Book Review: Goldie Vance by Hope Larson

Goldie Vance

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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I Am Yoga

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I Am Yoga written by Susan Verde is the inspiration of this program. Join us here at the Main library for a special storytime where we will mix yoga poses and stories. Be ready to stretch your body and relax. No experience required. Comfortable clothes is suggested. For children in grades 1-5. Parents are free to join in. Registration required for all attending.

This program will be on Monday March 20 at 6: 30 PM to 7 PM

You can Register for the event by clicking on the following link below

Sofialyn from Main

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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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Celebrate Ireland!


ireland_grunge_flag_by_think0Did you know that only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads? Come celebrate Ireland at Hebron Library and learn more quirky Irish facts, customs, and fun at the Irish Food and Dance Festival!

We will be kicking off the celebration on Tuesday, March 14 at 11 a.m. with a themed preschool Story Time. Deirdre will take preschoolers and their caregivers on a journey to the “Emerald Isle” with stories of fairies, castles, sheep, and swans. At 2 p.m., patrons will be entertained by Irish dancing featuring dancers from the Granville Dance and Music Academy. We will share authentic Irish food from 2-5 p.m. Bring the whole family for some fun at this free, one-of-a-kind program. No registration is required.

Visit the Hebron Library at 934 West Main Street in Hebron or call 740.928.3923 for more information. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram and see the latest LCL news and photos.








Want to know more crazy facts about Ireland? 

    1. Due to its isolation from the European mainland, Ireland lacks several species common elsewhere in Europe, such as moles, weasels, polecats or roe deer.
    2. The population of Ireland still hasn’t recovered from the famine of 1845-1852. It was at 8 milllion before the famine and is at 6.5 million today.
    3. In 1801, the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain merged to create a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
    4. English was first introduced to Ireland in the Norman invasion in the 12th century.
    5. The Irish surname prefix “Mac” means “son of,” while “O” means “descendant of.”

    6. Less than 10% of the population of the Republic of Ireland today speak Irish (Gaelic) regularly outside of the education system. 

    7. All polar bears alive today can trace their ancestry back to one female brown bear who lived in Ireland 50,000 years ago.
    8. Three people died of alcohol poisoning in 1875 in Ireland when a brewery caught fire causing whiskey to flow through the streets.
    9. Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no potatoes in Ireland.



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Book Review: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier


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:


  • 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.



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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Tip of the Month: What exactly is the big deal with safety scissors?

It seems counterintuitive to hand a young child a tool that they could hurt themselves with or use to damage items around the house.  While it may be nerve-racking to allow your child to handle scissors, with proper guidance and supervision, scissors activities can become a fun way to make early literacy activities a staple in your household.

There are several types of safety scissors on the market that you can try out with your child.  Most will have a rounded tip with blades that are just sharp enough to cut paper, but not sharp enough to cut skin.  Two brands that have high reviews are Crayola and Westcott.

Research has shown that children should be learning to handle scissors by the age of two to help strengthen and build the fine motor muscles in their hands.  According to occupational therapists, children should roughly follow these benchmarks for scissors skills[1]:

2 years: snip the ends of a piece of paper

2.5 years: cut through a piece of paper

3.0-3.5 years: cut on a ½” darkened line (cannot cut off of the line more than 3 times)

3.5-4.0 years: cut out a circle with darkened lines (has to stay close to the line for ¾ of the circle)

4.5-5.0 years: cut out a square with darkened lines (corners should be sharp)

Scissors help children practice what is known as a tripod grip.  This grip engages the pointer and index fingers along with the thumb.  As children practice this grip, they build the necessary muscle and fine motor control needed for holding and using writing utensils.

Scissors skills are considered an essential skill for kindergarten readiness.  Along with writing, letter recognition and sounds, number recognition and counting, shapes and colors, the use of fine motor skills along with cutting will help your child succeed in their first year in school.

There are several ways to get your child practicing with scissors.  Have children practice snipping play dough or modeling clay to practice their tripod grips before moving on to paper.  Once they are comfortable holding and manipulating scissors, move on to activity pages that encourage cutting through lines.  Make it a fun activity that you do together.  Modeling the tripod grip and correct scissors skills for your child is very important to help them see and understand how scissors are supposed to work.

[1] Wiggins, Kimberly. “Scissors and Your Child.” G&E Therapies. (accessed January 24, 2017).


For additional information on this topic please reference the following articles:

Scissor Cutting Skills

Developmental Milestone: 13 Ways To Teach Kids How To Use Scissors

Teaching Preschoolers To Use Scissors

5 Easy Ways To Introduce Scissors Skills To Toddlers

Scissors And Your Child

Scissors Skills



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Toddler Science

A brand new toddler program is on the way– Toddler Science!

Think magnification.  Think test tubes and concoctions.  But, first and foremost, think curiousity!  Get ready for fun and exploration in this new program designed with toddlers in mind.  It all begins on March 23rd at 10 AM!

P. S. If you have particular objects you like to investigate (especially objects found outdoors like acorns or leaves…), bring them along for a closer look.

This program is for ages 2-4.  Registration required.

-Kathy @ Main

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Book Review: Snow White by Matt Phelan


Snow White by Matt Phelan is a retelling of the classic fairy tale set during the Great Depression. It starts out before the Great Depression with the loss of Samantha White’s mother to illness. Years later when her father marries the Queen of the Ziegfeld Follies, Samantha, called Snow by her parents, is sent away to school. Instead of a magic mirror, the queen is given advice by a ticker tape machine. Snow’s little heroes are orphans of the streets of New York. A wonderful retelling with a little historical fiction on the side to possibly inspire kids to learn more about the Great Depression and the Ziegfeld Follies.

Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica

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We Drum A Lot

wedalDid you know that besides being fun, group drumming can improve your immune system, reduce stress and keep kids in school? It’s true according to research done by REMO (a drum head manufacturer) on their HealthRHYTHMS program.

Monday, January 23 from 4:30-5:30 children in 3rd-6th grades can experience the benefits of group drumming. Jesse Douglas will be leading a group drumming session at the Main Library in the Story Time Room. Jesse has 30+ years of drumming experience (including REMO HealthRHYTHMS) and has developed his own unique group drumming method, We Drum A Lot. Children will learn basic drumming rhythms and have fun making noise! It is a unique experience with lifelong benefits.

*Please register for this event.

Meghan, Main Library

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