Thursday, January 22, 2015

Meeting Reminder

A reminder that the Book Buddies Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 28th at 4:00pm to discuss Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look.  Come for book discussion, snacks and a related activity.  Sign up now at the Children's Desk or call 401-847-8720 ext. 204.

Alvin Ho is on the 2015 St. Michael's Battle of the Books list, so if you are participating it's a great idea to come to book club!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tween Activities

Calling all Tweens, ages 8-12!  Join Tween Advisory Group (TAG) and let us know about the types of things you'd like to do at the library.  The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 20th at 4:00pm.  No registration is required - just drop in!  TAG will meet once per month to discuss books, plan programs and work on special projects.  In addition, kids will enjoy a light snack and a craft activity at every meeting.  The January craft will be cardboard tube owls.

Before the next TAG meeting we have a Tween Craft program taking place on Saturday, January 17th @ 11:00am!  Get creative and construct your own winter snow globe scene.  Registration IS required... sign up now at the Children's Desk or call 401-847-8720 ext. 204.

Both activities will take place in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Superhero Fiction

Alvin Ho is a big fan of superheroes including Plastic Man, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and Aquaman. He also has a superhero alterego called Firecracker Man! He's only Firecracker Man on weekends and holidays because he says, "there's just no time for it." Here's what it means to be Firecracker Man: "I ran around our house, full speed ahead, screaming at the top of my lungs while beating on a garbage can lid. I was as noisy as a firecracker on Chinese New Year!"

Here are a few other books with main characters who have secret superhero identities...

The Hero Revealed by William Boniface (Extraorindary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, bk 1)

Ordinary Boy, the only resident of Superopolis without a superpower, uncovers and foils a sinister plot to destroy the town.

Horace Splattly, The Cupcaked Crusader by Lawrence David (bk 1)

When his little sister's magic cookies transform him into a flying, fire-breathing superhero, ten-year-old Horace Splattly has adventures which include confronting the monster at the school playground.

Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen (Shredderman, bk 1)

Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!

The Great Cape Rescue by Phyllis Shalant (The Society of Secret Heroes)

Upon entering fourth grade, Fin and his friends think they must stop playing superheroes, until they discover that their game might become real through a magical cape, and the Society of Secret Superheroes is born.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

LEGO Club Mondays in January!

LEGO Club returns every other Monday in January!  Drop-in on Monday, January 12th and on Monday, January 26th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm and build with LEGOs!  Bring your creativity and make exciting creations which will be displayed in the Children's Department for the 2 weeks between meetings. 

Please leave your own LEGOs at home so that no favorite pieces are lost.  All LEGOs must remain in the library so bring a camera to capture your creations!

No registration is required.  Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Bilingual Storytime

Bilingual Storytime will take place on Saturday, January 10th at 11:00am!  Come for stories in Spanish and English with related activities.  No registration is required - just drop in!  Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.  See you Saturday!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Author Lenore Look and More Alvin Ho!

Lenore Look is the wonderful author of our January book, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things!  Besides the Alvin Ho books, she is the author of Brush of the Gods and three books about Ruby Lu.  She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.  Find out all about her on her website.

There are now 6 Alvin Ho books for you to read and enjoy!

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters (Book 2)

When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their home-town hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns that he can be brave despite his fear of everything.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects and Other Man-Made Catastrophes (Book 3)

When second-grader Alvin Ho is invited to a birthday party given by a girl, his fear of everything causes him to dread going.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances (Book 4)

A fearful second grader in Concord, Massachusetts, learns about death when his grandfather's best friend passes away and he offers to accompany his grandfather to the funeral.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night (Book 5)

When fearful seven-year-old Alvin Ho learns that his mother is expecting a baby, he develops a sympathetic pregnancy--adding to his worry about the burglar who is targeting Concord, Massachusetts.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions (Book 6)

Fearful seven-year-old Alvin Ho goes on a trip to China with his family.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rhode Island Children's Book Award

Four more books to get you reading and ready to vote for the 2015 Rhode Island Children's Book Award!

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Wissinger

In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased.

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

The Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.