While You're Waiting for This, Check Out One of These...

wonder bookjacketAre you a fan of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder?  Maybe you’ve heard great things about it and are waiting for a copy.

Oldies but goodies

These books were all written in the 1940s and 50s, but they still hold up as good reads. They are ones that parents and grandparents remember reading when they were children.


August 3rd is National Watermelon Day!


Every year on August 3rd it is National Watermelon day. So, I thought that it would be fitting to tell you some juicy facts about watermelons and also share a few fun books. 


Do you know, that in Japan they grow square watermelons? Why? Round watermelons take up a lot of room in a refrigerator and they are also more difficult to cut into slices. Seems like a very logical and creative solution. That being said, MSN news recently reported the that square watermelon sold for $856. What??? I think that I'll stick with the round ones for now. 

Moving from beginning readers to chapter books

So, when a new reader has mastered Dick and Jane, ...what's next? Harry Potter? umm, probably not.


Building Strong Readers with LEGO® Books

One of the ways that I support the needs of readers is to find out what their interests are.  As you can imagine, a lot of children (boys and girls) are interested in LEGO® products.  What you may not have realized is that there are several LEGO themed books available for checkout at your library.  I hope that you enjoy this selection.





Summer travel guide: Africa and Australia

Where will reading take you this summer?


Have Book - And They Turned it Into a Movie: Amazing Read Challenge Week 3

amazing read graphicThis week on the Amazing Read we challenge you to read a book that has been (or will be) turned into a movie!  For bonus points (not that we're keeping track) you could also watch the movie.  I always like to compare the two and see what they decided to change and which one I like better.  Spoiler alert: the book is (almost) always better.  I watched Warm Bodies, a zombie rom-com, over the weekend and I'm looking forward to reading the book this week.  We’d love to hear what you’re reading, so consider sharing with us through your Summer Reading Program log, by commenting on this post, or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

In addition to the suggestions below, be sure to check out our Pinterest board: "Before They Were Movies."  Are we missing any of your favorites?

Road to Reading

Early readers are specifically formatted to assist children with their understanding of the written word. Unfortunately, as a collective whole, publishers do not have a universal system for leveling books.

Have Book – Will Travel to a Place You Want to Visit: Amazing Read Challenge Week 2

amazing read graphicThis week on the Amazing Read challenge we have the chance to read about a place we want to visit.  You could, for example, pick up a travel guide for a place you plan to visit, grab a cookbook featuring regional dishes, read a fiction or non-fiction title with an interesting setting, or follow your favorite blogger who lives in a cool place (I’m partial to an interior design blogger who lives in London).   For me I like to learn as much about the journey as the destination, so below I’ve listed a few titles for readers of all ages that feature interesting settings but which also focus on journeys.  This week I’ll be reading

Summer Reading Club !

It's time to sign up for the Summer Reading Club!

Sign up and log in whatever you read throughout the summer. When you read 10 books or 500 minutes, come to the library to get a free book and certificate. Remember you can read downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. So, wherever you are in the this summer - if you can get an internet connection, you can find something to read and log in to your summer reading club.

Where will reading take you this summer?

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