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.
As the cold weather approaches keeping kids active and eating healthy can be challenging. Here are a few ideas to motivate your kids (and maybe the adults) to keep moving, eat healthy and feel great! Here are some great ideas for indoor activities to share with your kids and a few cures for cabin fever. Also, check out the following resources for more great ideas on healthy cooking and exercise for kids.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
- Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
- Around the World in 80 Days
- James Herriot's Treasury for Children
- Peter Pan
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix **Guinness Book of World Record Holder for this recording!
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
More great Adventures!
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.