Book Review: Bone Jack by Sara Crowe

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Ash’s world seems to be falling apart. His father has returned from the war and is no longer himself. His best friend has lost his own father and is acting strange as well. Ash has been chosen to run in the town’s annual Stag Chase and he hopes this will make his father proud as well as help him find his way back to his former self. After Ash runs into a legendary figure, Bone Jack, he begins to see many things others don’t and he must try and return everything to normal somehow. Will the Stag Chase help or hinder him? 

I really enjoyed the old legend style of magic in this book. It can be a bit dark and scary at times, though. I do recommend it to those who love old legends and don’t mind if a story scares them a little.  

Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica


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Cry, Heart, But Never Break- A Book Review about Grief

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Cry, Heart, But Never Break written by Glenn Ringtved is a children’s picture book about grief. How do you even start to talk to kids about death? A beautiful book and a good introduction to young ones to this concept of Death.

He left his sythe at the door to not scare the children, but they knew he was coming. Over a cup of coffee Death tells a story about two brothers; Grief and Sorrow who met two sisters; Joy and Delight. Grief could not live without Joy and Sorrow could not live without Delight.

Before he left, he said quietly, “Cry, Heart, but never break. Let your tears of grief and sadness help begin new life”


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Spring is here!


Spring is here!…  Play time!  This is just a reminder to go outdoors and play with your toddler or preschooler.  To them it is picnic season!  Park season!  Soon to be beach party season!  In other words, going outdoors means a whole slew of new dramatic play ideas.  Put those devices away; no real cellphone or tablet is necessary.  Break out a jump rope and/or check out books from the library for fun picnic recipes and ideas for outdoor party themes!   There is a ton of fun to be had in spring and summer!

So, when your young child proposes dramatic play (having a pretend picnic, or a pretend trip the ice cream store or the beach, etc…), do it!  Dramatic play strengthens the bond between caregiver and child.  It encourages creativity.  It even builds self confidence.  And now it has the added bonus of fresh air and no walls.

So get out there while you can.  You will likely find that you really enjoy it!

Kathy @ Main

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Keep Learning this Summer!

Even though school will be out for the summer, kids can still keep learning by attending programs at the Main Library Downtown. We will be offering several fun series this summer that will appeal to a variety of interests.

  • First up is the Art & Architecture series. These programs will cover different art and architecture styles from Ancient Egypt to the Medieval times to the Renaissance and even Modern Architecture. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in June and July from 1:30-2:30.
  • Next is STEAM Building. Each of the hour long programs will cover 2 different STEAM topics. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) We will “visit” the National Parks, learn survival skills, learning about dirt and discovering cave paintings. Thursdays, June 15 and July 13 from 3:30-4:30.
  • Lastly, we have Learning in the Garden. This series will cover planting a rainbow garden and having a Garden Game show. 3rd Wednesdays in June and July from 1:30-2:30.

Each of these programs requires registration. To find out more or to register, visit our website: http://lickingcountylibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar or call 740-349-5550.


Meghan, Main Library

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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


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 beessss

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


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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