Saturday, January 24, 2015

Read This! Grades 4-6

Jack and the Wild Life
Written by Lisa Doan
Illustrated by Ivica Stevanovic

Jack has two parents who have yet to grow up.They are forever coming up with get-rich-quick schemes that involve international travel and Jack getting lost, left behind or in danger. This time, Jack's parents decide to set up a "Live like the Maasai Camp" - living like the indiginous Kenyan people  in huts and killing their own food. They are well known in the country for losing an elderly couple when they once led a safari there. Needless to say, Jack gets left behind, in the middle of the wild, with few supplies and only his ingenuity to save him.
This is an easy-to-read, fast-paced book with plenty of humor. It is frustrating that Jack, the kid, has to make more sense than the adults in the book, and that they don't seem to really understand the impact of their decisions and life choices on their son. Regardless, this is a shorter read for those in 4-6 grade who may be struggling a bit with longer books. There are great vocabulary opportunities, and lots of information scattered in about honey badgers, the Maasai people, and gnoming. Readers of both genders would enjoy the main character and the story. This is the second adventure in the series. The first adventure finds Jack stranded on an island in the Caribbean.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Read This! Easy Readers

Rocket's 100th Day of School
by Tad Hills

**Guest post by Miss Patricia**

Although there are many books about the 100th day of school, this book (for first through third graders) is refreshingly unique. Rocket needs to bring in 100 items for the 100th day of School. His friends are happy to help him, but when the day arrives and Rocket counts his items, he finds that five are missing! Rocket has to think fast and com up with an idea to replace them before he goes to school.
Although this book can be read independently for beginner readers, it's also an excellent read aloud for the Pre-K age group. It might be fun for the reader to try to predict Rocket's solution to his dilemma!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Try this! Apps

At the library, we have IPads in the children's room ( and in Young Adult and in the Adult room) for public use. Each time we purchase an app, we try to choose something a little different than the other apps we currently have.
Peek - a - Zoo is an app to help preschool age children with a range of concepts dealing with emotions, actions, positions, attire, activities, and sounds. "Who is wet?" "Who is trying to hide?" "Who is eating?" "Who is upside down?" The graphics are fun and in eye popping colors and there are many characters, so even if the same question is asked, it is with a different animal.
 There is a cello-based background score that is less irritating than many apps for this age group! Come by and check it out for yourself today! We have four IPads in the children's room and you can use your library card to borrow an IPad to use at one of the tables, if you wish! This  app is on all of them!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Read This! Picture Books

by Hannah E. Harrison

Jane is a dog who lives in an extraordinary place - the circus. Her father is very strong and her mother rides the elephant gracefully, her brothers get shot out of cannons and her sisters are gymnasts, but Jane cannot do any of those things. She experiments with different types of circus acts, but has no talent for them. In the end, Jane is revealed to be what she truly is - a really good dog. And there's nothing wrong with that.
This is a happy circus with a lot of white fluffy dogs (Jane's whole family). Many of the illustrations are very bright and interesting and kids will enjoy the story. Being nice and kind is a talent unto itself, and this story could lead to some conversations with kids about competition and including those who aren't talented in certain areas too!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Read This! Adults

by Susannah Charleson

Search and Rescue Dogs come to life as the author writes about working with a Search and Rescue (SAR) team and eventually getting and training her own puppy, Puzzle. Charleson details different searches and the extensive training that the team members must go through. Through all types of weather and all types of terrain, they are looking for the lost, the missing, and sometimes the dead. The searches, some with a happy ending, some without such good news, are contrasted by the author's experiences with a new golden retriever puppy among her rescued Pomeranians.

Both those interested in detection and searches for the missing and those who love animals will really find a lot to love in this book! Charleson brings to life the ideas and ideals behind the hard volunteer work and the feeling that both the dogs and the humans are trying to make the world a bit of a better place by providing answers where there were none. This is a super interesting and easy read!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Read This! Gamers

Do you love Minecraft? Did you know the library has BOOKS about Minecraft and how to build a bigger and better world? You could READ about secrets, shortcuts and more!

We have tons of titles that cover MANY different gaming systems!

We have downloadable E-books available through our Ebooks tab on our webpage!

Stop by (either the literal building or our virtual library) and check out these informative books!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Make Something! Families

by Amanda Cross

Easy Peesy Lemon Squeezy - or so we hear! For these recipes, you need a juicer, and a blender. They also suggest some ice-pop holders. Each recipe yields vastly different amounts, so check the yield at the top of each recipe. Otherwise, there's something for everyone and very appetizing pictures to accompany each juice recipe. There's slushy recipes, smoothies, juices and ice pops, and they are using various fruits and vegetables. Many recipes have tips about what ingredients promote health in different parts of the body, including the immune system, the digestive system and the nervous system!