Wonderful book for late summer

Rascal by Sterling North was a Newbery Honor book in 1964, the year my mom started encouraging me to read it. “Such a wonderful story,“ she would say, as I headed for the pool without the book. It sounded boring - at the end of World War I, a boy turns a raccoon into a pet. I was a girl, and I read other things. Over the years, Rascal became a family joke: “Have you read it yet? Still too busy?“ Finally, I read it this summer, and my now-long-gone mom was right: Rascal is a wonderful story, warmly written and evocative of a wilder Wisconsin than I ever imagined.

5th grade reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Are you going into 5th grade this fall?
SCARY! Try Double-Dare To Be Scared: Another Thirteen Chilling Tales.
ROYALS! Try Marie Antoinette or Jahanara: Princess of Princesses in the Royal Diaries series, by American Girl Publishers.
ADVENTURE! Try National Parks Mysteries with Deadly Waters set in Everglades, or Valley Of Death set in Death Valley.

4th Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

If you are going into 4th or 5th grades this fall, You may enjoy some of the following books:
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From A Medieval Village won the 2008 Newbery Award!
Nic Bishop Spiders with fabulous photography, incredible factoids!
Hachiko Waits based on a true story of dog loyalty.
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect a story of how dreams of perfection evolve into reality.
No Talking or Report Card by Andrew Clements.

Kid Bits - True or False?

If you are somewhere between 3rd Grade and 8th Grade, and like to tweek your truth-o-meter, try the "Classified" series. They are fun because they are unproven news stories that have raised questions of hoax.
My favorite is Vanished!, a WWII aircraft carrier that "vanished in port" ... the sailors reappeared elsewhere! You get to read the story, and then read facts from both Witnesses and Doubters.
Other titles are Breakout, Alien Landing, or
Nuclear Winter Man about the disappearance of renowned nuclear Russian scientist Vladimir Alexandrov.

Kid Bits - Find Something You Can Do

BORED?
You CAN FIX it!!!
Explore the Arts & Crafts books and start some projects.
On the NEW book shelf we have
Usborne Little Book Of Vacation Activities;
D.I.Y. Kids: Design Your Own; and
Ralph Masiello's Dragon Drawing Book.

Teen Summer Reading Game: Flexible and Fun

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There has been a bit of confusion about the Teen Summer Reading Game.

The Teen Summer Reading Game offers a variety of activities that 6-12 graders can do in order to finish the game and be entered into the grand prize drawings. This list of activities is meant as a suggestion, to give teens ideas for completing the Summer Reading Game. Our hope is to make the game fun and flexible.

Teens, we want you to be able to enjoy the game whether reading "great novels", or rocking out to Guitar Hero (or both) is your idea of a good time.

So, can you play the game by reading 10 books? Sure you can.

Can you play the game by coming to 10 library programs? Sure you can.

Can you come up with the best combination for you? Of course.

Pirate Bits - Hoist the Jolly Roger Ya Scallywags!

Spy a spare frigate? Find an eye-patch or few?
Where could you find a pirate if you need one?
At the Library, of course! Find books such as:
How I Became A Pirate;
What If You Met A Pirate?;
Don't Mention Pirates;
Olive's Pirate Party;
Pirate Pete's Talk Like A Pirate.
Yo, Ho Scurvy Mates!

3rd Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

If you are going into 3rd or 4th grade you may like to try:
Mystery Of The Missing Marquess sleuthed by Enola Holmes, 14 year old sister of Sherlock Holmes.
Little Klein and his brothers are adopted by a stray dog one summer.
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect results when Zoe's "perfect" plans go wrong.
If historical facts are fun try Artistry In Stone: Great Structures Of Ancient Egypt.
with new archeological conclusions of how pyramids were built.

2nd Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Summer Reading is under way.
All ages can sign-up and get a card.
If you were in 2nd or 3rd grade this year you might enjoy trying the following series.
For "silly" try Mercy Watson; or Geronimo Stilton.
For "everyday kids" try Hey Li'l D; or Clementine.
For "sports" try Winning Season; or Baseball Card Adventure.
Or ... ask a Librarian for suggestions.

K-5 Craft - Paper Molas

On Monday, June 23, 10-11:30 am at Malletts Creek, we will make Paper Molas based on fabric designs from the San Blas Islands of Panama. A lovely and informative article on the Cuna people, and their culture, offers an illustrated story, and can be found at MOLABOOK #3 on the internet.

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