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This is the first book of the new Scholastic Branches series Olive and Beatrix.  Olive and Beatrix are twins sisters but while Olive is “normal” her sister just happens to be a witch!  Beatrix loves to use her magic powers to play tricks on her science-loving twin and Olive's best friend Eddie.  When one of Beatrix's pranks ruins Olive and Eddie's science project they decide to play a trick on her and rig up a bucket of spiders to fall on her head.  Unfortunately their plan goes all wrong when the spiders get into one of Beatrix's potions and become giants spiders on the loose. Now Beatrix and Olive need to work together, along with the help of Eddie, to save their town from the giant creatures.  Perfect first chapter book for emerging readers who want a little magic in their stories.

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty and fun in everyday things.  You never know what you might see or hear throughout the town! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Trent is about to start middle school and is looking for a fresh start. Less than a year ago there was an accident at Cedar Lake when a hockey puck Trent hits causes the death of another boy. Filled with guilt and sure everyone else hates him, Trent starts to really mess things up by making everyone around him angry with him, which is what he believes he deserves. Afraid to play sports again and in a place where his fears turn to rage, Trent is drowning in his thoughts. Tensions grow at home and in school when he refuses to participate in class and gym, and he stops wanting to visit his father and step-mother who have just started a family of their own. Then comes Fallon Little, fellow sixth-grader with a mysterious scar across one side of her face. Fallon has always been on the outside socially and Trent finds himself slowly becoming friends with this strange girl. When an event seems like it will come between him and Fallon forever, Trent has to make the choice to change and to learn to control his anger and maybe even get his fresh start.  (Grades 4-8 School Library Journal)


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Send a Postcard to Mars!

Written by published on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:55pm

NASA has a rover, called Curiosity, on Mars and you can send a postcard!  Follow this link and pick one of 9 different postcard images then add a message and send. The postcard will be sent to the Curiosity Rover, Gale Crater on Mars! is full of interesting facts, videos, activities and photos about the Mars...Read more

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Fractured Fairy Tales

Written by published on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:00am

You probably know the storyline of a few fairy tales, like Cinderella, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Princess and the Pea. If you like those tales, you might want to try reading some fractured fairy tales.

What is a fractured fairy tale? It is a fairy tale that has been changed in some way from the original tale and given a twist:

  • It might be told from a different character’s point of view. In
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Back-to-School Stories

Written by published on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 7:23pm

Summer is almost over and school is going to be starting soon.  The start of a new school year can be exciting but it can also be a little scary for some children.  The library has a huge selection of picture books for all ages that can help ease you into the school year.  We have silly books with animals like hamsters and alligators attending school but we also have books that help ease fears about starting something new and making friends.  No matter what you are looking for reading a few good stories about school is a great way to get your child excited about the new year and can also...Read more

Super Power Saturdays - Juvenile Nonfiction: All Kinds of Heroes

Written by published on Sat, 07/04/2015 - 10:00am

Book Cover for Superstars of History by R. J. GrantWelcome to our last month of Super Power Saturdays. So far we have explored a lot of super powers and heroes throughout juvenile books. We've looked at superpowers in fiction in the post What's Your Power?, super powers in graphic...Read more


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  • For children 0-24 months and their caregivers. Caregivers will learn songs, stories and rhymes to enhance personal reading time. These... (full entry)

    10/05/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45am
    Tremont Road - Main Library
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    10/05/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45am
    Miller Park Branch Library