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Battle 4 Recap

Battle 4 Scores: SMW 61/235; STB 48/227; ST 47/224; PN 53/212; GL 56/207; LH 46/188; UR 28/157Battle Four created some significant movement in the leader boards. Congratulations to all the teams for their efforts. We look forward to seeing what the final Battle brings.

Just a reminder, there are no challenges allowed in Battle 5. Rest assured, all the questions will be gone over to make sure they are as fair as possible.

See you next week!

Battle 3 Recap

Battle 3 Scores: STB 67/179, ST 66/177, SMW 60/174, PN 60/159, GL 49/151, LH 57/142, UR 49/129Congratulations on a great third battle.

We thank the participants for completing the Battle Survey. We are tallying the results and will be able to annouce the repeating books very soon.

See you next week!

2018 Oscar Contest

How's your knowledge of current Hollywood hits?

Look for entry forms in the library or download below. Check off your selections from this year’s nominees. Entries with the most correct answers will be eligible to win prizes. In the event of a tie, prizes will be awarded by means of a random drawing. One entry per person please. Entries will be accepted at the Answers Desk until 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 4th or at our After Hours Awards Party.

Download Entry Form

Battle 2 Recap

Battle 2 Scores: SMW-61/114; SMB-58/112; ST-59/111; GL-56/102; PN-43/99; LH-50/85; UR-48/80Congratulations to all of the teams for a very close scoring Battle 2.

We look forward to seeing what everyone can do during Battle 3. See you next week!

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Dear Girl Book Bover: illustration of a girl on a swing hanging from a chair"Dear Girl, Listen to your brave side…"

I first noticed the sweet cover art. Then I saw that this book was written by one of my favorite children’s book authors, who recently died, with her young adult daughter. AKR was a favorite because she was a real person – I got to see her read, speak and share joy a few times. She lived in Chicago. She will be missed.

This book project must have preceded the “Me Too” movement of 2017 by many months but it offers a timeless girl empowerment message . Each page is a lyrical note or message to the Girl (Your girl? My girl?) about self-acceptance and self-love in the face of life’s challenges. One senses these are words of wisdom that Amy shared with Paris as she was raising her. The delightful art was digitally created by Holly Hatam, mixing cartoon-stylized humans with watercolor settings with clever touches of collage including a classic text and many girl-power historical images.  

This book would be enjoyed as a quiet and repeated lap sit with a Girl that you love, ages 2 to 32. It would also make a great gift for someone you love.

Find Dear Girl in the Library

Mary Jo, Kids World

Battle 1 Recap

Thank you for your patience in awaiting these scores. The large quantity of snow caused the Library to close early on Thursday and remain so on Friday, creating this delay. Hopefully, the anticipation will be worth it.

Battle 1 Scores: PN 56, SMB 54, SMW 53, SE 52, GL 46, LH 35, UR 32Congratulations to all of the teams for their efforts during Battle 1. These scores are added to the running total that will determine the winner of this Battle Season.

After this first Battle, the scores remain pretty tight. There are some outstanding challenges which will be reviewed. Any additional points awarded from those challenges will be added to Battle 2's scores.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.

Practice Battle Recap

Practice Battle: StE:28, StMB28, LH:23, StMW:21, UR:20, GL:20, PN:19Congratulations on a great effort during Practice Battle.

Please note: you will note see any points from challenged questions in the scores posted here. Any possible points received from challenges made during Practice Battle would be awarded during the beginning of the next battle and go toward's that battle's total score. However, Practice Battle is where the points do not matter, so there will be no additional points awarded, however, we will let you know how the challenges would have turned out.

A few things to remember when answering questions at Battle 1:
* Questions worth multiple points will require the number of answers that the question is worth. For example: a question worth three points, will require three of the multiple choices letters or, in the case of a fill-in-the-blanks, three words to answer fully.
* Matching questions will use a column of numbers that should be matched with a column of letters.
* The timer does not start until Miss Tiffany has finished reading the question on the screen. When time's up, the team may no longer write on their answer sheet.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett

The Wolf, The Duck, & The Mouse book cover: illustration of a wolf behind a tree“Early one morning, a mouse met a wolf, and he was quickly gobbled up.”

You might think that’s the end of the story. But you would be wrong.

The quirky dead-pan duo, writer Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen, have paired up once again to tell a tale of what happens when a mouse gets eaten by a wolf. This picture book is recommended for young readers in lower elementary grades who enjoy the pair’s other books and their sense of humor.

Find The Wolf, The Duck, & The Mouse in the Library

Victoria, Kids World

M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder

M.F.K. book cover: a desert scene with sand blowing a cloacked figure walks with a large bird-like riding animal behindI’m not doing it for them. I’m doing it because you PISSED ME OFF!

Jaime sees a strange figure roll in from the desert. A young girl, alone and injured. Taking her to his family’s home, they help her to slowly recover. Shrouded in mystery, Abbie carries a lot of secrets with her. Why is she alone, what’s in the jar she’s carrying, and why is her blood black? In this rough land with a people struggling to survive, a story of strange powers, people, and friendship begins. Welcome to Marigold. The sandiest town this side of the neck.

Grades 3-6 will enjoy this graphic novel adventure. A beautifully illustrated story in a dystopian desert world, filled with action and adventure, M.F.K. is sure to engage them. Characters come to life and are developed along the course of the adventure. This is an ongoing series, so the next volume will continue the story.

Find M.F.K. in the Library

Naomi, Kids World

Google Expeditions Demo

Google Expeditions: photograph of cardboard adapter that allows a smart phone to become virtual realityJoin us along with Google Expeditions for an up close look at their augmented reality learning lessons. We will take an up close look at forces of nature, dinosaurs and the solar system.

This program does not require registration, so drop in Wednesday, December 27th anytime between 3:30 and 5:00pm to play with some pretty neat technology. Let's learn in 3D!

Please be aware: Google requires users to be ages 5 or older. Google cardboard's employed safety standards require users to be ages 7 and up.

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