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The Wonder

Monday, April 10, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle, a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.

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

Bog Hollow Boys: A Series by C. B. Jones

Bog Hollow Boys book cover: Kiss of the snake: on motorized four wheels kids drive along a path in a forested area, a snake in a helmet is in the basket of one vehicle"No animal is too small, large, cute, ugly, slimy, furry, feathered, stinky, or dirty... Bog Hollow to the rescue!"

A new chapter book series is hitting Library shelves. The Bog Hollow Boys are part adventure, part ecology exploration, and part mystery. This kid team made up of Ace, Daryl, Ethan, and Nellie (yes, a girl) invesigate suspicious events at Bog Hollow State Park. Together they rescue animals in need from natural hazards and human dangers such as poachers- when they are not in trouble themselves!

These short chapter books will fit perfectly in the hands of 3rd grade and advanced 2 grade readers who love slightly irreverent antics. No real new ground has been broken here, but older fans of the Wild Kratts will likely want to take a look at this series of self-designated animal protectors.

Find the Bog Hollow Series in the Library

Celeste, Kids World

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Du Iz Tak? book cover featuring two insects looking at a sprouting plant. the title is in a speech bubble apparently said by the bug on the left"Iz tak unk gladdenboot?" "Unk gladdenboot!"

This 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book leaves a lot to the imagination. Written entirely in seemingly nonsense words, readers follow a group of bugs discover, celebrate, and eventually abandon a flower throughout its life cycle. Half of the fun of this title is guessing what each bug is saying and what each nonsense word means, what part of language it is, and perhaps making up nonsense dialogue of your own. The other half of the fun is reveling in the wonderful illustrations and learning to connect pictures to text no matter their meaning. Without being heavy handed, Du Iz Tak? hands each reader a lesson in language and storytelling they are sure to never forget!

This title is wonderful for older preschool and younger elementary school students alike, with each age group garnering a different lesson from the text and illustrations.

Find Du Iz Tak? in the Library.

Brittany, Kids World

20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The story of a teenage girl destined to repeatedly save the world from monsters, witches, demons, and (obviously) vampires is celebrating its twenty-year anniversary today.

Created by Joss Whedon (who later wrote and directed the Avengers movies) Buffy the Vampire Slayer used monsters as metaphors for real life issues facing kids growing up in America. He mixed genres to create a show that was by turns, scary, hilarious, and heartbreaking, often all within the same episode. He created characters that defied expectations and stereotypes. He invented a formula that is still influencing television twenty years later. And according to an article at io9.com, he turned the word Google into a verb.

All seven seasons of Buffy are available on DVD at Eisenhower and they’re all worth your time.


Season One | Season Two | Season Three | Season Four | Season Five | Season Six | Season Seven

And the final Battle Scores are...

Battle 5 scores: Giles-59/335; Union Ridge-48/328; St Eugene-50/311; St Monica White-50/307; Pennoyer-57/294; St Monica Blue 56/287; Leigh-51/265Congratulations to all the teams for their performance this Battle Season.

In the winner's circle: Giles took the lead early during Battle 5 and held on, earning them first place overall. Union Ridge is in second place, and St. Eugene takes third.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week at the Awards Ceremony. Remember, the Awards Ceremony is more than just handing out the trophies. We'll have our guest speaker and book/certificate signing as well as the promised pizza. See you there!

Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes

Charles Darwin's Around the world adventure: a boy in old fashioned clothes appears to be in the middle of a jungle with butterflies surrounding him. “He was beginning to have new ideas about how the earth was formed and how animals evolved in order to survive.”

This picture book depicts Charles Darwin as a young man when he sails the HMS Beagle in 1831. The five-year voyage would bring him to exotic places that would spark his curiosity about biology and geology. It teaches us that we should keep our eyes open because we never know what we can learn in the world!

Thermes brings Darwin to life with bright colors and detailed maps of his travels with a time-line of his journey in the front and back of the book. This biography is recommended for all elementary school students, especially those in the lower grades.

Find Charles Darwin's Around-the-World Adventure in the Library

Victoria, Kids World

What to Read after Watching Logan

After ten movies featuring the gruff but lovable Wolverine, it seems like they’ve finally gotten the character right with the new movie Logan, which opened this weekend.

In the near future, Mutant-kind has been almost totally wiped out. A world-weary Logan has lost all hope. All the X-Men are long dead, he’s struggling to care for an aged, dementia-stricken Professor Xavier, and various groups are trying to track him down. Some need help from the one-time superhero, others have less savory reasons. Into this disastrous life enters Laura a new Mutant with claws, healing powers, and anger issues eerily similar to Logan’s. Against his best judgement, Logan agrees to help her get to Eden, the Canadian mutant sanctuary that may not even exist.

Logan is a grown-up superhero movie with all the violence and language to prove it. It’s a heavy movie, but it’s also an uplifting one that reminds us that it’s never too late to make up for past mistakes.

If you’re looking for more Logan action, here’s a few graphic novels that seem to have inspired the movie:

Old Man Logan by Mark Millar
In a future world savaged and sundered by super villains, the United States ain’t what it used to be. In California, now a wasteland controlled by an evil gang, the former Wolverine seeks to live in peace. He’s retired, finally free from the violence of his former existence as an X-Man, and he wants to keep it that way. If only they’d let him. Can Old Man Logan maintain his pacifist vow, and make his last stand without doing what he does best?
Complete Collection

X-Men: Mutant Massacre by Chris Claremont
The Morlocks: a community of mutant outcasts living beneath the streets of Manhattan. The Marauders: professional mutant assassins, employed by a mysterious evil to wipe the Morlocks out. In between the two stands some of Marvel’s most heroic: X-Men, X-Factor, the New Mutants, Power Pack, Daredevil and event the Mighty Thor.
Complete Collection

X-23 by Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Jay Faerber, and Marjorie Liu
Laura Kinney never knew a life free from her harsh captors. But now she has broken loose at last, and must forge her own path in the world. Free of her chains and determined to live, Laura will write the next chapter of her story herself. But can X-23 escape her training and her instincts, or will the gallons of blood spilled in her violent past drag her down?
Volume One | Volume Two

Battle 4 Recap

Battle Scores: Union Ridge-88/280; Giles-85/276; St Eugene-84/261; St Monica White-86/257; Pennoyer-84/237; St Monica Blue-64/231; Leigh-56/214The leaderboard remains very tight. Congratulations to the teams for a fine battle.

Remember, warnings are given for not only how you behave to other teams, but how you behave to your teammates. Name calling and blame dispersal is not conducive to focused battle team. If you get a question wrong, just refocus on the next one.

There were many challenges issued to various questions. These challenges will be evaluated over the coming week. If any additional points are awarded, they will be handed out before Battle 5 commences and included as part of Battle 5's score.

We look forward to seeing every next week for the final Battle of the 2016-2017 Battle season. Good luck!

Remember Your Purchase Forms!

Ami Polonsky author photo with her two book covers: Gracefully Grayson and ThreadsWednesday is the last day to pre-order one of Amy Polonsky's books for the Battle Award Ceremony. Please turn in a check made out to Eisenhower Public Library District along with your Purchase Form to one of the Library staff before Battle commences or during the break between Round 1 and Round 2.

Additional Purchase Forms will be available by the door to the meeting room.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

ABC Yoga by Christiane Engel

ABC Yoga book cover: a child sitting outside on a mat placed upon grass with a butterfly and owl looking on“M - Moon. Crescent moon in the sky, Bend like me --- Watch clouds float by.”

A colorful ABC board book that doubles as a yoga primer. Each page offers an animal pose with a simple rhyme, inviting little ones to make the shape and be the animal. The poses are simple and convey the intuitive nature of yoga. Back material recaps the origin of each pose used here and explains “What is yoga?” for a young audience and their co-yogis.

This book is recommended for fairly limber caregivers who are stuck indoors with children age 8 and under. Offer the kiddos a new way to be active, entertained and possibly a bit more self-regulating.

Find ABC Yoga in the Library

Mary Jo, Kids World

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