Book Review: A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

mostmagicalThings Annabel Grey wants:
-A pair of emerald green ice skates
-A pink sprigged muslin day dress
-Her mother to come back and take care of her

Things Annabel Grey does not want:
-A broomstick
-Magical powers
-A quest to save all of London from an evil wizard

Needless to say, Annabel is not going to get much of what she wants, and she is going to get a great deal of what she doesn’t want. Despite her proper upbringing, Annabel has magic in her veins, and her mother has sent her to live with her two great-aunts in order to learn witchcraft. Unfortunately for Annabel, she arrives on the eve of a crisis, when Mr. Angel, a practitioner of black magic, has perfected a machine that will allow him to raise an army of shadowlings and take over the world. The only thing that can stop him is the White Wand, also known as the Moreover Wand, which lies somewhere beneath London. Only the youngest member of the Good and Benevolent Magical Society can retrieve the wand — and Annabel is the youngest member. Accompanied by a peculiar and wild girl named Kitty, Annabel must travel along an underground river, through the Singing Gate and into the Troll Kingdom, across the Lake of Tears and past the great Wyrm . . . and she must do so before moonrise, or Mr. Angel wins!

This is a lovely story. The interactions between the characters are simply perfect, the plot moves on apace, and the writing is enchanting. I very much enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story with plenty of magic, humor, and adventure.

-Misti, Children’s Librarian, Main Library

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Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day at Hebron Library!

Teddy BearHave you ever wondered what happens in the Library at night?

Well… just might get some ideas when you allow your Teddy Bear to spend the night at the Library on National Teddy Bear Day, Friday, September 9th! Bring your Teddy Bear or other stuffed animal to the Hebron Library at 3:30 pm on Friday and we will have special evening activities just for your Teddy Bear!

Pick him up the next day (Saturday) between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to see what kind of adventures he had overnight!

We look forward to seeing all of our furry friends at Hebron Library on September 9th!

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Book Review: Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman

Grayling's Song

Grayling is the daughter of a wise woman. She is not very confident in her own abilities and certainly doesn’t think she is a magic maker like her mother. When her mother is rooted to the ground by an evil spell, she sends Grayling to find the grimoire that has been stolen from her in hopes that it will help them find a way to break the spell. Grayling soon discovers that most of the magic makers in the kingdom have been affected by the spell and their grimoires are gone as well. With the help of the few that have escaped the spell, Grayling sets out to find the grimoire. Along the way she learns many things about herself and her abilities as well as those of others.

I loved this story for the female protagonist who has to find her own strength as well as all the magic. There are several fun characters, including a little mouse who eats way too many potions with funny and, at times, useful results. A great book for middle grade readers who love magical stories.

Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica



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Classroom Collections

Hey, teachers!  Ready for another exciting school year?  Remember, the library is here to help!  There’s a special service we offer to educators: classroom collections.  We’ve made a few recent changes to our classroom collection program in order to get you the most relevant materials to assist with your lesson plans.

A classroom collection is an assortment of books on a topic that you specify, selected by a librarian and pre-checked out to you, so you can just bring your library card to the circulation desk and pick up your collection quickly.  We ask that you give us at least seven days to assemble your collection – more, if it’s a highly specific or seasonally popular topic.  That allows us to find the best books for you, even requesting some from other libraries in our consortium.  Do you have multiple topics in mind?  We’ll include up to four different topics in one classroom collection.  Want specific titles?  We’d be glad to pull those for you as well – just give us a list.

To request a classroom collection, call the Main Library Children’s Department at 740-349-5550, email, or fill out this form on our website.


-Misti, Children’s Librarian, Main Library

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Storytime Returns!

Back to School time also means Back to STORYTIME at the Hebron Library beginning on Tuesday, August 30th at 11:00 AM!

Beautiful Chicken 2016

One of the crafts we will do this year.


Jan Brett Books is one of our storytime themes!



We have some great storytime themes lined up for the kids this year including a look at Jan Brett books, Friendship, Penguins and Ducks, Apples, and the Weather!  There will be lots of fun with great songs, crafts and, of course, Books!



Stop by at 11:00 AM on Tuesdays – August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 22 and November 29.

thebear ate your sandwich

AND…we have a very special READ FOR THE RECORD Storytime on Thursday, October 27 at 11:00 AM.  Come and be part of the World’s Largest Shared Reading Experience by listening to The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.

We hope you can stop by for some of these special library experiences – You’ll enjoy every minute of it!

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Bedtime Math

Why read your children bedtime stories every night when you can read them bedtime math? It may sound strange, but there are studies that show children improve their overall math skills when they do simple math problems every day. The “Bedtime Math” series of books is a great way to introduce math into your child’s daily routine. It’s a series of 3 books: “Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late”, “Bedtime Math: This Time It’s Personal” and Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out”. Each story has a math problem to solve and there are 3 levels of difficulty for each problem: Wee ones, Little kids and Big kids. There is also a Sky’s the Limit challenge for kids who are feeling more adventurous.
If your child prefers technology, there are the Bedtime Math website: or the Bedtime Math app (available at the App Store or Google Play) that offer a daily math problem as well.
This fall at the Main Library in downtown Newark, we will be having the Bedtime Math Crazy 8’s Club for children in grades 3-6. It will be offered as 3 different registered programs. The first one is Toilet Paper Olympics on Monday, Sept. 19 from 4:30-5:30. The second program is Spy Training on Monday, Oct. 24 from 4:30-5:30. The last one is Flying Marshmallows on Monday, Nov. 28 from 4:30-5:30.  The fall Homeschool Series will also be programs from the Bedtime Math Crazy 8’s Club. These are also registered programs offered on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 1-2pm. The topics will be Glow in the Dark Geometry, Let’s Get Loud and Bouncy Dice Explosion.

For more information about the Crazy 8’s Math Club programs or to request a copy of the “Bedtime Math” books, visit our main webpage


~Meghan, Main Library

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It’s That Time Again…


Back to school time!

We had a great summer here at the library, and we hope you did, too!  Now it’s time to start sharpening your pencils and packing your backpacks.  When you do, don’t forget your most important school supply: your library card!  The library has tons of resources that can help you succeed in school, whether you are off to preschool or graduate school.  We have books on that topic you’re interested in learning more about, databases where you can find the articles you need for that paper you’re writing, and librarians who are just waiting to answer your questions.

Don’t have a library card?  You can start the application process on our website!

-Misti, Children’s Librarian, Main Library


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Celebrating the Olympics in Hebron

The Olympic Spirit is going strong in Hebron.  This month we celebrate the athletes competing at the Olympics by building an Olympic Torch that you can take home!

Olivia with Torch 2016

Boys w torch







Build your own  Olympic Torches!

Olympic Tall

We’re watching the medal count for the USA!


Gymnastics, Swimming, Volleyball, Track – We are watching the medal count very closely as we asked our patrons to guess how many gold, silver and bronze medals the USA will win in Rio this summer.  The person(s) with the closest guess will win a prize!

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Baby Tip and Activity

This post is to help you as a parent gain inspiration on directing your baby’s energy into a simple and easy interactive activity that will help the development of your baby.

Bubbles for Baby – Reaching, Touching, Popping.

Bubbles are fun for everyone, but are especially fascinating for young babies!

Bubbles help your baby witness cause and effect, help develop hand-eye coordination and stimulates visual development. When your baby watches a bubble float through the air, they are practicing using their visual skills such as eye tracking, distance and depth perception. Trying to get the bubble is excellent practice for hand-eye coordination. If the bubble pops, they will get a lesson in the relationship between cause (I touched the bubble) and effect (the bubble pops).

Here’s a recipe for at-home bubble solution:

  • 1 tsp of water
  • 1 tsp of glycerin
  • 2 tbsp. of dishwashing detergent

This activity is great for babies 3 months old and older.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again

Tip: Do no be afraid to throw in motions into a song or to do it repeatedly! Motions and repitition is good for a baby to learn and remember!

For more tips, ask a librarian at the Library for a copy of the book Baby Play edited by Dr. Wendy S. Masi and Dr. Roni Cohen Leiderman

Children’s Assistant
Main Library

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Each of us have a little mouse and lion inside of us!

“Yes, that day they BOTH learned that, no what your size, we all have a mouse AND a lion inside.”

The sweetest, and poignant picture book about friendship and being yourself.

– Deb Alter – Buckeye Lake Library
the lion inside

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