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John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien By Caroline McAlister

John Ronald's Dragons book cover: illustrated man on a hill under a tree with a book in his lap. He is looking up at the leaves of the tree which have taken the shape of a dragon“Then one day when John Ronald was grading exams, he came to a blank page. He wrote on the page, ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.’

J.R.R. Tolkien loved dragons. He loved all types of dragons and wanted to meet one, but he couldn’t find them anywhere. Until one day he did.

This well-researched biography gives the reader a glimpse of the man who never forgot how to dream and imagine a fantastical world that millions of people would fall in love with. Recommended for elementary readers who would love to learn about the man who wrote about hobbits, wizards and yes, dragons.

Find John Ronald's Dragons in the Library.

Victoria, Kids World

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger Book CoverMonday, September 11, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

Copies of the book are available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

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No Storytime Wednesday!

Storytime's Tick Tock Clock with red face next to a red therometerUnfortunately, since the power outage on Thursday, the Library is experiencing difficulty with our central air system. These continuing problems are causing Kids World to get quite hot and humid. Due to the temperature in the StoryRoom, all Wednesday Storytimes have been cancelled.

You are still welcome to come visit us in Kids World. Please be aware we have standing fans moving the air around, so we ask that you watch your small children closely.

Thank you for your understanding during this inconvenience.

Library Lock-in

Owl clipart sitting on Library logoThe winners of the Library Lock-in Lottery have been notified by phone message. Congratulations!

If you have not received a message from the Library and have turned in a completed Library Lock-in Permission Form, you are most likely on the Wait List, but all is not lost. The winners of the lottery have until Wednesday, July 12th to confirm their spot. If they do not confirm, or if they cancel, we will fill the vacancies with those on the Wait List.

For those looking for another copy of the Items to Bring Checklist, please stop by the Kids desk. We will be happy to provide another copy.

Batman at the Library

Lego batmanToday's Movie Monday will be the new Lego Batman. The movie will begin promptly at 4:00pm. This is a drop-in program- no need to register, just stop by and go up to the 2nd floor.

WIll Batman ever learn to work with others? Join us for free popcorn and find out!

Lock-In Deadline

The Library Lock-in is our annual sleepover for grades 4, 5, and 6. It is a lot of fun with games, movies, and spooky stories. The attendees for the Library Lock-in are filled by lottery drawing. Only those who completed the permission form is eligible for the lottery. The last day to turn in a completed permission form is this Friday, June 30th.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Monday, August 07, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

One Sunday afternoon, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

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Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Real Friends book cover; illustrated 7 girls of varying ethnicty in the front a red headed girl with glasses"When I was little, I didn't worry about friends."

Before you start school, having friends isn't a problem. But if you're like Shannon, friends aren't always easy to come by once you start your academic career. Never quite fitting in yet never exactly standing out, Shannon's kindergarten-through-fifth-grade experience with friends and frenemies is one many school-aged children will relate to. Whether trouble comes from shyness, anxiety, bullying, or just plain being different, Real Friends proves that it's not about finding friends, but finding out who your real friends are.

This graphic novel will win the hearts of readers in upper-elementary and middle school who enjoy the works of Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Cece Bell (El Deafo), and Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl).

Find Real Friends in the Library.

Brittany, Kids World

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Goldfish Boy book cover: blue house silhouette of boy looking out the window"At some point after 12:55 p.m. on that bright, scorching day, Teddy Dawson went missing."

In the middle of a cul-de-sac in a small English town there lies Matthew Corbin, a boy who refuses to leave his house. He has OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) where he has to wash his hands multiple times a day and has to make sure his bedroom is clean and germ-free. In his spare time (which is a lot), Matthew looks out his window where he can take note of his neighbor's daily activities.

But when a toddler next door goes missing, it’s up to Matthew (will he leave his house?) and some unlikely friends to help him solve the mystery. Did one of the neighbors take Teddy? Did he run off on his own?

The shining light of the book is the refreshing take of a boy suffering from OCD and how it dictates his life. The readers will root for Matthew as he tries to deal with his disorder while solving the mystery. Although the mystery plot is not new, it did keep me on my toes as I tried to figure out what happened to Teddy.

All upper elementary and middle school readers who love mysteries should take a look at this book!

Find The Goldfish Boy at the Library.

Victoria, Kids World

Carrot & Pea by Morag Hood

Carrot and Pea: An Unlikely Friendship book cover- illustrated green peas fil the page with one orange carrot stick"Colin isn't at all like Lee and the other peas."
"He is much too tall and much too orange."

Lee and Colin are so different. Lee is a pea: little, round, and green. Colin is a carrot: large, rectangular, and orange. All of Lee's friends are peas, except for Colin. Not only does Colin not look like Lee and his pea friends, but he cannot do many of the things peas can do like roll or bounce. However, Colin can do many things the peas cannot. Will the peas accept Colin for who he is, even though he is not the same as them?

These simple illustrations in this story of friendship and acceptance make detecting round peas as different from orange carrots fun for those just learning shapes and colors, and funny for those already in the know. This title is best for birth through out preschool and readers who are learning about being accepted and accepting.

Find Carrot & Pea: An Unlikely Friendship in the Library.

Brittany, Kids World

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