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Science Explorer Summer Science Experiments

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This guest blog was written by Eileen, one of our summer interns here at the UAPL.  

 Are you running out of fun things to do this summer (besides reading, of course)? If so, have no fear because science will save the day! As you all know, the theme of the summer reading program this year is science. So what better way to have fun this summer than doing two awesome science experiments? With your parents’ permission and guidance, gather these simple ingredients and have a blast experimenting!

Make Your Own Bubbles!!

What you need:

Water
Dish soap
Small container
Bubble wand

Directions:

Pour equal amounts of water and dish soap into a container and stir gently.
Then, dip in the bubble wand and blow those bubbles!

Glow in the dark water!!

What you need:

Bowl
Water
 Highlighters

Directions:

Pour the water into the bowl
Cut the highlighter in half and pull the ink-soaked felt out of one half
Put the felt into the water, turn the lights off, and watch it glow!

For more fun science activities, check out these books!

 

 

Watch/Listen to a Story on Tumblebooks

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Winter Reading Club began yesterday, and one of the BINGO activities for participants in grades K-2 and grades 3-5 is to watch/listen to a story on Tumblebooks.

TumbleBook Library is a UAPL database that houses a collection of books to watch, listen-to, and/or read-along with online.  The collection includes picture books, easy readers, chapter books, non-fiction books, and more, including online copies of the books listed below.  You will need your library card number and pin to access this database from home.

Interested in participating in the Winter Reading Club?  Patrons of all ages can stop by any UAPL location to pick up a BINGO sheet.  

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. 

Harry Potter news!

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Have you heard the big news? Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

No, J.K. Rowling isn't publishing a new Harry Potter book, sadly…but she is involved in writing a screenplay called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring the fictitious author Newt Scamander. The story begins seventy years before Harry Potter arrives on scene, set in a secret wizarding community in New York City. No news yet as to when we can expect to see this on the big screen. Find the press release on J.K. Rowling's blog here. There is also talk that this will be the first film in a series!

Graphic Novel Characters: Best Friend Adventures

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There are some great characters and friendships in graphic novels. From best friends whose differences only bring them closer and add to their adventures, like in Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo, to loveable “pet” monsters who need help finding their home, like in Jellaby by Kean Soo, to sassy but sweet unicorns to help you through your daily ups and downs, like in Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, graphic novels have it all.

For a sneak peek at Phoebe and Her Unicorn check out the book trailer below.

Book Cover for Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

For more information about Phoebe and her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle, check out the Dana Simpson website at www.danasimpson.com. There are links, event info, an author blog, and even some info about the upcoming second book in the Heavenly Nostrils series called Unicorn on a Roll due out in May!

 

A few other graphic novels to check out whose characters have made great friendships and will surely become fast friends as you share their adventures are The Misadventures of Salem Hyde by Frank Cammuso, Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso, and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.

Happy 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)

Juvenile Book Selection: The Haunting of Falcon House

This book received a starred review by two children's book review journals. Set in Russia in 1891, this historical fantasy centers around 12-year old Prince Lev Lyov's return to St. Petersburg after receiving a mysterious invitation.  He leaves his country home, his cat, and his mother behind.  He arrives at the dark and decrepit manor where he finds strange things underfoot.  Lev must use his special gift to rid the house of a ghost.

Caldecott Medal Winners

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The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th.  In celebration, the staff of the Miller Park Branch has picked some of their favorite past winners:

Photo of Alina holding the book The Little House  Photo of Bree reading the book The Hello, Goodbye Window  Photo of Brian holding the book Where the Wild Things Are  Photo of Julie holding the book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble  Photo of Kate holding the book Kitten's First Full Moon and a cat puppet  Photo of Kris holding the book Owl Moon and an owl puppet  Photo of Sarah holding the book A Sick Day for Amos McGee       

On Saturday, January 25th, the Miller Park Branch will be hosting a Caldecott Crafts program at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 and up.  Registration is required.  If you would like to attend, please go to UAPL's Events & Programs calendar to check for openings and to sign up.  To learn more about the Caldecott Medal, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children's informational page.  

Feel free to share your favorite Caldecott Medal winner in the comments section below!  

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