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Disney on Hoopla

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Good news; Disney movies are now available through hoopla! In case you don’t know, hoopla is a free service that allows KDL cardholders to stream movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks.

Now the movie offerings have expanded to include Disney movies, including classics like The Sword in the Stone and Oliver and Company!

The Sword in the Stone  Oliver and Company  Ed Wood

Also included is a Johnny Depp movie. I’m not talking about Pirates of the Caribbean; I’m talking about Ed Wood, a hilarious movie, in which Depp plays a cross dressing, struggling film maker. Bill Murray is also in the Tim Burton directed flick.

Check out all the available offerings on hoopla!


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Early Lit Bits: Booklists

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
One of the most important things that you can do to help your child become a reader is to get them excited about books by reading together.
Curl up on the couch with your kiddo and read these fabulous books!

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


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Author Sir Terry Pratchett Dies At Age 66

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Terry-PratchettAfter a eight-year struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, author Sir Terry Pratchett died Thursday at his home. Sir Terry Pratchett wrote over 70 books, including the lengthy Discworld series beloved by many readers.  He was knighted in 2009 by the Queen of England for services to literature. The author even made his own meteorite-powered sword in honor of that event.

“His death was announced on his Twitter account, on Thursday afternoon. The first tweet was composed in capital letters – which was how the author portrayed the character of Death in his novels.

“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER,” it stated.

“Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.”

“The End.”


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The Next “Big Thing” in Teen Books

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Everyone always wants to know what the “next big thing” is in books, including me.  We are way over the paranormal books, with vampires and werewolves and now dystopian books are old hat, despite The Hunger Games and Divergent movies still to come. So what is next?

I think Realistic Fiction is gaining ground, partly thanks to John Green’s books and movies.  (Not that it ever truly went away.) I recently read two illgiveyouthesungreat teen realistic fiction books.  And yes, the covers are quite similar but that is just a coincidence!

The first book, which was the Printz Award winner, is by Jandy Nelson, “I’ll Give You The Sun.” This book is told through two voices, twins Jude and Noah. The interesting part is that Noah’s portion is told from when they were 13 years old and Jude’s voice is from when they are 16.  This gives the reader the perspective of what is to come but not how it came about. I really enjoyed the zacandmiacharacters of both twins and how the story came together in the end.

The other book is “Zac and Mia” by A.J. Betts. At first this book might seem to be an “A Fault In Our Stars” ripoff, but the story evolves beyond that. Zac and Mia have their own unique story to tell. Zac “meets” Mia because they are sharing a hospital wall while he is in isolation for his leukemia treatment. Mia is a popular girl, but is hiding her sickness from all her friends and is unable to come to terms with her illness. The friendship develops after the hospital but each are not always honest and upfront with each other. But in the end, they each need something for the other person and the ending leaves the fate of the characters up to the reader.


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Early Lit Bits: Play-Grow-READ!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Talking, singing, reciting rhymes, playing games, sharing books and listening to music are fun and meaningful ways to spend time with your child.
Visit our Play-Grow- Read website for some fun Activities to Do Around the House that support early literacy.


This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


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A Few Charming Graphic Novels

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Ever since I was captivated by the graphic novel Blankets by Craig Thompson, I read a few graphic novels every once in a while to shuffle up my reading list. Here are a few titles that you may have overlooked, but I think you might enjoy!

Here by Richard McGuireMinimal reading required in Here by Richard McGuire. Flipping through these pages is much like observing works of art. A living room corner remains a constant image throughout the entire book, while additional images are spliced in and overlapped to show different points in time in the living room. There are subtle hints of cultural commentary, a history lesson, and a narrative that mainly relies on the reader’s interpretation of the imagery.

The Property by Rutu Modan follows Regina Segal and her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw where they hope to reclaim family property. There are some fierce characters in this book! There are also many upsets on this trip with family drama and backstabbing, but as stubborn as Grandma Regina is, there is no way she’ll end up losing out.

What do we hold onto? What do we let go? In Bad Houses by Sara Bad Houses by Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNeilRyan and Carla Speed McNeil, a mixture of stories intertwine to reveal multiple perspectives on what is valuable in life. In this coming-of-age tale, there is family troubles, hoarding, and materialistic significance. Amusing at times, painful at others, this graphic novel provides readers with a compelling story and complex characters.


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Author Mal Peet Dies at Age 67

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

malpeetAward-winning British author Mal Peet died Monday at the age of 67. Peet won the Guardian children’s fiction prize for his 2009 book Exposure. He also won the Carnegie medal in 2005 for his second book, Tamar, which is a fabulous fiction story set between modern day and World War II-occupied Netherlands.

 


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

There’s always something new in KDLville!

Changing activities often keeps our early literacy play areas fresh and interesting for our regular visitors, but some favorite activities are available year round. This beloved Thomas the Tank Engine train table is a regular fixture at the Walker Branch.


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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Survival Adventures

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the Special Forces? Do you think you would like to chase storms? Try reading the Can You Survive interactive adventures books. This junior level series, written by various authors, offers readers the chance to choose what happens next in the story. Take care when making your choices as they could lead you to safety or doom! With titles like Can You Survive the Desert?, Can You Survive Being Lost at Sea? and Can You Survive Antarctica?, there is sure to be a storyline that will pique your interest. Place a hold or stop in and check one out today!

  


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Teen Mysteries

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

allfalldownSometimes it can be harder to find teen mysteries, so I was pleased when Ally Carter released the start of a new mystery series, All Fall Down.  Her Gallagher Girls series kept on getting better with each book and All Fall Down was a great start.

Grace is an army brat and also the granddaughter of a very powerful ambassador, where she spent summers running around the embassy. But now that Grace’s mother has died, her father sends her to live with her grandfather, and Grace isn’t willing to let the mystery of her mother’s death be classified as a tragic accident.

ghostflowerMichele Jaffe has written a number of mysteries as well, but I recently read Ghost Flower and really enjoyed it!

Runaway Eve likes to keep a low profile, but she gets drawn into a scheme to impersonate an heiress that had gone missing so the cousins can split the inheritance.  But not everything is as it seems at first, and Eve is starting to to question everything about herself and the family she is drawn into.

 

 


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