Reading Level: Ages 4 - 6
Have you ever seen a slug in your backyard or garden? If so, you may have wondered -- "how on earth would I go about teaching this slug to read, if it asked me? I don't know the first thing about teaching a slug to read!" Well, never fear -- this wonderful, instructional book will tell you everything you need to know about teaching slugs the wonderful art of reading. You might even learn some good tips for yourself!
A hilarious collection of stories from some of your favorite authors - don't miss out on this one. My personal favorite is the story by Kate DiCamillo and Jon Scieszka - a series of letters between a favorite author, and a kid looking to get his homework done quickly and easily.
Avery G., a second grader, has won the second Summer Reader of the Week Drawing. For more information on the Summer Reader of the Week drawings, look a few entries back!
Summer Reading has had a great start so far, nearly two weeks in. Here are some of our awesome statistics:
27 babies have registered online and shared 313 songs, rhymes, finger plays and books! There are many more who are participating using a paper log.
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 6
Jack and his mother go camping in Maine over Labor Day weekend, but when Jack wakes up on their first morning, his mother is gone, along with her tent and the car. Jack's mother has done this before, so he's worried... but knows she'll come back eventually. But the end of the weekend looms closer, and Jack's food money has long since run out.
Jack knows that if he tells anyone his mother has disappeared again, he'll be taken away from her, so he starts heading home, alone.
Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Amelia Earhart was one of the most formidable female pilots of her time, spurring her decision to be the first woman to fly around the world - alone. But a few hours into her flight, Amelia's plane lost radio contact with the ground and became lost. She was never found. Fleming's new biography of Earhart is great for younger readers interested in both the story and the time period.
Reading Level: Grades 6+
After accidentally crashing the country's online systems for three days, teenage hacker Sam finds himself recruited and working for Homeland Security - and all he intended to do was use Telecomerica's giant bank account to purchase new state-of-the-art laptops and neuroheadsets for him and his best friend. Suddenly, thrust into the world of professional hacking, Sam begins to unearth information about Telecomerica and the neuro-headsets that go against even his unscrupulous view of privacy.
Drop-in Chess has started up again for the summer. Dates are:
June 18th - 10:30am-12:00pm
June 25th - 10:30am-12:00pm
July 9th - 10:30am-12:00pm
July 16th - 10:30am-12:00pm
July 23th - 10:30am-12:00pm
July 30- 10:30am-12:00pm (Also the last day of Summer Reading.)
As always, our giant chess and checkers set are available at the Youth Desk if you can't attend our drop-in sessions.
Aidan H., a second grader, has won the first Summer Reader of the Week Drawing. Each week during Summer Reading the Youth Department runs a random drawing from summer reader participants who have written at least 3 online book reviews. As a winner, three of Aidan's favorite books reported on so far will be displayed on our Electronic Bulletin Board for the summer. Check back here or look up on our electronic bulletin board when you come in to see reads from future Summer Reader of the Week winners!