Tuesday, September 6, 2016

In which we say goodbye to summer....

Sigh.  Summer is over.  I am sad to see it go.

Relaxed bedtimes, summer camp, the freedom of walking out of your house without 1,000 layers of clothes that make it too difficult to buckle seatbelts or fit behind the steering wheel.

The joy of knowing you'll be warmed by the sun, lick melting popsicles that make you sticky but it doesn't matter because you'll be swimming soon anyway.

School offers it's own excitement.  My second grader is thrilled she gets her own locker! We've been instructed in the finer points of how to open said locker, and that there are two spaces.   My 7th grader, well, the jury's still out.  She's excited to see her friends again, is looking forward to the clubs she'll get involved in at school.  She's also still getting to know her teachers though.  There is a subtle anxiety about 7th grade but she has good friends that will see her through.

New books, new supplies: backpacks anyone?

It's still summer though! I refuse to let it go.  There's still a little summer joy in the air.  As much as I love summer I do love how the nights transition in to the cool nights of soon-to-be Fall.  So, if we could have a new season: Sall OR Fummer, ya know, a combo of Fall and Summer, that might be kinda "cool".  Because I do love Fall too.  The cozy feeling of wrapping in a warm blanket with a good book, sipping a hot drink.  It's what comes after Fall that I dread.  And we will not speak it's name.

So to you all I say, welcome back to school, enjoy the last days of summer.  We're here, we're hip, and we're "moving right along!"

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril, by Tuit Sutherland

The most dangerous dragon Pyrrhia Peril, who was working for Queen Scarlet, (a hidden skywing queen who wants to get her throne back) he will burn whatever he touched including dragons, clay (a mud wing from Jade Winglet), his only friend joined Queen Ruby (the daughter of Scarlet).  Now Peril became to support Ruby but he had put under a spell by his father who supports Scarlet.

I liked this book because it's exciting and has a lot of actions.

Two other books I would recommend are Percy Jackson and the Olympians AND Mythlopedia.

The Jungle Book

Mowgli, a man cub, has to learn to survive in the jungle and try to stay out of the sight of Sherkan.

I liked this book because it is a classic.

Two other books I would recommend are: Descendants AND The Selection.

A Dozen Fairy Dresses, by Tennant Redbank

Hem has to make a dozen fairy dresses for the Purple Moon Night ball.  So she makes them.  And then she forgets to make hers.  And she ends up having the best dress out of all the leftovers from the other dresses.

I liked this book because it was about fairies and I love fairies.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This book is great for anyone that likes mysteries.

I liked this book because it was very suspenseful.

Two other books I would recommend are: Encyclopedia Brown #1 AND #2.

Roberto Clemente: Young Baseball Hero, by Francene Sabin

Roberto Clemente is a spanish baseball player from Puerto Rico.  He was born August 18, 1934.  The island is located in between North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

I liked this book because it taught me alot about where he was born and what he became.

Two other books I would recommend are: The Meanest Doll in the World AND The Doll People.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventure: The African Safari Discovery, by Jeff Brown

Stanley goes to Africa when he hears something is flat there.  His dad and brother come along.  He jumps off a plane (no parachute).  Also, he almost gets eaten by a lion.  

I liked this book because of all the adventurous things that happen to him.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, by Jeff Kinney

Gregs best friend gets a girl.  Now Greg's on his own.  He goes and tries to find a friend, but at the end he can't get Rowley back. Until he gets dumped.

I liked this book because Greg leads such a crazy life and because it's really funny.

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

August was born with a strange face.  Which causes him to get bullied.  When he goes to school he's a new kid, but imagine being the new kid with his face?  Then with some adventure and friends he gets through it all.

I liked this book because  it helps us prepare for middle school.

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, by Louis Sachar

Wayside is a 30-story tall building.  Everything is weirdly explainable.  They get teachers who come and go.  The teachers get their own story.

I liked this book because in every chapter there's another surprise.

Emily Windsnap and the Monster in the Deep, by Liz Kessler

This book is one of the best books I've ever read.  If you love fantasy this is the book for you.  This is the 2nd book in the Emily Windsnap series so I would recommend reading the 1st book before reading this one.

I liked this book because I love fantasy books more than any other genre.

Two other books I would recommend are: Emily Windsnap ann the Castle in the Mist  AND The Tail of Emily Windsnap.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Vicar of Nibbleswicke, by Roald Dahl

The Reverend Lee is suffering from a rare acutely embarrassing condition.  It's called Dystexia.  It affects his speeches.  But his parishioners are confused about his comments.  At last they find a cure and he was normal again.

I liked this book because it was by one of my favorite authors; Roald Dahl.

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz

I liked this book, but it had some parts where I wouldn't recommend it to kids younger than me.  It would be too gross or scary to others.

I liked this book because it was an exciting twist to your regular fairytale.

Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs

I loved this book!  It is very exciting and fun to read because the author left alot of cliff hangers.  I couldn't put this book down!  I can't wait to read the next book: Space Out!

I liked this book because I love, love, LOVE mysteries!

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The Rise of the Black Wolf, by Derek Benz

On vacation with Max's father in Scotland, the Black Wolves attack and stalk Greg Griffin in the rest of their journey to recover the spear of Ragnarok.

I liked this book because it is interesting fantasy.

Two other books I would recommend are: The Revenge of the Shadow King AND The Fall of the Templar

Surf's Up Geronimo!, by Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton wants a nice quiet vacation.  But then his cousin pulls him in to an agency that sends him to this dirty, musty hotel.  The ocean is twenty miles away.

I liked this book because it is funny.  I love Geronimo!

Two other books I would recommend are: Peach Fuzz AND Surf's Up, Geronimo

Are You My Bird?, by Marybeth Mataya

This book told us some facts about birds.

I liked this book because the illustrations looked realistic.

Muhammad Ali

This biography tells about the life of Muhammad Ali.  When Ali was a boy his name was Cassius Clay.  One day Clay's property was stolen.  He got so angry he wanted to punch the thief so he started boxing.  Cassius got so good at boxing over the years that he won the light heavyweight championship.  Later, Clay decided to join the Nation of Islam and took the name Muhammad Ali.  After Ali won the heavyweight championship he was banned from boxing because he refused to be drafted into war.  After Muhammads ban was lifted he was diagnosed  with Parkinson's disease and retired.  He unfortunately passed away in 2016.

I liked this book because Muhammad became the greates of all because of a stolen bike.

Two other books I would recommend are: Wonder AND Pluto

Cockatiels and Other Parrots, by World Book's Animals of the World

This book told us some facts about cockatiels.  I liked this book because this book did not just mention about cockatiels it talked about other parrots too!

The BFG, Roald Dahl

The BFG is an amazing book about the Big Friendly Giant (The BFG) and a little girl named Sophie. Sophie was snatched from her bed during the Witching Hour when she saw the giant.  He told ehr about Giant Country.  She had met and seen the ginormous, gruesome giants.  All giants eat humans at night except the BFG.  Sophie needed to stop the animal like giants from eating humans.  She came up with a plan.

I liked this book because it is a terrific story about a friendly giant, terrible giants and a little girl.  It is a super suspenseful book as well.  I have read this book many times and loved it even more with every time I read it.

Another book I would recommend is: Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is an amazing story.  It's about a boy named August (Auggie) Pullman.  He is 10 years old and was born with a face that is completely NOT ordinary. Some describe him as deformed and some as having a defect.  He has never gone to school before.  He ends up going to school because his mom thought that it was a better idea than him being homeschooled.  All the kids tease him.  They call him names.  Throughout his first year at a real school he makes some friends.  By the end of the school year all the kids are his friend except Julia (the bully). This book is told in the point of view of 6 people and it is wonderful.

Another book I would recommend is: The BFG.

The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief, by Geronimo Stilton

All the pumpkins in New Mouse City disappears.  It's because of a clown.  He and Hercules win a contest.  Then they all have a good Halloween.

I liked this book because it's funny.

Happy Birthday Josefina, by Valerie Tripp

Josefina breaks something precious of Tia Magdalena.  She hopes for a second chance to learn to be a healer.  But Josefina's given a chance.  She heals Marianna when a rattlesnake bit her while she saved Sombrita.  Her birthday celebrates much more than her birth.

I liked this book because it is full of hope.

Rebecca to the Rescue, by Jaqueline Dembar Greene

Rebecca goes to Coney Island, but her brother's very bossy.  She and Ana go off on their own and are separated.  Ana's still on the roller-coaster when it breaks down.  She gets scared though.

I liked this book because it is full of excitement.

Your'e Mine, Captain!, by Geronimo Stilton

In this book Geronimo helps 2 aliens whose ship has broken down.  He accompanies them to their planet called FLurkon.  While he's there the queen falls in love with him and wants him to stay with them forever.  She wants to have them at a banquet and he finds out that Flurk is cheese.  The Mouse star lost all its cheese.  They played golf to marry the princess.  They didn't finish but were able to go back with cheese.

I liked this book because Geronimo Stilton mouse series is one of my favorite series.

Two other books I would recommend are: Galactic Goal AND Surfing for Secrets.

Down and Out and Down Under, by Geronimo Stilton

He went on an adventure to Australia and leans to survive sharks, poisonous snakes, and the outback. He sees many animals (they hurt him).  Somehow he survives with the help of  Petunia and her brother.

I liked this book because I really like adventures.

A Mouserific Birthday, by Geronimo Stilton

It is Geronimo Stilton and Gerry Berry's birthdays.  Gerry wrote some plans that he was going to do for his birthday.  And then Gerry took Geronimos wallet to do what he wanted to do for his birthday.

I liked this chapter book because I like my birthday and Geronimo and Gerry are celebrating their birthdays.

Mist of Chiconteague, by Marguerite Henry

There are a lot of horses that we see that are beautiful or that are talented.  After the Phantom's ship was destroyed, the Phantom and the other horses find and.  Then two kids named Paul and Maureen find him because other farmers wanted to capture them.  It's up to them to find him sot hey could finally see him.

I liked this book because it talks about my favorite animal.

Two other books I would recommend are: Justin Morgan Had a Horse AND King of the Wind.

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

There is this boy named August and he has a disabled mouth.  He has to wear hearing aids so that he can hear better.

I liked this book because it teaches me alot about August and how he became disabled.

Two other books I would recommend are: Shirley Temple AND LEGO Friends.

Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine had a friend named Margaret.  Clementine cut off Margaret's hair and tried to fix it by coloring on her head, but that just got her in more trouble.

I liked this book because I liked how Clementine cut off her hair so that her hair was not even.

Two other books I would recommend are: The Wizard of Oz AND Amelia Bedelia Unleashed

The Well Wishers, by Edward Eager

James and Lara's family used to live in New York.  The Red House had a well in the garden.  And the day Lyndia Green moved in she said it was a wishing well.  A lot of strange things  happened that summer and a lot of wishes came true.

I liked this book because it was full of wishes.

Cool Zone: The Great One and The Pain Soggy Eye Roll, by Judy Blume

The Pain and the Great One can't agree on anything unless they both get profit like in the chapter Fifty-Fifty when the Pain lost a tooth on the bus and the Pain begged them to keep it until the end of the day.  One day the Pain got a new magnifying glass from grandma and he wanted to show it to his class.  So he took it to school and a bully really wanted it.  The Pain did not give it up so he played tricks on them for the rest of the book.

I liked this book because it told the story of brothers and sisters.

Two other books I would recommend are: BFG AND Mockingbird

Out of the Rear Window, by Michael Dahl

This book is about a magician that is lost.  Ty and Charlie have to find the missing magician because Ty would get in really big trouble.

I liked this book because it is mysterious and adventurous.

Two other books I would recommend are: Optical Illusions AND Dork Diaries.

Optical Illusions, by Keith Kay

This book is about these cool optical illusions that you don't really see.  I liked this book because it has illusions you have to figure out.  Most of them are really cool.

Two other books I would recommend are; Locomotion AND Out the Rear Window.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Creature in My Closet

At first I thought I wouldn't like it.  Now, since I've read it I love it.  I want to read every book in the series.

Max Disaster #1, by Marissa Moss

Max loves aliens!  But some things are going wrong at his house.  His parents have been fighting a LOT.  Max hopes they don't split!  Omar's, (Max's best friend) parents have split.  Max is very worried.  Finally, Max's parents do split.  Max is VERY upset.

I liked this book because I had already read the 2nd book and it was GOOD!

Two other books I would recommend are: Max Disaster #2 AND Max Disaster #1

The Secret of the Sphinx, by Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo, Petunia, Benjamin, Bugsy and Trap travel back in time to when they were building the Sphinx.  The Pirate Cats are there too.  They are trying to convince Pharoh to make the Sphinx a head of a cat.

I liked this book because it has drama and it is funny.

Two other books I would recommend are: The Secret of the Sphinx AND Peach Fuzz

Peach Fuzz #1, by Lindsay Cibos

Amanda gets a pet ferret.  She names her Peach.  Peach is very aggressive.  She bites Amanda a lot.  Peach is not used to being in a cage with no ferrets.  Amanda's mother spends a lot of money on Peach.

I like this book because it is a graphic novel.

Two other books I would recommend are: Peach Fuzz AND Who Stole Mona Lisa?

The Phantom of the Subway, by Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton woke up very late!  He got dressed and got ready for work.  When he got to the subway he heard a MEOW! It is time for a scoop for the Rodents Gazette.

I liked this book because it is creepy.  It is funny.

Two other books I would recommend are: The Box Car Children AND Saving Lily

Minecraft Enchanting and Potion Brewery, by James Zeiger

This book is interesting, fun and tells good facts about Minecraft.  It helps kids to play Minecraft.  This book will be a lot of fun Minecraft lovers.

I liked this book because it tells you facts that you don't know.  It gives you tips like if you go to the nether there are things that you have to fight.  It also tells you about potions and other stuff.

Riptide, by Kat Falls

Riptide is about a pioneer who lives subsea.  His parents are kidnapped by the vicious trident weilding surfs.  To rescue them he must travel across the water colonies and team up with corrupt government officials and avoid getting slaughtered by outlaws.  Plus, he must help his friend get over her fear of the sea.

I liked this book because it was a fast-paced, action-mystery.

Two other books I would recommend are: The Bane AND The Sword of Shannara.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Loud Silence of Francine Green, by Karen Cushman

This book was heartwarming and touching.  I could not put it down.  It is about a girl who lives near the time when Russians were not appreciated.  She has a friend who is a troublemaker and usually makes the teachers very mad.  Then starts the killing.  People start to think the war with Communists is up again.  It is a very interesting book and I hope you read it.

I liked this book because it was very realistic and the book itself is nice to read.  It makes you feel like you are in the book.

Two other books I would recommend are: Signal AND Pegasus Book 2

Happily Ever After, by Keira Cass

The Selection is told again but this time from Maxon, Marlee, Amberly, Aspen, Celeste and Lucy's point of view.

I liked this book because it had a lot of details.

Two other books I would recommend are:

The One AND The Crown

Harriet the Invincible, by Ursula Vernon

Harriet is not your typical princess, she's a hamster.  But when her parents tell her about the curse Ratshade put upon her she says she's invincible.  So she goes on dangerous adventures for two years and comes back the week before her birthday.  When Ratshade comes back, instead of pricking her finger on the hamster wheel she throws Ratshade on to the hamster wheel and everyone falls into a deep sleep, except for Harriet and her family.

Two other books I would recommend are:  Bird and Squirrel AND The Throne of Fire

Louis Braille, The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind, by Margaret Davidson

Louis wanted to be a harness maker just like father.  So one day when he was three years old everyone in his family was too busy to pay attention to him.  He could have played by himself but he went to his fathers workbench and played with his tools and poked himself in the eye.  He went  to a school for the blind and wanted to read, but the raised print letters were too hard to read.  At the age of 12 he created the Braille alphabet.

One other book I would recommend is: The Throne of Fire.

But Names Will Never Hurt Me, by Bernard Waber

Alison Wonderlands problems began when she moved to a new school.  When they did the roll call, every one made fun of her because of her name and referred to it as Alice in Wonderland.  Every day people made fun of her but then she started to ignore them and had a happy life.

Lunch Money, by Andrew Clements

This book is about 2 kids who are trying make money by selling comic books!  But they soon find out that selling comic books are not allowed in school. So they go to the school counsel and ask permission with their support.   Read the book and see what happens.

I liked this book because I liked how Andrew Clements writes and details this story.

Dragon Ball Z, vol. 1, by Akira Toriyama

Dragonball Z is a science-fiction graphic novel about an alien that thinks he's a human until other aliens attempt to destroy earth.  The action is based on martial arts but is exaggerated in order to make it more exciting.

I liked this book because it is very action packed and exciting.  When the heroes are defending Earth, it often seems like they won't prevail, which helps add suspense.

Two other books I think others would enjoy are:

Wonder AND Augie & Me

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PIE, by Sarah Weeks

When Alice's aunt Polly, the pie queen leaves the recipe to her cat Lardo, she leaves her cat with Alice.

I liked this book because it is a confection...warm, delicious and filling...

Two other books I think others would enjoy are:  The Great Trouble AND The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

Star Wars: T.P.M., by Hanna Dolan

This book is about 2 Jedis who help a princess fight back the Driod army and a Sith lord.  The Sith is evil.

I liked this book because it has Star Wars and Star Wars is cool and also my favorite.

Hero Factory: Meet the Heros, by Shari Last

This book is all about Lego Heroes in the Hero factory and how they're made and what they do.

I liked this book because it's a Lego book and legos inspired me to be a Tech.E, MIT, inventor, scientist.

Two other books I think others would like are:  Wonder AND Holes.

Gamer, The Next Level

Gamer, The Next Level is about Mia and her brother Zak.  They find a game in a lake and they take it home.  Mia ate her dinner and came up when she saw her XBox in Zak's room.  She was mad but she started to play it.  But the game is real and Zak is captured by an octopus.  Will Mia save her brother?

I loved this book because  I like how they worked with each other and they were family.

Nightmares, by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller

Nightmares is about this boy named Charlie who has nightmares about his stepmother being a witch.  But it takes over his body and takes control.  Will Charlie survive?

I liked this book because it made Charlie dream that he was in a cage and locked up.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein

12 winners are selected to be the first people to enter the town's high-tech public library.  They have to escape it before noon tomorrow.

I liked this book because of the action and suspense.

I would also recommend the Titan's Curse.

The Heir, by Keira Cass

America Singers daughter, an heir to the throne, is going to have her own selection where she can pick one boy out of 35 to be her husband and the future king of Ilea.

I liked this book because it is very interesting.

Two other books I think others would enjoy are:

The One AND The Crown

This review was written by Diya.

The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan

The 7 demigods of the Argo 11 have embarked on a quest to save the world.  With the Romans on their tails, they sail speedily to the ancient lands and the Mare Nostrum.

I liked this book because it's about Greek mythology.

Two other books I think others would like are:

The Lost Hero AND The Son of Neptune.

The Museum of Mysteries, by David Glover

This book takes you on an adventure through a museum full of math mysteries.  Though it might be difficult, you can always bounce back.

Two other books I think others would like are:

Cavern of Clues AND Mansion of Mazes

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

Ivan the gorilla lives at exit 8 Big Top Mall.  Stella the elephant is Ivan's best friend but she is very old.  She has an infection in her foot.  Bob is Ivan's other friend.  When Stella dies, Mack (the mall owner) needs another elephant.   Ruby comes along.

I liked this book because I read it in school.  I think it really deserved the Newberry medal.

Two other books I think others would enjoy are:

On the Banks of Plum Creek AND The One and Only Ivan.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Max Disaster #2, by Marissa Moss

This review was written about one of our wrapped book challenge books.  Come in to the library to try your mind at the wrapped book challenge!

Max's teacher assigned partners for an Egyptian project.  Max got his best friend, Omar.  Max loves aliens.  He wants to prove that aliens made the pyramids.  Max's mom got some books from the library. One of them is a magic book.  Max shows the book to Omar.  Omar finds a page on a love potion.  They tried it but it didn't work.  Then Max finds some proof about the alien thing.....

I liked this because it had a lot of action.  It was interesting.  The illustrations were great!

Two other books I think others would enjoy are:

The One and Only Ivan AND Little House on the Prairie

Sports Jokes, by Hugh Moore

Why shouldn't you tell jokes while ice-skating?  The ice might crack up.

I liked this book because the jokes were corney.

Foul Play Jokes that Won't Strike Out, by Rick and Ann Walton

What sports do cows like to play?  Foot-ball.

I liked this book because the jokes were funny.

Outdoor Jokes, by Pam Rosenberg

What happened when the sill camper bought a sleeping bag?  He spent 3 weeks trying to wake it up!

I liked this book because it was funny.

Best School Jokes, EVER by Mat Rissinger and Philip Yates

I think this book is really good for kids who like to tell jokes in school.

I liked this book because the jokes were hilarious.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The One, by Kiera Cass

A girl named America Singer is in the selection with 35 other girls who want to get married to Prince Maxon.

I liked this book because this book has a lot of details.

Two other books I think others would enjoy are:

The Selection AND The Elite.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Adventures of Bean Boy, by Lisa Hardraker

Tucker MacBean is just a normal boy who loves comics.  But his problems are severe, including a torn family.  Everyday, Tucker must take care of his little brother while his mom is struggling at college.  One day, in Tuckers favorite comic he sees a page that advertised a contest that said to create a sidekick for Tucks favorite hero, H2O.  The winner gets a scholarship.  Tucker creates Bean Boy, an ordinary student that eats powerful beans that give him the power of Bean.  While working on the comic, Tucker becomes a very respecting student.  He even manages to get the grumpiest girl in school happy.  Finally, Tucker arrives at home to find he won the scholarship and his mom had won a scholarship from an essay.

I liked this book because it was realistic fiction and something like this can happen to anyone.

Two other books I think someone else would enjoy are:

Blood on the River AND Sign of the Beaver

This reviewer has a graphic novel posted on the Game ON! bulletin board in the Children's Department at the Russell Library!  Come and check it out.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Marley and Me, by John Grogan

In my opinion I think the book Marley & Me was good because in the chapter the pictures explain what is happening.

I liked this book because it has a lot of funny pictures and also he was a crazy puppy.

Two other books I think others would like are:

Dork Diary 3 AND Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Haunted Cabin Mystery, by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Alden Children are going to visit their grandfather's friend, Cap.  But Cap gets hurt on a mysterious hole in the ground.  The Alden Children take good care of Cap.  But then mysterious things start happening.

I liked this book because it sends a shiver up my back.  I love Violet (one of the Alden children).

Two other books I think others would like are:

Sarah, Plain and Tall AND Saving Lily

Reviewed by Ailish

Mr. Burke is Berserk!, by Dan Gutman

Mr. Burke (the school grounds keeper) is digging in the school playground.  He finds "gold" while Mayor Hubble is making cuts for the school.  All the teachers are going crazy about the "gold", "silver" and "gilver".  Mayor Hubble wants the "gold, silver and "gilver" but does not know it is fake.

I liked this book because it is funny.  All the teachers names are weird.  AJ (the main character) name is funny.

Two other books I think others would enjoy are:

Miss Hannah is Bananas! AND The Box Car Children

Reviewed by Ailish

The Wish List

The Wish List
written by Eoin Colfer
Reviewed by Bennie

This book is about a girl named Meg who dies in a robbery.  Her good and bad deeds are even so the only way to go to heaven is to help the old man she robbed with his bucket list.

I liked this book because it gave me a strange, funny and interesting point of view of the afterlife.

Two other books I think other people would enjoy are:

Rissa Bartholemenus Declaration of Independance AND Triple Zero.

Miss Hannah is Bananas!

Miss Hannah is Bananas!
written by Dan Gutman
Reviewed by Ailish

Miss Hannah, (the art teacher) loves trash!  She has a newspaper ball in her room.  Miss Hannah wants everybody to be creative.  She takes them to an art museum and there is trash hanging on the walls!  Miss Hannah thinks  that's art!

I liked this book because AJ is weird!  I love books by Dan Gutman.

Two other books I think other people would enjoy are:

Because of Winn Dixie AND Summer in the South

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mr. Poppers Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater

The penguins were biting the pegs and strings off the fiddles, and the penguins knew not to do that and they hid under dancers blue skirts.  They lived in a hotel for awhile and they ate a lot and they performed in a lot of places.

I liked this book because it's interesting and funny.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Family Game Night...

Hey everyone, in case you missed Family Game Night in May, you have more opportunities to come down to play your favorite games:

The next Family Game night is Wednesday, June 15 from 6-8 in the Activity Room.  All ages are welcome!

Stay tuned for more family gaming fun, coming soon.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Get Your Game ON! At the Russell Library

Happy day!

Summer reading this summer: summer reading, your way....

This summer we're bringing back online sign-ups for summer reading.  Log the books you read and your reviews.  Once you start logging your reviews you'll get a notification that you've received one raffle ticket.  Click the link to our Summer Reading online sign-up page:

Prefer the old-fashioned way?  Or just love seeing our faces?  Come on down and sign-up in person.  It's your choice!

Remember: for each book you read, and write a review on, you get one raffle ticket for your chance to win one of our weekly prizes.  Read as many books as you want or as few books as you want, but the more you read, and write about, the more raffle tickets you get!

It's Summer Reading, your way....

As a bonus, we're bringing back the wrapped book challenge:  Pick a book from our wrapped book display, if you like the description, take it home, unwrap it, read it, write a review about it (make sure you write "Wrapped book" somewhere on your review), and you'll get two extra raffle tickets.  If you chose not to read the book, bring it back, and pick one from somewhere else.

So come on down and Get your game ON! at the Russell Library.

Summer Reading registration starts Monday, June 13.

See you soon...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

It's Official: Our Summer schedule has begun!

Check it out:

There are so many great things happening here at the Russell Library this summer.

For kids in grades 4-6, Get Your Game ON! is the theme for Summer Reading program.  We have a great line up of gaming programs for you to enjoy:

Junes line up is:

Family Game Night
Wednesday, June 15
6-8 pm
Activity Room
All Ages
Drop-in, no registration

Try your hand at some oldie but goody games; test your skills at something new.  Backgammon, checkers, chess & foosball will be some of the games on hand for you to enjoy!  Sit back and enjoy a simple game of cards if that's your pleasure.  New games will be added periodically.

No registration necessary, just a love of gaming the old fashioned way.

Parsley Games
Thursdays, June 23 & 30
11 am
Activity Room
Kids in grades 4-6
Drop-in, no registration

No, you won’t be eating parsley!  However, you will be playing live action role playing games called “Parsley Games".  We will first explore "text adventure" games, the original.  Then we will play the live action version.  No vegetables will be consumed during this program!  Due to the challenging nature of the games, this program is only for kids in the grades 4-6.

Dig in the Dirt!
Thursday, June 16
10:30 am
Activity Room
All ages
Drop-in, no registration

It’s our annual Dig in the Dirt! Program.   Come dig in the dirt, plant a seed to start a garden and have a good time.  Dig in the dirt to see what treasures you discover.   Take your treasures home in a bag you decorate.  Choose from a variety of seeds to plant: flowers, vegetables or fruit.  Everything you need to start seedlings will be provided for you.

Builders Club
Friday, June 17
4:00 – 5:30pm, 
Ages 5-12
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

Come build with your favorite interlocking blocks!  Each week we will have a challenge, and if you’re lucky, your creation will be chosen to be displayed in our glass case. 

We use very small builders pieces, so younger folks are encouraged to enjoy our toddler room during Builders Club.

So come on down to the Russell Library for some summer fun!  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Family Game Night is on!

The foosball table is all set up and waiting.  The games will be set-up soon.  All we need is you!  So come on down for our first of many monthly Family Game nights. 

Challenge your librarian to a game of Go Fish! (I'm really awesome at it so be fair warned).

Battleship, cards, checkers....the choices are many...

Hope to see you at the Russell Library, TONIGHT!, for Family Game Night.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Break!

It's Spring break!  The warm weather is finally here.....

At the library this week we have a lot going on.

Tonight, Tuesday, April 19 there is an art program: My Garden Grows with Meredith Arcari, a teaching artist from Wesleyan.  Using mixed media: fabric, paint and paper, Meredith will help young artists explore the world around them through observational skills.

This art program requires registration and is for kids in grades 3-5.  Plenty of spots available.  Give us a call: 860-344-8479.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 20: our first monthly Family Game Night!  From 6-8 families with kids of all ages can come down and play games together.  We'll have foosball, board games and card games among others.  New to Foosball?  Just love a simple, old fashioned board game?  Then Family Game Night is the program for you!  Bring the whole family for some family fun...

Hope to see you this week at the Russell Library..

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Break at the Russell Library....


                     Monday, April 18 at 11 am in the Hubbard Room

All Ages

 In an amazing multi-media interactive extravaganza, Caryn Lin transforms sound itself through the use of her 5 string electric violin and a myriad of modern technology that takes the students from the classical days of Bach to today’s techno-wonders.  Caryn opens up students’ minds to the fact that they can explore, in whatever discipline they study, "out of the box thinking."

Sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library

Family Game Night

Wednesday, April 20, from 6-8 in the Activity Room
All Ages

Try your hand at some oldie but goody games; test your skills at something new.  Backgammon, checkers, chess & foosball will be some of the games on hand for you to enjoy!  Sit back and enjoy a simple game of cards if that's your pleasure.

No registration necessary, just a love of gaming the old fashioned way.

COMING SOON TO RUSSELL LIBRARY:  Summer's coming and we have a fabulous line up of summer programs for everyone to enjoy! Friday Art series, storytime for all ages, Fairies, whirligigs and more!  Intrigued?  Check out our website, call us or come in and say hello and we'll give you the low down on what's up....

See you soon!

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