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.
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 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.
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)
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.
Brrrrrrrr!!! Winter is definitely here, which means more time to read! And, it also means that our Winter Reading Club has begun. Here is the scoop:
Who: Kids of all ages! (infant through 12th graders)
When: Jan. 5th through Feb. 15th
Where: You can pick up a Winter Reading Club coloring sheet at any UAPL location.
What: This works similar to a color-by-number painting. Each coloring sheet has a winter animal; the picture of the animal is divided up into 8 sections. On the back of the coloring sheet you will find a list of reading and literacy activities. Every time you complete one of the activities (you get to decide which activities to do), go ahead and color in a section of the animal on the front. Once you have completed your 8 activities and colored in your winter animal, just fill out the bottom slip with your name and contact info, remove that slip from your coloring sheet, and return the slip to any UAPL location. Upon your slip submission you will recieve a bookmark and be entered into the grand prize drawing for your age category.
Grand prizes will be drawn at each location on Monday, Feb. 16th; winners will be notified by phone, so please write legibly!
Categories for prizes are divided by age/grade:
- Infant- PK: Grand prize winner will recieve a board book and plush Curious George.
- K-2nd: Grand prize winner will recieve a blacklight book kit.
- 3rd-5th: Grand prize winner will recieve a Deluxe Art Set.
- 6th-12th: Grand prize winner will recieve a gift card to Michael's arts and crafts store.
Once participants have colored in a sheet and submitted their slip they are free to grab another sheet and color again!
As the weather becomes frigid the kids may be itching for new activities to explore. Why not bring out that sewing machine that has been collecting dust and put it to work with a great new sewing project? It’s a great activity to work on together and it might just spark a lifelong interest. The Youth Department has a great collection of sewing books waiting to be discovered. Here are a few book suggestions to start you on a new sewing adventure.
- Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know to Begin Sewing Clothes and Home Furnishings by Wendy Gardiner
- Sewing with Felt: Learn Basic Stitches to Create More than 60 Colorful Projects by Buff McAllister
- Customize Your Clothes (Be Creative) by Anna Claybourne
- Made by Me: a Book of Lovely Things to Make by Jane Bull
- We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-shirts, Pillows, Bags & More by Annabel Wrigley
- Simple Sewing (Klutz) by The editors of Klutz
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.
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!
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is a big, horrible, dinosaur-like, green monster. When he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all. A good lesson for all ages, but especially ages 4 and up.