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

Welcome to Summer

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With summer coming into full swing, there is no better time to check out all the things that the library has to offer.  Sign up for Summer Library Club- this year is all about Escaping the Ordinary and our revisions to this classic program include the addition of activities to be completed as you read.  While many of the activities can be completed at home, the library has some great options that are worth checking out.  From tried and true programs like Red, White and Bike to new experiences like our DIY Picnic baskets, Sculpture Fun for kids, and Make Your Own Ice Cream- there is no shortage of events to fill your calendar.  So come on in, cool off, and learn something new.

A complete list of programs can be found online here and printed in our Library Link quarterly guide available in all UAPL libraries. 

Battle Bunny Give-away!

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We've got a brand new copy of Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett to give away!

Have you ever wished you could change the words in a book? Add a plot twist? Get rid of a character? Jazz things up?

Battle Bunny

 That is exactly what Birthday Bunny Alex decides to do when “Gran-Gran” gifts him a gentle storybook about a sweet bunny who worries that his friends have forgotten his birthday. Alex turns his new Birthday Bunny book into “Battle Bunny” by erasing, crossing out, and adding new dialog, description, characters and drawings right into the book. 

This hilarious, and very creative, book will interest even your most reluctant reader. Recommended for children ages 5-9 (or 10 or 11 or 87, according to Alex).  

Drawing will take place on February 12th, 2014.  We will contact the winner that day.  Winner must be able to pick up this book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH  43221; we cannot deliver or mail this item. 

Battle Bunny Give-Away Entry Form


Make Your Own At-Home Storytime Kit: Egg Shakers

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Egg shakers are always a hit in storytime and at Sing-a-Story programs at Miller Park Library.  While you can buy egg shakers to use at home, you can also make your own out of various materials.  We made ours out of plastic eggs, beans, and plastic tape!  

Check out these award winners!

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Yesterday, the American Library Association announced the winners of the best children’s and teen books published in 2013.   Copies of all these wonderful books can be reserved in our catalog.

If you like well-illustrated books, check out the Caldecott winner, “Locomotive” by Brian Floca. 

The Newbery award for outstanding writing went to “Flora & Ulysseys: the illuminated adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.

Parrots Over Puerto Rico” by Susan L. Roth was recognized with the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award.

Beginning readers should check out “Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli, the winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award.

For the complete listing of awards, their winners, and honor books, visit ALA’s website. (

Looking for Lexile?

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Hi parents! Since the introduction of the new Common Core, Youth staff at the library have experienced an increase in questions from parents about Lexiles. Specifically, parents are seeking books that match a specific Lexile to support their child's reading progress. However, through this we have also learned that many parents aren't completely familiar with how Lexile works, so below is a general overview, and how we can help you!

What is Lexile?  A Lexile measurement is determined when a child takes a reading assessment test, usually through school. A child (and parent) usually receive a specific number from his or her teacher. 

What does the Lexile number for a book really mean? A Lexile measurement for a book is simply an evaluation of the vocabulary and sentence length in the book. Lexile does not take into account the complexity, quality of writing, or age-appropriateness of a book. For example, the book Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is an award-winning, highly acclaimed teen book about the histocial account of a 15 year old girl who was sent to a Siberian prison camp in 1941; it measures at a 490 Lexile. Compare that to a fun picture book called Chicken Cheeks, an illustrated preschool book about different animal behinds, which measures at a 1080 Lexile. The higher the lexile, the more complex the vocabulary and sentence structure, and that is all.  

 What can I do with that number? Now that your child's Lexile has been determined, your first instinct is to find leveled books, right? My favorite go-to source to find books within a Lexile range is Novelist. We provide this database through our website–if you want to access this from home you will need to use your library card. To search by Lexile, go to the Advanced Search field link right below the search area–within this page you can limit your search for materials to within a Lexile range. Although it's database of materials is much more limited, you can also use the Lexile website itself to find materials. Also, here is a guide about levels; this guide will provide you with more info about different leveling systems. And, of course, you can always ask a staff member for guidance!

Inspired by Bedtime Math? Read On...

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Back in November we gave away a copy of Bedtime Math, a book encouraging and providing fun ideas for parents and kids to share math at bedtime.

We all love to share stories at bedtime with our little ones as well, right? Why not do both? Did you know that here at UAPL we have a collection of books that incorporate math problems WITH narrative? You'll find a great selection in the 513 area of our non-fiction collection in the Youth department. Here are some suggestions to get you started:


Books for Bedtime

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sleeping catSleep!  Everyone needs it, but it is not always easy for kids to want to go to sleep. According to the CDC, school-aged children need 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Many times the right bedtime book can make even the twitchiest child relax, and maybe even welcome sleep. Try the recommendations below for some sweet dreams!


For the youngest listener:

  • Cuddle up, Goodnight by Katie Cleminson. The routines of the day in a simple rhyme with sweet illustrations.
  • Dream Animals by Emily Martin. In this beautifully illustrated book kids play in their dreams with their favorite animals.
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Reading this out loud will make you realize why this classic is still in print!

Quiet bedtime picture books:

  • Bedtime Bunnies by Wendy Watson.  All the things little bunnies do to get ready for bed.
  • The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool.  A greedy king, a talented boy, and clothes from the clouds.
  • Dr. Seuss' Sleep Book This classic counts all of the beings in the world that are going to sleep.
  • How Does Sleep Come? by Jeanne Blackmore.  A boy questions his mother about the arrival of sleep.
  • Niccolini's Song by Mary Wilcoxen.  The nightwatchman puts the trains to sleep with a gentle song.
  • Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue.  Does everything in the world go to sleep at night?

Chapter Book Read-alouds:

  • My Father's Dragon by Frank Gannett.  A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.
  • The Mysterious Howling by MaryRose Wood.  Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.  
  • The Night Fairy by Laura Schlitz.  When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.
  • Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys. 



Book Giveaway: Outside the Box by Karma Wilson and Diane Goode

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Celebrate Poetry Month by entering our book giveaway drawing!

Outside the Box, written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Diane Goode, is a fun, whimsical book of Cover image of Outside the Box by Diane Wilsonpoetry that will make even the most reluctant poetry reader laugh out loud. In the style of celebrated poet Shel Silverstein, this book includes short, fun poems that children can relate to and appreciate, highlighted by bold-lined drawings that bring the poetry to life. Recommended for children in grades 1 and up (and adults!). 

Drawing will take place on April 30th, 2014.  We will contact the winner that day.  Winner must be able to pick up this book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH  43221; we cannot deliver or mail this item. 

Outside the Box Book Giveaway Form

Pumpkin Parade

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Our annual Pumpkin Parade is right around the corner!  Grab your costumes and come join us on Saturday, October 31st at 10:30 a.m. for a few spooky stories and some rhymes.  Afterwards you can show off your amazing costumes with a parade around the library!  This will be followed by a showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in the Friends theater. Don’t miss out on this wonderful Halloween tradition! We hope to see you there!

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