Monday, June 30, 2014


Gabby Gomez loves the sweet, pink, chewy treat called bubble gum! After blowing an over-sized bubble early one morning, Gabby is smothered with sticky sweetness. Her mother naturally rescues her with a jar of peanut butter in hand, and the gum runs easily out of her hair. But before Gabby sets off for school, her mother tells that she is not allowed to chew gum any more.  With an upside-down smile, slumped shoulders, and hands deep in her pockets, Gabby trudges off to school. What she soon discovers is a piece of gum that changes her and her life.  

Read this first book about Gabby Gomez and her sweet adventure in Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo, Illustrator of the Melvin Beederman series.

For ages 8 and older.

Friday, June 27, 2014


Walter is a puzzle enthusiast.  He loves to piece puzzles together.  While visiting a museum, he discovers an ancient puzzle and can't help but put it together.  Upon placing the final piece, Walter is immersed in a great white light and gains super powers.  He could bend, stretch, shrink, and grow to great heights.  With his new abilities, he decides that superheroes need a special suit and unique name to save innocent citizens from villains. While citizens of Gotham City eagerly await Batman to come to their rescue, the town of Busyville has yet to meet their greatest hero, Mr. Puzzle.  

A rollicking collection of Mr. Puzzle's super adventures by Chris "Elio" Eliopoulas.  For puzzle enthusiasts, 3rd graders and above.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Judy Moody and her younger brother, Stink, are thrilled to be on a family vacation.  With so much to do and see, it's a wonder that they discover mystery on their trip.  After arriving on Ocracoke Island, they are quickly greeted by Captain Weevil, who promotes the island's annual treasure hunt.  At first, it seems like it would be easy to solve the clues before them, but they soon realize that there are others who want the grand prize as well.  They'll need to work hard to figure out each of the five clues and turn in sixteen pieces o' eight, or they'll leave the island empty-handed.  

A fun sister and brother adventure.  For more books by Megan McDonald, check out the Judy Moody series, Stink series, and other Judy Moody & Stink stories.  

For ages 7-9.

Monday, June 23, 2014

JUDY MOODY & STINK BOOK DISCUSSION ... today at Central.  If you can't make it, come to Casa's on Wednesday.  Remember we moved the time to 5PM.  

Friday, June 20, 2014


Ariana thinks that things can't get much worse when her cousin, Laila, moves in with her family from Afghanistan.  Laila is the perfect daughter and a perfect lady while Ariana is... well, not.  To make it worse, their family spends a lot of time pointing out what Ariana can do to act more like Laila and when school starts, it feels like Laila is trying to steal Ariana's best friend.  

Living in the same room and working in the family store, Laila and Ariana act as rivals until a competing Afghan market opens in the same mall as their own family's store, and bad things start happening.  Is the new store undermining Kabul Corner and stealing their workers and business?  Or is there something bigger going on?  Find out in N.H. Senzai's novel for middle schoolers, Saving Kabul Corner.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


MICHAEL MCCARTY storyteller extraordinaire will be here Saturday, June 21 at 2PM at the Central Library auditorium. Join us for some storytelling fun.  

For ages 4 and older (and/or be able to sit for 30-45 minute program). 

We validate for 3 hours of free parking in the structure across the library on the North side of Harvard St. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


If you like a bit of adventure, magic and the possibility of people flying on their own in your stories, then The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman is for you. 

It all starts when Fortuna Dalliance’s mother sends the eleven-year-old off to help the very old and strange pair of ladies who live down the street. Not your typical neighbors, the live not only in a very unusual and creepy house but also may possess magic powers. Though this encounter with the sisters, or should we say witches, Fortuna becomes involved in a fantastical adventure that includes birds that have been transformed into boys, cats that are not what they seem and a question of friendship.

For readers in 5th-8th grades.

Monday, June 16, 2014


After Raven Queen decided not to sign the Storybook of Legends, Ever After High has been turned upside down.  It's Rebels vs. Royals, with Raven leading the rebels and Apple White leading the Royals, but neither of them can seem to get the two groups talking and getting along again.  That is, until they all have a cause to unite behind when Madeline Hatter gets into trouble and might be expelled out of Ever After High - forever!  Can Raven and Apple bring the school back together?  Can they reconcile their own differences?  Will Raven's mom, the Evil Queen make an appearance in her mirror and wreck havoc?  Find out in Shannon Hale's second installment of Ever After High, The Unfairest of Them All for kids in grades 6-8.

Friday, June 13, 2014


Jacob loves to swing on the monkey bars, race toy cars, and play with dinosaurs. One of his favorite areas in the room is the dress-up corner, where he tries on different outfits.  He enjoys it so much that he requests to wear a similar outfit the next day. Although he is teased and bullied, his parents and teacher offer much support, love, and honor his curiosity and creativity. 

Sarah and Ian Hoffman offer a gentle story about a boy who wants to wear clothes outside the norm.  By doing so they thoughtfully address the topic of gender non-conformity in this picture book story. 

For families and educators to share with children Pre-K to 2nd grade.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Gabby Gomez loves chewing gum and when she gets gum in stuck in her hair her mom put her foot down and said no more!  Gabby can't help herself and breaks her promise when she finds a piece of stray gum t in her room.  This gum turns out to be a special gum, turning her into a superhero.  With her new sticky super power, she saves a woman's purse from a purse snatcher, cat in a tree and even a plane by using her gum to hold the wings together. However, on the other side of town, little does she know that there's a villain lurking in a spatula factory keeping an eye on her.  

The Gumazing Gum Girl!: Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo gives us a new female superhero who sprinkles her speech with Spanish words and exciting gum popping adventures.  

For beginning chapter book readers in 3rd-4th grades. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Long time author, Eve Bunting's new beginning reader series about Frog and his friends is fun and bright.  In Frog Saves the Day, there's a new animal coming through the forest.  It's loud, big and it eats people.  You can see all the people inside that it has eaten, though frightened,  the forest animals feel very safe that it at least doesn't eat animals .  

During a fun day of picnicking, possum Baby Five falls in the river and who comes to the rescue, but Frog, the hero.

For beginning readers in K-2nd grades who want some fun adventurous reading. 

Monday, June 09, 2014


Poppy gets a new scarf with skulls and cross bones on it making her very excited to get on a boat just like a real pirate dog. But, each time she gets on a boat, it's too windy, too scary or too wet.  It's not at all what she imagined being on a pirate ship would be like.  Will this pirate dog ever find the right pirate ship for her? 

Poppy the Pirate Dog by Liz Kessler & illustrated by Mike Phillips is a fun beginning chapter book reader with some lovely illustrations that's perfect for summer reading.  

For readers in 2nd - 3rd.  

Friday, June 06, 2014


Picture yourself lying on the beach one day, a breeze swishing across your face, and the sun shining down on you as you lay in the sand. All of a sudden twenty wild hairy ponies come galloping by at top speed, whinnying and snorting their way down the beach. That's what it's like on the Island of Chincoteague, and every year the people on the mainland try to catch a few wild ponies and tame them. Some become work horses, some become show horses, and some get to race. Paul and Maureen Beebe are determined to get themselves one of these beautiful wild ponies to raise and care for, and hopefully someday race! MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE by Marguerite Henry was written a long time ago, but the story is full of excitement and adventure. The best part about this book is that it is based on a real place and a real pony! For 3rd - 6th grades.

MAY 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014


  • Read For Fun
  • Snack
  • Discuss
  • Only ½ hour
  • 2 times per month
  • Join us at either locations below:

6/9 & 6/23

6/11 & 6/25

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Poached by Stuart Gibbs, author of Belly Up, Spy School, and Spy Camp is back with another hilarious and action packed adventure/mystery set once again in FunJungle.  

This time, he's starting at  a new school and the school bully decides it would be fun to drop a fake arm in the shark tank and watch the mayhem. Teddy winds up taking the fall for the shark incident because of his past history playing pranks and Marge, now head of security.  The fake arm is one thing but when the new loan, Kazu the Koala, from Australia comes to FunJungle goes missing, Marge suspects only one person, Teddy. He has to prove his innocence and get Kazu back before he's arrested  and sent to juvie.  

For readers in 6th grade and up. 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014


For many of you students in Glendale, today is the last day of school.  So hop over to the library and pick up your summer reading logs.  Just like last year, you only have to read eight books, any eight books, in any language (that's for all of you in the language immersion programs) from now through mid August.  

For more details visit us or call one of our branches.