Kids Blog

09/29/2014 - 3:00am
Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

In Eileen Spinelli’s Another Day as Emily, Suzy is having a difficult year. Her little brother is a town hero for calling 911 and saving an injured neighbor, leaving Suzy feeling jealous of his newfound celebrity. What’s more, the boy she might like is accused of stealing, her parents are paying her less attention than ever, and only her best friend gets a part in the play they both auditioned for.

09/25/2014 - 3:00am
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

When Floyd's toy kite encounters a tree, it gets terribly, hopelessly Stuck. Floyd is not one to give up on his prized possession, so he takes off his shoe and hurls it at the kite...and that gets stuck, too.

09/18/2014 - 10:18am
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Who knew that puncuation had so much pathos?! Exclamation Mark stands out from all the periods around him. He tries fitting in, but that line above his head just makes him stand out so much! Exclamation Mark must eventually face the fact that he is different. At first, it does not feel good.

09/16/2014 - 11:01am

Columbus Day is sometimes called Discoverers' Day. In the spirit of discovery, take some time to learn about the world as it was in the days of the European explorers. You can make a compass, learn about the stars, read about other explorers and discoverers, and find how even our way of eating has changed since the Europeans came to the Americas looking for gold, glory, and, yes, tasty cooking spices.

Pizza Without Tomato Sauce?

The explorers who came to the Americas found the food enjoyed by the native people to be very different from what they knew at home. They had never seen tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize (corn), pineapples, chili peppers, or even cocoa. The vegetable dishes from the Europe they knew relied on parsnips, cabbages, peas, carrots, turnips, and onions. After being at sea and living off of a diet of lentil soup, salt beef from a barrel, salted sardines, hardtack, and other delights, the fresh, new foods of the islands would have been an astonishing change.

09/12/2014 - 4:42pm
Homework Help at the Library

The library is an invaluable homework help resource even in the Google age. Need a tutor?  We provide HelpNow which offers live online tutors in all subjects for all ages. Writing a research paper? Librarians have favorite internet search engines too, but don’t forget specialized online research tools that you can access with your library card; some even provide full-text journal articles. Studying a foreign language or getting ready for an important test? We have online resources for those homework needs too!

09/11/2014 - 3:00am
Meaniehead by Bruce Eric Kaplan

"Meaniehead!" Eve screams at her brother Henry as they start a spat for the ages. It all began over a simple toy, as these things often do. Author Bruce Eric Kaplan wryly comments, "There's nothing sillier than fighting about what belongs to whom, but no kids and even fewer adults know that."

Soon the bickering turns into all-out mayhem. A lamp breaks, then Henry jackhammers a hole through Eve's bedroom floor! Things truly begin to escalate once Eve finds a bulldozer. No one is safe.

09/08/2014 - 9:43am

Wildly inventive Tony DiTerlizzi imagines worlds of bizarre--yet mostly friendly--characters and sets them down in words and pictures to share with others. From the Star Wars universe to the Spiderwick Chronicles to his own Oz-like Wondla books, Tony’s creative genius shines brilliantly.

09/04/2014 - 3:00am
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

All aboard the greatest train known to man! The Boundless is many miles long—with 947 cars. It houses 6,495 passengers, a movie theater, a circus troupe, a captured Sasquatch, and young artist Will Everett.

08/28/2014 - 3:00am
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

The Ice Dragon visits young Adara every winter near her birthday. The beast offers a chilly magnificence like no other creature. Adara does not fear the creature though, for she has felt the cold many times before.

A lonely child, Adara lost her mother in the rigors of her birth. Her father loves his daughter but struggles to connect with her, finding her too somber and a cruel memory of his wife's passing. It is this loneliness that forces Adara to embrace the winter. After meeting the ice dragon, they begin to ride in secret.

08/27/2014 - 12:28pm

Gather your family together for an hour or two of face-to-face gaming with a twist: you can make the games yourselves to match your family's interests.

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