Sep 29, 2010

GSF Review: Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist series)

Reviewed by Michelle (age 10)

Overall rating (1-10): 9

Nathaniel Fludd meets a small gremlin. He has to protect the Phoenix egg. His parents had died and he has to live with his aunt.

Would you be friends with the main character? yes. I would like to be friends with him because he is a good sketcher and he is adventurous.

Favorite character: Nathaniel

Least favorite character: No one.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Not really. I don't really want to recommend to a friend beacuse I don't really know how to explain it.

One word descriptions: Exciting, sad, interesting, Adventure.

GSF Review: The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

Reviewed by Morgan (age 10)

Overall rating from 1-10: 5

It was a good book. It was also a little sad.

Would you be friends with the main character? Yes because she has a grandma that has really good cookies.

Favorite character: Zigs

Least favorite character: Mary Beth

Would you recommend this book to a friend? No. Because it has a lot of sad parts and people making fun of others.

One word description: Sad

GSF Review: Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage

Reviewed by: Michelle (age 10)

Overall rating (1-10): 9

It's about a girl named Clover. She is very poor so she went to clean her house and earn money.

Would you be friends with the main character? Yes I would be friends with Clover because she is nice, clean and tidy so she could help me clean my house.

Favorite character: Clover

Least favorite character: Witch's sister.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Sure. I would because I really like it.

One word descriptions: Exciting, funny, mysterious, interesting, long.

Sep 24, 2010

new manga

new video games

What's next for kids?

Monday, 3:40-5:20--Paws 4 Reading! There are two spaces left, 4:00 and 4:20, to read to our St. Bernard Reading Therapy dog. If you like a good listener who's a little on the furry side, Aspen's your dog! Practice reading, practice reading out loud, or read for fun :)

Tuesday, 1-5pm--Drop In Craft, Scarecrow Magnet. Drop in any time to make a really cute scarecrow to hold your pictures on the fridge.

The rest of the week has the usual story times: Tuesday at 10:30 for 1-2 yr. olds, Wednesday at 3:00 for 4-6 yr. olds, Thursday at 11:00 for 2-3 yr. olds, and Friday at 11:00 for 3-4 yr. olds.
See you soon!

Sep 17, 2010

"Getting Ready for Kindergarten" Workshop for Parents is Cancelled

Due to lack of demand, Monday's workshop has been cancelled. I will be scheduling it again some time in March or April and hopefully that will work better for everyone.

Sep 15, 2010

new teen books

When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony's Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans succeed, he'll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister's killer. But then he's assigned to help D.Q., whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth. D.Q. tells Pancho all about his "Death Warrior's Manifesto," which will help him to live out his last days fully--ideally, he says, with the love of the beautiful Marisol. As Pancho tracks down his sister's murderer, he finds himself falling under the influence of D.Q. and Marisol, who is everything D.Q. said she would be;
and he is inexorably drawn to a decision: to honor his sister and her death, or embrace the way of the Death Warrior and choose life.

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

“If you are looking for a novel filled with mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance, look no further.”

“Deeply and irresistibly romantic with twists and turns that will keep you guessing. A hauntingly beautiful novel.”
--Melissa de la Cruz, author of Blue Bloods

Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother's house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.
In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

A New Series from Cassandra Clare author of the Mortal Instruments Series.

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Maya isn't a murderer. But her parents don't agree. Her friends don't agree. And the cops definitely don't agree. Maya is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who's obsessed with her tutor, Jefferson Andrews...until he ends up dead. Maya runs away, and leaves Abby following the trail of clues. Each piece of evidence points to Maya, but it also appears that Jefferson had secrets of his own. And enemies. Like his brother, who Abby becomes involved with...until he falls under suspicion.Is Abby getting closer to finding the true murderer? Or is someone leading her down a twisted false path?

Mark said he heard the dark song when he creeped houses. The song the predator's heart sings when it hears the heart of the prey. I heard it now. Mark said it had always been in me. Lurking. Waiting for me to hear.Ames is not the person she was a few months ago. Her father lost his job, and her family is crumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc. Marc, who loves her more than anything. Marc, who owns a gun collection. And he'll stop at nothing--even using his guns--to get what he wants. Ames feels her parents have betrayed her with their lies and self-absorption, but is she prepared to make the ultimate betrayal against them?

This is a collection of short stories from your favorite Paranomal authors;

• Sarah Rees Brennan (faeries)

• Becca Fitzpatrick (angels)

• Caitlin Kittredge (witches)

• Karen Mahoney (vampires: sequel to story from The Eternal Kiss)

• Daniel Marks (ghost kids)

• Justine Musk (sorcerers)

• Diana Peterfreund (unicorns)

• Michelle Rowen (demons)

• Carrie Ryan (zombies)

• Maggie Stiefvater (werewolves)

• Rachel Vincent (banshees)

• Daniel Waters (zombies)

• Michelle Zink (gothic ghosts)

Sep 14, 2010

"Getting Ready for Kindergarten" Workshop for Parents

This workshop will be cancelled as of tomorrow night, Wednesday at 8pm, unless there are at least 5 people signed up. If you intend to be there, please call 474-2044, email or come to the library and tell me in person. I will post the announcement tomorrow night if I cancel it.

Sep 10, 2010

Something for Everyone!

For the littlest ones: Story times started this past week--if you didn't make it in, please do! You can see the schedules and ages on our website in the calendar:

For slightly older ones, there's Paws 4 Reading on Monday afternoon from3:40 to 5:20. If your child is learning to read, needs practice reading,or feels uncomfortable reading out loud, Aspen is the perfect audience. Call 474-2044 or email to sign up for a 20 minute reading time.

For anyone with decent fine motor skills, there's Lego Builders on Tuesdayfrom 3:30 to 4:30. There is no theme, so you can build whatever you like! You'll have 50 minutes to build, then ten minutes to tell everyone about your creation and get your picture taken.

For 4th, 5th and 6th graders, there's Great Stone Face and Pizza onWednesday at 6pm. Come in and find out what Great Stone Face books are,pick one to check out, start your button collection and enjoy pizza with friends! Yes, this is only for 4th, 5th and 6th grades--that's the range for the award and those who can vote for it.

And for parents, we have next Monday's 11am "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" Workshop for Parents. All the fun things you can do with your child to help prepare them for kindergarten. You'll get handouts, ideas and simple games to take home. There will be refreshments and childcare is also provided (Families First), but you must sign up to attend. Call 474-2044 or email

Sep 7, 2010

Paws 4 Reading Returns!

Aspen and Ursula are back!
Come meet Aspen, our St. Bernard Reading Therapy dog--she's TDI-certified and LOVES stories.
If you are just learning to read, have a hard time reading, or don't like reading in front of people, Aspen's the perfect audience: she listens quietly, doesn't correct, likes ANY story and is always happy to see you!

She'll be here Monday afternoons from 3:40 to 5:20 and the reading slots are now five minutes longer--you'll get 20 minutes with Aspen instead of 15!

Call or email to sign up for a 20 minute reading time.

Story Times Start This Week!

Tuesday, 10:30am. 1-2 year olds, Toddlers Story Time.
Wednesday, 3:00pm. 4-6 year olds, Runners Story Time.
Thursday, 11:00am. 2-3 year olds, Walkers with Parents Story Time.
Friday, 11:00am. 3-4 year olds, Independent Walkers Story Time.

Each Story Time is different:
The Toddlers group will have mostly songs and fingerplays or rhymes, with a very simple book or two. Then the little ones will play while the grown-ups have coffee and tea and a little time to socialize.

The Walkers with Parents Story Time is slightly more advanced, with some songs and fingerplays, but we’ll also introduce picture books and ask a few simple questions. Instead of play time, this group will make a small craft at the end.

Independent Walkers will follow the same format, but they will come in on their own while their parents have a chance to select their own library materials.

The Runners group will have a couple songs or fingerplays, but most of the time will be spent reading and talking about the stories while their parents have a chance to select their own materials. They will also have a craft at the end.

There will be a different theme each week, from favorites to fall, etc. Our space is limited, so please call to sign up—these limits exist not only because of space but also so that each child will have the best Story Time experience possible.

Call 474-2044 and ask for Lisa to sign up.