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UAPL Poetry Contest Winner, K-4 Division

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently sponsored a poetry contest for grades K-12.  The winner of the K-4 Division was Graci J.  Here's Graci's winning poem:


Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow where the stars shine shine bright.

Over the Rainbow where there is no fright.

Where the sun is shining,

the clouds are no longer crying.

That's where I'll be.


Where there is good and no evil.

The music is calm and there is always a song.

Where the sunset follows the moon and stars,

where everyone is happy where they are.

That's where I'll be.


When I wake and see my destination,

I can always to back to my imagination

I can take a ride on a shooting star,

go back to a place called Over the Rainbow.

That's where I'll be.


We have lots of great poetry books waiting for you at the library.  Stop in and check them out when you get the chance.  We'd love to see you!

Lockwood & Co.

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Halloween is over, but if you are still looking for something scary, check out the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud.  I just finished listening to the third and newest book in the series, which follows Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood, and George Cubbins as they work together to hunt ghosts around London.  Thrilling, engaging, and humorous, I can't wait for book number four!

Picture Book Selection: Earth to Clunk

What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet?  You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment.  The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone.  For ages 4 and up.    

Sweet Home Alaska

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg is an exciting, well-written story based on true events.  Set in 1935, it tells the story of a pioneer family’s move from Wisconsin to Alaska, as part of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan to give loans and land to families struggling during the Depression.  Filled with humor, this book gives a good insight into life during that period of American History.  Recommended for grades 4 and up.

Let UAPL help you get back to school!

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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!)

2014 Picture Book Picks!

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We love picture books!  Picture book stories are for everyone and perfect for sharing.  To celebrate another great year at UAPL we are sharing some of our favorites from 2014.  

Dena's Pick: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee.  In this wordless picture book a baby clown has fallen off a circus train and is helped by a lonely farmer to find his family again.  Wordless picture books are a great opportunity for young readers to tell the story.  

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Miss Laura chose:  Milo is not a Dog Today! by Kerstin Schoene

Milo is a dog who loves to pretend to be other animals.  He wants to find a friend who likes to play pretend games too. Can he find a friend to play?

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Miss Jennifer had two favorites!  

  • Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! by Jeff Cohen is a very realistic story about what happens when little people give haircuts.
  • Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka: a super cute story about a little puppy who wants to play and finds a friend in a grumpy green monster in the park.

Dana's pick: Naughty Kitty

Miss Dana picked: Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower

Lily is a little girl who has just gotten a kitten and discovers how much trouble kittens can be.  This is the sequel to Silly Doggy!

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Miss Tracie's favorite is Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

A wandering fox is trying to find shelter in the cold winter.  A little boy sees this and brings food and puts the fox in the greenhouse.  To repay the boy's kindness the fox makes a magical garden appear in the night.  

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Katie's pick is Nancy Knows by Cybele Young

Nancy is an elephant who has a good memory most of the time.  There is something important that she cannot remember!  When she takes a quiet moment is when she remembers. The reader can see all of what Nancy knows as the story moves along. 

stephanie viva fridaStephanie has two picks both about famous artists.

  • Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales celebrates the imagination of Frida Kahlo for the youngest of readers.  
  • The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
    If you lived in a cold, dreary northern French town, where would you find color?  Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan gives us the childhood of Henri Matisse.  

Sue holding Sparky picture bookSue: Sparky by Jenny Offill

A child gets a pet sloth.

Sarah: Telephone by Mac Barnett

A string of birds play telephone on a telephone wire. Funny!

Have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!

The Many Faces of Poetry: The Novel in Verse

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Book cover for Words with Wings by Nikki GrimesInterested in poetry? Not sure where to start? Love books but think poetry is not your thing? Check out the novel in verse. This form of poetry merges the traditional story you find in a novel with poetry. It brings the best of both worlds…story and poems…together by using poems to tell the story. Great novels in verse are:

Want to explore poetry more? Want to learn about the many faces of poetry such as odes, haikus, lyrical poems, ballads, acrostic? Check out these online resources:

For a sneak peek at Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes check out this fan-made book trailer:

Happy Reading!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic town where everyone has everything that they need, the lawns are perfectly manicured, and there is no crime.  Serenity is small and there are only thirty kids living in it, including Eli Frieden.  Eli has never left Serenity and why would he ever want to?  All the kids have pools, he has his friends, and his father is the mayor and principal of the school. This town seems perfect and Eli is perfectly happy to live there.  Everything changes the day his best friend Randy convinces him to ride their bikes to the edge of town.  Something strange happens to Eli when he hits the town limits; he gets terribly sick and has to be rescued.  The next thing he knows Randy is getting sent away to live with his grandparent's in Colorado.  Things are changing in Serenity, especially when Eli discovers a secret letter Randy has left him that leads to even more surprises.  Eli teams up with two other kids, Tori and Malik, and together they discover that Serenity is not at all what it seems, and neither are they!  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Book Scavenger

Emily and her family are moving again, this time to San Francisco.  Emily loves to play Book Scavenger, an online game with complex puzzles leading to discovering books hidden in places all over the world.  She teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find. They want to figure out the secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, Book Scavenger publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

Elves! App, Books, Fun!

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Winter is in full swing and there is magic in the air! And elves are in the mix! Here are some fun books that explore the world of elves! Also, for some online fun check out the Website (and where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf! (Links open in a new window)

image of the Elf Yourself web page

Explore the World of Elves!

Book Cover for Little Fur by Carmody   Book Cover for The Little Secret by Saunders   Book Cover for Keeper of Lost Cities by Messenger   Cover for Elves Don't Wear Hard Hats by Dadey   Book Cover for The Elf in Union Square by Carr   Book Cover for Flower Fairies: Buttercup and the Fairy Gold \

Happy Reading!!!


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