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Runaway Pony

Willa and Ben are back again in Runaway Pony, the 3rd book in a series called Marguerite Henry's Misty Inn.  Fully Moon Fancy is a pony with a knack for getting in mischief and also helps Starbuck, Willa and Ben's favorite pony get into trouble!   When Starbuck gets out at night, a nighttime adventure begins.  Fans of Marguerite Henry will enjoy this series.  And, by the way, the author, Kristin Earhart, grew up in Worthington, Ohio!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Mayday

Wayne Kovak loves facts and he happily shares them with everyone around him, that is until he loses his voice.  Wayne and his mother are traveling back from his Uncle's funeral when their plane crash lands in the middle of Texas.  Wayne's voice is not the only thing lost; his uncle had served in the U.S. military and during the crash Wayne lost the American flag his family was awarded at his funeral.  Determined to find the flag, and bring his grieving grandfather and mother some peace, he sets out on a journey that helps him discover things he didn't even know he was searching for.  

Get to know John Rocco!

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Are you a fan of the cover art for Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series? 

Image of The Lightning Thief book cover  Image of The Red Pyramid book cover Image of The Lost Hero book cover

Then discover the illustrator, John Rocco, who has also written several books of his own, including Blackout, a 2012 Caldecott Honor book.

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to hear John Rocco give a presentation at the Mazza Weekend Conference. He was such an entertaining speaker, and some of his more memorable stories involved a shellfishing boat, Whoopi Goldberg, the movie Shrek, and his childhood with a lot of curly hair.

To learn more about this talented author/illustrator, visit his website or check out some of his books below:

Gardening for Kids

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Now is a great time to get started on a gardening project. It's great exercise, you get to play in the dirt, and you can learn some things about nature! There are lots of gardening activities to try, from growing your own fruits and vegetables to attracting birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to your backyard. Don't worry if you don't have much outdoor space - lots of gardening projects don't need much space at all.

Check out the titles below to get started on your gardening adventure!

Fantastic Party for Harry Potter Fans

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Fantastic Beasts movie imageThe new J. K. Rowling adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is about to hit theaters and the youth services department is ready to celebrate!  Join us Saturday November 12th at 3:00 PM for crafts, games, and fun celebrating the magical world of Harry Potter.  Dig through your old trunk and dust off your wizarding robes because there will also be a costume contest and a chance to win prizes.  Don't forget to stop by Olivander's wand shop and then take yourself on a beastly scavenger hunt around the department while you're here.

Sorcerer's Stone movie posterBefore the party begins we will be showing the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the Friends Theater at 2:00 PM

If you really want to get yourself excited for the new movie and our fantastic party check out some of these books…

 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Chicken Squad:The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin

Those funny chicks from The Trouble with Chickens are back in a series all their own. Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie are not your typical chicks. They might be cute, but they are also daring and always ready to solve a mystery or fight crime. When a very scared squirrel named Tail comes to tell them about the “big and scary thing” that has landed in the backyard, the chicken squad is on the case. With the use of some strange camouflage and deductive reasoning the chicks investigate the big, green, round, and shiny object that just might be from out of this world. Beginner chapter book readers will enjoy these hilarious chicks and the wonderful illustrations that capture all the silliness this story has to offer. (Grades 1-3 School Library Journal)

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Space Taxi

Eight-year-old Archie Morningstar discovers the family secret that his father is a space taxi driver.  His Dad picks up a talking cat named Pockets and they travel to a planet that closely resembles medieval Earth in order to rescue a princess from the clutches of the intergalactic criminal organization B.U.R.P.  Be sure to check out the other 3 books in the series.  

Juvenile Fiction Recommendation: No Girls Allowed

Based on legends, poems, letters and first-hand accounts, these seven biographical tales tell of women who disguised themselves as men. From ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages to the 19th century, this historically accurate graphic treatment is perfect to transport readers back to bygone eras. The lives of these daring women were often filled with danger and the fear of discovery. However, for the sake of freedom, ambition, love or adventure, these women risked everything. (Grades 4-8)

Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss

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March 3, 2014 marks the 17th year of celebrating the National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To help support this occasion, the Lane Road Library is hosting a Dr. Seuss Craft day on Wednesday, March 5 at 4:00 for children ages 2 and up. Stop by to make your own “Cat in the Hat” hat and a Lorax finger puppet. Check out the following links for more ideas on how you can celebrate at home!

                                  

http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorReadAcrossAmerica.php

http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm

 

 

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