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Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic town where everyone has everything that they need, the lawns are perfectly manicured, and there is no crime.  Serenity is small and there are only thirty kids living in it, including Eli Frieden.  Eli has never left Serenity and why would he ever want to?  All the kids have pools, he has his friends, and his father is the mayor and principal of the school. This town seems perfect and Eli is perfectly happy to live there.  Everything changes the day his best friend Randy convinces him to ride their bikes to the edge of town.  Something strange happens to Eli when he hits the town limits; he gets terribly sick and has to be rescued.  The next thing he knows Randy is getting sent away to live with his grandparent's in Colorado.  Things are changing in Serenity, especially when Eli discovers a secret letter Randy has left him that leads to even more surprises.  Eli teams up with two other kids, Tori and Malik, and together they discover that Serenity is not at all what it seems, and neither are they!  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

A poet is visiting Elinor's school to celebrate National Poetry Month and every student will be sharing one of their pocket poems.  Elinor has a hard time writing the “perfect” poem and soon everyone in the class has a poem in their pocket except Elinor.  When the visiting poet arrives, Elinor reveals that she could not get her poem right.  With the help of the poet, Elinor learns that real poetry comes from the heart.  Recommended for Grades 1 and above.  

Voyage, from former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, is a journey into imagination and what can magically be transformed with the simple act of reading.

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It's a Fact: Amazing Eyes

Written by published on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:34am

MarmosetDid you know that not every kind of animal has the same type of eyes?   Tigers can see six times better at night than humans.  Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.  Most hamsters only blink one eye at a time. And, worms have no eyes at all!  Learn about all the unique and interesting types of eyes in ... Read more

Stories of Celebrated American Women Graphic Novel Style

Written by published on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:21pm

bessie coleman

The month of March is dedicated to celebrating National Women's History. We have many famous American women in our 200+ year history. I have highlighted books from the series called

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Storytime Songs & CDs

Written by published on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:47pm

I like to play a lot of music in my storytimes, and some of my favorite songs include “Dance, Freeze, Melt” and “Jumping and Counting”.  Those songs and more can be found on the CDs listed below.  Request one today to extend storytime learning and fun in your car or at your house!  

Read a Geisel Award Winner

Written by published on Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:30am

The Geisel Award is given each year to the “author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.” This award is named after Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2, here are some Geisel Award winners for you to try, including the 2015 winner!... Read more

Graphic Novel Characters: Best Friend Adventures

Written by published on Sat, 01/24/2015 - 1:00pm

There are some great characters and friendships in graphic novels. From best friends whose differences only bring them closer and add to their adventures, like in ... Read more

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  • Visit our Youth Department any time today and make a special craft for Mom, Grandma or another special “Mom” in your life. Supplies... (full entry)

    When?
    05/09/2015 (All day)
    Where?
    Tremont Road - Main Library
  • Stop by to meet some furry friends from Therapy Dogs International and improve your reading skills by sharing stories with them... (full entry)

    When?
    05/12/2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
    Where?
    Miller Park Branch Library