Mr. Magee and his little dog Dee pack up the camper and go on the road. A trip to the forest up a hill with a beautiful view. All is quiet and peaceful until a bear wanders in who wants their marshmallows! A fun rhyming read-aloud for all ages.
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:
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!
Audrey is a Charolais cow living a happy and poetic life on Bittersweet farm, that is until the day they take her mother away. Confronted with her new reality, Audrey, with the help of many farm friends, devises an escape plan to avoid her “food cow” fate. Inspired by the true story of Charlene Mookin–aka “Cincinnati Freedom”–this story is a fun adventure for animals lovers of all ages.
Have you heard the big news?
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!
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.
For more information about Phoebe and her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle, check out the Dana Simpson website at www.danasimpson.com. 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.
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:
- Alina's pick: The Little House (1943 winner)
- Bree's pick: The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006 winner)
- Brian's pick: Where the Wild Things Are (1964 winner)
- Julie's pick: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970 winner)
- Kate's pick: Kitten's First Full Moon (2005 winner)
- Kris's pick: Owl Moon (1988 winner)
- Sarah's pick: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011 winner)
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!
Anna Hibiscus is a little girl who lives in amazing Africa. In this Anna Hibiscus story, Anna and her family all go to the beach and are all too busy to splash with her in the water. The waves want to play with Anna, which make her laugh and laugh. Soon all of the family are together in the water. A fun and wet story about families at the beach for ages 4 and up.
The end of Summer Reading Club 2014 is fast approaching, August 2nd to be exact. Here in the youth department we spend a great deal of our time helping young readers find the next great book. Because as we all know, finding the right book makes all the difference. In the summer I like to recommend funny and entertaining series that make you want to keep reading and give you the opportunity to stay with characters you have come to enjoy. Here are some first books in my favorite series for middle-readers. Hopefully, with these titles, you can keep the little ones reading strong through the next two weeks and after!
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt
The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
Swindle by Gordon Korman
We Are not Eaten by Yaks (An Accidental Adventure) by C. Alexander London
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
This funny tale is based on the true story behind the famous paintings of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Young Charlotte Stuart writes a series of letters to Mr. Washington about her and her siblings' attempts to follow Washington's book of good rules. For ages 5 and up.
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!