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Published on Monday, July 16, 2012

Cinder by Marissa MeyerSummer is always a time of massive heat waves and power outages.  Most of us felt that forcefully with storm damage we experienced at the beginning of July.

But the difficulties we had are nothing compared to how bad a power outage would be for Cinder, the heroine of the book with the same name by Marissa Meyer. We have to deal with spoiled food, but she has to worry about not being able to move because her robotic parts might not work. 


Read on below.

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Whatever the case may be, people are cycling more than ever.  It may be a while, if ever, before people totally replace their four-wheel monsters for two wheels (especially in a city like ours), but biking is spreading like wildfire.  Many non-biking commuters rush home to go for a quick run or to the gym.  While those who bike can rest comforted knowing that their commute is doubling to help meet daily fitness requirements.  In addition to the health benefits, biking seems to be the progressive, environmentally friendly mode of transportation for many.  In other words…it’s cool.

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FireworksFireworks make us loud and proud, but Independence Day is just one of the many holidays we can celebrate in July. Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below See if they make as a big a BOOM in your life as the fireworks on the Fourth.

July 1-31 – Cell Phone Courtesy Month
July 1-31 – International Zine Month
July 3 – Stay Out of the Sun Day

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book CoverHave you ever seen the picture book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell? 

Have you ever wondered why Sarah, Percy and Bill are all different sizes in the same nest with the mother owl?  There is a wonderful explanation for this in Farley Mowat's book Owls in the Family.  Horned owls lay eggs several days apart and the eggs are hatched several days apart.

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer of Star Wars Logo

Where:  Northeast Branch Library Children's Room
When:  Saturday, June 30, starting at 2:30 p.m.
What:  Take the Star Wars Challenge quiz and win a prize (while supplies last).  The challenge will be available until 5 p.m.

Published on Monday, June 18, 2012

Summertime is, among other things, a time to catch up with friends and family.  Love them or hate them, your relatives are one part of your life that you can’t escape.  A book that I’ve read recently, The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel, captures the wackiness of these celebrations to a T.  Read on to find out how our narrator deals with her aunts, uncles, cousins and other assorted relations.

Published on Friday, June 1, 2012

Summertime has finally come, and with it, some time to do what you want rather than what you need to do for work and school.  With that in mind, learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below, and see if there’s something new and exciting you would like to try.

June 1 – Say Something Nice Day
June 2 – Bubba Day
June 2 – National Trail Day
June 2 – Yell “Fudge” At Cobras In North America Day

'Dead End in Norvelt' by Jack Gantos

Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack GantosMost of the book jackets on newer juvenile fiction will state at the top of the inside cover "Ages 10 and up" or "Ages 12 and up" or "Ages 8-12." But the book jacket of the 2012 Newbery Award Winner Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos makes no statement of intended audience, and for good reason:  I believe this book is for ages 9 to 90. 

Published on Monday, May 14, 2012

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe SchreiberIt’s the end of the school year, which means it's time for proms, parties and graduation, along with some great weather.  It’s also time for summer reading, and I wanted to start everyone off by mentioning a great title I just finished reading.  If you like action movies, you’ll love Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.

Published on Thursday, May 3, 2012

Picture showed a stylized goldfish with a circle of light around it.In conjunction with the exhibit Samurai: The Warrior Transformedat the National Geographic Museum through Sept. 3, the Northeast Neighborhood Library is hosting the program Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Printing.

Gyotaku is the traditional form of Japanese fish printmaking; gyo means “fish” and taku means “rubbing” in Japanese.