Wyatt Palmer is an eighth-grader at Culver Middle School in Miami, Florida and along with all his classmates is on his way to Washington, DC. This trip is supposed to be full of museum and monument tours but turns into an adventure that they could never have imagined, and not in a good way. On the plane from Miami to DC Wyatt's best friend Matt becomes suspicious of the strange men sitting in the seat behind them. Determined to find out what they are up to Matt gets a hold of one of their bags and steals a small box that he thinks might be a detonator. The boys draw way too much attention to themselves and the strange men, and end up almost getting kicked off the trip and that's just the beginning. Soon the strange men are in pursuit of them and what they stole. The boys, with the help of Wyatt's crush Suzana, are in a race to keep themselves from getting caught and stop the two men before they can follow through with their presumed attack on the White House, all while trying to slip under the radar of their teachers. This is a laugh-out-loud story and will be sure to please even the most reluctant of readers. (Grades 5-7 School Library Journal)
Dash and his family live on the moon. They are part of the first group of humans to live on Moon Base Alpha and famous on Earth for it. Sounds exciting right? Not according to Dash, who is bored out of his mind. Dash is trapped inside the tiny moon base since kids are not allowed on the surface, and the only thing to do to occupy his time is play virtual reality games. When Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, Dash believes that it might not have been an accident. Along with new supplies, the supply ship brings some new residents to the base including a new girl Dash's age who he eventually befriends. Dash becomes convinced Dr. Holtz's death was foul play and begins an investigation into many suspects to solve the mystery. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from “The Official Residents' Guide to Moon Base Alpha” NASA's instructional guide to living on the moon. Dash is very clever and the mystery in this story is not only complex but often funny too. (Grades 3-7 School Library Journal)
It is late at night and everyone is sleeping. Sylvie the cat persuades her boy to go outside into the darkness, where they are greeted by the shadows of flowers, and by nocturnal animals who want them to explore the night world. Perfect bedtime reading for ages 3 and up.
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The end of Summer Reading Club 2014 is fast approaching, August 2nd to be exact. Here in the youth department we spend a great deal of our time helping young readers find the next great book. Because as we all know, finding the right book makes all the difference. In the summer I like to recommend funny and entertaining series that make you want to keep reading and give you the opportunity to stay with characters you have come to enjoy. Here are some first books in my favorite series for middle-readers. Hopefully, with these titles, you can keep the little ones reading strong through...Read more
Feeling lazy this summer? Consider these fun facts about the world's slowest animal – the sloth.
- 1. Sloths can sleep from 15-20 hours per day.
- 2. Sloths only go to the bathroom about once a week.
- 3. Some sloths can turn their heads almost all the way around.
- 4. Sloths might not run, but they are very good swimmers.
- 5. Two-Toed sloths actually have 3 toes on each back leg.
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Welcome back to our look at picture books that feature all things Super Powers. Last month I highlighted some of our picture books that feature Super Powered Kids – from capes and flying to super strength and unique powers, from super sisters and super brothers to superhero schools to refine your powers and team up with friends – we covered all things kid power! This month I will highlight picture books that feature Super Powered Animals and fun Super Powered Friends. Some great reads are:...Read more
Welcome to Super Powered Picture Books! In honor of our Summer Library Club theme Superheroes I will be posting a blog the second Saturday of the month in June and July that will highlight some of the picture books we have that celebrate all things SUPER POWERS!
To start us off we will look at picture books that feature Super Powered Kids! There are a lot of great picture books about kids with amazing super powers who fly through the skies, have super strength, band together with friends, face fears, and save the day in...Read more
These are our last few weeks of Summer Library Club and it’s time to wrap up our Super Powered Picture Book adventure. My last two blog posts have focused on picture books that feature Super Powered Kids and Super Powered Animals and Friends. For my last post I could think of no better way to wrap things up than by highlighting our picture books that feature...Read more
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For children ages 2-3 and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes and stories teach children how sounds and letters relate to reading and will... (full entry)When?09/08/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45amWhere?Lane Road Branch Library
Children ages 3-6 are invited to join us at the Lane Road Library for Stories and Crafts. Each week participants will listen to books... (full entry)When?09/08/2015 - 1:00pm to 2:45pmWhere?Lane Road Branch Library