It’s time for the second installment of my Mark Twain nominee reviews! Below, I detail three nominees where the main characters overcome major obstacles.
“House Arrest” by K. A. Holt
This book follows the story of Timothy, a teenage boy who is forced to write in a journal to avoid juvenile hall. He got in this less-than-desirable situation because he stole a credit card to pay for medicine for his brother who has a severe birth defect. While this is an excellent story, the ending could have been stronger in my opinion. Read it for yourself, and let me know what you think!
“The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This tale, set in the World War II era, is about a young girl named Ada who has a club foot. She is terribly abused and neglected by her mother due to her disability. When the children of London are sent to the countryside for their own safety, Ada is supposed to be left behind. However, she sneaks away with her little brother to a small town by the coast where they are taken in by Susan, a woman who initially doesn’t want them. However, Susan treats them like royalty compared to their mother, and after some time, she begins grows to love Ada and her brother. This book is so heartfelt, and I was rooting for Ada to finally find the happiness she deserves. Continue reading “Mark Twain Nominee Reviews, Part 2”
In honor of Summer Reading, we are giving away new copies of “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill and “We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio. Enter here for a chance to win! Continue reading “Summer Reading Book Giveaway”
What is it that everyone can do that typically doesn’t cost any money and has almost infinite opportunities? Volunteering, of course!
In truth, numerous organizations rely on volunteers to stay afloat. With extra hands always appreciated, volunteering is good for the soul. Children who volunteer can learn the joys of caring for others, as well as the world we live in.
Below are some ways you can volunteer as a family.
- Start a garden together. Gather the food grown, and give it to a local food pantry that distributes food to people in need.
- Offer special chores that allow your children to raise money to buy something for an organization they are passionate about.
- Cook! Make goodies for a neighbor or family member who could use some TLC.
- Support local heroes, such as firefighters and policemen, by writing thank you notes for their service.
- Set aside a “spring cleaning day,” regardless of the time of year. Have your children select gently used items, such as clothing and toys, to give to local shelters or charitable organizations in your area.
- Be on the lookout for canned food drives. Allow your children to choose canned goods from your own pantry or let them buy them from a store to donate.
- Pick up trash at parks and other public places you visit. Be sure to use disposable gloves, and deposit the trash or recyclables in nearby receptacles.
Continue reading “Build a Better World by Volunteering”
One of my favorite aspects of DBRL’s Summer Reading program is that kids are asked to do special activities as well as reading. These activities are tied to the Summer Reading theme. With this year’s theme, “Build a Better World,” one of the suggested activities is to read a book about a different culture. Not only does this open kids up to books they might not otherwise read, but it also opens up an opportunity for discussion.
If you don’t know where to start, check out my book list for picture books and for chapter books about different cultures.
If you haven’t signed up for Summer Reading, don’t worry! Sign-up continues until July 22. Just stop by one of our branches or bookmobiles.
I love sharing my favorite books with others, especially when they make me laugh! I found a great one last week, and not only did I make my co-workers read it right then and there, but I also just had to write a blog about it!
The book is “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. The story opens in “The Kingdom of Backyard,” where the great warrior Rock is unsatisfied with his conquests; there are no opponents who present enough of a challenge for him. In other distant lands (“Empire of Mom’s Home Office” and “Ream of Kitchen”) Scissors and Paper are facing similar problems. All three venture to “The Great Cavern of Two-Car Garage” in search of worthy challengers. When they meet, an epic three-way battle begins, one that is still going on today. (Don’t worry, no one gets hurt.) The text is laugh-out-loud funny, and the illustrations are mesmerizing. Continue reading “Laughing in the Library”
This summer, we challenge readers of all ages to “Build a Better World.” Our Summer Reading theme motivates us to build, tinker and engineer, and it encourages us to help both our community and our environment. To celebrate this theme, DBRL staff has carefully compiled book lists to inspire you and your family to construct better reading skills and demolish the summer brain drain!
Want even more book recommendations for your summer? Check out the Association for Library Service to Children’s book lists for more great reads.
Starting today, we will be welcoming readers of all ages to come by one of our library branches or bookmobiles to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading program! The theme this year is “Build a Better World,” and we aim to help you do that by providing lots of awesome FREE programs here at the library. Once you complete the reading and activities in your Summer Reading challenge, you can stop by starting July 5 for a free book and a chance to win other fun rewards! For a full list of programs, pick up a schedule at your nearest branch or view the programs online.
Do your kiddos absolutely love “My Little Pony”? If so, you should schedule a trip to your library! Bring your child along, and have an enchanting time searching through the myriad of “My Little Pony” books, comics, CDs and DVDs we have.
Did you know that we’re also having a concert completely dedicated to “My Little Pony” at our Columbia branch?
The Shake Ups In Ponyville Concert
Saturday, June 10 › 11-11:45 a.m. · 2-2:45 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
The Shake Ups are a Midwestern-based power-pop music collective. Their project The Shake Ups In Ponyville is dedicated to writing, recording and performing original songs inspired by the TV series “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic!” For the past four years, they’ve been wowing audiences across the U.S. with their brand of “pony power pop,” performing at My Little Pony events like Ponycon, Ponyville Ciderfest and the MLP Fair as well as larger conventions like GenCon, Wizard World and Comic Con. The band has performed with musicians and voice talent from the TV series and has released three albums of original pony music. All ages.
Hope we see you there!
A few months ago, I made a goal to read all of the Mark Twain Award nominees for the 2017-2018 year. I also decided to share my thoughts with you about each one. I will be reviewing them with you in groups of 3, and each list follows a different theme. Today’s theme is comedy!
“Webster: Tale of an Outlaw” by Ellen Emerson White
I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s the tale of a dog who is rescued and brought to a shelter. Webster decides that he doesn’t want to be adopted; he wants to be a cowboy. One night he gets the opportunity to escape and go on a grand adventure! Webster finds himself a hero rather than an outlaw as he helps people in the nearby town.
The story discusses serious subjects such as neglect and caring for animals with special needs in a fun, lighthearted atmosphere. It’s impossible not to love Webster and all of his friends.
Continue reading “Mark Twain Nominee Reviews, Part 1”
Have you ever heard of a cool library resource called Tumble Books Library? This resource provides hundreds of TumbleBooks, which are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books and adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book that you can read (or have read to you). Tumble Book Library also includes National Geographic videos and games.
Now here is even better news!
A new Tumblebook Library Deluxe App has just been released. Hooray! Now you can take all of the goodness mentioned above with you on the go. The app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.
Check out this wonderful YouTube video that provides demos on how to get started.
If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you out with your device. Simply stop by your closest library branch for assistance.