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Ready for More?

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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.

Winter Reading Club at UAPL

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Brrrrrrrr!!! Winter is definitely here, which means more time to read! And, it also means that our Winter Reading Club has begun. Here is the scoop:

Who: Kids of all ages! (infant through 12th graders)

When: Jan. 5th through Feb. 15th

Where: You can pick up a Winter Reading Club coloring sheet at any UAPL location. 

What: This works similar to a color-by-number painting. Each coloring sheet has a winter animal; the picture of the animal is divided up into 8 sections. On the back of the coloring sheet you will find a list of reading and literacy activities. Every time you complete one of the activities (you get to decide which activities to do), go ahead and color in a section of the animal on the front. Once you have completed your 8 activities and colored in your winter animal, just fill out the bottom slip with your name and contact info, remove that slip from your coloring sheet, and return the slip to any UAPL location. Upon your slip submission you will recieve a bookmark and be entered into the grand prize drawing for your age category. 

Grand prizes will be drawn at each location on Monday, Feb. 16th; winners will be notified by phone, so please write legibly!

Categories for prizes are divided by age/grade:

  • Infant-PK: Grand prize winner will recieve a board book and plush Curious George.
  • K-2nd: Grand prize winner will recieve a blacklight book kit.
  • 3rd-5th: Grand prize winner will recieve a Deluxe Art Set.
  • 6th-12th: Grand prize winner will recieve a gift card to Michael's arts and crafts store.

Once participants have colored in a sheet and submitted their slip they are free to grab another sheet and color again! 

Incredible instinct of the monarch butterfly

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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies migrate 2000 to 3000 miles from the United States and Canada to the forests of Mexico and back every year. Monarch butterflies begin their migration north from Mexico and southern California in the spring. It takes four generations of monarchs to reach the northern United States and Canada.  At the end of the summer, a super generation of monarchs is born and it's this generation that will travel all the way back to Mexico and Southern California in the fall.

Want to learn more about this beautiful and amazing insect?  

Explore the UAPL online reference databases. Visit our website and use the Research dropdown menu to click on Databases and scroll down to National Geographic Kids. This database has full text books that you can read and/or listen to! There is an excellent book in this database called Great Migrations: Butterflies by Laura Marsh. (You will need to log in with your library card and pin)

Read some of these non-fiction books in our library:

And, here are some lovely picture books about monarch butterflies:

Juvenile Book Selection: All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Eleven-year-old Perry's home life is like that of most kids his age: morning ritual, school, dinner with his mom, and games with his extended family. Unlike most kids, Perry lives in a minimum security correctional facility, where he's stayed since birth with his mother, Jessica. Jessica is up for parole, and she and Perry are eager to start a new life on the outside. The county's ambitious district attorney is outraged that a child was raised in a prison and demands that Perry live with a foster family while the case is sorted out. Perry knows he has traded a prison that feels like home for a home that feels like a prison, and resolves to reunite with his mother. 

Stuck inside? Start a sewing project!

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As the weather becomes frigid the kids may be itching for new activities to explore. Why not bring out that sewing machine that has been collecting dust and put it to work with a great new sewing project? It’s a great activity to work on together and it might just spark a lifelong interest. The Youth Department has a great collection of sewing books waiting to be discovered. Here are a few book suggestions to start you on a new sewing adventure.

  • Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know to Begin Sewing Clothes and Home Furnishings by Wendy Gardiner
  • Sewing with Felt: Learn Basic Stitches to Create More than 60 Colorful Projects by Buff McAllister
  • Customize Your Clothes (Be Creative) by Anna Claybourne
  • Made by Me: a Book of Lovely Things to Make by Jane Bull
  • We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-shirts, Pillows, Bags & More by Annabel Wrigley
  • Simple Sewing (Klutz) by The editors of Klutz

Super Power Saturdays: Juvenile Graphic Novels - All Kinds of Powers!

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Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays! Last week we looked at super powers in juvenile fiction and even looked at ways to find our own unique powers in the post What's Your Power?. This week takes us into the place that started it all – Graphic Novels and Comics. From traditional powers like super strength and flying, to magical abilities, to super heroes in space there are a lot of great graphic novels and comics out there that feature some amazing and unique super powers. Some great picks are:

One of my favorites is Zita: The Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. In this three part series Zita and her friend Joseph are unwittingly transported to another planet where Zita and Joseph are swept up in a series of adventures and where Zita dons a green cape and becomes known as Zita the Spacegirl! For a sneak peak check out the book trailer:

 

And for some more fun don’t miss Sidekicks by Dan Santat which features super powered animals. See the book trailer for a look at the adventures these animal heroes have.

 

For links to these and other great graphic novels in our catalog see our Juvenile Graphic Novels – All Kinds of Powers! book list. And for the juvenile fiction list that was featured in the May 30th blog post What's Your Power? see the Juvenile Super Powered Fiction book list.

Don’t forget to check back in two weeks (June 20th) for Middle School Powers! And then again the first and third Saturday in July for more great super powered books.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Dash and his family live on the moon.  They are part of the first group of humans to live on Moon Base Alpha and famous on Earth for it.  Sounds exciting right?  Not according to Dash, who is bored out of his mind.  Dash is trapped inside the tiny moon base since kids are not allowed on the surface, and the only thing to do to occupy his time is play virtual reality games.  When Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, Dash believes that it might not have been an accident.  Along with new supplies, the supply ship brings some new residents to the base including a new girl Dash's age who he eventually befriends.  Dash becomes convinced Dr. Holtz's death was foul play and begins an investigation into many suspects to solve the mystery.  Each chapter opens with an excerpt from “The Official Residents' Guide to Moon Base Alpha” NASA's instructional guide to living on the moon.  Dash is very clever and the mystery in this story is not only complex but often funny too.  (Grades 3-7 School Library Journal)

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