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A-Hoy Pirates!

Talk Like a Pirate Day logo: yellow circle with a black and white sketch of a bearded pirate with eye patch and peg leg who has a parrot on his shoulderAll pirates are welcome to drop-in the Story Room anytime between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 19th to play games and make a craft.

We will be looking around Dead Book Isle seeking buried treasure. Watch out for danger if you are forced to walk the plank!

Pirate garb is welcomed, but not mandatory for celebrating this international holiday.

Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee

Elvis and the Underdogs book cover; a large blue dog is behind a african american girl with a soccerball, a blonde boy with arms crossed, and a boy with black hair holding a laptop“Dr. Helen opened a box and pulled out a green helmet…”

Benji Wendell Barnsworth, who was born premature, is the smallest in his grade and constantly bullied. Prone to getting sick he also has a scary tendency of fainting without any warning. Benji feels hopeless when his doctor prescribes an embarrassing green helmet be worn at all times. The only other option is to adopt a dog trained for medical emergencies.

Benji’s therapy dog, Parker Elvis Pembroke IV (Elvis), is a two-hundred pound Newfoundland. If that weren’t crazy enough, Elvis can talk! Will Elvis give Benji the courage to stand up to his bullies and illness? Or will Benji get caught talking to his dog and be less popular than ever?

Elvis and the Underdogs is a hilarious read that is both sentimental and empowering. Through his relationship with Elvis, Benji learns to make new friends and take chances. The supporting characters provide many laughs in this fast paced story. Animal lovers will especially relate to this story.

Find Elvis and the Underdogs in the Library.

Jade, Kids World

Nugget & Fang, Friends Forever--or Snack Time by Tammi Sauer

Cover image of Nugget and Fang featuring a large shark and a small fish smiling at each other."They did everything together...until it was time for Nugget to go to school."

Can a big shark and a little minnow really be best friends? When Nugget goes away to minnow school, he makes a shocking discovery - sharks like to eat minnows! Shark misses his best friend and tries his best to prove that he does not, in fact, want to eat minnows, but Nugget isn't so sure. When Nugget finds himself in trouble, it is up to Fang to save the day and rescue the minnows. Will Nugget be able to look past their difference and be friends with Fang again?

With bright and colorful illustrations, this 'fishy' tale reminds us that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

Find Nugget & Fang, Friends Forever--or Snack Time in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

New Storytime Schedule

Blue felt board with black behind it; On felt are colored letters spelling out "Storytime"; a book felt peice and a clock felt peice are above the letters; behing the felt board is 'Jack The Puppet" which consists of googly eyes in a fist with an orange and red striped shirtWe asked and you responded!

We would like to thank everyone in the community for their suggestions of better times and dates for storytime. Based on your survey responses, the storytime schedule has a complete new look.

The new storytime schedule goes into effect for the Fall/Winter session. Storytime will begin Monday September 9th and go through the month of November.

Make sure to take a good look before heading to the library for storytime as no class remained at the same time. Additional storytimes have been added to the schedule. We now offer 11 weekly storytime options. Some of the new changes include adding the highly requested afternoon storytimes for children three to five years old. Another change is that Polish storytimes have been moved to morning and afternoon time slots to hopefully fit better in the children's daily routine.  We also made family storytime, an all ages storytime, a part of the weekly schedule. Many thanks to all the families who made its trial phase this summer so much fun.

Perfecting the storytime schedule will take time, and we'd love to hear some feedback on these new changes. Please drop by the Kids Desk to let us know your thoughts. The new schedule will be reassessed based on your feedback before the Winter/Spring session starts in January. We appreciate your patience during this transition period.

You can check out the new storytime schedule online or by stopping by Kids World.

Thanks again for taking the time to complete the survey!

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-El

Not Your Typical Dragon book cover with a green dragon in bottom left corner blowing bubbles that rise across the book cover"He could feel a tingling inside his tummy. But when he opened his mouth, fire did not come out."

What would a dragon do if he could not breathe fire? That is the dilemma Crispin Blaze finds himself in when he discovers on his 7th birthday that he cannot breathe fire! This is quite unheard of, and after several failed attempts to learn how to breathe fire, Crispin decides that it would best for everyone if he ran away. However, With the help of Sir George, a knight, Crispin discovers that maybe being different isn't so bad after all!

Funny and heartwarming, Crispin's story will make you laugh and appreciate everything that makes you unique.

Find Not Your Typical Dragon in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

Zebrafish by Sharon Emerson

Cover image of Zebrafish featuring teen band members holding musical instruments on a green background."If we think we're a band, we become a band!"
This graphic novel centers on Vita, the “new girl” with purple hair, as she forms a band and a new group of friends.  The band mates, each with his or her own personality, style and backstory, combine their talents to create a music video.  Things don't go exactly as planned when they perform at school but their effort becomes much more meaningful than just another night of rock and roll fun.    
Perfect for 5th-8th graders, the story is told completely through dialogue, including puns and pop culture references that tweens will enjoy.  The cartoon-style illustrations include subtle, fun details relating to life as an American teenager.  Adults are almost non-existent here, another factor in how relatable tweens and young teens will find this book.
Mary Jo, Kids World

Storytime Survey

Storytime is over for now but we need your help.  We are asking everyone to please take some time to fill out our short survey to determine if Kids World needs to change any times or dates in our current Storytime schedule.  

Based on our results we will be creating our new storytime schedule that will run from September 9, 2013 to November 29, 2013.

Please take our survey here.

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