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.
 

 

The Red Queen Crown 

If you’re a fan of fantasy fiction like I am, chances are you have read the RED QUEEN series by Victoria Aveyard.  Now that you’re done with that, what else is there to read?   

If you think curling up on the couch with a good, dark fantasy book during a thunderstorm sounds like the best afternoon ever, check these titles out: 

12.18 Storm SirenSTORM SIREN
By Mary Weber
(2014)

Nym, a seventeen-year-old slave, shouldn’t exist.  She is an Elemental, who are always born male, and always killed at birth.  When a court emissary recognizes her as Elemental, she is purchased and trained to control her abilities so she can be used as a weapon in the long-standing war that her country is losing. 

 

12.18 Three Dark CrownsTHREE DARK CROWNS
By Kendare Blake
(2016)

On the island kingdom of Fennbirn, every generation a set of triplet girls are born to the queen, each equal heirs to the throne and each a possessor of magic.  When the sisters turn sixteen, a fight to the death begins and the last heir standing gets the crown. 

 

12.18 The Bone WitchTHE BONE WITCH
By Rin Chupeco
(2017)

Tea’s talents for necromancy means she’s a bone witch, something that makes her feared and ostracized by her community.  She leaves home to train with an older bone witch, and puts all of her efforts into becoming an asha, one who can use elemental magic.  When danger draws near she must overcome obstacles and make a powerful choice. 

 

12.18 The Young ElitesTHE YOUNG ELITES
By Marie Lu
(2014)

The blood fever killed most of those infected and left survivors with strange markings and stranger powers.  Adelina survived, and her father believes she is an abomination because of it.  Cast out by her family, she joins the Young Elite, a secret society for the survivors with those strange powers. 

 

12.18 The Black WitchTHE BLACK WITCH
By Laurie Forest
(2017)

Elloren Gardner is the spitting image of her grandmother, the last Black Witch, who defeated the enemy and saved her people during the Realm War.  Now evil is rising again and many think Elloren is her grandmother’s heir however she has no magic.  She is given the opportunity to attend Verpax University to become an apothecary but the university admits all manner of people and proves to be a dangerous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

 

discovery kits senior

 

Dis-cov-er-ies: the act or an instance of discovering; something found or learned of for the first time.        

Children are curious and have a desire to explore the world around them. Remember how the world was when you were young and discovering everything for the first time?  The desire to learn and explore the world is there and it grows as children of all ages have positive learning experiences. Our encouragement can help them discover the world around them.

If you choose to give discovery learning a try we have discovery kits at the library that can help in the learning process. Each kit can be checked out and used as a resource with books, toys, and a binder full of ideas that you can use to make learning a fun interactive experience. The kits range from junior kits, for children ages 0-2, discovery kits, for children ages 3-5, and senior discovery kits, for children ages 6-12. The senior kits are new to our collection and they have much to offer in the field of discovery and education. These kits are focused on science with an emphasis on STEAM and STEM learning activities.            

Each kit comes with a book that focuses on the subject as well as a toy and binder with more ideas to help explore the topic. You are then free to experiment and then approach the topic with problem-based learning. Discovery learning happens when a child draws on their own experiences and knowledge through exploration. When they discover facts for themselves, they are more likely to remember what they have learned and the learning experience is more rewarding for them as well.           

So, take a look at the discovery kits we have to offer and check one out for your learning and enjoyment. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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fun reading aloud

Have you ever wondered how you could make reading aloud at home as fun as it is at the Library?  Even if you don’t have puppets or other props, reading can still be fun at home. Looking for a bonus? Since our new Winter Reading Challenge tracks minutes read rather than books, all the time you spend reading to your kids can count as reading time for you as well!

Here are a few ideas for making your read-aloud time as fun at home as it is during story time.

  1. Read the book first so that you know what the story is about and you won’t have any surprises you aren’t prepared for as you are reading.
  2. Have a designated area in your home where you can go to read aloud. It can be a special carpet, the couch or a reading tent that you build together. A special place for reading makes the time together more magical.
  3. Look at the book cover together and try to guess what the book is going to be about before you even start reading.
  4. If you are reading a picture book make sure that they can see the pictures. Turning the book so you can read the text and then showing them the pictures is not fun for little ones. They like to really study the pictures. If you have read the book previously you already kind of know the text which can help. You can also add to the text to make the story funny. Most small children won’t be following the text so they won’t know if you change it just a bit. Don’t be afraid to insert things like your children’s own names. It will help them love the book even more if they think it was written just for them.
  5. Read with enthusiasm and with different voice inflections. If you have listened to audiobooks the reader gives each character a different voice to distinguish them. This adds so much to the story for little ones. Don’t be afraid of being silly with your children: it helps them develop their imaginations as they listen to the story. Give it all you've got – add hand motions, facial expressions, and sound effects; this only adds to the experience and makes it fun for your children. Even older children enjoy hearing stories read in a fun way. It will transport the audience into the story in a more vivid way.
  6. Notice how your audience is reacting to the story. If the story has long text that is boring, make up your own text that goes along with the pictures or shorten the text by telling it in your own words. If they are bored they start to associate reading with boredom. Make reading enjoyable.
  7. Children love to ask questions, but stopping too frequently during the story interrupts the flow so try to wait until the end to answer any questions. It's always fun to discuss the book after it is over to see how everyone felt about it.
  8. Just have fun!  

Here are some of my favorite picture books to read aloud.

 

12.13 Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsTHE LEGEND OF ROCK PAPER SCISSORS
By Drew Daywalt
(2017)

Everyone has played the game Rock Paper Scissors, but learning how this legendary game started is not for the faint of heart. This is a hilarious book that tells the point of view of each of the warriors – Rock, Paper, Scissors – who have never been defeated in battle. It’s a great book to read aloud because each warrior has its own personality and you can use voice inflections to really make the story come alive. Be prepared to read this book out loud again and again. It’s a real favorite.

 

12.13 Bark GeorgeBARK, GEORGE
By Jules Feiffer
(1999)

This is an older book, but it’s become one of my favorite read-aloud books because you can have everyone who is listening participate in the reading. George has lost his bark and can’t seem to figure out how to get it back. He meows like a cat and moos like a cow, but he just can’t seem to bark like a dog. Younger listeners will love helping you make all the animal sounds as you read this book together.

 

12.13 True Story 3 PigsTHE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
By Jon Scieszka
(1989)

Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs, but have you ever heard it told from the point of view of the poor wolf? He wasn’t actually a bad guy. He just needed to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old granny, but no one would loan him some sugar. This classic tale can be read with so many different voices and you can have help from your listeners to make all of the sound effects in the story. They can help you knock on the door, blow and sneeze like the wolf, and make the crashing sounds as the house falls down.

 

12.13 Book with no PicturesTHE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES
By B.J. Novak
(2014)

This book, as the title states, has no pictures. You would think that a book like that would be very boring for someone to read, but it’s the language in the book that makes everyone laugh. As a child, you don’t get to hear adults say silly ridiculous words like “blurp,” but this book is all about saying the ridiculous. This is also a favorite book for many children and one that will be asked for again and again.

 

12.13 Sam and Dave Dig a HoleSAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE
By Mac Barnett
(2014)

Best friends Sam and Dave decide one afternoon that they are going to dig a hole all the way to China. They are planning to have lunch in China and then come home for dinner. Children are captivated by this story because who doesn’t enjoy digging a nice big hole? The character that gets the most attention in this story, however, is the dog. Pay close attention to what he is doing as you read this fun story. There are a lot of details in the illustrations that make this a fun book to look at together. 

 

burnout

Stress is a fact of life, and Americans are reporting higher levels of stress than ever these days.  Maybe you’re clawing your way through a tough semester or life event.  Maybe you’re in a rut at work, or feel trapped by financial circumstances or relationship worries.  While I wish I could offer solutions for all of these situations, I do know of a few books that may be able to offer some relief, reprieve, or respite from life’s troubles… at least for a little while. 

Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables
By L. M. Montgomery
(1908)

There is just something about Anne that heals me.  She sees so much beauty around her, every budding flower or sunset seems like a miracle.   Anne of Green Gables was my first read after completing my bachelor’s degree, and I felt myself coming alive again as I read her descriptions of springtime and life at Green Gables.  Maybe it’s a bit simplistic, but maybe we need some of that simplicity when we’re going through hard times.

 

12.11 Happiness AdvantageTHE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE: THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY THAT FUEL SUCCESS AND PERFORMANCE AT WORK
By Shawn Achor
(2010)

This book asks an interesting question: what if instead of thinking certain goals will bring us happiness, what if instead happiness can help us accomplish our goals?  Achor points to many studies that show when we are positive, our brains become more engaged, resilient, energetic, and productive.  Some parts of this book are targeted at business readers, but I found that reading it led me to think about positivity more often and to often feel more positive as a result.  Sometimes orienting your thinking away from all the negatives can really help your overall outlook to be more sunny.

 

12.11 JoyfulJOYFUL: THE SURPRISING POWER OF ORDINARY THINGS TO CREATE EXTRAORDINARY HAPPINESS
By Ingrid Lee
(2018)

Designer Ingrid Lee explains why balloons make us smile, why orange creamsicles and sunsets make us happy, and why baby animals make us coo.  In this book, you’ll find tips for bringing small moments of happiness into your everyday life.  I found that reading this book and just thinking about small, joyful things helped to elevate my mood more than a few times.

 

12.11 Man Called OveA MAN CALLED OVE
By Fredrik Backman
(2014)

Ove is the curmudgeon inside all of us!  He may be a crank, but he’s relatable for anyone experiencing burnout.  When some new neighbors disrupt his plans, he finds that being forced outside of his comfort zone might be the exact thing he needed.  If that isn’t a metaphor for all of us burned-out, tired people, I don’t know what is!  But like me, you might feel yourself coming back from the brink as you see Ove doing the same.

 

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