The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am for at-risk/seniors. Curbside is still available.
The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am for at-risk/seniors. Curbside is still available.
 

 

great dads

 

Fathers play an important role in children’s lives and in society, yet in the US about 1/3 of children live without a father in the home (datacenter.kidscout.org). Finding a great father figure in children’s literature is not an easy task, especially in the last decade,  but there are a few that are real gems. Here are some of Children’s Literature’s great fathers.  

wonderAuggie’s Father in WONDER by R.J. Palacio

Both of Auggie’s parents are amazingly supportive, but my favorite part in the book is when Auggie’s father tells him that it was he who got rid of Auggie’s space helmet (that Auggie wore to hide is facial deformity).  Auggie’s father says he did it because he missed seeing his son’s face.  There is no more validating message a father can send than “I love you, just the way you are.”  

 

year of billy millerBilly’s Father in THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER by Kevin Henkes

Billy’s father uses wit and wisdom to help his son through his difficult year.  He isn’t perfect, and doesn’t have endless patience, but his gives Billy the most important thing, time and attention.  

 

 

penderwicksMr. Penderwick in THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall

What is not to like about the loveable, absentminded-professor father of the Penderwicks.  All through the series Mr. Penderwick obviously loves and delights in his children and in return, the children are utterly devoted to their father.  

 

 

crossoverMr. Bell in THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander

Being a good father is not always about having fun and baking cookies. Mr. Bell, the father to the two basketball prodigies in Crossover, knows when it is time to pull one of his boys up short when he is out of line. Although Mr. Bell uses a firm hand, it is always motivated by love.  

 

teen lock in

 

It’s that time of year again! This is our 6th year holding the Teen Lock-In and we can’t wait for another fun night! The lock-in will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 7:00 - 11:-00 pm. We’ll start the evening in the ballroom with food, games, and crafts.

Lock In Collage

After the library closes we’ll play mini-golf in the library, participate in group games, help with the Stuffed Animal Sleepover, and more! Teens must bring a signed permission slip to attend the Lock-In. Permission slips can be obtained here or from the 1st Floor Reference Desk.  

If you are teen ages 12-18, this is a program not to be missed!

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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. Today's iteration features young adult fiction titles and some of our favorite things: finishing school, spies, servants, and secrets. 

ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE
by Gail Carriger
(2013)

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited and clever fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where lessons include dance, dress, and etiquette alongside espionage, poisoning, hand-to-hand fighting, and deceit. Not only does Sophronia excel at her lessons, but she also manages to solve a mystery—and fall in love—during her first year.

LEVIATHAN
by Scott Westerfeld
(2009)

In an alternate 1914 WWI Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, fleeing the Russian Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn, who disguised herself as a boy to join the British Air Service and is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

A COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS
by Eva Ibbotson
(1981) 

Young Russian countess Anna must flee to England after the Russian Revolution. She hides her identity and becomes a servant for an important family. But will she be able to suppress her attraction to Rupert, the dashing Earl of Westerholme?

MAID OF SECRETS
by Jennifer McGowan
(2013)

In 1559 England, Meg, an orphaned thief, is pressed to become a servant for the Maids of Honor, Queen Elizabeth I's secret all-female guard, but her loyalty is tested when she falls in love with a Spanish courtier who may be a threat.

PALACE OF SPIES
by Sarah Zettel          
(2013)

In 1716 London, an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl from a good family impersonates a lady-in-waiting only to discover that the real girl was murdered, the court harbors a nest of spies, and the handsome young artist who is helping her solve the mystery might be a spy himself.

GRAVE MERCY
by R.L. LaFevers
(2012)

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where lessons include espionage, poisoning, hand-to-hand fighting, and deceit. When the convent sends her to Brittany’s court to protect its young princess, Ismae discovers the court harbors a nest of murderers and spies. It will take all of Ismae’s skills and charms to keep the young princess—and herself—alive.

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