Monday, July 27, 2015

THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH

Ellie's goldfish has lived for seven years, since her day as a preschooler or so she thought.  Her mother tells her that the fish was really goldfish number 14.  Her life is about to change even more when a 13 year old "distant cousin" comes to live with them. There's something very familiar yet odd about him, but she can't quite put her finger on what it is.  This isn't really a story about goldfishes or even pets, but a great coming of age tale, using humor and a bit of science fiction to force us to deal with the cycle of life - birth, growth, death - in a gentle and thoughtful way.   

Jennifer Holm, author of the Babymouse series, creates a story filled with adventure, humor, suspense, and love.  Best for readers from 4th - 8th.

Note: This will be our One Book One Glendale... for Young Readers in November.  We're very excited to have Ms. Holm come to Glendale to talk about her book.  Please check in for a date and time as we get closer to the event. 


Friday, July 24, 2015

LUNCH WITH US IS NEXT WEEK!



There will be a special treat for all the kids who come to the last week of lunch and stories under the tree.  Remember that lunch is first come first serve from 11:30-12:30.

The Bug Bus will be here right after lunch from 1-2:30 p.m.  on Tuesday, July 28.

We had a lot of fun under the tree this summer and we'll see you all in September for another season of children's programs.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

THE BIG BAD DETECTIVE AGENCY

The Big Bad Wolf (BBW), a.ka. Wolfgang and a fourth little pig, Ferkel combine forces in order to solve a crime the BBW has been accused of committing.  Does this sound like a big whopping tall tale to you?  Well, it's not. It's the plot of a new series by Bruce Hale, author of the Chet Gecko series.

Wrongly accused, the Big Bad Wolf has no choice but to become a detective in order to find the real vandal who trashed the Three Little (really ginormous) Pigs' house.  The two detectives follow clues, talk to suspects and try to figure out what motive the criminal would have for doing this.  Their list of suspects grow as they delve deeper into the crime.  

Was it H&G (Hansel & Gretel)? 
Was it Mama Pig? 
Was it Cinderella?  
Was it Goldilocks?  
Can they find the culprit before Wolfgang's time is up and he's thrown in jail?  

Find the Big Bad Detective Agency in the beginning chapter books area.  Perfect for readers in 3rd-4th grades who enjoy humor and twists on the fairytale classics.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

LAST WEEK!

Our summer programs are coming to an end, so bring in your Summer Reading logs if you haven't done so and join us for the last few programs before school starts.  

Wednesday, July 22 at 1p.m. - Animal puppet show presented by the Actors and Others for animals. 

Saturday, July 25 at 2 p.m. - Last Dance!  is our last Saturday Special where we dance to some oldies. Join Theresa and myself to some groovy music. 

Tuesday, July 28 at 1 p.m. - Bug Bus is coming to share everything they know about mosquitoes and bugs in LA.  



Friday, July 17, 2015

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?


CJ and his nana have a long trip back from church and, unlike his friend Colby, whose family has a car, they have to take the bus to get there. As they make their way back to their neighborhood, CJ and his nana experience all the sights, sounds, and feelings their vibrant and diverse city has to offer. Nana teaches CJ to see the beauty all around him, even in unexpected and gritty places, and when they arrive at their destination--a soup kitchen--both CJ and the reader come to appreciate the importance of spiritual richness over material wealth. 


Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña is a moving and joyous celebration of the little things in life, and Christian Robinson's vibrantly heartwarming illustrations are reminiscent of classic Ezra Jack Keats. This multi-layered picture book is much more than a lively tour of a diverse city neighborhood--it's also a tribute to intergenerational relationships, empathy, compassion, and, above all, the joy of human connection.


A wonderful book to share with children ages 4 and up. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

CUTE, CUDDLY, AND A LITTLE... CREEPY?


There’s something spooky about Koala in this picture book tale by Sean Ferrell. Perhaps it’s the eyes? When Adam receives a (presumably) stuffed koala bear as a present, he immediately declares: “I don’t like Koala.” 

Each evening Adam schemes to rid himself of the seemingly omnipresent Koala: he hides it under the couch, over the refrigerator, behind a tree, among toy cars, in a purse, and even with the dirty laundry. Every morning, however, Adam wakes to find Koala there. In his bed. Sharing his pillow. A furry paw reaching over to grasp his face.


Spooky, indeed.


Despite his vocal protests, Adams parents remain outwardly oblivious to Koala’s eerie abilities. And after a final attempt to lose Koala in the woods, Adam ultimately discovers that there’s more to fear than a cuddly, stuffed koala bear… isn’t there? 


I Don’t Like Koala might not be for every child, but young fans of spooky, quirky reads might enjoy this subtly eerie picture book. For another darkly humorous story, try Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. 


Ages 4+

Monday, July 06, 2015

HONEY - A SUMMER SURPRISE



“Honey.”  Who’s Honey? That’s what Melody wants to know.  Ten-year-old, Melody is full of questions. Why has her father, Henry, been so distracted, spacey and whistling “You Are My Sunshine” lately? And who did he call Honey over the phone, then try to cover up with a lame excuse… “they got the wrong number?” 
As if Melody didn't have enough on her plate with Henry’s odd behavior and her flunking her math test, Teeny, Melody’s 6-year-old neighbor blurts out that Henry’s been bitten by the love bug. Now, Melody wants to find out the secrets surrounding Royal, Indiana. 

Read Honey to unveil the secrets in the town of Royal and learn about new twists and turns in this story. Sarah Weeks touches on many important topics in this realistic fiction.  Honey is a delightful, quick read with fun characters.


For 3rd-5th grade

Friday, July 03, 2015

MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER SAD COUNTRY SONG


The year is 1948 and Tate P. Ellerbee is captivated by rising country star Hank Williams, tuning into his Louisiana Hayride radio program every week from Rippling Creek, Louisiana. So when her teacher assigns the class to choose a pen pal, she decides on Hank Williams without hesitation. Despite his lack of response (other than a few autographed photos), she writes him constantly and tells him all about her life and family, including her Aunt Patty Cake, Uncle Jolly, brother Frog, movie-star mama and world-travelling father, just for starters. Tate P. is also practicing her singing in secret for the upcoming May Festival Talent Contest, and wants to make her family, and the country star, proud. But the more letters she writes, the more secrets come to light, and it's clear that her picture perfect life isn't so perfect at all. Tate P. must come to terms with her family's truth and find enough grit to push forward and become more than just another sad country song. 

This poignant epistolary novel by National-Book-Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt features multi-layered characters, rich historical details of post World War II life in the rural South, some smiles and tears, and more than a few twists and turns.  

Dear Hank Williams makes a moving read for 4th grade and up. 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

"SIBLING RIVALRY, BRAVERY, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE... AND VEGGIES"

Dot never asked to be a big sister and, had anyone asked her, she would definitely have objected to getting a wolf as a baby brother. But Dot has little choice in the matter when the Bunny family returns home one day to find a tiny wolfish bundle awaiting them. Mama and Papa are immediately smitten with their newly adopted son, but Dot is skeptical at best. 

Unconvinced by Wolfie’s excellent sleeping habits and hearty carrot appetite, unmoved by his indefatigable affectionate devotion, Dot repeats her wary refrain: “HE’S GOING TO EAT US ALL UP!” When Dot finds her new brother threatened, however, she’ll adopt some wolfish traits herself to save them both.


Ame Dyckman’s Wolfie the Bunny is a humorous picture book tale on the familiar topic of family relationships and new sibling dynamics. Wolfie’s adorable charm perfectly counterbalances Dot’s surly distrust, which admittedly has some justification; it is a rare story in which rabbits and wolves can both be good. This sweet story would make a lovely, lively read aloud. 


For another picture book celebrating the bonds of (interspecies) family, try Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen.


Ages 2+

Monday, June 29, 2015

LET'S PARTY WITH RICKY AND HIS ROBOT

Tuesday, June 30th at 2p.m. join us in the Children's Room for a Ricky Ricotta and Mighty Robot Party.  We will have activites themed around these fabulous book characters. 

Check out their books online through our catalog.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

KINDERWISE IS IN THE HOUSE!



Kinderwise, will have you dancing and singing up a storm.  

Join us this Saturday, June 27 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at the Central Library for an afternoon of fun. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

IMAGINARY FRIENDS MEET THE REAL WORLD


Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend. No one else can see him but her, and that's just fine by him--Amanda is the only one with enough imagination to dream him up in the first place. But when a suspiciously creepy man comes to the door one day asking Amanda's mum to take a survey, it appears he can see Rudger too, and that's when things begin to go amiss. He sees the man lurking everywhere, determined to get his hooks on Rudger. And then--worst of all--there is an accident that causes Amanda to be rushed to the hospital, and for the first time in his life, Rudger is all on his own. How will Rudger escape the nefarious grasp of the sinister man, and, perhaps more importantly, without a real person to imagine him, can an imaginary boy even exist? 

This fantasy by A.F. Harrold told from various points of view is at turns whimsical and downright spooky, and proves no one is too old to tap into their imaginations and let them run wild. Emily Gravett's striking illustrations--some in black-and-white and occaisionally in color--add just the right balance of eerieness and eccentricity. 

An exciting and offbeat read for 4th to 6th graders. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

AN OLD STORY WITH A NEW TWIST


You would be wise not to anger the Brixen witch. But what if you make her angry by accident? Nope, doesn't matter. She is still going to haunt and hex you. That's what happens to Rudi when he stumbles upon a gold coin while he's out foraging around the forest. The next thing he knows he is being haunted by a creepy noise. Even after he puts the coin back on the mountain (sort of) a plague of rats infects the town! 

THE BRIXEN WITCH by Stacy DeKeyser will have you guessing about what happens next, and it's not what you expect! This is a retelling of the classic Pied Piper story, but with many great twists and a completely different ending. 

For 3rd - 6th grades.

Friday, June 19, 2015

SURVIVOR COLONIAL STYLE


Tori and her mother are in deep financial trouble.  Along comes a chance for them to win big and save the dress shop, but they have to compete with all the extended members of their family and live on their dead aunt's estate in "colonial style".  That means no modern conveniences; make the food, no daily baths, and make the furniture. The family who performs best will win it all, millions and millions of it.  

Tori wants to win and be serious about the contest, but can her flakey mom pull it together?  Add to all this stress Tori is seriously crushing on the local boy whose father thinks she's a witch and another member of her family sabotaging their efforts.  

It's a fun survivor, reality television show, and boy meets girl story all rolled together in Colonial Madness by Jo Whittemore.  

For readers in 6th-8th grades.