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It's time to go Camping!

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The sunny skies and warmer weather means camping season has started!  Whether you pitch a tent, sleep in a camper, or just lay in a sleeping bag under the stars, get out and enjoy the outdoors.

mohican state parkWhat do you need for camping?  There are lots of things you can bring, but the basics are a tent, sleeping bag, mess kit (eating equipment), simple foods, and enthusiasm for new experiences!  Be sure to check out the books below for more information to make your own checklist before your trip.

Ohio has many wonderful places to explore and and also for you to put up your feet after a long day of exploration.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has an app for your mobile device that can give you more up to date information about events happening in all of the state parks around Ohio.  

 

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)

Feathery Friends

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Earlier today the library had an interesting visitor.  A Red-tailed hawk rested for a while in the trees outside the front entrance.  According to a wonderful new book, National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds:  A Beginner's Guide, the Red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in the United States. 

Learn all about the birds in your backyard with the help of these wonderful resources. 

Letters, Notes, and Messages...There is More Than One Way to Tell a Story!

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A lot of books are set up in a traditional novel style, but others use letters and notes to tell the story instead. This can be a really fun way to read and get to know the characters. It may even spur an interest in writing some letters yourself! I’m sure a friend would love to read the story of your days in a letter just for them!

Book Cover for 43 Old Cemetery RoadA fabulous example of this letter style (also called epistolary novels) is the book series 43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise. It is told in letters, messages, and notes exchanged between a little boy, the ghost who haunts his house, and the very grumpy writer who moved in. They seem an unlikely trio, but are really kindred spirits who form a unique and wonderful relationship - all built around their beautiful, fun, sometimes grumpy, and often witty, letters! There is also lots of fun word play, and a big dose of mystery, in each novel. It’ll keep you guessing, and laughing, right to the end! For a sneak peek check out this fan made book trailer.

 

 

For more letter style books try one of these:

Happy Reading!

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.  

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! 

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