Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Book Selection

The Book Buddies October book will be... Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements.  We will meet to discuss this book on Wednesday, October 29th at 3:30pm in the John Clarke Children's Program Room. 

Copies of the book are available at the Children's Desk.  To join book club, stop by the desk or call 401-847-8720 ext. 204.  You can also email me at cgould@newportlibraryri.org.

Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in his small Nebraska town's one-room schoolhouse, searches for clues to the disappearance of a homeless family.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Maker Craft: ArtBots

Join us on Saturday, October 4th from 2:00pm-4:00pm for a Maker Craft: ArtBots program.  Create a robot that can make its own artwork!  FabNewport, the wonderful people behind last summer's Maker Camp, will be on hand to help you design your robot.  Everyone who attends will leave with a working robot.  Don't miss out!

Registration is required and is limited.  Sign up at the Children's Desk or call 401-847-8720 ext. 204.  For children ages 6-12 years old.  Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Join TAG

The new Tween Advisory Group (TAG) will meet for the first time on Tuesday, September 30th at 3:30pm in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.  Come and let your voice be heard!  Meet to discuss books, plan programs and work on special projects.  We want your input in the kinds of activities that take place at the library.

No registration is required - just come by! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Buddies September Meeting

The Book Buddies Book Club met yesterday afternoon to discuss Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka.  We had a terrific meeting with all new members!

We began with our lightning round trivia which is a great way to refresh everyone on the plot and details of the book.  Everyone did incredibly well; I am always so impressed with all the small facts kids can remember.  The hardest trivia question was: "What book did Michael K. have to read in reading group?"  You would have needed to be reading very carefully since it was only mentioned once.  Respond in the comments if you can remember!

After trivia, while enjoying our snacks, we discussed many different facets of the book beginning with our first impression of the main character, Michael K.  We agreed that he seems like a shy kid, the type who enjoys video games and playing on the computer.  A couple of members thought he has a very strange haircut.  Overall he is a regular kid, someone who we might know or see at school.

We talked about differences and how easy or difficult it can be for people to accept things that are new and different.  Jennifer and Bob are both very different from the other kids at school and we felt that many of the teachers and students at P.S. 858 were not accepting of them and jumped to conclusion about them being from Bulgaria.

We decided that if we ever met an alien from outer space we would ask it some of the following questions: what it's phone number is, whether or not there is animal life on it's planet, where exactly it lives, if it wears shoes, if it knows if there are other worlds out in space like our own and if it has pets like we do.

In the story, Bob and Jennifer need to recruit 3,140,001 people to become SPHDZ or Earth will be turned off.  What would that look like?  We decided that if Earth were turned off it would not have any electricity, it would become a Black Hole, there would be no people here (we would all either die or freeze), SPHDZ would also die since they need Earth and Earthlings to exist and there would be no oxygen.

Bob and Jennifer talk in commercial taglines because they learned about people by watching TV.  We decided that for the most part commercials do not provide an accurate representation of Earth and the people who live here.  Commercials often make it seem as though anything is possible which is not always the case.  They tend to portray everything at it's best which is also not true to life.

We agreed that Michael K. had the best idea about turning kids into SPHDZ because kids are more willing to believe in things that may seem unreal and are more open-minded that adults.  In addition to creating a SPHDZ website and Major Fluffy's blog, we thought he could increase his recruiting efforts by also creating flyers and posters and posting to Facebook and Twitter.  Another idea was to create logos for water bottles and to pass them out to kids.

Agent Umber was unanimously voted NOT good at his job and we brainstormed ways he could be a better detective and alien catcher.  These included trying harder to not be seen when out investigating, obtaining more gadgets (think Inspector Gadget), doing more undercover work and being more careful of his surroundings and taking necessary precautions (think the incident where he fell out of the tree while spying).

We do not think that Agent Umber will ever catch an alien or get a cool color name however on the off chance he does we thought he might want to consider the names Agent Black, Agent Neon Yellow, Agent White, Agent Aquamarine and Agent Camouflague.

Overall we really enjoyed Spaceheadz and many of us expressed interested in reading on in the series.

 Following our discussion we made our own SPHDZ recruitment posters!  Everyone did a great job creating posters that will make kids want to become SPHDZ.
These posters will be on display in the library for a few weeks.  Come check them out!

It was a terrific meeting and thank to all the new members for coming!  See you in October!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Meeting Reminder

A reminder that the first meeting on the Book Buddies Book Club will take place on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:30pm in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.  Come enjoy snacks and discuss Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka! 

Registration is required - sign up at the Children's Desk or call 847-8720 ext. 204.

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spaceheadz Online


Visit the Spaceheadz website to learn more about the book and join Spaceheadz!

Read an interview with Jon Scieszka to learn more about Spaceheadz.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Read On

Like the action, adventure and aliens in Spaceheadz?  You might also like to read:

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley

While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass

Joss, the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, must team up with a human girl to re-create Earth, when the planet is accidentally erased from existence.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon

Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.

Magic Pickle by Scott Morse

Meet the world's greenest, bumpiest, briniest superhero, the Magic Pickle. With his feisty sidekick Jo Jo Wigman, the Magic Pickle faces his worst nightmare, the Brotherhood of Evil Produce. Will he save the world from those foul fiends, or will the world be conquered by vegetables gone wild?

Otis Dooda: Strange But True  by Ellen Potter

Everyday, nine-year-old Otis Dooda confronts a series of zany changes when his father's new job prompts the family's move to a New York City apartment, where Otis is cursed by a guy in a potted plant in their apartment building lobby and has to team up with a new friend and a gassy miniature horse to break the curse.