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Summer Library Club coming soon!

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Our traditional Summer Reading Club is getting an extreme makeover! Here are the details:

Summer Library Club begins earlier than in years past; it will begin on May 26th. 

In addition to the literacy focus, we have added experiential learning “activities” to explore. Participants can choose from 60 activities; activities can be found on the Summer Library Club website, There is also a shorter list on the back of the reading log, which will be available on the website and can also be picked up here at the library. 

Summer Library Club is for all ages! The program works the same for all ages:

  • Simply sign up either online at, or in person at any UA library. 
  • Log reading hours on your Summer Library Club account online, or in person at any UA library. 
  • After reading 10 hours and completing 10 activities, you have earned your first prize: a stack of great coupons. (Examples of some coupons: $8 off library fines! Free Chipotle meal for teens or kids! And more…)
  • After reading a total of 20 hours and completing a total of 20 activities, you have completed Summer Library Club; you can grab your final prize at any UA library (a free book! We will have a variety of favorite titles, for all ages). You are also automatically entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for your age group. 
  • Summer Library Club ends on Aug 2nd. All hours must be logged by 5 pm on Aug. 2nd to be eligible for the Grand Prize. 

Grand Prizes (winners will be notified by phone on Aug. 3rd):

It's going to be a great summer! See ya soon!

Amazing Butterflies

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Looking for an idea for a family outing that is fun and educational? Check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden's newest interactive family exhibit “Amazing Butterflies” which opened May 17th. To help prepare for your visit check out some of our books about the life cycle of a butterfly.

If You Like Adventures With...Griffins, Unicorns, Dragons, Merpeople, and Other Mythical Creatures

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What would you do if you came home from school and found a baby griffin in your room?

Book Cover for The Menagerie by Tui SutherlandDo you want to communicate with griffins, befriend people of the sea, protect dragons, and care for unicorns? If so, check out The Menagerie by Tui Sutherland. Hidden in this book's world there exists griffins, dragons, unicorns, merpeople, and other mythical and fantastic creatures that have needs. They need to be protected so that they are not exploited, misunderstood, or worse. For centuries sanctuaries have existed to protect them. When Logan’s mom disappears and his father moves him to a small town in Wisconsin, he finds himself drawn into this world.

Uniquely able to talk with baby griffins (who have run away from home, one of which has hidden in his bedroom!) he finds his way to his classmate Zoe’s house. She tells him her house is really a secret sanctuary for mythical creatures called The Menagerie. This begins their adventures. As not only must they find the runaway griffins before anyone sees them, but someone, or something, seems to be threatening the Menagerie itself and if they don’t find out who, and stop them, The Menagerie could be closed forever!

If you can't wait to join this amazing secret adventure take a sneak peek at the fan-made The Menagerie book trailer.

For other stories about mythical creatures and fantastical adventures check out these books:

Happy Reading!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

In this new book by Cynthia Lord we meet Lily, a young girl who lives with her grandparents near the shore and blueberry barrens of Maine. Lily's summer is just starting and she is feeling a little lost since her and her best friend Hannah have started growing apart. While out walking, her blind dog Lucky slips from his leash and runs across the blueberry barrens and it is a girl named Salma who catches him, using her sandwich as bait. Immediately a friendship begins to bloom between Lily and Salma, the daughter of a migrant family living in town for the blueberry-picking season. Salma and Lily spend the summer painting bee houses in Lily's grandparents' store and are growing even closer when Hannah starts coming around again. Hannah is the reigning Blubbery Queen and sparks an interest in Salma to compete in the local annual pageant. Together the girls help to get Salma ready for the pageant and all learn a few things about friendship and belonging along the way. This is a wonderful summer read for realistic fiction fans!  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

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. 


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

Native American Stories and Storytellers

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The falling leaves remind me of Thanksgiving and also of stories of long ago when people lived and worked within the natural world.  There are a great number of Native American stories that are still being told today.  

Joseph Bruchac of Abenaki Indian heritage has been writing, singing and telling stories that reflect his heritage and other Native American traditions for over 30 years.

Louise Erdrich of Ojibwe descent is a poet and writer of books for both kids and adults.  Her books feature stories on Native Americans from the past and the present.   

Paul Goble is an English born artist and storyteller that moved to South Dakota and became friends with Chief Edgar Red Cloud of the Lakota Indian tribe.  He won the Caldecott Medal, the award for the most distinguished American picture books, in 1979 with his book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.  

Please check our folktale section 398.27 Native American for more stories about Native American peoples and also our Native American history section starting with call number 970.  


Bedtime Math Book Give-Away!

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Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! Bedtime Math cover 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.

Super Power Saturdays - What's Your Super Power?

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Book Cover for Bog Book of SuperHeroes by Bart KingWelcome to Super Power Saturdays! Throughout the summer I will be posting a blog the first and third Saturdays in June and July that will feature juvenile books about all things super-powered. I will highlight fiction books that feature super powers in their many unique forms, great graphic novels that expand the meaning of super powers every day, middle school powers, books that help you create your own superheroes and graphic novels, and nonfiction books that look at real life superheroes.

To start us off I am featuring super powers in fiction. There are a lot of great superheroes and super powers hidden inside the pages of fiction novels, even super-powered animals! But, before we get to those, don’t forget to check out The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King. This book welcomes you into the world of superheroes - giving you tips on becoming a superhero, superhero training, finding your superhero name, as well as facts, quizzes, and more.  So…if you had a super power, what would your power be? Not sure? For some inspiration read some of these picks to see what power you’d like to have.


Book Covers for the Sister 8 series by Lauren Baratz-LogstedFor some fun with the Sisters 8 series check out the Sister 8 website. There you will find information about the books, how to start a Sisters 8 book club, Sisters 8 crafts, a Sisters 8 picture gallery, a quiz to see which sister you are most like, and more. Also, a fun fact: This series was a family collaboration, written by a mom, dad, and their young daughter!


For a list of these, and other great superhero books, see our Juvenile Super Powered Fiction book list in our catalog.

And don’t forget to check back the first Saturday in June (June 6th) for a look at Graphic Novels – All Kinds of Powers! and the third Saturday in June (June 20th) for a post featuring Middle School Powers!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!


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