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Ever wonder how librarians hone their recommendation skills? Sometimes, our librarians play a game we call the 6 Degrees of reading. The rules are simple: choose six books, each connected somehow to the book above it, with the last book in the list connecting to the first. Periodically, we like the results enough to share them with you.So, with no further ado, we bring you 6 Degrees of Reading, Princesses and Animals (picture books).

FALLING FOR RAPUNZEL
by Leah Wilcox; illustrated by Lydia Monks
(2003)

Upon hearing a prince’s call, princess Rapunzel throws out what she thinks the prince is asking for—but from clothes to maids, Rapunzel tosses the wrong items out, much to the prince’s chagrin. 

PETE THE CAT AND HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS
by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean
(2012)

As Pete the Cat goes about his day, he deals with a constant problem with his clothes—his buttons keep falling off! Can Pete the Cat still keep a smile even while counting and losing his buttons?

CHA CHA CHIMPS
by Julia Durango; illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
(2006)

Ten little chimps sneak off to dance the cha-cha, and one by one, readers count down as various chimps get distracted by other types of dancing—until Mama Chimp comes to find her wayward children and send them all off to bed.      

WIGGLE
by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Scott Menchin
(2005)

Told in rhyme, this book features a dog who shows little readers how to dance or wiggle before falling asleep.

SILLY DOGGY!
by Adam Stower
(2012)

A young girl named Lily finds a bear in her garden and assumes it is a dog. The mistaken identity causes loads of mishaps and comedy as she discovers what really makes a “silly doggy.”

THE PRINCESS AND THE PIG
by Jonathan Emmett; illustrated by Poly Bernatene
(2011)

When a baby princess and a baby pig are accidentally swapped, the pig is raised as a princess and the princess is raised on a farm. Can the princess, pig and the rest of the kingdom ever figure out this case of mistaken identity

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Welcome to March! I don’t know about you, but when March starts I can’t seem to stop hearing about March Madness. I enjoy a bit of basketball when I’m invested in one of the teams (I bleed blue), but that’s about it. I do enjoy tournaments though, and I love books, so I thought, let’s combine them!

I present to you, Teen Booketology! The teen reads equivalent of March Madness. We’ve selected some of the best and most popular teen books in eight different genres, and every week from March 1st to April 2nd you have the opportunity to vote for your favorites.

While these are teen books, everyone should vote for their favorites. During the tournament, voting will start each Tuesday at 12:00am and last until Saturday at 11:59pm. On Monday the winners will be recorded on a large poster in the Teen Corner, and also posted online.

Now, I have a confession. Deciding which books to include in the tournament was very subjective. You probably have a favorite that you thought should have been represented that wasn’t, and I realize that. We tried to choose popular books that represented their genre well, but fully realize that there are great books that aren’t as popular, and books that are extremely popular but aren’t as… umm... well written (not naming names, but I bet you can think of one). We tried to find a happy medium, but again, this is very subjective, so don’t hate us for not including your all-time favorite read.

So, who do you think will win? I have some guesses, but I want to know what you think.

It's a week full of dance and magic here at the Library; first, tonight we'll welcome Storyteller Wendy Gourley for a program called Story Dance, designed to help you explore story and movement (7:00 pm, Ballroom). Later in the week, of course, we'll transform the Library into a magical fairy world for our annual Fairy Tea. If that's not enough dance and magic for you, check out any of these three retellings of "Twelve Dancing Princesses." 

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Find them in the catalog: 

PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL

THE THIRTEENTH PRINCESS

THE NIGHT DANCE

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