Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg is an exciting, well-written story based on true events. Set in 1935, it tells the story of a pioneer family’s move from Wisconsin to Alaska, as part of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan to give loans and land to families struggling during the Depression. Filled with humor, this book gives a good insight into life during that period of American History. Recommended for grades 4 and up.
Are you brave enough to venture through the forests of the Grimm Brothers filled with warlocks, dark spells, hunters and witches? This book is not for the faint of heart. You might be familiar with fairytales, but this one is true. In A Tale Dark and Grimm, you will wind through a twisting adventure with Hansel and Gretel to discover the truth behind their story. Grades 5-7.
It is time to celebrate all things chess! Sunday, July 20th, is International Chess Day and it’s time to play! And read! Not only do we have lots of strategy guides, from beginner to advanced, but we also have lots of great chapter books about kids who love chess. And if that is not enough check out the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. See the trailer below for a sneak peek.
And if chess is only one among many games that you love to play and can barely stop playing in order to do anything else – do not despair! We have some great books about games that incorporate games and puzzles for you to solve right into the story! My favorite so far is Gollywhopper Games and Gollywhopper Games: New Champion. Both are about a toy company who puts on a nationwide competition where participants must solve several rounds of puzzles and games, narrowing the completion down bit by bit, until there is one winner – who wins 1 million dollars! The book’s website gollywhoppergames.com has games, puzzles, and contests.
For links to these books, other books about games and puzzles, and/or chess books in the library catalog, see the links below.
Happy Chess Playing!
“The Force is strong with this one”
In case you have not heard, Star Wars Episode VII was released to theaters this past week.. And I've heard it's AMAZING. But SHHH! Let's not spoil it for those of us who have not seen it yet! Instead, take a look at these books that have been inspired by this iconic film series. From nonfiction to graphic novels to retellings, you may find the Force hidden in its pages.
- The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
- Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
- The princess, the scoundrel, and the farm boy: an original retelling of Star Wars: a new hope by Alexandra Bracken
- Star Wars mania crafts, activities, facts, and fun! by Amanda Formaro
- Star Wars: the original trilogy stories
- The art of Star Wars, The force awakens by Phil Szostak
What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet? You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment. The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone. For ages 4 and up.
Emily and her family are moving again, this time to San Francisco. Emily loves to play Book Scavenger, an online game with complex puzzles leading to discovering books hidden in places all over the world. She teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find. They want to figure out the secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, Book Scavenger publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.
Apple season is just around the corner and with it comes wonderful opportunities for family fun. After a day of picking delicious apples head home for some toasty (and tasty) indoor activities. How does apple sauce, apple dip, apple crumble, caramel apple muffins or apple cake sound? This season you can make your own yummy apple treats with your kids. Stop in the UAPL Youth Services department and check out some of the following books for awesome recipes using apples that are scrumptious, simple and kid friendly.
The movie My Neighbor Totoro is over 25 years old! This enduring classic from the imagination of Hayao Miyazaki takes place in the Japanese countryside. Two sisters move to the country in the summer with their father and discover the Totoros, furry caretakers of the forests, who can only be seen by children. The many wonderful characters and creatures make this a film for all ages to enjoy!
Summer Library Club is in full swing. This year’s theme promotes books, programs, and activities that highlight health, exercise, and general well-being. Let’s not forget about the well-being of our PETS!! Kids in grades 4-12 can join us this Saturday, July 16 at 2 pm at Tremont to make a toy for a pet! Sign-up required. Click here to go to our events calendar.
Check out these non-fiction books in the series Caring for my pet:
And, these new fiction books
- Strudel's forever home by Martha Freeman
- Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
- The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
- Stick Cat: a Tail of Two Kitties by Tom Watson
- Cody Harmon, King of Pets by Claudia Mills
Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic town where everyone has everything that they need, the lawns are perfectly manicured, and there is no crime. Serenity is small and there are only thirty kids living in it, including Eli Frieden. Eli has never left Serenity and why would he ever want to? All the kids have pools, he has his friends, and his father is the mayor and principal of the school. This town seems perfect and Eli is perfectly happy to live there. Everything changes the day his best friend Randy convinces him to ride their bikes to the edge of town. Something strange happens to Eli when he hits the town limits; he gets terribly sick and has to be rescued. The next thing he knows Randy is getting sent away to live with his grandparent's in Colorado. Things are changing in Serenity, especially when Eli discovers a secret letter Randy has left him that leads to even more surprises. Eli teams up with two other kids, Tori and Malik, and together they discover that Serenity is not at all what it seems, and neither are they! (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)