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Curious?

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Ever wonder what the smelliest fruit on the planet might be? Do you know what country serves fried grasshoppers as a common snack? Did you know that the eye muscle is the strongest muscle in the body? You can find even more curiosities in books such as That's Awesome! The World's Most Amazing Facts & Records.  Inquisitive minds (or reluctant readers) can satisfy their curious cravings for the strange, mysterious, outrageous, weird, freaky or just plain gross with some of these book suggestion from the Youth Department at UAPL

Send a Postcard to Mars!

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NASA has a rover, called Curiosity, on Mars and you can send a postcard!  Follow this link and pick one of 9 different postcard images then add a message and send. The postcard will be sent to the Curiosity Rover, Gale Crater on Mars!

http://mars.nasa.gov/ is full of interesting facts, videos, activities and photos about the Mars Exploration Program. Curiosity, the rover, is part of this program which is trying to determine if the planet Mars was ever able to support any life. What do you think?

Still curious? Check out these titles or come on in. We’d love to help you find books and resources to feed your curiosity!

Boy,Were We Wrong About the Solar System

Cars on Mars

Out of This World: poems and facts about space

The Planet Hunter

 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson

Ivo the orphan, together with the Hag of Dribble, Ulf the Troll, and Brian the Wizard, sets out to save Princess Mirella from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort. When the rescuers arrive at the castle they are shocked to find that the princess doesn't want to be saved!  In fact, the princess wants the ogre to turn her into a bird so she can escape an arranged marriage. To further complicate matters the Ogre isn't nearly the fearsome creature everyone believed.  He's actually rather depressed. Now the rescuers are going to help save Princess Mirella from her tyrannical royal family and help restore the Ogre and his castle to the fearsome paradise it used to be.  If you're looking for a fun fantasy story with a good sense of humor you will want to pick this book up! (Grades 4-7)

Juvenile Book Recommendation: The Neptune Project

Nere has never understood why she is more comfortable in the water swimming with the dolphins than on land hanging out with her classmates. Then she learns the truth - she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the “Neptune Project” are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the wars that rock the surface world. But big challenges lie ahead, because to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and the others must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, evading sea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids…dead or alive. (Recommended Ages: 5th - 8th)

Picture Perfect Science

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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.

Audiobooks Read by the Author

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Living on the east side, my commute gives me plenty of time in the car to listen to music, the news, and, most enjoyably, audiobooks!  I have found that I particularly like audiobooks that are read by the author.  Below are some youth and young adult titles that are on my read or to-read lists:

Picture Books & Easy Readers:

Juvenile Chapter Books:

Teen Books:

Calling all Poets!

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This week we are gearing up for April (which is National Poetry Month after all!) by hosting a poetry contest! Aspiring writers are welcome to submit original poems this week (March 28th-April 1st) to any UAPL Youth department; poem length limited to 500 words, but no limitations on your creativity! 

Poetry will be judged anonymously by our Teen Advisory Board, made up of local teens who volunteer here at the library. Poems will be grouped by ages: K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th. Winners from each age category will recieve a blue ribbon, and the winning poem will be featured on our ualibrary.org website. 

Get writing! 

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken is a fun retelling of Star Wars: Episode IV.  This audiobook includes movie-like sound effects and a spot-on impression of Harrison Ford's Han Solo.  Make sure to check out its sequels: So You Want to Be a Jedi? and Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.

School Library Journal recommends this title for grades 5 and up.  

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