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Throwing Heat by Fred Bowen

Cover image of Throwing Heat featuring a male baseball pitcher throwing a pitch“Thwack! The ball smacked the canvas like a clap of thunder. 75”
 
As in a 75 mile/per hour fastball thrown by eighth grade starting pitcher Jack Lerner. Landon Middle School students Jack, Danny Cruz, Jaylin Jackson and Annie Li are inseparable. Jack, Danny and Jaylin all play for the school’s baseball team, the Landon Bears. Annie is their designated score reporter and never misses a game.
 
Jack’s fastball is on fire and he’s striking out more players than anyone in the league; the only trouble is he can’t always control it himself. His Coach has no choice but to put in the second line pitcher when Jack starts walking hitters left and right. After his sister begins dating an ex-college player, who’s agreed to provide coaching, Jack feels like he’s won the lottery. He hopes for help improving his fastball but cannot believe the advice to “change-up” his pitching routine. 
 
This page-turner is recommended for grades five and up. Fred Bowen delivers another sports story that teaches readers skills for on and off the field. According to this librarian Throwing Heat is a bases-loaded home run. 
 
 
 Jade, Kids World

Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale

Stripes of all types book cover with black and white stripes framing a skunk walking across grass"Stripes found in water, twisting on sand and poised on a leaf."

Discover different types of animals that have stripes and the natural habitats in which they live. A butterfly, a zebra, a tiger and a snail are all animals that have a stripe or more on their body. Why do they have these stripes and how do they help them survive? With simple, colorful illustrations and a glossary in the back, learn about these exciting animals!

Find Stripes of All Kinds in the Library.

Bridget, Kids World

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Image of the cover of the Graveyard Book featuring a blue background with a tombstone on it“The fog wreathed around him like a long-lost friend.” 

Nobody Owens lives in a graveyard. Orphaned as a toddler, Nobody, or Bod for short, is raised by the ghosts of Mr. and Mrs. Owens, under the watchful eye of his guardian, Silas. Educated with the help of the residents of the graveyard, who just happen to be ghosts, he is taught how to walk the fine line between the living and the dead. A graveyard full of ivy-covered, crumbling headstones is a fantastic place for a curious boy like Bod to grow up. However, the graveyard isn’t without its own hazards and Bod has several near-death experiences with the frightening Indigo Man, an ominous Sleer and a ghoul gate that no one should ever go near. Adventure within the graveyard is perilous, but it pales in comparison with what lies in store for Bod if he leaves the security of the graveyard. Outside the gates, danger, and most likely death, awaits him in the form of a man named Jack. Responsible for the death of Bod’s family, Jack has been searching for years and will stop at nothing to find the boy who got away.
 
Exciting and mysterious, with just the right amount of creepy, this book is hard to put down! Perfect for those who have always wondered what it would be like to wander a graveyard at night from the safety of your own home. Fans of Neil Gaiman’s work will not be disappointed with this eccentric tale about a family of ghosts raising their son in a graveyard!
 
 
Bridget, Kids World

The Library Lock-in Program

All Lock-in attendees will be contacted by the end of today, Friday July 5th.

If you are one of the lucky ones attending, please remember to bring:

  • your socks!  This is important because you cannot go barefoot.
  • sleepwear consisting of a t-shirt top (no tank tops) and long pants. It gets cold in the library at night.
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • a 6 inch flashlight. We play flashlight games and you do not want to be left out.

If you have lost your list of items to bring that was attached to your permission form, you can pick up a copy at the Kids World desk.

Congratulations to everyone attending, and we will see you on Friday July 19th at 7pm.

Cookbooks for Kids

Book Cover for 'Yummy Soup and Salad Recipes' by Jennifer S. Larson; has a bowl with strawberryLooking for something to do this summer now that school is out? Spend some time in the kitchen with a few of our kid-friendly cookbooks.

The cookbooks live in the nonfiction section at J 641.8 and are great to look over for something new and tasty to eat. Try out different recipes for desserts, sandwichs, soups, and snacks or even cook up a main course dish. There is even a guten free cookbook for those with special dietary concerns.

Find cookbooks for kids in the Library.

Celeste, Kids World

Two Shy Pandas by Julia Jarman

Cover image of the book Two Shy Pandas featuring two pandas on different sides of a fence waving to each other.This is a sweet and simple story about friendship and the importance of being a good neighbor. Panda and Pandora, who live at numbers one and two Bamboo Gardens, are eager to meet. However, both are very shy and cannot find the courage to say hello. When winter comes to Bamboo Gardens a snowball changes everything...

Preschool aged children will enjoy this tale.

Find Two Shy Pandas in the Library 

Jade, Kids world

Part-time Princess by Sarah Underwood

Part-time princess book cover, has young blonde princess with blue dress riding a green dragon"During the day, I am a regular girl....But at night, after Mom kisses me and tucks me in, I become a princess."

After a day filled with spelling tests and following the rules, a young girl becomes a princess. While there is plenty of pink to go around, this is not your typical princess picture book. Filled with bravery, compassion, and a sense of adventure, the young princess faces various emergencies from fire-breathing dragons to trolls crashing the ball. It is "princess to the rescue!" This self-empowered young girl takes charge of each situation saving the kingdom, "as usual." Too bad it was all a dream, or was it?

A great book to share between mom and daughter as the young girl's mom makes a queenly appearance in most escapades. Recommended for princess fans ranging from PreK to first grade.

Find Part-time Princess in the Library.

Celeste, Kids World

Movie Monday: Wreck-it Ralph Additional Viewing

Movie cover for Wreck-it Ralph featuring a brawny Ralph in the center towering over additional arcade game charactersDue to the large number of registration requests for Movie Monday: Wreck-it Ralph, we will now be showing the movie twice.

On Monday, June 10th, those that registered first will be viewing Wreck-it Ralph at the original time of 2:00 pm.

The additional viewing of the movie will occur earlier at 10:00 am, and will be for those who submitted registration requests after the original time slot had been filled.

Email reminder notices will be sent out with the time of the movie your child has been registered for. You may contact the Kids World desk to verify your child's registration.

As with all programs, priority goes to Norridge and Harwood Heights cardholders. Only children who are registered have guaranteed seats. Seats are guaranteed until 10 minutes after the program has started. After that period, seats become available to anyone on a first come, first served basis.

If you have registered for the program and know you will be unable to attend, please contact the Kids World desk to cancel.

 

Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin

Cover image of the book Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones featuring a small cabin in a dark forest with silhouettes of people running out of the cabin."Remember: the Pine City Dancers...One year later, they still haven't found any of the bodies."

Sixth graders Ian, Kendra and PJ think that the school camping trip is going to be a piece of cake. They have no clue that they are going to spend most of their time lost in the woods, no cell phones, no food and no help.  It feels like they will never find another human being again. Unfortunately, that is not the case when the trio stumble upon an abandoned cabin. There are plenty of people there, zombies are a kind of person right? On the run from the ravenous undead (these are definately not fluffy bunny zombies) the trio find that zombies are not as brainless as TV makes them out to be.

This is the first book in the Gravediggers series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Beware though, it is not for the faint of heart. If you don't enjoy reading about rotting reanimated corpses this is not the book for you. If you love the Goosebumps series and are looking for something a little longer this book is for you.

Find Mountain of Bones in the Library

Tiffany, Kids World

Registration for Summer Programs

Summer Reading Artwork featuring children riding a flying books with a polar bearRegistration for all of the Kids World summer programs is now open.

Come to the Kids World desk to sign up for Summer Reading, where you keep track of how many minutes you read. Come in once a week starting June 10th to receive a prize. Get up to five of the small prizes with additional prizes if you read 500 minutes by the end of July.

Those going into 4th, 5th, and 6th grade may also pick up the Library Lockin Permission Form at the Kids Desk if they would like a chance to attend the July sleepover event. Remember, there are no guaranteed spots. 50 names of those that turned in the permission form will be pulled at random. All permission forms need to be turned in by June 28th in order to be eligible to participate.

To sign up for all the other summer programs, you may stop by the Kids Desk, or register online.

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