are some great characters and friendships in graphic novels. From best friends whose differences only bring them closer and add to their adventures, like in Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo, to loveable “pet” monsters who need help finding their home, like in Jellaby by Kean Soo, to sassy but sweet unicorns to help you through your daily ups and downs, like in Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, graphic novels have it all.

For a sneak peek at Phoebe and Her Unicorn check out the book trailer below.

Book Cover for Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

For more information about Phoebe and her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle, check out the Dana Simpson website at There are links, event info, an author blog, and even some info about the upcoming second book in the Heavenly Nostrils series called Unicorn on a Roll due out in May!


A few other graphic novels to check out whose characters have made great friendships and will surely become fast friends as you share their adventures are The Misadventures of Salem Hyde by Frank Cammuso, Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso, and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.

Happy Reading!

Caldecott Medal Winners

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The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th.  In celebration, the staff of the Miller Park Branch has picked some of their favorite past winners:

Photo of Alina holding the book The Little House  Photo of Bree reading the book The Hello, Goodbye Window  Photo of Brian holding the book Where the Wild Things Are  Photo of Julie holding the book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble  Photo of Kate holding the book Kitten's First Full Moon and a cat puppet  Photo of Kris holding the book Owl Moon and an owl puppet  Photo of Sarah holding the book A Sick Day for Amos McGee       

On Saturday, January 25th, the Miller Park Branch will be hosting a Caldecott Crafts program at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 and up.  Registration is required.  If you would like to attend, please go to UAPL's Events & Programs calendar to check for openings and to sign up.  To learn more about the Caldecott Medal, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children's informational page.  

Feel free to share your favorite Caldecott Medal winner in the comments section below!  


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