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What Are You Thankful For??

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It's that time again, kids. Time to hug smelly old Aunt Matilda (why does she have to wear SO MUCH perfume?), time for your mom to harp at you in front of everyone, to eat your brussels sprouts, time to fill your stomach to almost bursting, time to fight your little brother for the last piece of pumpkin pie, time to let Great Grandma squeeze your cheeks and drone on about how much you've grown, time for the wish bone to be broken (what are you wishing for?), and time for turkey!!

IT'S TIME TO GET THANKFUL!!

No, really…seriously… we really do have a lot to be thankful for. Here at the UAPL, you can fill out a feather for our bulletin board turkey, and tell us what you are thankful for. Some of the things our patrons are thankful for are dinosaur books, ice cream, mommy & daddy, food and love. The answers are as varied as our wonderful patrons. At the UAPL, we are thankful for you. We are thankful that you allow us to help you find books that you love, thankful that you love to read and use our services and facilities. Have a great Thanksgiving! If you are in the mood to read books about Thanksgiving, give these a try:

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, www.summerlibraryclub.org. 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 www.summerlibraryclub.org, 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!

Graphic Novel Reading Lists for Kids

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Kids love graphic novels. Amazing illustrations, cool captions and words, great stories – all bundled into one. What’s not to love? Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) puts out Graphic Novels Reading Lists of top graphic novels for kids. The lists include classic graphic novels as well as new titles. Here are some favorite choices, broken down by age range. 

K - 2nd Grade (ALSC K - 2nd Grade Full List)

Cover for Little Robot by Ben Hatke

 

3rd - 5th Grade (ALSC 3rd - 5th Grade Full List)

Cover for Hilo by Judd Winick

 

6th - 8th Grade (ALSC 6th - 8th Grade Full List)

Cover for  Awkward

 

A few favorites not covered on these lists:

Cover fro Oddly Normal

 

Happy (Graphic Novel) Reading!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Sophie Brown and her family have just inherited a farm from her great-uncle Jim.  Her father has recently lost his job, her mother is a busy full-time writer, and they have all just moved from the city and have no experience with farming.  Sophie finds a funny little chicken while exploring the farm and begins correspondence with a woman named Agnes of the Redwood Farm Supply company.  Soon Sophie is learning all she can about chickens through trips to the local library and through Agnes's letters.  Something is really different about great-uncle Jim's chickens though and more keep showing up on the farm every day, as well as the mysterious Ms. Griegson who keeps trying to steal them.  It's up to Sophie to keep her new chickens safe and to convince her parents that she is up to the task of being a chicken farmer.  Written entirely in letters to her recently deceased great-uncle Jim and beloved Abuelita, as well as to Agnes of Redwood Farm Supply this is an odd and adorable story about starting over in a new place, making friends, and supernatural chickens!  To accompany this great story are adorable illustrations of all the silly chickens.  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

Juvenile Book Selection: Cleopatra in space

When a young Cleopatra (yes, that Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, really far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo's style). With help from her teacher Khensu and new friends, Cleo learns what is takes to be a great leader–all while trying to figure out how she's going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!  Ages 8-10

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: Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Fifth grader Tamaya is a good student and always follows the rules. She feels lucky to attend the Woodbridge Academy and loves school. Marshall is her older neighbor who she has been walking to and from school with along the same route for years…that is until the day Marshall heads towards the off-limits woods next to the school to avoid Chad Wilson the school bully. Tamaya doesn't want to follow, but she knows she's not permitted to take the long walk home alone so she decides to walk into the woods after him. Both Tamaya and Marshall quickly find themselves in trouble: Tamaya begins slipping and landing in the strange looking fuzzy brown mud, and then Chad shows up in the woods to fight Marshall. Tamaya ends up throwing that same mud in Chad's face and they get away, but that's when the real trouble begins. When Tamaya wakes the next morning she finds that she has a terrible rash and as the school day goes on it gets worse. Then Tamaya hears that Chad never made it home the night before and that he is missing and she remembers all that mud she threw in his face. Tamaya decides to head into the woods after him. Little does she, or the town, know that the fuzzy mud will end up becoming a national story that involves Senate committee hearings, a bioengineer, and the CDC. Just what is going on with all that mud?  

Share a Story: Lucy

Lucy is a small dog without a home. Eleanor is a little girl who looks forward to feeding the stray dog that appears faithfully beneath her window each day. Eleanor's father is a juggler with stage fright. The overlapping stories of three delightful characters, offering a slightly different perspective each time, come together in a book for dog lovers of all ages. 

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