Youth Services Staff Picks- Summer 2018: Part Three: The Finale

Alissa’s Picks:

Volcanoes by Martha Rustad E 551.21 RUS

With so much in the news lately about volcanoes, curious readers might be interested in this great book from the Smithsonian Institute. With big, color photos and easy-to-read info boxes, this title is a wonderful choice for budding geologists!

Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop J 595.789 BIS

Summertime means butterflies! Author/Photographer Nic Bishop gets up close and personal with some beautiful butterflies, as well as moths, caterpillars, and cocoons. Perfect for helping to identify butterflies in your garden!

Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds E REY

When Maya joins the annual Going Places race, the other contestants are concerned with how different her entry is- but maybe everyone’s go carts don’t have to be the exact same! This great story celebrates creativity and uniqueness.

The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea E SHE

Can you handle a trip into the scary woods? Or would you rather eat donuts with a silly ghost who just wants to clean the bathroom and cuddle his kitten? This story takes a look at things we think are scary, but are really harmless…and there’s donuts.

Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm J GN HOL

This wonderful sequel to Sunny Side Up takes readers to middle school with Sunny, an optimistic tween with a slew of problems. Starting a new school can be hard on anyone, and Sunny is worried about making friends, as well as about her brother, who has been sent off to boarding school. Can she handle all these things and stay Sunny Side Up?

Newsprints by Ru Xu J GN XU

Blue is an orphan girl who dresses up like a boy to sell newspapers during wartime. She meets a boy named Crow, who is also hiding something about his identity. Together, they try to figure out how much truth to tell and how important friendship is.

The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff J GRA

Georgie is pretty sure everyone has a “thing.” His Mom’s “thing” is that she is having a baby. The thing about his classmate, Jeanie i, is that she hates working with him on a project. Georgie’s thing? He has dwarfism, a medical condition that has limited his growth. But will Georgie find out what makes us more alike than different?

Sheena’s Picks:

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli E PIZ

This silly book addresses the age-old question, what happens to me if I swallow a watermelon seed? Our friend, the alligator, hilariously finds out.

Blackout by John Rocco E ROC

During one hot, summer night, the lights go out and the city turns dark. Although it’s scary at first, this one particular family quickly discovers that it’s not so bad, it may even turn out to be fun!

Monkey and Elephant Get Better by Carole Lexa Schaefer ER SCH

Monkey and Elephant find that they have many things in common, except for the fact that Monkey is a monkey and Elephant is an elephant. When they both become sick, they each have different ideas of how to take care of one another. Can they help one another feel better even though their ideas are so different?

Summer of Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil J BEI

Twelve-year-old Nicholas and his twin sisters spend the summer with their great uncle in Ohio. Snooping through some old boxes, they find an unfinished movie and a love letter written to their father many years ago. this becomes the beginning of a fascinating mystery that is just begging to be solved. Jam-packed with mystery and adventure, this is a great summer read.

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson J PAT

The Kidds siblings have grown up traveling the world hunting for treasure along with their famous treasure hunting parents. However after their parents go missing on the job, their skills are put to the test in a race to find them. Dodging dangerous pirates and sneaky rivals using only cryptic clues and their gut instincts, finding out what happens to their parents is their biggest treasure hunt of all.

Sensory Parenting from Newborns to Toddlers: Everything is Easier When Your Child’s Senses are Happy by Britt Collins  PC 649.1 COL

From the neighbors’ incessantly barking dog to the texture of your mom’s casserole, we all have sensory issues at one time or another. Children are no different. But wouldn’t it make parenting easier if you could make all of your child’s senses happy? This book has all the tips, tricks, and solutions to help make that happen!

Kookaburra by Steven Anderson E READALONG AND

Learn about our friendly Kookaburra through beautiful illustrations and a catchy tune. Get your singing pipes ready as you’ll be singing along in no time.




Youth Services Staff Picks- Summer 2018: Part Two

Sandy’s Picks:

The Adventures of Milo and Otis  J DVD ADV

The story of two animals and their adventures. Milo, the cat, and Otis, the dog, grew up together on the same farm. One day, the two are separated and begin a journey to find each other. The adventurous quest find the friends traveling across the mountains, plains, and snow-covered lands searching for one another.

I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton J 595.44 BAR

This book is full of spider information. If you are afraid of spiders, but want to overcome your fear this maybe just the book for you. In this book, you will learn that you have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than being fatally bitten by a spider.

El Deafo by Cece Bell JP GN BEL

Cece loses her hearing at the age of four as a result of sudden illness. All at once, she has to relearn how to communicate with those around her, including family and friends. School turns out to be a bit tricky, since she can’t read her teacher’s lips at all times. Not to worry, Phonic Ear to the rescue!

Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer JP BAU

Little Dog, Lost  is a book about three different characters who live in the same town: Buddy, Mark, and Charles Larue. Buddy is a lost dog who loses his previous owner and is now on a quest to find an owner who loves him. Mark is the Mayor’s son who desperately wants a dog and for their town to have a dog park. Charles Larue is an old man who lost his wife and is longing for a dog. The three characters are separated at first, but soon realize that they need one another to make their dreams come true.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley J BRA

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her apartment. Her mom is too embarrassed by her disfigured foot to let her go outside. When her little brother, Jamie, is sent to London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out and goes with him. They are given to a woman named Susan Smith, who has some emotional issues of her own to resolve, but she gradually takes responsibility for the two and begins to rebuild her life with them.

Carolyn’s Picks:

Aqualicious by Victoria Kahn E KAH

Pinkalicious goes to the beach and discovers a little mermaid called Aqua. Will Pinkalicious be able to find her way home?

Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor E BAY

How can you find the perfect rock? Follow along to discover the joy of having that special rock.

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen E VAN

Mr. Magee goes camping with his dog Dee, but what was once peaceful is now exciting and possibly dangerous adventure! Rhyming text makes this a fun read.

Butterfly by Jessica Rudolph J 595.78 RUD

Facts about the life cycle of the butterfly with big, bright pictures and large print. Butterfly enthusiasts will learn a lot about the monarch butterfly.

Hot Dog! by Casper Babypants J CD BABY

Light and lively music sure to make you smile this summer!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz J 641.5942

Cook up a feast fit for Hogwarts. You will need more than magic wands and spells with this book. You can find recipes for Bangers and Mash, Yorkshire Pudding, and Mince Pies among other very British favorites.

Steffanie’s Picks:

History’s Mysteries: Curious Clues, Cold Cases, and Puzzles from the Past by Kitson Jazynka J 904 JAZ

This exciting new series will cover history’s head-scratching mysteries, including the Lost Colony of Roanoke, the dancing plague, and many others. This book is full of cool photos, fun facts, and spine-tingling mysteries.

Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara by Kris Waldherr J 940.09 WAL

Bad Princess explores more than 30 true princess stories throughout history. Some princesses didn’t live the life of glitz and glamour that you think they may have.

Sandwiches! by Alison Deering J 641.84 DEE

From a classic PB&J to a triple-decker club, discover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about sandwiches! In this cookbook, kids will learn to assemble delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert sandwiches with accompanying facts about each sandwich.

Restart by Gordon Korman J KOR

Chase does not remember falling off the roof, nor does he remember anything about himself or his life. When he gets back to middle school, he begins to learn about who he was through the reactions of the other kids. It turns out, no one really likes Chase because he was a bully. Can he take this opportunity to restart his life?

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot J CAB

Olivia Grace Clarisse Harrison has always felt out of place. However, she didn’t know just how out of place she really was until the Princess of Genovia pops into her school and announces that Olivia is her long-lost sister! Olivia is a princess and that’s a dream come true…isn’t it?  Do his parents keep telling him that someone is listening to their conversations?

George by Alex Gino J GIN

When people look at George, they think that they see a boy. But the truth is, that George is actually a girl. Her teacher announces that their yearly class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web and George really wants to play Charlotte, but she’s not allowed to try out because she’s a boy. George comes up with a plan to try out for the play, not just so she can be Charlotte, but so everyone will learn who she truly is.




Youth Services Staff Picks- Summer 2018: Part One

School is out and we have so many great books to read. If you love to read but have no idea what to read, we have some amazing staff picks this summer.

Jen’s Picks:

Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee J BAN

Poppy Ray wants to be a veterinarian, but she has never even had a pet. This summer, she is going to spend a month with her Uncle Sanjay, who is a veterinarian, and she’ll discover that she may not be prepared for all of the quirky pet owners, dirty messes, or scary emergencies that go along with working with animals.

Alice in Wonderland retold by Jon Scieszka E SCI

Relive the classic tale of Alice chasing the White Rabbit to the magical world of Wonderland. Hang out with the Cheshire Cat, drink tea with the Mad Hatter, and try not to lose your head when you meet the Queen of Hearts.

You Wouldn’t Want to be Cleopatra!: An Egyptian Ruler You’d Rather Not Be by Jim Pipe J 932 PIP

You are an Egyptian princess living 2,000 years ago. You are rich and royal, what could be better, right? Discover what it was really like to be Cleopatra. It definitely was not easy living in this palace!

How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler J 782.42166 SAN

Introduce a new generation to the Beatles and see how four guys from Liverpool, England changed rock and roll music and ignited Beatlemania across the globe.

Magic Eye III: Visions: A New Dimension in Art by N.E. Thing Enterprises    J 152.148 MAG

In the 1990’S, 3D illusion books were all the rage. Can you see the magic image that pops out at you? Hold the image on each page up to your nose, slowly pull the book away, and let your eyes relax. What do you see?

Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner  J GN NAP

Fish Girl lives in a tank at a boardwalk aquarium and is “cared for” by a man who calls himself Neptune. She is the main attraction there, though she hides away so no humans can see her for fear that they will harm her. She longs to be free, and with the help of an octopus, a girl named Livia, and a little magic, this mermaid can do anything. Filled with gorgeously illustrated artwork, this graphic novel is a feast for the eyes.

Wishtree by Katharine Applegate J APP & PLAYAWAY J F APP

A wise, old oak tree named Red tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors come together after a threat against a Muslim family is carved into Red’s trunk. Red and his animal friends love Samar, the new girl, and will do anything to help their friend. Red is a wish tree and once a year people tie their wishes on his branches. Will Red and the animals grant a special wish and save the day? Told with beauty and humor, and with a message of acceptance and the importance of friendship.

Liz’s Picks:

The Lost Stone by Jordan Quinn JP QUI

The first book in the series The Kingdom of Wrenly. Prince Lucas and his friend Clara, set out to find the Queen’s lost jewel and their quest takes them all over the kingdom.

Ship of Dolls by Shirley Parenteau J PAR

It is 1926 and a class is raising money to send a doll to the children of Japan through a Friendship Exchange Program. This book is not just about dolls, it is about loyalty, friendship, consequences, and more.

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion E ZIO

Where does Harry the white dog with black spots go when he runs away to avoid a bath? What will happen when he finally comes home?

Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya E KON

What would you be thinking about when you go to the beach? This is a perfect story of a child at the beach.

A Baseball Story by Richard Torrey E TOR

This is a cute story about Jordan’s very first baseball game, from warmups to a fun celebration at the end!

Max’s Castle by Richard Torrey E TOR

Max finds forgotten blocks under his bed and begins to build. The power of imagination is a wonderful thing.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo Audio CD JF DIC

This tale is the perfect combination of sweet and darkness. A small mouse with oversized ears, falls in love with a princess and sets out to rescue her from the clutches of an evil rat!

Leslie’s Picks:

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt E Day

Rock is a mighty warrior who wanted to find someone who was worthy of a challenge. At the same time from across the land, Paper and Scissors were also looking for a worthy battle. By the grace of the universe, all 3 fell into a great battle. Read to find out who wins this challenge of a lifetime!

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken E LUY

This beautifully crafted book shows the reader that not all mistakes are accidental.

Fox in Socks, Horton Hatches the Egg, and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss AUDIO CD JF SEU

Listen along as the classic tales of Dr. Seuss are read aloud in a very entertaining way.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat E SAN

Beekle was born on an island far, far away. It is an island where imaginary friends are created but Beekle waited and waited for someone to claim him. He decided to venture out in search of his own friend. Will Beekle find someone or will he have many adventures in the world on his own?

This is Not a Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans J EVA

Deep in the heart of the woods lies a secret that only Raul knows. At the end of a long week at his boarding school, Raul escapes to the woods to live out a secret life. Every character has a secret in this story. Who do you think carries the biggest secret with them? Will the secret mystery be revealed or is it just fantasy?

Off the Wall by Ripley Entertainment  J 031.02 RIP

Did you know that it is illegal to flush the toilet in Switzerland after 10:00 pm if you live in an apartment? Did you know that the :Snake Man” from China can lead a snake through his nostril and out his mouth? If you like bizarre stunts, then this book is for you!


Summer Learning Challenge

Our Summer Learning Challenge begins on June 4th and continues through July 29th. Our theme is Reading Takes You Everywhere. Are you ready to take the challenge. Summer is the perfect time to try new things so stop by to sign up beginning Monday, June 4th. Anyone, regardless of age, can participate! Pick up your challenge log in either Youth or Adult Services.

Have you heard about NoveList K-8?

Search for fiction or non-fiction books on all grade levels from Kindergarten through 8th grade, or browse the suggested Read-Alikes. You can even tell it what kind of main character you like to read about or give it a book you liked to get Read-Alike suggestions. You can access Novelist K-8  here.

Find Just Right Books for Younger Readers

Have kids who love action/adventure? Kids who want to read books just like their favorite, Harry Potter? Students who have to find nonfiction books at their reading level? NoveList K-8 makes it easy to find just right books that match each reader’s interests and reading level.

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NoveList is lovingly created by librarians and book experts. We have over 25 librarians on staff, plus teachers, school media specialists, and children’s librarians from around the country who contribute their expertise. Our hand-crafted recommendations are created by professionals, so you can trust them to be high-quality. We tell you who wrote a recommendation and why the recommendation makes sense.

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If you teach with books, NoveList K-8 is the place to go for inspiration and education. Need lists of books by topic or unit of study? We have ready-to-go materials that are quick and easy to use. Need books for your lessons that meet Common Core State Standards? We have Curriculum Connections and other materials that will get you started.

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There are A LOT of book awards out there – Caldecott Medal, ALA Notable Books, Newberry Medal, Parents Choice, and more. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place to find lists of award-winning books? NoveList has that.

B is for Biceps: Anatomy for Kids- April 14th 10:30 AM- 11:15 AM

Come flex your biceps and learn some anatomy too! Authors of the children’s book B is for Biceps: Anatomy for Children are also Physical Therapists. They will lead the group in a fun and interactive anatomy lesson including excerpts from the book and physical activities to test your balance and agility. The lesson will include anatomical models for the children to explore as well as age appropriate fitness challenges. Do you know what your patella does? Come and find out! Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase at this event.

Ages: 4-10

Chop Chop- Check Out a New Magazine

We have a new magazine in the Youth Services Magazine Section and it is called ChopChop. ChopChop is a quarterly magazine. Winner of the prestigious 2013 James Beard Foundation Award for Publication of the Year, ChopChop is filled with nutritious, great-tasting, ethnically diverse, and inexpensive recipes. It also has fun food facts, games and puzzles, and interviews with healthy heroes.

Staff Picks: Part Three

And now the conclusion:

Steffanie’s Picks:

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan J RIO

Percy Jackson’s algebra teacher just turned into a monster and tried to kill him! When his mom finds out, she knows its time that he goes to the one place he’ll be safe at, Camp Half Blood, where Percy learns that his father is Poseidon, the God of the Sea.

A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch E RUS

Liza’s mother takes away her crayons and suddenly her world goes gray. Through acts of anger, like squirting her toothpaste into the sink, Liza inadvertently creates art and discovers color in the world around her.

Poppy Pickle by Emma Yarlett E YAR

Anything Poppy imagines literally comes alive. Suddenly, a mammoth puts his foot through her bedroom floor and a hungry crocodile thinks Poppy would make a tasty snack. How can poppy get rid of all of these creatures before her parents find out?

Peanut Butter and Brains by Joe McGee J MCG

Reginald isn’t like the other zombies who scare townspeople and moan for brains! The only thing Reginald wants to eat is sticky peanut butter and sweet jelly. Can Reginald bring peace to Quirkville and convince the other zombies that peanut butter and jelly is tastier than brains?

Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella by Megan Morrison J MOR

In this addition to the series of Tyme: Ella Coach, Prince Dash Charming, and Serge the wish granting fairy all feel stuck in their everyday lives. These three unlikely friends work together to find the faith to change their individual worlds whilst changing the lives of the people around them. Its “Cinderella,” reimagined with the characteristics of the wonderful world of Tyme.

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet J NES

Noah Keller’s parents tell him that his name isn’t really Noah and he didn’t really just turn eleven in March. As Noah – now “Jonah Brown” – and his parents head to the Iron Curtain into East Berlin, the rules and secrets pile up so quickly that he can’t keep track. When did his mother become fluent in several languages and why do his parents keep telling him that someone is listening to their conversations.

Leslie’s Picks:

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein


Take a trip on the high-wire between the two tallest buildings of New York City, the World Trade Center towers. A young french high-wire walker dared to scale the almost complete structures in 1974 to challenge himself on a high-wire adventure. Phillippe snuck to the top, with his friends, and strung a cable only 7/8 inches thick between the buildings. How will he survive the crossing without a safety net?

Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers     J DVD LEG

Clutch Powers heads off on a mission to take control of the three most wanted criminals in the galaxy. What will Clutch and his team do in a crisis? Will they defeat evil or will Clutch find himself trapped in the castle of doom?

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor J OCO

Owen is a shy boy who just moved to a small town in the middle of nowhere. One night a mysterious package smashes into the woods near the railroad tracks. Owen is determined to find out the package’s secrets and makes some new friends in the process.

Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson E OLS

Ninja Bunny has 10 rules to follow to be a  Super Ninja Bunny. The most important rule is to ALWAYS WORK _ _ _ _ E. Can you guess the word? Read Ninja Bunny to find the ultimate rule.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Princess Island by Shannon Gilligan J CHO

Royal Princess Peregrine Yvette is off to summer camp for 6 weeks. Actually… you are off to camp for 6 weeks! In this high stakes adventure book, you will choose your own fate. Do you go to the Trillium cabin where the ear piercing scream of terror is coming? Do You look for the fabled Princess Island ghost? There are so many adventure choices to choose! What will you, Princess Peregrine Yvette do?

The Mazes of Bones by Rick Riordan J M THI

Who is Grace Cahill and why would she change her will just seconds before she passed? In this adventure series, two young siblings accept a challenge that is beyond their imagination. Being part of the Cahill family means danger, deceit, and foul cousins from another country. Where will the quest lead them?

Sandy’s Picks:

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris J MOR

Maddie is your average 12-year-old with a quirky sense of humor. She likes to make people laugh by wearing a variety of fake mustaches. Her world is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. This inspirational book is based on a true story.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein E STE

Papa is trying to get the Little Red Chicken to go to bed. Every time Papa reads a story, the Little Red Chicken interrupts to give a safer, less scary version of the story. The more they read, the more excited the Little Red Chicken gets. Will the Little Red Chicken ever go to sleep?

Meditate With Me: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Journey by Mariam Gates E 158.1 GAT

This is a beginner’s book to meditation. It is written like a picture book with step-by-step instructions on how to meditate. This book is a great resource to help kids who are struggling with not being able to calm themselves down.

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein  J GRA

This is the sequel to Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Kyle and his friends are invited to compete in Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. Their team will compete in 12 different library games and will compete against other teams of kids from all over the country. The winners will receive their college education paid for. Kyle’s team not only feels the pressure to win but they are also trying to figure out who is sabotaging the game and trying to ruin Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

The One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate  JP APP

Ivan is a gorilla who lives in a glass enclosure located in a shopping mall. He spends his days watching television and spending time with his friends. He doesn’t think about the jungle until one day when Ruby, a baby elephant who was captured in the jungle is brought to the enclosure. The story is told by Ivan and is based on a true story.

The Fab Five: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas and the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team by Christine Dzidrums  J 796.44 DZI


This book is about the “Fab Five” Women’s gymnastic team from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Each gymnast has a chapter dedicated to themselves and tells about the journey as they began as young gymnasts with big dreams to becoming Olympic champions.