Puppy Love: True Stories of Doggie Devotion

Here at Buckeye Lake Library we love, love, love our dogs!  Dogs are such a great asset to any family, so we are happy to recommend the book: Puppy Love by Lisa M. Gerry.  It has wonderful photos and heartfelt stories, and we can definitely say it’s worth reading!  Even if you don’t have a dog yourself, the heroism of these little canines will leave you in awe!  Come to your local library and request your copy!

puppy love

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Family Movie Day at the Buckeye Lake Library

Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library on Wednesday, July 29th at 2:00 p.m. for our Family Movie Day.  Beat the heat and enjoy a cool afternoon of movies, popcorn, and fun!  For more details contact the Buckeye Lake Library at 740-928-0472.

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Book Review: Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

listen slowlyMai has her summer all planned out: hanging out at Laguna Beach with her friends, flirting with that cute boy she’s been eying. Then her parents inform her that she is going to spend the summer traveling to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is seeking closure in regards to her husband, Mai’s grandfather, who disappeared during the war. This will also give Mai a chance to get in touch with her own cultural heritage, her parents add. Mai feels that she is in touch with her heritage just fine, and has no need to spend a summer far from California to explore it. Couldn’t one of her parents accompany her grandmother? But her mother, a lawyer, has a busy summer slated at work, and her father, a doctor, will travel with them to Vietnam, but will then continue to more remote villages to perform surgeries and other procedures for people who could otherwise never afford them. And so it is that Mai finds herself in Vietnam, having a far different summer than the one she had planned, and yes, getting in touch with her roots. But finding out the truth about what happened to her grandfather all those years ago will take more work than Mai could have imagined.

Thanhha Lai’s masterful use of language has already been established for those who have read her earlier verse novel Inside Out and Back Again. I was surprised to see that Listen, Slowly is prose, not verse, but not surprised that it exhibits the same level of linguistic virtuosity. Lai’s multifaceted characters come to life against the rich backdrop of modern Vietnam. With touches of pathos and splashes of humor, this book tells the story of a journey of discovery for Mai, as well as for her grandmother. Mai’s character development is the real heart of the story as she learns to truly appreciate her heritage. Highly recommended. — MT, Children’s Librarian, Main Library

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Book Review: Ms. Rapscott’s Girls by Elise Primavera

Ms. Rapscott runs the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents. She teaches girls how to do all the ordinary things that parents normally teach their children because the parents of these girls are too busy to do so. But she does so in fun and often extraordinary ways. 

I really enjoyed this book and think middle grade readers will as well. Each girl in the story has her own problems to deal with and lessons to learn. Ms. Rapscott helps them all through with practical lessons like learning to brush their teeth and fun adventures like riding on creatures called Seaskimmers.  

Elise Primavera is also the author of some of my favorite holiday books, the Auntie Claus holiday picture book series. Be sure to check those out this December.  

Jenn – Hervey Memorial, UticaMs. Rapscott's Girls

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by, Kelly Jones

unusual chickens

Do you have chickens? How about unusual chickens? Sophie Brown does. In fact she has 6 unusual chickens that she just inherited from her Great Uncle. The only problem is, she has to find them. It’s harder than it sounds. Unusual chickens have unusual powers and Sophie has to figure them out in order to catch the chickens. To make things worse, Sue Griegson is trying to steal Sophie’s unusual chickens for herself! The only people who can help Sophie out are Gregory the Mailman and Agnes from Redwood Farm Supply. Agnes is the one who sold the unusual chickens to Sophie’s Great Uncle so she knows all about them, but she is hard to communicate with. Will Sophie ever be able to figure out where all the chickens are and how to catch them?

This is thoroughly entertaining book and will make a chicken lover out of you, if you’re not already! The grumpy Henrietta reminds me of my chicken, Miss Prissy. I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves chickens, has chickens or wants chickens. You’ll never look at a chicken the same way again!

Meghan, LNE

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Adults and Summer Reading, Summer Learning

As librarians we hear all too often that adults think Summer Reading and Learning is just a “kid thing” and we see parents and other family members focus on urging their children to get signed  up and participate in our reading challenges and programs.  But this is NOT so–every annual Summer Reading at our library adults have this perfect opportunity to SHARE this experience with children and win adult prizes as an extra incentive.  This year each LCL location offers $100 in gift certificates as our Grand Prize and each week we draw for a LCL book tote.

Adults sometimes need to reminded of the benefits of reading as an adult. These benefits encompass better writing skills, stress reduction, increased knowledge, vocabulary expansion and improved focus and concentration to name a few. It also serves as the best argument to get your children to read and on the road to success and happiness. If your child does not see you read, all the cajoling in the world will not convince them that you really mean it when you urge them to do it themselves.

Children learn by example so join them this summer by Escaping the Ordinary–Deirdre (Hebron Branch Supervisor and book addict)

Be a great example to the children in your life --read and be rewarded in so many ways.

Be a great example to the children in your life –read and be rewarded in so many ways.

If you read come pick up a book review sheet--your books can be audiobooks, non-library books even a magazine! Just show your little ones you read too.

If you read come pick up a book review sheet–your books can be audiobooks, non-library books even a magazine! Just show your little ones you read too.



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Reading On the Go

Welcome to summer – the official season for family road trips! Why not add some fun to your next drive with an audiobook the whole family will love?

I recommend:

Grades K-2

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

Looking for more recommendations? Check out the yearly Odyessy Award winners & honor books celebrating the very best audio books produced for children & young adults.

playawayGot a car full of people with vastly different tastes in books? Grab a few Playaways or Playaway Views to give everyone a personalized reading experience. Playaways are self-contained media players that only require headphones. We have a wide variety of both fiction & non-fiction titles for kids, teens & adults. The Views are media players for our youngest patrons – these are visual representations of books, similar to the Reading Rainbow TV experience. Don’t forget to pick up batteries for both at the circ desk when you check out.

-Mandie, main library

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Buckeye Lake Library’s Superhero Telephone Booth

Becoming a Superhero!

Becoming a Superhero!


Now I am a Super Hero  Wham!, Boom!, KaPow!



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Author Review: Mary Downing Hahn

Deep and Dark and Dangerous

Looking for a good ghost story?  Try some of Mary Downing Hahn’s books like Deep and Dark and Dangerous, The Old Willis Place, All the Lovely Bad Ones, and many more.  Her books are for grades 4-7 in general.  Hahn’s books have a great combination of scary moments, good characters, as well as a bit of mystery.  Prefer just a mystery in general?  Try Hahn’s Closed for the Season.  If you’re a fantasy reader, she even has a book for you, Witch Catcher, complete with fairies and witches.

Jenn-Hervey Memorial, Utica

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Up, Up and Away

Have you ever wondered, “What makes an airplane fly?”

Paper planes

When’s the last time you made a paper airplane?

Stand with your hand in front of you with your thumb pointing up and your pinkie finger towards the ground.  Now, swing your hand back and forth.  Do you feel the air as you move?  Now rotate your hand flat, and keep swinging.  Do you notice how your hand moves more smoothly even though the air hasn’t changed?  This is called aerodynamics.  It is the most important thing to consider when making a paper airplane.

Come to any one of the Licking County Library branches to see how creating and testing paper airplanes can help you earn prizes for our 2015 Summer Learning Program.

Try out these designs, and see if you can get four vital forces to come together.  Test your paper airplane making skills — drag, gravity, thrust, and lift.

Let us know how far your plane flew.


*Cheesy Joke Alert: Two Wrights do not make a wrong. They make an airplane.

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