Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 25, 2014

Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear by Monica Carnesi

“How can two friends share winter when one of them is hibernating? Beatrice and Bear meet one spring day and become best buddies. They play together through summer and fall. Then winter comes and Beatrice can’t find Bear anywhere. She hears he’s gone to hibernate – but where on earth is that? When Beatrice learns that hibernation is not a place and that Bear will be sleeping all winter long, she fears it will be a lonely season . . . until she comes up with a brilliant plan to share winter with Bear too.”                   [JPB CARNESI]

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.)

“Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.

“But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City – all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?”    [J DAIRMAN]

Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft

“The Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is the definitive illustrated guide to Luke Skywalker, Jabba the Hut, and all of your favorite characters of the Star Wars galaxy! Feel the force as you flip through pages of profiles of all your favorite characters from the Star Wars galaxy. With stat boxes, expert text, incredible movie stills, and more than 200 profiles, this is book is a must have for Star Wars fans of all ages.”                  [J791.4375 BEECROFT]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 18, 2014

Slow down! Enjoy every last minute of summer! Have you gone to the beach, or taken a picnic to the park? Have you roller skated, or ridden your bike? 

It’s not too late! How about calling some school friends you haven’t seen all summer. Pack a lunch and  ride your bikes to the park to have some fun and get reacquainted. 

And we have some great new books to find at the Library and enjoy:

The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp

“Princess Sue dreams of finding her Prince Charming. But when that Prince proves to be a bit more traditional than what she had hoped for, Princess Sue—along with the help of fiery dragon—becomes determined to find a way to get the fairy-tale ending that she always envisioned for herself.”       [JPB KEMP]

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

“When Oliver’s explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some new, unexpected friends: a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are even more exciting, unusual, and full of mischief than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea captain in time to save Mom and Dad?”                [J REEVE]

Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Jason R. Briggs

“Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that’s easy to learn and fun to use! But books about learning to program in Python can be kind of dull, gray, and boring, and that’s no fun for anyone.

“Python for Kids brings Python to life and brings you (and your parents) into the world of programming. The code in this book runs on almost anything: Windows, Mac, Linux, even an OLPC laptop or Raspberry Pi!”         [J005.133 BRIGGS]

Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don’t Cost a Thing by Bobby Mercer

“More than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies, or less. Turn a plastic cup into a pinhole camera using waxed paper, a rubber band, and a thumbtack. Build a swinging wave machine using a series of washers suspended on strings from a yardstick. Or construct your own planetarium from an empty potato chip canister, construction paper, scissors, and a pin. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated. Junk Drawer Physics also includes sidebars of fascinating physics facts, such as did you know the Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter because its steel structure expands in the heat?”      [J530.078 MERCER]

Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects: Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down by Sophie Maletsky

Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today – duct tape! The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces. So grab a roll of duct tape, pick a project, and get started!”            [745.5 MALETSKY]

Sew It! Make 17 Projects with Yummy Precut Fabric by Allison Nicoll

“Get your budding quilter sewing with 17 easy and fun projects made mostly from precuts. With the time they’ll save on cutting, they’ll be able to get down to the business of creating right away. From an earphones pouch to a pillow to, of course, quilts, and even a sleepover set—Sew It! presents kids with a broad range of projects for all skill levels that will teach them quiltmaking basics while challenging them to build their skill sets. All the projects are designed to be sewn on a domestic machine and can be completed without adult assistance.”              [J746 NICOLL]


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Write Your Story…Glitter and Glue

Glitter and Glue : A Memoir

by  Kelly Corigan

“I loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own mother—along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.”

—Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

kelly Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place and Lift, both New York Times bestsellers. She is also a contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Medium. Kelly co-founded Notes & Words, an annual benefit concert for Children’s Hospital Oakland featuring writers and musicians onstage together. Her YouTube channel, which includes video essays like “Transcending” and interviews with writers like Michael Lewis and Anna Quindlen, has been viewed by millions. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Edward Lichty, their two daughters, and a poorly behaved chocolate lab, Hershey.
for more library e-book collection  on memoir writing check here… 


Join our senior library member Bruce Haase
and write your memoir. Bruce is life ling reader, heeiffel_tower_blue
now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction.
These are informal meetings ,
to support each other and organize your thoughts
for writing. Sharing is optional.
Meetings take place
The Third Tuesday of the month
August 19,
and September 16
1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Please bring pen & paper

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 11, 2014

Thinking about the new school year? Are you excited yet? Of course you are!

You still have over two weeks of freedom, but it’s not too early to start preparing. Are you all enrolled? Do you need immunizations? Visit your school or school district website for more information – for New Haven students and parents, you can click here.

Wondering what to bring that first day? Most schools have prepared lists of required and suggested supplies – and some local stores will have printed lists. Sometimes your teacher or school wants students to wait until school begins to start putting together the items needed.

In addition to preparing STUFF, start preparing yourself! Start going to bed and getting up earlier, to get back into the school routine. If you live close enough, take a walk to the school or ride your bike. Or drive with your parent so you can walk around and get familiar, whether you’re going to a new school or back to an old familiar one. Riding a bus? Find your bus stop and practice walking to and from your home.


Were you given assignments or a reading list before school ended? It’s not too late to finish – or at least get a good start on it. And take your Library Summer Reading Game board to show your new teacher!

Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman

“Chu, the adorable panda with a great big sneeze, is heading off for his first day of school, and he’s nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school? And will Chu do what he does best?”  [JPB GAIMAN]

Ninja Boy Goes to School by J. D. Wilson

“It’s time for kindergarten, and a young boy is prepared for the task, thanks to his unflinching ninja skills. The challenges of school are no match for a ninja, with his quick reflexes and immense patience.”                  [JPB WILSON]

You’re Wearing THAT to School?! by Lynn Plourde

“‘Oh, yes, yes!’ Penelope is so excited about the first day of school that she’s doing her happy hippo dance. She can’t wait to wear her rainbow sparkle outfit, bring her favorite stuffed toy for show-and-tell, and share a big picnic lunch with all her new friends.

“’Oh, no, no!’ says her best pal Tiny, who started school last year. He has a few tips for Penelope about fitting in without sticking out.”               [JPB PLOURDE]

Comics Squad: Recess! 

“Wowza! Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your nose?! Look no further—do we have the book for you! All your favorite comic creators are right here in this handy-dandy hilarious book! This all-star tribute to classic Sunday comics includes eight sidesplitting, action-packed stories about every kid’s favorite subject—RECESS! With popular characters from Babymouse and Lunch Lady and brand-new soon-to-be favorite characters from superstars including Dav Pilkey! Raina Telgemeier! Gene Yang! and many more! Comics Squad also features Pizza Monsters! Secret ninja clubs! Aliens! Talking desserts! Dinozilla! Death-defying escapes! Bad guys! Good guys! Medium guys! Superheroes! Bullies! Mean girls! Epic battles! True love! Outlandish schemes! Evil plans! Fun! Jokes! Terrible puns! And other surprises that will tickle your funny bone! WARNING: THIS BOOK MAY CAUSE EXCESSIVE LAUGHTER AND POSSIBLE SILLINESS. No assembly required”                     [J741.5973 COMICS]

School Made Easier: A Kid’s Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety-Busting Tools by Wendy L. Moss, PhD and Robin A DeLuca-Acconi, LCSW

  • Do you ever get nervous before a big test?
  • Do you get butterflies in your stomach before giving a presentation?
  • Do you ever lose track of papers?
  • Do you cram to finish long-term assignments at the last minute?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this book is for you!       [J371.30281 MOSS]


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Fairy Tales & Women

Mirror, mirror on the wall : women writers explore their favorite fairy tales

edited by Kate Bernheimer

Fairy tales are one of the most enduring forms of literature, their plots retold and characters reimagined for centuries. In this elegant and thought-provoking collection of original essays, Kate Bernheimer brings together twenty-eight leading women writers to discuss how these stories helped shape their imaginations, their craft, and our culture. In poetic narratives, personal histories, and penetrating commentary, the assembled authors bare their soul and challenge received wisdom. Eclectic and wide-ranging, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall is essential reading for anyone who has ever been bewitched by the strange and fanciful realm of fairy tales.

Spinning Straw Into Gold : What Fairy Tales Reveal About The Transformations In A Woman’s Life 

by Joan Gould

Gould expands on issues raised in her previous volume (Spirals: A Woman’s Journey through Family Life) to show how the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel and other folk and modern heroines correspond to the real-life stages of women, from budding adolescence to wise old age, in this original, well-written book. “Fairy tales tell us that a day comes when we are due to wake up to a new reality, come to life again transformed… with a sense of wonder at how far we’ve come,” she writes, “along with a twinge of nostalgia for the person we used to call ‰me’ but for whom we no longer have a name.” Snow White, Gould suggests, reflects familiar mother-daughter jealousy, while Sleeping Beauty examines a girl’s anxiety about the next stage of her life. While Gould concentrates on classic European fairy tales (the Grimm brothers; Charles Perrault), she also examines fairy tale themes in Greek myths (Persephone; Psyche) and popular movies and novels (Pretty Woman; Jane Eyre). Without interrupting the flow of commentary, she also refers to her own transformations as a woman and the perspectives of female acquaintances and family members. 

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World Music @ the Library

Mohammad-Rezā Lotfi (1947-2014) is one of the greatest contemporary masters of the tar and setar. He is among the major figures who, in the past twenty years, have revolutionized the Persian traditional (classical) music. His original creativity and the deep-rooted emotional quality of his playing have made him the father of a new aesthetics in Persian music.

Check out the library holding for the DVD and CD of his concerts:

Art of improvisation, Niavaran concert DVD &  Mystery of love CD.


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 4, 2014

If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey

“If you happen to have a dinosaur, lying around your living room, and you don’t know what to do with it … why don’t you use it as a can opener? It will make a terrific nutcracker too! There are oodles of uses for a dinosaur — from a fine umbrella to an excellent kite and a dandy pillow, not to mention a reliable burglar alarm and the perfect excuse to forget your homework. This delightfully absurd exploration of the domestic uses of dinosaurs — and the things dinos just aren’t good for at all — is guaranteed to tickle funny bones and spark imaginations.”          [JPB BAILEY]

Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn by Greg Leitich Smith

“Twelve-year-old Aidan lives and works at his parents’ motel on the Space Coast in Florida, so he’s seen a lot of weird stuff. Even his best friend, Louis, is a little bit crazy—he’s obsessed with UFOs and swears he saw one two years ago. But things at the Mercury Inn are about to get a whole lot weirder. When an actual unidentified flying object suddenly appears in the sky over the motel, Aidan begins to realize that some of the residents of the Mercury Inn may be much more unusual than he thought. And Louis might not be so crazy after all.”                                  [J SMITH]

100 Fantastic Things to Make, Do & Play: Simple, Fun Projects That Use Easy Everyday Materials: Cooking, Growing, Science, Music, Painting, Crafts and Party Games! by Lucy Painter

Wow! I think the title says it all, but let’s add this:  “Fun activities that kids will love, with magic tricks, food to cook, plants to grow and games to play – with 1000 step-by-step photos!”     [J745.5 PAINTER]




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