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Afternoon Art

Each month on the the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, we have a craft session for elementary school-aged children. We'll be having some extra sessions uring Spring Break . To see pictures from some of the things we've done in the past, go to the library's online photo album on Flickr. 

Here's what we're doing this week (Feb 23): flower fairies.flower faires

and for the the first one in March (March 9): birdfeeders birdfeeders

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Flipped --the movie

The movie version of Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is out! This was a Bluebonnet book in 2003-4.

It looks like most everybody was like me and didn't know there was a movie version (oops! I should know these things; but they don't show many movie trailers on HGTV) because there are hardly any requests for it.

Here's a link to the trailer if you want to watch it.

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new releases in kids books

   

dewberry season

San Jacinto Day was April 21 and than means... (no, we don't get that day off anymore)-- dewberry season is here!

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R.I.P. Sid Fleishchman (1920-2010)

Newbery winning author Sid Fleishchman died Wed. March 17, one day after turning 90 years old. Sid won the Newbery for The Whipping Boy. Sid's son Paul is also a Newbery winner - for Joyful Noise: Poems for two voices. They are the only father and son to have both won a Newbery Medal.

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books for read aloud day

Miss Kathleen informs us that March 3 is World Read-Aloud Day, so here are some suggestions if you're at a loss:

moo baa  

More for Lightning Thief lovers

so you've seen the trailers for The Lightning Thief, or maybe you went to see it already, and now you want to read it , but whaddya know, the whole series is checked out. Now what? Here are some other books that you might enjoy that are retellings of, or are based on Greek myths, or just have characters from Greek mythology.

 

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good books for grown-ups

This week I was asked, "Are there any kids' books that an adult might enjoy?" Hmmm. and the answer would be: Duh. Let me quote the great author of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," C.S. Lewis, "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."

You know, when I buy books as Christmas presents for my mom and sister, who are older than me, and I *am* a grown-up, (even though the waiter at dinner tonight accused me of being a kid 'cause I ordered chicken tenders), I don't buy "adult" books, I get them kid or teen books. In fact, I hardly ever read "adult" books. Out of the last 132 books I have read, only nine were "adult."

So, you ask, what kid books would a grown up like? Here are a few, which I will personally guarantee.

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get ready for new movies

A few of the new movies coming out this spring are based on children's books. There's always the debate over whether to read the book first or see the movie first. Usually the book is better than the movie, so I like to see the movie first so that I won't be disappointed. My daughter, however, refuses to see the movie before she's read the book.

So here's a few books you better check out or put on hold, as the case may be, soon.

Due out in February:   

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What to read over the holidays

So you've got some free time coming over the holidays--how about reading some of the contenders for the Newbery Medal? Then when the winner is announced - you can say "oh, yeah, I've read that already."  These three seem to be showing up on just about every list I've seen:

evollution of calpurnia tate   when you reach me

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