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Summer Reading Inspiration Part 9!

The Summer Reading Program is getting closer all the time.  When talking about science related literature, one author cannot be ignored.

Summer Reading Inspiration Part 8!

In Cinder by Marissa Meyer we meet a girl who lives in New Beijing with her stepmother, who hates her, one stepsister who, while shallow and a little mean isn't quite as bad as her mother, and her other stepsister, Pearl, who is fabulous and she loves dearly.  Cinder works as a mechanic, and while not totally a secret she keeps the fact she is a cyborg as quiet as possible as technically she is her stepmother's property.  Then Pearl gets the plague, Cinder is shipped off as

Summer Reading Inspiration Part 7!

It's Summer Reading Inspiration Part 7! 3 time Caldecott winner David Wiesner created another fabulous fantasy world which discusses art, friendship, and weather in Sector 7.  

This wordless picture book tells the story of a little boy on a trip to the Empire State building who makes friends with a cloud and gets 

Summer Reading Inspiration Part 6!

"It was a dark and stormy night..." This cliched phrase is most often seen when Snoopy writes at his typewriter, but it is also the first line in a very influential, classic science fiction novel.  It is hard to categorize A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle as a children, teen, or adult novel.  It is one of those novels which transcends ages.  Our three main characters are literal geniuses.  Calvin O'Keefe is the relative normal one.  He plays basketball, and has figured out the secret to

Summer Reading Inspiration Part 5! Literary Elements

Summer Reading Inspiration Part 5! Summer Reading is only a little over a month away! We are planning and plotting a really great program this summer, and to help you get excited, here is this fantastic anthology of short stories. In The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination a whole bunch of best selling authors put together hilarious, though sometimes still thoughtful and touching, stories of science run amuck.

Summer Reading Inspiration Part 4!

The Summer Reading Program is less than 2 months away.  Everyone should get their mad scientist hats on and check out yet another science related story.  This fantastic series is written by Lucy and Stephen Hawking, so you know the science is probably going to be pretty accurate. George, his friend Annie, and her dad are taken through space using a super computer named Cosmos. If you are a fan of Stephen Hawking or space in general, you need to read the fictional books he wrote with his daughter.

Fizz! Boom! Read! Summer Reading Inspiration Part #3

Summer Reading Inspiration time again!  Continuing our somewhat science theme is the middle grade fiction series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.  Artemis is a twelve year old criminal mastermind genius, who is just young enough to believe in the possibility of fairies, but old enough to see how they might be used to his advantage.  In this series, Artemis turns from villain to hero, using his superior knowledge of science and magic to at first outwit and then assist a surprisingly advan

Fizz! Boom! Read! Inspiration Part 2

Time for another recommendation to get everyone ready for Summer Reading!  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle started writing about forensic science before it was called forensic science.  Through the power of observation and deduction, Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr.

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Before you know it, it's going to be summer and time for our Summer Reading Program, "Fizz, Boom, Read!" So I am going to start recommending books somewhat related to the science based theme. The first book, or series is Franny K. Stein: Mad Scientist by J.K. Benton. This fabulous early chapter book series is about a girl who is a mad scientist and all the problems her experiments get her and everyone around her into.

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

The Banks children in Mary Poppins made their own kite and you can too!  This Tuesday at 4:30 pm we'll be making very simple kites to fly in this very windy March weather.  All kids ages 8 - 12 are welcome.

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