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Captivating Storytelling You Can Check Out With Your Library Card

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Are you ready for your car trip?  Are you trying to get a vacation in before school (already!!) starts Aug 20th?  Family car trips are easier with a well told story for everyone to enjoy.  We are featuring audio books from master storyteller Jim Dale who has become well known for performing the Harry Potter saga.  He has also narrated many fine classics and other fantasy titles. 


Harry Potter!

More great Adventures!

  • The Emerald Atlas  Orphans on an adventure to save their family and the world.
  • Liesl and Po A magical mix-up brings together orphaned Liesl, Will an alchemist apprentice, and Po a ghost on an extraordinary journey.
  • Peter and the Starcatchers  A “pre-quel” to Peter Pan

Native American Stories and Storytellers

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The falling leaves remind me of Thanksgiving and also of stories of long ago when people lived and worked within the natural world.  There are a great number of Native American stories that are still being told today.  

Joseph Bruchac of Abenaki Indian heritage has been writing, singing and telling stories that reflect his heritage and other Native American traditions for over 30 years.

Louise Erdrich of Ojibwe descent is a poet and writer of books for both kids and adults.  Her books feature stories on Native Americans from the past and the present.   

Paul Goble is an English born artist and storyteller that moved to South Dakota and became friends with Chief Edgar Red Cloud of the Lakota Indian tribe.  He won the Caldecott Medal, the award for the most distinguished American picture books, in 1979 with his book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.  

Please check our folktale section 398.27 Native American for more stories about Native American peoples and also our Native American history section starting with call number 970.  


Bedtime Math Book Give-Away!

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Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! Bedtime Math cover Bedtime Math problems is a new organization hoping to make math at bedtime a similar cherished ritual for families.  Bedtime Math has a book and we have a copy to give away!  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to enter a random drawing to take place on Dec. 2, 2013; we'll contact the winner that same day. 

It's simple to sign-up online for Bedtime Math and receive a daily math problem presented for three different math levels: Wee Ones (preschool), Little Kids (K-2), and/or Big Kids (grade 2+).  Users are encouraged to explore and use all levels as fit their family situation.  The site has lots to explore including an app for phones and a blog for parents.  

No worries if you can't wait or don't win, you can request a copy of Bedtime Math from our catalog.    

Winner must be able to pick up the book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio  43221; we will not deliver or mail the item.

Super Power Saturdays - What's Your Super Power?

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Book Cover for Bog Book of SuperHeroes by Bart KingWelcome to Super Power Saturdays! Throughout the summer I will be posting a blog the first and third Saturdays in June and July that will feature juvenile books about all things super-powered. I will highlight fiction books that feature super powers in their many unique forms, great graphic novels that expand the meaning of super powers every day, middle school powers, books that help you create your own superheroes and graphic novels, and nonfiction books that look at real life superheroes.

To start us off I am featuring super powers in fiction. There are a lot of great superheroes and super powers hidden inside the pages of fiction novels, even super-powered animals! But, before we get to those, don’t forget to check out The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King. This book welcomes you into the world of superheroes - giving you tips on becoming a superhero, superhero training, finding your superhero name, as well as facts, quizzes, and more.  So…if you had a super power, what would your power be? Not sure? For some inspiration read some of these picks to see what power you’d like to have.


Book Covers for the Sister 8 series by Lauren Baratz-LogstedFor some fun with the Sisters 8 series check out the Sister 8 website. There you will find information about the books, how to start a Sisters 8 book club, Sisters 8 crafts, a Sisters 8 picture gallery, a quiz to see which sister you are most like, and more. Also, a fun fact: This series was a family collaboration, written by a mom, dad, and their young daughter!


For a list of these, and other great superhero books, see our Juvenile Super Powered Fiction book list in our catalog.

And don’t forget to check back the first Saturday in June (June 6th) for a look at Graphic Novels – All Kinds of Powers! and the third Saturday in June (June 20th) for a post featuring Middle School Powers!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

A Snicker of Magic

When Felicity and her family move back to her mother's hometown of Midnight Gulch, Felicity hopes her luck will change. Having spent her entire life wandering from town-to-town with her mother and sister, Felicity wants nothing more than to settle down and stay in one place. In Midnight Gulch, Felicity finally makes a friend and meets family she never knew before, and while she begins to build roots for herself she also learns of a curse that has driven all of the magic away from the town. Felicity believes there is still a snicker of magic left in Midnight Gulch and she and her new best friend Jonah set out to break the curse, believing that when they do, Felicity and her family might just stay.  

UAPL Poetry Contest Winner, K-4 Division

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently sponsored a poetry contest for grades K-12.  The winner of the K-4 Division was Graci J.  Here's Graci's winning poem:


Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow where the stars shine shine bright.

Over the Rainbow where there is no fright.

Where the sun is shining,

the clouds are no longer crying.

That's where I'll be.


Where there is good and no evil.

The music is calm and there is always a song.

Where the sunset follows the moon and stars,

where everyone is happy where they are.

That's where I'll be.


When I wake and see my destination,

I can always to back to my imagination

I can take a ride on a shooting star,

go back to a place called Over the Rainbow.

That's where I'll be.


We have lots of great poetry books waiting for you at the library.  Stop in and check them out when you get the chance.  We'd love to see you!

Lockwood & Co.

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Halloween is over, but if you are still looking for something scary, check out the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud.  I just finished listening to the third and newest book in the series, which follows Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood, and George Cubbins as they work together to hunt ghosts around London.  Thrilling, engaging, and humorous, I can't wait for book number four!

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Sophie Brown and her family have just inherited a farm from her great-uncle Jim.  Her father has recently lost his job, her mother is a busy full-time writer, and they have all just moved from the city and have no experience with farming.  Sophie finds a funny little chicken while exploring the farm and begins correspondence with a woman named Agnes of the Redwood Farm Supply company.  Soon Sophie is learning all she can about chickens through trips to the local library and through Agnes's letters.  Something is really different about great-uncle Jim's chickens though and more keep showing up on the farm every day, as well as the mysterious Ms. Griegson who keeps trying to steal them.  It's up to Sophie to keep her new chickens safe and to convince her parents that she is up to the task of being a chicken farmer.  Written entirely in letters to her recently deceased great-uncle Jim and beloved Abuelita, as well as to Agnes of Redwood Farm Supply this is an odd and adorable story about starting over in a new place, making friends, and supernatural chickens!  To accompany this great story are adorable illustrations of all the silly chickens.  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

Let UAPL help you get back to school!

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The beginning of a new school year means many things to students;  new teachers, new friends, new school supplies, and if you are really lucky some new clothes!  The start of school is also a good time to refresh yourself on all of the resources we have available at the UAPL to help you throughout the year.  We are always here to help you find what you need for school assignments or just to recommend a really great book!  Below is a list of the resources that you may or may not be familiar with–come on in and we will help you find them!

  • Research Databases (available in the library or at home through our website)
  • Discovery Kits (bundled books and activities about specific subjects)
  • Reading Recovery Leveled Readers
  • Book Bundles (picture books bundled together by subject)
  • Extensive Non-Fiction and Biographies Collection
  • Internet Computers and Printers  (don't forget your headphones, library card number, and pin!)


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