Neighborhood Library

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.

Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Finally, it’s warmer!!! Barbecues, Memorial Day celebrations and the end of school is 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 1-31 – National Bike Month
May 2 – Great American Grump Out
May 3- National Day of Reason

'Turtle in Paradise,' by Jennifer Holm

Published on Monday, April 30, 2012

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm"Everyone thinks children are sweet as Necco Wafers, but I've lived long enough to know the truth: Kids are rotten," says Turtle in the opening paragraph of Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm. 

Published on Monday, April 30, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenNow that we’re at the end of April, we only have about two months until school is out.  It’s amazing how time flies, isn’t it?  Since we are approaching a time of endings, I wanted to review a book that’s all about endings but has a great beginning as well.  It’s the latest great book by mega-popular YA author John Green: The Fault In Our Stars.

Published on Friday, April 27, 2012

William SmithJoin us Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. for a fascinating program that could hold the keys to your inner peace.

William Smith, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and a camp director for an international children’s meditation camp, will teach effective strategies for a simple but profound meditation technique that will help remove stress and worry.

The program is free and open to the public.