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Published on Monday, May 2, 2011

Finally, it’s warm! Barbecues, Memorial Day celebrations and the end of school are all just ahead…along with pollen, bee stings and poison ivy. As you take the good with the bad, check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

May 1 – Keep Kids Alive – Drive 25 Day

May 1 – Mother Goose Day

May 2 – Melanoma Monday

May 3 – National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Published on Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Internet video/telephone service Skype does more than connect people around the world; it can also enable exciting learning experiences for local teens.

Last fall, when Northeast Library Associate Erin Bush won a free Skype chat with teen author Mitali Perkins, she immediately thought of her collaborative partner Sharon Vollin, school librarian at the School Without Walls (SWW). 

Bush and Vollin arranged for a class of international students attending SWW to read Perkins' latest novel, Bamboo People, which traces the parallel journeys of two teens caught up in the conflict in Myanmar. 

Published on Thursday, April 14, 2011

Feeling a bit trapped because you still have two more months of school to go?  Well, be that as it may, I doubt your feelings come anywhere close to those of Finn and Claudia. He’s trapped in a world that wants to torture and destroy him, while she’s trapped in the game of politics and betrayal that could be just as deadly.  Intrigued?  Read Incarceron, the latest book from Catherine Fisher. 

Published on Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Children's Room is having a special guest Thursday, April 28.  At 3:30 p.m., Lulu Delacre will be sharing some of her books with us and teaching us how to dance to the arroz con leche game song.  Lulu Delacre is the author of Arrorro Mi Nino: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games, Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America and Salsa Stories.  Many of you might recognize her from the Rafi and Rosi easy reader books.

This program is being offered in celebration of Children's Day/Book Day (El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros), which is the last week in April.  Come and enjoy.

Published on Friday, April 1, 2011

April showers bring May flowers…April showers bring May flowers… Repeat this 100 times a day, and you may get through this damp excuse for a month. But in the meantime, check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

 April 1 – National Fun at Work Day

 April 1 – Sorry Charlie Day

April 2 – International Children’s Book Day

Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vampires. Werewolves. Fairies. As much as some of us would like to deny it, the paranormal creatures have taken control of teen literature. But these three groups of supernatural creatures aren’t the only ones getting a piece of the action. In this delightful anthology that just came out,  Zombie vs. Unicorn, two popular teen authors bring some other creatures to our attention. If you’re willing to be skewered on a unicorn’s horn or join the zombie army, read the review below.

Published on Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finally, spring is just around the corner, so it’s definitely time for some sort of celebration! Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information:

Published on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Who needs just one shoe?  Maybe someone magical. The Blue Shoe is a fast read full of various characters good and evil (the subtitle says it all). 

Come Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m. to discuss this whimsical tale. We have the folks of Aplanap and the Aukis of Mount Xexnax to keep us entertained.  If you are interested, there are still copies of the title in the children's room. This book was written by Roderick Townley and features illustrations by Mary GrandPre.

--by Judith Oliver, Children's Librarian

Published on Friday, February 25, 2011

If you've been upstairs recently, you're probably noticed that we've recently received a bunch of new chapter books, picture books, nonfiction titles and biographies.

Here are just a few of our great titles that you might want to check out!

Published on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Join the discussion of The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.  This is the story of Sylvia
Compson, who finds a 150-year-old diary of her ancestor and three
antique quilts mentioned in the diary. 

The diary reveals that Sylvia's
family may have been involved with slavery and the Underground
Railroad.  Follow Sylvia's story as she unravels a family mystery
and her heritage and history.