Big Kids @ UAPL

Fun with Ben Hatke: Space, Robots, Creatures!

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Looking for a book about space adventures and super heroes? Want to read about robots? Love stories about friendly creatures and lonely trolls? Then check out Ben Hatke's books. Ben Hatke is a children's writer and illustrator who has written several picture books and graphic novels for kids. He creates loveable, endearing, and highly adventurous characters and tales, such as those found in the graphic novels Zita the Space Girl, Mighty Jack, and Little Robot, as well as unique and thoughtful tales, like those found in the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin. For more about Ben Hatke and his stories, characters, and art check out: ben hatke, zita the spacegirl, and house hatke.

For a sneak peek at Zita the Space Girl, a 3 part graphic novel that follows the adventures of a young girl who is transported through space to worlds far away, where she must both find her own way as a newfound superhero and save her lost friend, check out the book trailer.

Happy Reading!


It's Fall: Let's Talk about Costumes

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Halloween is such a fun time, with dressing up and having parties and candy.  Is your costume ready? Are you having a hard time deciding what you want to be?  Everyone picks their favorite character from tv shows, but why not try a favorite book character?  Will you be funny, spooky or magical?  Here are some ideas for those undecided.    

You could be: 

Be sure to check our Pinterest boards for other fall activity and costume/cosplay ideas.  

New juvenile series books coming soon!

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A book cover for "Magnus Chase" #2 "The Gods of Asgard"The wait is almost over!  These 6 series will have new books released this fall.  These books are all on order in our catalog. Do not delay!  Put yourself on the reserve lists today!

On August 30th these will be released:

On September 13th you will find:

  • Ghosts The newest book from Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters and Drama

In October:

On the first of November:

  • The newest Wimpy Kid (#11) by Jeff Kinney will be released! It is titled: Double Down

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is here!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cover

A bit about the new book: 

Yes, it is considered the eighth Harry Potter book. 

Rowling was involved with the creation of the story itself, but is not the writer of the newly released book. Instead, this book is a written play created by Jack Thorne, a British writer and producer of award winning shows and movies. This book is written as a screenplay–if you've never read a screenplay, just FYI–it takes some getting used to. There isn't any internal dialogue, and readers may regret the lack of detail. But, hey, it's Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now playing on a London stage.

What's it about? Well, Harry is all grown up now, and the story actually picks up in the train station scene that you might remember from the end of book #7, in which Harry and family are dropping off son Albus for his first year at Hogwarts. Without providing spoilers, I will say that the story is about coming to terms with living up to the reputation of being the Boy Who Lived, and dealing with being the son of the Boy Who Lived–both challenging roles. 


Play Keeps Pets Healthy (Register today for our pet-toy making program)!

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PetsSummer 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