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Book Review: Hazy Bloom and the Tomorrow Power by Jennifer Hamburg

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What would you do if you found out you have visions of the future? Hazy Bloom does and at first she and her friend, Elizabeth, think it is a great super power. But as they try and interpret Hazy’s visions they find out that it’s not always easy to do and can cause a lot of trouble. This book was a really fun read for middle grade readers. I enjoyed it and it has great illustrations by Jenn Harney which always add so much to a story. Check it out to see how Hazy will handle her new found power. I would love it if the author would write some more Hazy Bloom books, for real live (as Hazy would say).

Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica

 

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Salt Art

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Come to the Main Library on Wednesday April 19 at 6:30 PM for salt art where we will take chalk to color salt to make the base for a beautiful creation! Registration is required.

Sofialyn at Main

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OK, no looking at your notes.  Can you define “ecology”?

If this pop quiz question is a challenging one for you, don’t worry.  It was a difficult one for me too.

Ecology is “a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). 

If you have a curious school-age scientist at home (age 7-12) who is interested in biology, ecology might be of interest to them as well.  And, last week, I stumbled  on a grrrreat series of books called One Small Square  that examines the interactions of animals and plants in very manageable and thorough doses.

Each book examines all of the different forms of life present in small chunks of space and how they live and work together (habitats covered in the series include a ton of different habitats: caves, ponds, seashore, the backyard, arctic tundra, the African savannah and more…).  They all maintain that focus on habitats at the micro-level.  For example, the book about caves covers everything from the birds, mice, and mosses that live in the very front of a cave to the blind salamanders, cavefish and fungi that spend their whole lives deep inside the same cave.

This series dovetails nicely with examining moss and bugs in the backyard, but could also inspire readers to learn about habitats that are virtually impossible to visit and completely different from their own.  Great find, and very applicable science-focused series!

Kathy @ Main

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Save the BEEESSSS

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Buzz in and join us in the lower level story time room as we learn about honey bees, and how they help our environment!  A member of the ECOBA (East Central Ohio Beekeeping Association) will be on hand to talk about bees and their function.  An operational hive will be present for viewing, so you can see the hive in action, and plant some wild flower seeds to take home.

Bee there!

Linzie @ Main

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Lucile’s Book Club Grades 3-5

Lucile’s Book Club

Grades 3 – 5

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

First Wednesday of every month

Main Library – Lower Level Story Time Room

Lucile’s Book Club focuses on the social and developmental needs of elementary school children, while providing a fun environment to expand their book horizons.  Finally, a book club just for us!

 

We will read one of two books presented that have a similar theme.  Chose one or both books depending on your level of interest.

A simple three star rating system will be used to determine how we liked the books we read.

 

 

 

 

One star = I read this book and that’s all I have to say OR I did not finish this book because it did not hold my interest.

Two stars = I liked this book.

Three stars = I really liked this book, and would read more just like it or more by this author.

Trivia activities will help us discuss the book as a group in an engaging way, and allow us to better understand key plot elements that make up the story.  After our trivia sessions, we will have a chance to change the amount of stars we awarded to the book or leave our original star rating as it stands.

After trivia, we will have a craft or activity that ties in with the books.  This will allow us to have a freeform discussion of the book we read, books we want to read, or other things going on in our daily lives.  We all know the best part of book club is hanging out with our friends.

After our craft or activity, we will discuss the next month’s book choices and leave with one or both books.

We hope to see you there!  New faces are always welcome.

Extra books are kept on the display by the gazebo on the Children’s Floor at Main.

 

-Melissa @ Main

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Click, Clack Surprise -By Doreen Cronin and Bestsy Lewin- Book Review

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If you enjoyed the silly antics of the farm animals in Click, Clack Moo, you will love Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s latest title, Click, Clack Surprise.  Farmer Brown is having a party to celebrate Little Duck’s birthday, and Little Duck and all the farm animals spend the day preparing for the party.  Both adults and children will have fun reading the rhymes, and laughing at the adventures of Little Duck and his friends.

 

Linzie @ Main

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Book Review: Goldie Vance by Hope Larson

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If you like detective books, you will most likely enjoy this newer graphic novel by Hope Larson. Goldie Vance is a young, amateur sleuth. She lives in a resort in Florida where her dad is the manager. She wants to be a detective and so she does her best to help the resort’s house detective to solve a particularly difficult case. But finding the missing necklace leads her into much more than she bargained for. This is definitely a great graphic novel for fans of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and other classic teen detectives. I am looking forward to reading more of Goldie Vance’s adventures in the future. 

Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica

 

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Why a Tarp is a Fabulous Thing*

Bravo, Toddler Artists and Caregivers!  Thank you so much for coming to the last two Toddler Art programs.  You guys are adventurous and talented and do a wonderful job embracing new challenges!  I hope everybody had a good time and am looking forward to seeing you again at the end of the month!  Here are a few pictures from the last two programs.

-Kathy @ Main

*One thing we have discovered in Toddler Art is that a $5 tarp is a beautiful thing.  If you’re working with large amounts of flour, sand, paint, you name it, a tarp will save you a lot of hassle when it is time to clean up.

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Book Review: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

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The latest graphic novel from Raina Telgemeier, Ghosts, is the story of Cat and her little sister who has cystic fibrosis. Because of her sister’s health, the family moves from Southern California to the Northern California coast. Cat is unhappy to leave all her friends behind and even less happy to find out the town they have moved to seems to be well-known for its ghosts. What will happen when Cat and her sister meet some ghosts? And how will Cat handle the big Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration? Check out this terrific graphic novel to find out. If you like Raina’s other graphic novels, Smile, Sisters, and Drama, you are sure to enjoy this one as well.

Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica

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Hello Friends!

As we progress through winter, and move towards spring, cold or rainy days are a perfect time to visit the library. During your visit be sure to pick up your favorite book, or find a new favorite.  While searching for a book, or during a reading session, practicing good book care is important. The following tips will keep your books neat and tidy:

BOOK CARE RULES

  • Never write or mark in library books.
  • Use caution when turning pages so that they do not tear or bend.
  • Keep Library books away from drinks and food.
  • Keep books in a special place that is dry, and safe from pets and babies.
  • Wash hands before reading library books.
  • Return books on time, so that everyone has a chance to enjoy your favorite books.
  • Always use a book marker to save your place.

 

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Sometimes accidents happen, and your book may need some repair. If so, just bring the book back to the library, and our staff will fix it using our special materials.

 

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