Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KIDS READ! ARTEMIS FOWL

Here's a review by 6th grader Grace of the Montrose Branch:


Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is a book about magic, fairies, and deranged criminal masterminds. Most of the time when you pick up a book and read the word fairies or magic, you would set the book back down. When you read that word, you instantly picture tiny little creatures with wings and flower dresses. Not Eoin Colfer's version. He brought together both fairies and criminal masterminds to make a whole different kind of book. In this book these "fairies" are not wand-carrying Tinkerbells,  but highly advanced creatures who can do magic and are extremely dangerous. This criminal mastermind and his bodyguard set off to find the "People" and attempt to steal their gold, which involves a dangerous plan, luck, and a certain female LEPrecon captain. 

Once you get a hold of this book and start reading you can't put it down. Eoin Colfer has concocted a book with a pinch of humor, a dash of magic, a sprinkle of adventure, and a whole lot of fun. So keep calm and read on!

For readers in 4th-8th grade.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CAN YOU FIND WALDO?

  Tomorrow, come to the Central Library and find the Waldos.  Find those staff members with the special Waldo pins.  Pick up your hunt sheet in the Children's Room and start your search.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

CELEBRATE LIBRARIES WITH WALDO


IT'S TIME TO FIND WALDO AT THE LIBRARY.  April 13-19 is National Library Week.  Bring in your overdue books and the fines will be waived. Then hang out with us and search for Waldo, our striped shirt world traveler.   Each library site will have their own Waldo activity.  

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

SPARKS FLY WITH THIS EARLY READER!

On one fine day, a very small dragon was born.  His parents look him over and are proud of his unique features- a pointy tail and incredible sparks coming out of his big snout! Spark, as he's called by his parents, has a difficult time controlling his fiery breath so they refer to a book that could help solve the problem.  After being taught three lessons, the only thing that Spark really needed was time to develop his own skills.  

A gentle and wonderful tale about by Kallie George for beginning readers. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

NEVER TIRE OF READING


FEWER THAN HALF OF CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES ARE READ TO DAILY.

Friday, April 04, 2014

THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC, 1912

 

George Calder, a ten year boy travelling with his Aunt Daisy and younger sister Phoebe, is captivated by the Titanic's size and grandeur. George gets an opportunity to meet the ship's designer and its Captain and can't help but explore every inch of the grand ship on his own.  He soon learns from a fellow passenger that a treasure is kept within the baggage compartment and decides to venture off down below the deck. George's excitement soon turns to fear when he encounters a robber who wants to cause him great harm but an unexpected jolt occurs and an object injures the robber.  As George runs back to his quarters for safety he hears that the Titanic had hit an iceberg.  Will George and his loved ones survive?  

Lauren Tarshis does a wonderful job of blending the facts of one of the greatest events in maritime history with the story of a boy filled with hope and courage.  The facts presented at the end of I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1913,  will also captivate readers.  

For 8 years and older.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

THE NEXT LAST DRAGONSLAYER


In case you were fascinated-and a little horrified-by the creature that is "one tenth Labrador, six-tenths velociraptor and three-tenths kitchen food blender," from the Last Dragonslayer, you can find out more in the second book, The Song of the Quarkbeast. With the Great Zambini still missing, Jennifer Strange continues to be the acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management, and it is not the easiest of jobs. With the rise of Big Magic, Jennifer, Tiger Prawns, and the accompanying cast of strange but generally well-meaning magicians are the only ones who can prevent King Snodd and iMagic from using magic for personal gain, rather than the common good. The troubles start when a mysterious client recruits Kazam's talents to find a ring that does not want to be found, and only escalate when King Snodd appoints Blix from iMagic to Court Sorcerer, requiring Kazam to obey all of iMagic's wishes. Will Jennifer and Kazam be able to resist Blix and King Snodd against all odds? And most importantly, why is there a mysterious Quarkbeast roaming in the streets of Hereford?
 
The Song of the Quarkbeast  by Jasper FForde is as lough-out-loud witty as its prequel. In fact, it is possible that it might be even better. If you like a good deal of laughs with your fantasy and science fiction, you might have just met your favorite new series.

For readers in 4th-8th. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

IT'S ONLY 15 MINUTES A DAY. READ ALOUD!



Since early 2012, the Read Aloud 15 MINUTES National Campaign has brought together community leaders and the key groups who reach parents from birth to age 5 with messaging, materials, and parent engagement programs.

Read aloud to your child.  The books are free at the library!  


Friday, March 28, 2014

FAMILY FUN AT THE BRAND LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE



Sunday, 
March 30, 2014
12 – 4 pm 

A family fun filled day at our special art & music library and park to celebrate the grand re-opening.  Join us for a tour, music, crafts, food trucks & more.

Brand Library & Park
1601 W. Mountain St.
Glendale, CA 91202
818-937-7888
www.brandlibrary.org


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION TODAY



Join other beginning chapter book readers and Children's Librarian, Vivian, at Casa Verdugo this afternoon at 4 p.m. for a discussion of the book I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1913.  if you didn't get a chance to read it, check out a paperback copy of this popular new series, I Survived.  

Ask the reference desk about April's book club title.   


Monday, March 24, 2014

KEEP ON READING



Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help prepare a child for  reading and learning.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ATTENTION: NO STORYTIME THIS FRIDAY

ON MARCH 21, 2014 THERE WILL BE NO BABY STORYTIME AT 10:30 AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, CHILDREN'S ROOM.  WE WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK, MARCH 28.  

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED 1PM  WOODEN TRAIN TIME AND AT 3PM FOR THE ART CART.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

EXPULSION BY APPLE

Sierra is the picture perfect student.  She is a member of the leadership club, sings in the school choir The Octaves, and has only received one B in her middle school career.  So why is she suddenly risking expulsion? She understands her school's Zero Tolerance policy.  No drugs, no weapons, no exceptions.  Except what happens when you accidentally take your mom's identical lunch bag to school and inside is a paring knife for her apple?  And you turn it in right away?  

For Sierra, this means a week-long in-school suspension which might lead to an expulsion.  This seemingly unfair act calls into question Sierra's sense of fairness and right and wrong. In Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills, Sierra learns that life and rules are not always black and white and people are not always what they seem on the outside.  For grades 6 and up.

Monday, March 17, 2014

MARCH TO THE LIBRARY

 "Catch the Read Aloud habit" 

Don't be a statistic, read aloud to your child every day.  

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES. Every child. Every parent. Every day.