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It Came From the New Shelf! New Non-Fiction

Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons

If you are bored, as the saying goes, look closer. With beautiful close-up photographs of some of nature’s most astounding creations, Curious Critters and Curious Critters Volume 2 will have you doing a double take at that Blue Jay sitting in the driveway. Read More..

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Chomp Scat Flush Hoot

Parental units may know that Carl Hiaason writes mysteries for adults, but less known are his good novels for kids about 9 and up. They are intelligent mystery adventures with that Hiaason casual/cutting humor, set in the Florida, all with an environmental/ecological/animal-respecting theme that is not preaching, just the way things are. Read More..

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Poetry Outside the Box

Move over, budding poets, a new poet is in the house! Karma Wilson, best known for her outstanding picture books (Bear Feels Sick, etc.) has written a delightful poetry book entitled Outside the Box.  Not only is Outside the Box a very entertaining read, the illustrator is Caldecott Honor winner Diane Goode.   Read More..

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It Came From the New Shelf!

Three of the best from our New Picture Book collection:

Where Do We Go When We Disappear? by Isabel Minhos Martins and Madalena Matoso

Where we go when we disappear? Humans have been pondering this riddle since we developed the capacity Read More..

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“Holy Unanticipated Occurrences!”

It all began with a vacuum cleaner, a Ulysses Super-Suction, Multi-Terrain 2000X to be exact, that raced out of control across the neighbor’s lawn and sucked up an unsuspecting squirrel.  Ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman (super hero comic book aficionado and self-described cynic) who was watching from her bedroom window could only utter “Holy bagumba” Read More..

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Gardening With Kids

Summer vacation brings swimming, camps and ice cream. But often summer also brings loss of recently learned classroom knowledge and skills that can cause setbacks in learning. Gardening is a great way to incorporate learning, exercise, and fun into any kids summer. It’s also a wonderful way to create bonding time with your child! Gardens come in all shapes Read More..

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Summer Noise

Summer readers and families are packing into our small space to pick up their reading logs and to bring them back finished to get their prizes, and to come to storytimes, and clubs. And to sit around and use the computers and iPads, read books, talk, socialize, study, and just be away from home!  When you think about it, Read More..

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Nintendo WII U

The Lawrence Public Library video game collection now features games for the Nintendo WII U system.  While there are already a couple dozen titles available for checkout, only 9 of them are ESRB rated suitable for children.  WII U games are not backward compatible to the older generation Nintendo Wii systems, so they are only playable on the WII U.  The following are a couple recommendations that are ESRB rated E for Everyone. Read More..

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Take a hike!

Looking for a fun activity this summer that doesn’t cost a lot of money?  Find a nature park and look for its trail system.  Maps are usually available at the visitors’ center.  What a wonderful way to spend the day —hiking on a nature trail, finding all kinds of treasures along the way.  One of our nation’s most popular and renown hiking trail Read More..

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On the Road Again: Audiobooks!

Summer is here, and the kids are out of school.  For many families, this means only one thing:  ROAD TRIP!  Whether it’s a visit to the grandparents, a family reunion, or a little R&R at a state or national park, the combination of long hours and the cramped space of the car can often produce a result that is less than relaxing.  Read More..

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