Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The Library will be closed from 5 p.m. on 11/26 Through 11/30.  We will be open on Monday, 12/1/14. 

If you are desperate to read something, and forgot to check out something to read, download an ebook or audiobook with you library card. 

Happy Holidays. 

Monday, November 24, 2014


Digby and Percy are great friends. They enjoy spending time together, especially out driving in Digby's car - his prize possession. His neighbor Lou Ella gets a new car every year, but Digby loves his car even if it's not perfect. When a big race is announced, from Didsworth to Dodsworth, Digby and Percy cannot wait to sign up - but will Digby's car survive the race? DIGBY O'DAY IN THE FAST LANE by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vullaimy is the first book in what is shaping up to be a delightful series for readers just graduating into beginning chapter books.  

For 2nd - 4th grades.  


Friday, November 21, 2014


Every once in a while, a book comes along that is like a perfectly wrapped present. THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH by Jennifer L. Holm is the big box wrapped in shiny paper with a fancy bow placed right in the center - full of anticipation of good things! Ellie is going through the usual middle school changes, with her best friend being super busy with volleyball, a cute, mysterious boy in a few of her classes, oh and of course her grandfather coming to live with her as a teenage boy! Ellie learns quite a lot about love, family, friends, and the intricate web that weaves it all together. It's a quick read that will appeal to boys and girls in the 4th-8th grades, especially those readers that like a lot of dialog.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Migrant by Jose Manuel Mateo and illustrated by Javier Martinez Pedro is a story of a boy's journey from a rural area of Mexico to a chaotic home in urban life in the U.S. illustrated in black and white and told in drawings like a Mexican codex as well as written the written word.  It's a bilingual Spanish/English one on each side of the book.   Tied together with a ribbon.

For readers in 3rd and up.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014




Monday, November 17, 2014


It is close to Valentine's Day, and the students in class 4-O are in for a surprise. Someone has left candy hearts in each of their desks.  But what makes these hearts particularly sweet are the special messages on each of them.  Why, though, do the messages seem directly related to the student?  This is the mystery that Jessie Treski, the school's editor for the 4-O Forum, is trying to uncover.

Jessie's discovery of candy hearts,  poems of love, and the idea of crushes have piqued her interest, so she must find out if other students currently have a crush, had a crush, or never had a crush on someone before.   A class survey is soon published, but what kind of results will Jessie get?  Is Jessie, herself, able to truly understand what the survey results mean?

Jacqueline Davies skillfully captures the voice of young and energetic Jessie, a fun-loving girl  who finds herself in the middle of a classroom where boys and girls are starting to think about each other in different ways.  Ms. Davies' addition of poetry is the perfect touch to this sweet coming-of-age story.  It has the power to make readers of all ages reflect upon their first crush. 

Read Candy Smash and other books from the Lemonade Wars series, available in three formats- print, eBook, and audio CD.  Reserve one or all today!  

For 4th grade and up.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Author, Stuart Gibbs is here tonight, 11/13/14 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library for this year's One Book One Glendale... For Young Readers.  He will dazzle you with his novel Spy School and all his other books. Come and join us. 

Children's Room 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Author Stuart Gibbs will be at the Central Library to talk about writing and his new books.  

Glendale Library Arts and Culture
Central Library Auditorium 
222 East Harvard St.
Glendale, CA 91205
Thursday, 11/13/14 at 7 p.m

Books available for purchase and signing. 

Monday, November 10, 2014


There is a new wizard boy on the block.

And his name is Callum Hunt. Raised by his magic-hating father, Call grows up thinking that all magicians are evil, and were responsible for his mother's death when he was merely a baby. So when he is called to take the mandatory exams that might lead to his acceptance to the Magisterium, he is carefully coached by his father to do everything in order to fail. But although he tries very hard to fail (to fail), Call is picked nonetheless and has to attend his first year - the Iron Year - at the Magisterium. Together with his new friends Tamara and Aaron, Callum is coached by Master Rufus in magic skills in preparation for the Iron Trial, which will signify the end of the school year. But there is more to the world of magic than Callum knows, and he slowly starts to wonder if his father was right in cautioning him against it. There is an enemy that has been hidden for years waiting to resurface - calling himself the Enemy of Death -who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

The Iron Trial is the first book of a projected five-book series from popular children's and young adult literature writers Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Readers will find many similarities with the Harry Potter series, but whether this is a bad or a good thing is up to the reader to decide.

For grades 5 and up.

Friday, November 07, 2014


It seems like more and more authors are writing about how they think the world will come to an end. Piers Torday, author of THE LAST WILD is yet another author to do this. His main character Kester Jaynes has been taken from his father and sent to what may be a boarding school, but seems more like an asylum for all the delinquent children no one knows how to deal with. A disease has devastated the world, killing all the animals and destroying the food supply, and now everyone is forced to eat flavored paste. Kester can't speak out loud, but somehow he can communicate with a cockroach. Turns out, everything they've been telling humans is a LIE!!! The cockroach helps Kester escape and the first of the lies becomes apparent when Kester sees living animals that have yet to be infected by the dreaded "red-eye" disease. Now it is up to Kester to save the remaining animals! 

For grades 5 and up. 


Wednesday, November 05, 2014


In anticipation of our guest author, Stuart Gibbs, next week we will have one final scavenger hunt for 2014.  Come and spy with your little eye and find all 10 objects.  

A fun family game for ages 4 and older.  
Wednesday 11/5 through Thursday 11/13.  
The Children's Room at the Central Library.  

the author will visit the library next Thursday, 11/13/14 at 7 p.m. and talk about his novel Spy School and all his other great books.

Monday, November 03, 2014


A review by Theresa of the Children's Room: 

If the book Charlotte’s Web is one of your favorites, then you probably have a lot in common with 10-year-old Fanny Katzenback the main character in Joanne Rocklin’s Fleabrain Loves Franny

This story is set in the 1950’s when the serious disease polio was attacking many children and making many more very afraid of getting sick.  When introduced Franny is in the hospital recovering from this terrible illness. Not a simple matter as the polio virus attacks the lungs of the patient making it difficult for them to breathe and necessary for them to lie inside a “big, wheezy green iron tube called and iron lung.” Lying in this machine that helped her breathe meant that she could not hold a book, so the tutor read to her every day. When Sister Ed the tutor started reading to her from a newly published book, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, it was love at first listen and Franny asked to hear it again and again. 

Finally well enough to go home and live outside of the iron lung, Franny started finding some unusual notes from someone who knew her deepest secrets. Thinking they were written by her sister Min, she ignored them. But Fleabrain, a very smart flea who was living on tail of Franny’s dog, persisted and they finally end up meeting and sharing adventures made possible due to his magic powers. But this is more than just a magical adventure tale of two friends slightly similar to those in the famous book, as the author gives the reader access to another period in time and a chance to meet an incredible girl who overcomes much to regain her place in the world. 

For grades 4-6.