Friday, July 22, 2016


Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has done it again and given us another gem in her beautifully written and profoundly heartfelt middle grade novel, Raymie Nightingale. Things aren't going so well for Raymie, but she has a foolproof plan to get everything back to normal: if she learns how to twirl a baton, she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire 1975 competition--and when her father sees her picture in the paper, he'll have to forget about the dental hygienist he ran off with and come back home. Simple as that. 

But when she shows up at baton-twirling class instructed by former world champion Ida Nee, she meets a couple of other girls with alternate plans of their own--guileless Louisiana Elefante with her pink bunny barrettes needs to win the pageant to help save her long lost cat, Archie, while tough-talking Beverly Tapinski, whose father is a cop, wants to sabotage the competition altogether. But despite their plans being directly at odds with one another, the unlikely threesome soon form a strong bond that leads them through some unforgettable summer adventures and changes them all more than they ever thought possible.

The wealth of quirky characters and simple but deeply evocative writing will appeal to kids in fourth grade and up

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


A pun filled  beginning reader where detective Hamster Holmes and firefly sidekick Dr. Watt help Springy Beaver, a stupendous inventor, solve the case of mysterious things being disturbed in his workshop.
A light mystery with clues and red herrings to mislead the reader while trying to solving this unusual mystery.

Hamster Holmes: On the right Track is just one in the series of Hamster Holmes books.  For readers in grades 1-2.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Luce Puppet Company is coming to the Central Library on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 11:00 am.

Join us for a great retelling of The Reluctant Dragon.  An amazing story for children ages 4 and up.  

Please bring a sweater because the Children's Room now has air conditioning! 

Monday, July 18, 2016


Luce Puppet Company is coming to the Central Library on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 11:00 am.

Join us for a great retelling of The Reluctant Dragon a great story for children from ages 4 and up.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Thunder Boy Jr., the first picture book from Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian among many others, tells the story of a son and a father and their shared name. In this loving Native-American family of unspecified tribal background, beautifully depicted by Caldecott Honor recipient Yuyi Morales in bold illustrations that seem like they might leap off the page, the titular young boy feels frustration about not having a name of his own and imagines other names for himself based on his own accomplishments and life experiences. But what kind of name can at once affirm the deep love he has for his family and yet assert his own identity in the world? 

Simply but dynamically told, this lively story of identity and family is best shared with children in preschool through second grade. 

Monday, July 11, 2016


The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry stars our soccer fiend, AJ, or Annemarie as her grandmother prefers to call her. She must spend a month with her disapproving wealthy grandmother when her parents have to go to the Amazon for work. She only gets to go to soccer practice, she can't have her dog or sleepovers, or hang out with her best friend, but she does get etiquette lessons.  Whoopee. The only silver lining is that Stanley, grandmother's hunky chauffeur, drives her to soccer practice and she is the envy of all.    

AJ thinks that her grandmother's friends just get together and play bridge, but they are really "liberators".  The ladies liberate lots of things from their undeserving or bad owners like a macaw who doesn't get any love.  Even AJ gets liberated, unwillingly.

There's a mean girl and her crew, a misunderstanding with friends but it's a fun and mostly predictable adventure with a twisted ending. Great for readers who love a good spunky girl story.

For readers in 6th - 8h grades.

Saturday, July 09, 2016


Bubble fun for ages 4 and older.   A few more performances left in July at the following branches.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm 
Pacific Park 

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Central Library, Children's Room

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm 
Casa Verdugo 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Tag you’re it! AAAAAHHH, leave me alone!!! This is Lion, he is so caught up in his painting that he doesn’t want anyone or anything to interrupt him, even his best friends.  When Bear and Tiger come out to play a game of tag, they ask Lion to join in on the fun, but Lion had other plans. Read and find out how far Lion goes to get some peace and quiet.

Ethan Long's story is about the friendship between Lion, Tiger and Bear. The story also teaches about respecting your friend’s wishes.  

This is a fun picture book for ages 5-7.   

Tuesday, July 05, 2016


This is a very silly book about transporting a lawnmower by all modes of transportation in order to mow one eensy weensy little patch of grass on a teeny tiny island on a Thursday.  Tom Angleberger strikes again with his wicked and sly humor about a toad riding a lawnmower.  

The illustrations by John Hendrix are so much fun to look at. This is the book for children who love all things transportation. 

McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger and illustrated by John Hendrix. 
For ages 2 and up.  

Thursday, June 30, 2016


The Children's Room at the Central Library will be closed for the July 4th weekend, but this Friday we will be open for Lunch and Books from 11am to 1pm.  

We will see you again on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.  

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


One very, very spoiled princess, "a royal pain" really, is sent away to summer camp in order to learn how to make a friend or two.   To her surprise, no one takes her luggage to her cabin or brings her breakfast in bed!  Tuna Fish Girl from the bus becomes her bunk mate and shows her around.  After she "rescues" Princess Lulu from "drowning" and Princess Lulu rescues her from a skunking, the two become great friends.  

Princess Lulu Goes to Summer Camp by Kathryn Cristaldi is a great beginning reader.  A fun and sweet story for all.   

Saturday, June 25, 2016


The fabulous Annie Bananie uses twisted balloons to tell a fun futuristic story with the help of kids from the audience. Join her for this summer's adventure, THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE - IN SPACE.
Children's Room, Central Library 

Annie BananieTuesday, June 28 at 11:00 am. 
For ages 4 and older.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Joe Gandelmancomedic ventriloquist extraordinaire will be performing and entertaining us onThursday, June 23 at 1:00pm.  

Children's Room, Central Library 
For ages 4 and older.  

Join us for some family fun.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Today, Wednesday June 22, 2016 the Children's Room will have storytime  in our room and lunch outside under the tree.  We are now open. 

Our Thursday special performer, ventriloquist Joe Gandelman, will perform at Central Library as scheduled.  Join us tomorrow, Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1 pm. for more stories and fun.

We apologize for the inconveniences.