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Family Dance Party


This Sunday, July 8th, 3 – 4 pm there will be music and dancing in the library!

Rock ‘n’ Roll dance classics will be performed live by Bay Area musicians, Along Came Jones!   Come and listen!  Come and dance!  Come and browse books while infectious rock ‘n’ roll dance grooves play!  No registration required.  Event will be on the main library floor.  Bring the whole family!

Enjoy some great 50s and 60s dance classics in anticipation of the event:

Browse our catalog for more Rock ‘n’ Roll and rockabilly CDs to check out!  Get started here.


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 21, 2016

sharing-the-breadSharing the Bread: And Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller

“Celebrate food and family with this heartwarming Thanksgiving picture book. We will share the risen bread. / Our made-with-love Thanksgiving spread. / Grateful to be warm and fed. / We will share the bread.In this spirited ode to the holiday, set at the turn of the twentieth century, a large family works together to make their special meal. Mama prepares the turkey, Daddy tends the fire, Sister kneads, and Brother bastes. Everyone—from Grandma and Grandpa to the littlest baby—has a special job to do. Told in spare, rhythmic verse and lively illustrations,Sharing the Bread is a perfect read-aloud to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition.”               [JPB MILLER,P]

look-out-for-the-fitzgerald-troutsLook Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding

“Kim Fitzgerald-Trout took to driving with ease–as most children would if their parents would ever let them try. She had to. After all, she and her siblings live in a car.

“Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together in a lush tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go–to the school, the laundromat, or the drive-in. If they put their minds to it, the Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything. Even, they hope, find a real home.

“Award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding’s exciting middle grade debut establishes a marvelous place where children fend for themselves, and adults only seem to ruin everything. This extraordinary world is brought to vibrant life by Sydney Smith, the celebrated artist behind Sidewalk Flowers.”                        [J SPALDING,E]

storm-too-soonA Storm Too Soon: A Remarkable True Survival Story in 80-Foot Seas by Michael J. Tougias

“When a forty-seven-foot sailboat disappears in the Gulf Stream in the throes of a disastrous storm, it leaves behind three weary passengers struggling to stay alive. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of the four intrepid Coast Guardsmen who braved this ruthless storm in the hopes of saving them. A spellbinding tale of courage and survival from the author of The Finest Hours, now a major motion picture.”                       [ J910.91634 TOUGIAS]

cooking-how-to-make-food-for-your-friendsCooking: How to Make Food for Your Friends, Your Family & Yourself by Patricia Daniels

“A first-step guide to cooking introduces such basic skills as chopping, mixing, and blending, and provides classic family recipes and tips for making an appetizing presentation.”                    [ J641.5 DANIELS]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 18, 2016

bear's big breakfastBear’s Big Breakfast by Lynn Rowe Reed

“After a long hibernation, Bear wakes up hungry!
But what will he eat?
He knows he’s craving something with the letter B. . . .

“Will it be bark, a bee, a boa . . . or something even more surprising?”                   [JPB REED,L]

Otter - oh no bath timeOtter: Oh No, Bath Time! by Sam Garton

“Otter and Teddy love to play in the garden. But when they get dirty, they have to do something they do not love at all: take a bath! Otter Keeper says bath time is fun, but Otter and Teddy are not so sure. . . .”         [JE GARTON,S]

seventh wishThe Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

“Charlie feels like she’s always coming in last. From her Mom’s new job to her sister’s life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie’s upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family’s attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing . . . in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom. Charlie can’t believe her luck until she realizes that this fish has a funny way of granting wishes, despite her best intentions. But when her family faces a challenge bigger than any they’ve ever experienced, Charlie wonders if some things might be too important to risk on a wish.”                 [J MESSNER,K]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 11, 2016

thre is a tribe of kidsThere is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

“A meditation on childhood and life’s beginning by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Grandpa Green traces a young boy’s fantastical encounters with a colony of penguins, a smack of jellyfish, a constellation of stars and other enchanting groups.”         [JPB SMITH,L]

paddington and the magic trickPaddington and the Magic Trick by Michael Bond

“Paddington is delighted to discover that the Browns are throwing him a birthday party. But when the magic trick he performs goes awry, Paddington needs something more than a tap of his wand to set things straight.”       [JE BOND,M]

karris familyThe Karris Family by Ruhani Chhabra

“Leah Karris doesn’t like how her family interacts – always too busy, always fighting, and Leah feels no one pays attention to her. After Leah visits her aunt, uncle and cousins, she decides she wants to make her family as good as theirs.”

“Ruhani Chhabra has been writing since she learned how to grip a pencil. She is a LOCAL eleven-year-old girl who wants to teach literature when she grows up!”         [J CHHABRA,R]

locker heroLocker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell

“A brand-new series from #1 bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell! Introducing Max Crumbly!

“Max is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been—South Ridge Middle School! He has been home-schooled by his grandmother until now, and he’s begged his parents to finally let him start attending public middle school. He’s starting to question that choice, though, with the Thomas Silver Problem. As in, Thomas Silver keeps stuffing Max in his locker.

“If only Max could be like the hero in all the comics he likes to read—or the ones he draws—and magically escape the locker and defeat Tommy. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys. But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs!”             [J RUSSELL, R]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 20, 2016

monster troubleMonster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson

“Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel—but she DOES need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters WON’T let her be! Every night they sneak in, growling and belching and making a ruckus. Winifred constructs clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures. What’s a girl to do? (Hint: Monsters HATE kisses!) The delightfully sweet ending will have every kid—and little monster—begging for an encore.”             [JPB FREDERICKSON,L]

birdsongBirdsong: a Story in Pictures by James Sturm

“When an innocent bird meets two cruel kids, their world is forever changed. But exactly how that change unfolds is up to you, in the tradition of Kamishibai – Japanese paper theater. The wordless story by master cartoonist James Sturm is like a haiku – the elegant images leave space for children to inhabit this timeless tale and make it their own, leading them to learn an ultimate lesson they’ll never forget.”                              [JPB STURM,J]

wild robotThe Wild Robot by Peter Brown

“When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her….”                        [J BROWN,P]

outsideOutside: A Guide to Discovering Nature by Maria Ana Peixe Dias

“Who does this footprint belong to? What is this worm up to? What is the name of this tree?

“Even if we live in the city, nature is still all around us: clouds and stars, trees and flowers, rocks and beaches, birds, reptiles or mammals.

“What are we waiting for? Let’s jump off the couch and begin exploring!

“This book aims to arouse your curiosity about fauna, flora and other aspects of the natural world. It includes suggestions for activities and many illustrations to help the whole family get started, leave the house, and go out to discover – or simply admire – the amazing world that exists ‘Out there’.”                    [J508 DIAS,M]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 30, 2016

CaptureToday is Memorial Day


bounce backBounce Back: How to Be a Resilient Kid by Wendy L. Moss

“Some people seem to just automatically bounce back from tough times. But the truth is that resilience is not something you are born with–it must be learned. Resilience isn’t just about being tough in the face of adversity, but rather learning to make connections with others, move toward goals, maintain a positive view, and accept that change is part of life. Bounce Back will help you find your bounce using quizzes, advice, and practical strategies to build up resiliency skills.”           [ J155.41824 MOSS]

you ruleYou Rule! Create Your Own Country by Scott Forbes and Emma Laura Jones

” Tired of following other people’s rules? Think you can do better? Now’s your chance! This innovative and fun new title from Lonely Planet Kids shows you how to design a completely new nation from scratch. Decide on the laws, choose your borders, make your flag, attract loyal citizens and lots more. You’ll get to create, organise, govern and judge. You can be king, queen, big chief, emperor, president or dictator. Includes fun projects to complete, bold full-colour illustrations and fascinating facts about the world’s micronations. Get ready to claim your throne, because right here, right now, you rule!”                      [J306.2 FORBES]

tween bookThe Tween Book: A Growing Up Guide for the Changing You by Wendy L. Moss and Donald A. Moses

“For tweens (children roughly from 10-12 years of age), this book discusses life changes and challenges that imperil the tween years such as physical and emotional changes, connecting with friends and family, setting goals, handling peer pressure, dealing with social conflicts and bullying, and managing schoolwork.”

Some chapter titles are Tween Time in the Family; Goal Setting, Tween-Style; Tween Looks and Body Image; and Major Conflicts and Problems in Your Social Life.      [J306.874 MOSS]

brave like meBrave Like Me by Barbara Kerley

“When someone is serving our country, far from home, everyone in their family has to be brave. Including — and sometimes especially — the kids. This book speaks to all kids in this situation in telling the story of a boy and a girl with parents away on duty. It captures the children’s worries, fears, trials, and triumphs while waiting for their parents to return from service. Although the narrative tells one universal tale, the photographs depict multiple perspectives so that every reader has someone they can relate to. In the end, each child finds the strength and patience to endure the wait, showing admirable bravery and inspiring us all. An afterword looks further at the meaning of bravery and offers resources for helping kids deal with transition, deployment, and separation.”          [J355.12097 KERLEY]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 16, 2016

i'll catch you if you fallI’ll Catch You If You Fall by Mark Sperring and Layn Marlow

“Who will keep the boy safe?
“I will,” said his mother. “I will hold him close…
and never let him lean too far.”

“Big or small, near or far, we all need someone to watch over us. This touching picture book is a reassuring tale about a journey and the people who are with us as we travel through life. It is for anyone who has wondered,Who will keep me safe? and for anyone who has answered, I will.”                                     [JPB SPERRING,M]

my life with the liarsMy Life With The Liars by Caela Carter

“This is a stunningly unique and poignant story of one girl’s strength and courage as she decides who she is and what she will believe in.

“Behind the white-washed walls of the compound, life was simple. Follow the rules, ‘live in the light,’ and all would be well. Zylynn was excited to turn thirteen and begin the work of bringing others into the light, to save them from the liars and the darkness of the outside world. But when she is taken away by a man who claims to be her father, Zylynn is confused, and desperate to return to her home.

“Zylynn resists her new life—until she finds small comforts, like shampoo, the color pink, and strawberries. But as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Zylynn must make a difficult decision—to stay here with the enemy, or find her way back to the light. And neither may be what they seem.”           [J CARTER,C]

art of lego scale modelingThe Art of LEGO Scale Modeling by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman

“Amazing, fan-built LEGO recreations of real-life vehicles, showing off every amazing detail with high-quality photographs.

“You’ll love poring over dozens of models, including Formula 1 racers, construction vehicles, ships, trains, airplanes, and all kinds of trucks.

“Authors Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman share their own impressive LEGO models as well as highlight models from builders around the world.The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling also includes tips and tricks that describe the design and building process.”                                        [ J629.221 GLAASKER]

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