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    by Dawn Stoops | Jun 09, 2016
    You're not going to want to miss this!
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    Snakehead Ed is making the rounds this summer with his slithery reptile friends. Check out the schedule to see when he'll be at your local library.
    While you're there be sure to check out their snake book collection!

     cover image garter snakes
      cover image burmese pythons
      cover image it's a good thing there are snakes
      cover image do you really want a snake
    cover image snakes are hunters
     cover image fly guy presents snakes
     
     

    by Dawn Stoops | Jun 07, 2016
    If you've got a young baseball fan at home consider reading this new book together!
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    My First Book of Baseball
    by Beth Bugler

    My son and I have read and reread this book all about the basics of baseball. Each page has simple text to explain how the game is played along with photos of real professional players in the midst of real games. The artwork combines these player pictures with funny captions like "I can't believe I forgot my hat.".  There's also a little cartoon player who helps move the book along with his own silly comments.

    Ask your librarian if you need more baseball books to satisfy your little sports fan. We've got plenty of books about other sports too!

    by Dawn S | Jun 03, 2016
    Science books come in all shapes, sizes, and reading levels. When you're reading for fun this summer, how about trying something like this?


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    How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh?
    by Allison Limentani
    This bright and bold picture book answers the simple question in the title with comparisons. How much does a garden snail weigh? It weighs the same as seven stickleback fish. Little minds will love this introduction to counting, measuring, and comparing.


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    Astronomy, Astronauts, and Space Exploration
    by Clive Gifford
    Curious kids will love this book packed with information about telescopes, spacesuits, astronaut training, and space history.

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    Weird Bugs
    The amazing photos of odd looking bugs will captivate you even if you don't like creepy crawlies. There's lots to learn here about many of the world's weirdest bugs.









    by Dawn S | Jun 01, 2016

    On your mark,

    get set,

    GO!

    Today is the first day of the 2016 Summer Reading Program
    "Just One More Page"! All ages are invited to join in the fun.
    Check here for a schedule of events.
    Check here for information about the kids Summer Reading Program.
    Click here for a copy of the reading log.

    We've got great gifts for you when you read this summer. We can't wait to see you!
    summer reading prize picture

    by Miss Heather | May 31, 2016

    Each year we bring in featured events that happen at all of our 14 locations. Click the photo below for the full list of times and locations for each program!

    sail boat imageBuild a Boat to Float:
    Test your engineering and nautical skills in this fun, hands on program!


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    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie:The loveable mouse from Laura Numeroff’s Give a Mouse a Cookie book series will be visiting the library!


    cartoon image of Indiana map with smiley faceIndiana Storytelling: Hoosier Hoots & Truths: Happy Birthday Indiana! All ages will love this storytelling program honoring the fascinating history of our state.

    CSRP iPad BINGOiPad Bingo: Bingo with an iPad? Yes! Use the iPad to find and take pictures of objects on your bingo card.


    CSRP iPad Scavenger HuntiPad Scavenger Hunt: Can you find a book on bugs? Use an iPad to go on a scavenger hunt through the library.


    CSRP Let's CookLet's Cook: Nutrition and food fun combine in this exciting and edible library program.



    CSRP Open ArtOpen Art: You provide the creativity and we’ll provide the art supplies!




    CSRP Snakehead EdSnakehead Ed: Meet some slithery snakes and learn about these amazing creatures.



    CSRP Stevens Puppets Sleeping BeautySteven's Puppets Presents Sleeping Beauty: Experience the marionette magic of this classic tale!


    CSRP ToddlerpaloozaToddlerpalooza:Toddlers and their grown-ups are invited for a raucous good time or reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing.


    by Dawn S | May 28, 2016
    Maybe your summer will have plenty of t-ball or swim lessons. Maybe you're excited to watch some Olympics on TV. If you're in the mood for a good sports book we've got lots to choose from. Here are three new books you might enjoy.


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    Weird but True! Sports
    National Geographic Kids
    Everything has its weird side -- even sports! Add wacky stats, facts, and stories to your arsenal of spots trivia with this new addition to the very popular Weird but True series! With the Olympics on the way, discover tons more zany fun, focused totally on the subject of sports!

    --from the publisher

    what are the summer olympics book cover

    What Are the Summer Olympics
    by Gail Herman
    Photos and drawings make this book of history come alive.
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    The Kid From Diamond Street
    by Audrey Vernick
    A historical picture book about Edith Houghton, a female baseball phenomenon who joined the professional women's team the Bobbies at the age of 10.
    --from the publisher









    by Dawn Stoops | May 26, 2016
    Here's a collection of new graphic novels and comic books.
    Take a look!

     card wars book cover
      mystery map book cover
      prisoner of the patchwork planet book cover
      little dee and the penguin book cover
    peanuts volume 7 comic book cover
     fluffy strikes back book cover
      fuzzy baseball book cover
      buhdeuce rocks the rocket book cover
    red's planet book cover
    by Dawn Stoops | May 23, 2016
    I found myself last week with four small children to entertain in a small space that required a relatively low volume. I don't usually get out my phone as an entertainment tool but in this situation it seemed like a good idea. There are plenty of offerings when one has a smart phone but let me tell you the best option for times like this - the ACPL Family App (available for iOS devices).

    There are many features of the App but one is the ability to watch short video clips of songs, games, and stories, designed to boost Early Literacy Skills. Here's a great example!



    The ACPL Family App was just what I needed. Try it out with your little ones today!
    by Dawn Stoops | May 20, 2016
    Did someone from the library come and visit your school this week?
    smiling librarian

    Librarians all over Allen County have been busy visiting schools promoting the SUMMER READING PROGRAM, which officially starts June 1st. We love seeing all those smiling faces at school and recognizing so many of our regular customers!

    Visit our webpage for more information about all the great things we're doing this summer. We hope to see you soon!
    by Dawn Stoops | May 17, 2016
    Summer break is just around the corner! Maybe one of these would make a great summer read.

     swing sideways book cover
      wandmaker book cover
      best friends for never book cover
      time stoppers book cover
    change up book cover
     skeleth book cover
      save me a seat book cover
      screaming statue book cover
    the toilet vortex book cover
    by Dawn Stoops | May 12, 2016
    book cover don't splash the sasquatchbeachy and me book cover
    Bob Staake has two new books out this month! Beachy and Me was written and illustrated by him and Don't Splash the Sasquatch! was written by Kent Redeker.

    I'm sure you've seen his art around, it's pretty distinct. Playful colors and big funky shapes make every character come alive. Kids love the silly expressions and oversized antics in a lot of his picture book illustrations.

    If you've never read anything written or illustrated by Bob Staake here are a few of his great ones. He has more than 50 all together!
    look a book book cover
    my pet book book cover
    cars galore book cover
    by Dawn Stoops | May 11, 2016

    When does the library's summer reading program start?

    Three weeks from today!!!!!

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    We're all busy getting ready, planning decorations, unpacking prize books, and visiting schools. We love visiting schools and telling kids about all the great things we're doing this summer. Maybe we'll be at your school this week!

    If you'd like to get a little online preview of the summer fun take a look at our website. We'll be adding to it as the summer progresses so check back often!
    by Dawn S | May 05, 2016
    Guessing games are always fun! This new book series for preschool and early elementary, with 20 titles in all, uses bright photographs and simple text to "Guess What". Each book has pages of pictures and clues that help you guess one particular animal. There is also a page of animal facts and a glossary in the back of each book, great for inquiring little minds!


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    "I have flippers that help me get around."


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    "My curly tongue works like a drinking straw."

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    "Some people think I look like a helicopter."






    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 28, 2016
    Heart Beats: feel good songs for families
    -various artists
    heart beats CD cover
    I love this peppy new compilation of songs about love and family! Preformed by a range of kids' artists like Sunshine Collective, Josh and the Jamtones, Katydid, and Casper Babypants, each song inspires hugs and smiles all around. I imagine this being a great soundtrack to a family dance party but I haven't tried it yet at my house. I have used it as background music for our playtime after Babies and Books Storytime and it was a hit.

    Your library gets new kids' music all the time. When you get stuck in a musical rut and those same old songs are stuck in your head ask your librarian for music recommendations. We love to help!

    by Becky C | Apr 25, 2016

    Upside Down MagicBook Review: Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

    Nory has a strong talent for transforming into animals but can't limit herself to one species at a time; instead of turning into a kitten, she's likely to turn into a dritten (dragon/kitten) or a bitten (beaver/kitten).  Sigh.  She thinks that's bad but Bax can't manage transforming into animals at all; he transforms into stone.  And instead of charming animals, like other Fuzzies, Pepper terrifies them.  Together with Andres, Elliot, Sebastian, Marigold, and Willa,they are the first students in Dunwiddle Magic School's class for Upside Down Magic.  Unlike many other educators, including Nory's own father, Miss Star insists that unusual magical abilities are nothing to be ashamed of and encourages her students to embrace their unique talents. 

    My 8 year-old and I love this book!!!  It's perfect for kids who are grappling with the pressure to be like everyone else, who are struggling with feeling like they are the only ones who can't quite get it right, or who worry that they are disappointing their loved ones.  My daughter recently suggested that she and I have our own book club and this was an excellent choice for our first title!  The story is fun but it also lends itself well to talking about real issues kids find themselves facing, often with a great deal of uncertainty.  Click here for discussion and activity ideas.

    Looking forward to Sticks and Stones, coming out the end of May!!!

    P.S.  I believe that I would test well as a Fuzzy -- I've always been good with animals.  Miss D wants to be a Flare so that she can make smores, you know, whenever.

     


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
    by Erin | Apr 22, 2016

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    Join the Children’s Services department at the Main Library on Saturday, May 7th between 9 am and 6 pm for some comic book fun! Free Comic Book Day is a worldwide event that happens on the first Saturday of every May. Come dressed as your favorite character (or make your own costume in our costume factory), attend superhero training, get FREE* kids comics, and more!

     

    Schedule of Events:

    10 am - 11 am    Star Wars Program                         

    11 am – 1 pm     Costume Factory                             

    12 am – 1 pm     Meet the Superheroes                

    1 pm – 2 pm       Superhero Training                        

    2 pm – 3 pm       Drawing Workshop                        

    All Day activities:

    Scavenger hunt, crafts, and *FREE comics!

     

    *Limit 2 per person, while supplies last



    Superheroes read too!

    The Teen department at the Main Library will be hosting the following events:

    Jam Comics with Artist Matt Gross

    3:30pm-5:00pm

    Comics artist Matt Gross will lead a Jam Comics session in honor of Free Comic Book Day in the Teen department.  Jam Comics are sort of like the classic game called "exquisite corpse" except with art added in.  One person begins the comic on the first panel; a second artist continues the story or joke; and a third creator finishes it.  Drop in or stay the whole time. For older kids, teens, and adults.

     
    Saturday Morning (and Afternoon) Cartoons
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Enjoy cartoons on the big screen in the Teen department. For kids, teens, and adults.


    Succeeding at the Superhero Obstacle Course

    Closer to the Georgetown Branch? No problem!

    Georgetown will be participating with the following activities on May 7th:

    All day – free comics for all ages! (one per person, while quantities last)

    2:30 to 3:00 pm – Superhero Training Storytime  (superhero costumes are welcome!)

    3:00 to 4:00 pm – Visit from Spiderman 

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 16, 2016
    Take a look at these great new animal books!

     high low where did it go book cover
      puffer fish book cover
      critter litter book cover
      hedge-hedgey-hedgehogs book cover
    worms for breakfast book cover
     top ten stinkers book cover
      bull sharks book cover
      horse book cover
    otters love to play book cover
    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 14, 2016
    Here's what we did at the Grabill Branch Library yesterday to celebrate National Library Week.
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    We played with books!
    Everyone had a great time making farm animal sounds as we shared Farm Faces: A Book of Masks by Lucy Shultz.
    farm faces book cover
    There is more National Library Week fun at many of our libraries. Check out the calendar and join us!
    by Mary Voors | Apr 12, 2016

    ASL Stories
    All ages are invited to enjoy a special 30 minute storytime presented by Troy University student Ashton Draper on Saturday, April 16, at 3:00 pm. What makes these stories special? They incorporate both spoken work and ASL as popular picture books are shared. Participants will also learn about a new YouTube channel developed by Ashton as part of her Community Internship, a class leading to receiving a Bachelor in Interpreter Training.

    Join us for this special storytime on Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 in the Globe Room at the Main Library

    You and your family can also enjoy stories in ASL and spoken word with the ASL YouTube Channel. Some of the picture book stories included are:

         The Day the Crayons Came Home
         The Cat in the Hat
         Brown Bear
         Rainbow Fish
         Where the Wild Things Are
         The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
         Love You Forever
         If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
         Green Eggs and Ham
         How I Became a Pirate

    by Dawn Stoops | Apr 09, 2016


    National Library Week logo
    Every April, we celebrate libraries. Yes, we're kind of biased. All librarians think libraries are great. We work at libraries, we hang out at libraries in our free time, and we even visit libraries on our vacations. There's so much to love. Visit us this week and join the celebration!

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