Big Kids @ UAPL

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. 

PSPUT YOUR COPY ON REQUEST NOW!! Seriously. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incredible instinct of the monarch butterfly

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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies migrate 2000 to 3000 miles from the United States and Canada to the forests of Mexico and back every year. Monarch butterflies begin their migration north from Mexico and southern California in the spring. It takes four generations of monarchs to reach the northern United States and Canada.  At the end of the summer, a super generation of monarchs is born and it's this generation that will travel all the way back to Mexico and Southern California in the fall.

Want to learn more about this beautiful and amazing insect?  

Explore the UAPL online reference databases. Visit our website and use the Research dropdown menu to click on Databases and scroll down to National Geographic Kids. This database has full text books that you can read and/or listen to! There is an excellent book in this database called Great Migrations: Butterflies by Laura Marsh. (You will need to log in with your library card and pin)

Read some of these non-fiction books in our library:

And, here are some lovely picture books about monarch butterflies:

The Many Faces of Poetry: The Novel in Verse

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Book cover for Words with Wings by Nikki GrimesInterested in poetry? Not sure where to start? Love books but think poetry is not your thing? Check out the novel in verse. This form of poetry merges the traditional story you find in a novel with poetry. It brings the best of both worlds…story and poems…together by using poems to tell the story. Great novels in verse are:

Want to explore poetry more? Want to learn about the many faces of poetry such as odes, haikus, lyrical poems, ballads, acrostic? Check out these online resources:

For a sneak peek at Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes check out this fan-made book trailer:

Happy Reading!

Youth Poetry Contest Winner!

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UAPL Youth Poetry Contest Winner, K-4 Division

For the last three year, the last week of March leading up to April our Teen Advisory Group has sponsored a poetry contest. This year the winner for the K-4 Division was Phoebe E. with her poem, “Moonlight Dance”. Congratulations, Phoebe and thank you to all our entrants!

“Moonlight Dance”

When comes the darkness

In the world

Fairies creep out

From the ground

 

Dressed in moss with

Hair so curled

Twirling, dancing

All around

 

Come the goblins

Heavy boots

Dragons flap their 

Wings and roar

 

Mermaids swim and

Play the flute

Unicorns come

From the moor

 

Fairies dancing

In the night

Dancing all a

Round till dawn

 

But when comes the

Morning light

you will see that

They are gone

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