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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

Calling all Poets!

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This week we are gearing up for April (which is National Poetry Month after all!) by hosting a poetry contest! Aspiring writers are welcome to submit original poems this week (March 28th-April 1st) to any UAPL Youth department; poem length limited to 500 words, but no limitations on your creativity! 

Poetry will be judged anonymously by our Teen Advisory Board, made up of local teens who volunteer here at the library. Poems will be grouped by ages: K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th. Winners from each age category will recieve a blue ribbon, and the winning poem will be featured on our website. 

Get writing! 

It's a Fact: You Can Be a Maker

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Being a Maker is all about using your creativity to explore the world around you.  Learning about new things and expressing yourself can be fun.  I’ve always liked playing board games and card games with my friends and family.  Now I can learn how to create a game of my own using the step-by-step instructions in the book, Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Games

Interested in more than just games?  Check out the other books in the “Be a Maker” series.


K9 soldiers, not your typical house pet

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Navy SEAL Dogs

Dogs have been used in warfare since ancient times. During the Vietnam War, more than 5,000 dogs served our country and it's estimated they saved over 10,000 lives. Most recently, dogs have been invaluable in Afghanistan and Iraq. These dogs are specially trained and a strong bond develops between the dog and his handler. Navy SEAL Dogs by Mike Ritland tells the inside story of how elite K9 dogs are trained and the extreme missions they undertake to save lives. Read more about other military dogs who have played an important part in our history!

In addition, there are many wonderful stories about soldiers and their dogs, including:

Brian Selznick’s The Marvels: Who Are They Really???

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Meet The Marvels! Who is this intriguing family? How do they fit into the life of a young runaway boy and the Uncle who reluctantly, and most grumpily, takes him in? And how does their mysterious house, with its out-of-time furniture and strange noises, fit into their lives? Find out as you journey through rich black and white drawings, detailed text, and multiple stories to explore the world of The Marvels by Brian Selznick. And for a sneak peek don’t miss the book trailer.

For more information about the book The Marvels, the making of the book trailer, or Brian Selznick and his other books, check out the book's website at The Marvels The Book.

Interesting Note: The Marvels is based on a real house in London called Dennis Severs’ House. For information about this house, its story, and its history, visit Dennis Severs' House. And, for a peek inside, check out this video clip describing what can you find as you explore this unique house.

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