Friday, April 11, 2014

Creative Art Goes Under the Sea!

Our Creative Art artists
have been hard at work 
creating underwater masterpieces.

Look at their creations:













Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Early Chapter Books by Daniel Pinkwater

Mrs. Noodlekugel
& Mrs. Noodlekugel and four blind mice

Perfect for our newly fluent readers in Grades 1 or 2 or 3





Look for these in our Early Chapter Collection!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Shoot for the Stars!

Know someone interested in astronomy?
Ever wonder what the ancient philosophers thought about the earth and sun and dots of light up in the night sky?
Ever wonder about all that?

If you do check out the astronomy section - J 523.1.

Here's one of my new favorites:


Recentering the Universe : The radical theories of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton.
by Ron Miller


Want more space stuff? 
Come see our GO FOR THE STARS program 
Saturday, April 12 at 11 am

Friday, March 28, 2014

Last Page! The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya

The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya
by Jane Kelley


I fell in love with Zeno, the African grey parrot featured on the cover of this wonder filled book.  
Speaking his 127 words as he awaits his next Banana Nut Muffin, this resilient Brooklyn bird will soon face a most troubling time when his trainer, Dr. Agard, turns up dead! D-E-A-D! (yes, another dead body book)
Meanwhile on the other side of Brooklyn, Alya, a young girl with cancer, faces her own desperate fight for survival. (Look close and you will see her up there in that window)

Will these two find each other?

Will Alya fight for a future free of cancer?

How will Zeno survive in the big wide world?

Will he ever enjoy another banana nut muffin? 

Will lives be saved? Will friendships be formed?

Check out this title today!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Last Page! The REAL BOY by Anne Ursu

The Real Boy
by Anne Ursu


Let me know when you are holding this book in your hands, so that I can tell you that you are holding a gem. A magical, captivating gem of a book. 

I savored every word of Anne Ursu's fantastical adventure of Oscar, the magician's hand.  You see, I like these kinds of fantasy books - the narrative of a single boy, reminiscent of JINX by Sage Blackwood, Goblin Secrets by William Alexander, 
and The Brixen Witch by Stacey DeKeyser.

This gem holds magic, mystery, friendship, a lot of cats (which I happen to like) and a rich, textured landscape worth exploring.  

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Don't miss it.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Here's a great Read Aloud - Electrical Wizard How Nikola Tesla Lit Upthe World

Electrical Wizard How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World
by Elizabeth Rusch


Do you have a science kid in your house? A kid who is fascinated by how things work? 
A kid who watches Modern Marvels and MythBusters?  
Well, I do.  And what I loved about this great book by Elizabeth Rusch, is how she tells the story of Nikola Tesla with such passion and such zest, that it begged to be read again and again.  

And not only did we learn about alternating currents, Thomas Edison, and the awesome raw power of Niagara Falls, but we read how one boy's curiosity over something as simple as a spark of static on his cat's back - would one day change the world.  

Experience the electrical genius of Nikola Tesla.  

p.s. if you really have a science kid in your house take a trip here:
The Vintage Radio and Communication Museum of Connecticut, I-91 exit 37
Explore the wonderful collections of all things tech and electric!! It's low-key wonderful. 







Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Last Page ! - All My Noble Dreams and then what happens



Small Acts of Amazing Courage
by Gloria Whelan




What I loved about this book was that I learned something.  

Not really knowing much about Imperial India in the 1920's, I relished the story of Rosalind, a British teenager growing up in India.  

Her father is a major in the British Indian Army. 

Rosalind begins to question the India she sees: poverty, injustice, British rule.

Then, she hears about a man named Gandhi and her 2 worlds collide.

You will find this title in the Middle Reader Section.  

And please do not miss the sequel:

All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens
by Gloria Whelan