Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Meeting Change

Hi everyone,

As I'm sure you all know by now, the Book Buddies Book Club did not meet this past Monday, September 28th. Due to unforseen circumstances, I was unable to be here on Monday so we've moved the book club up one week. We will now be meeting to discuss From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler on Monday, October 5th at 3:30pm. I hope you all can make it!

If you've finished the book and are concerned about getting it returned on time, feel free to either return it to the library now or call us and we can renew it for you.

For those interested in getting a heads up on the October book, we will be reading Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise. Because we are meeting a week late, there will be a little less time to read the October book (we're still going to meet on October 26th) but I know you all can do it. Dying to Meet You is a shorter book and a quick read (and lots of spooky fun!). I have copies at the Children's Desk for anyone who'd like to get started before Monday.

If there are any questions, please feel free to call the Children's Department at 401-847-8720 ext. 204.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that the Book Buddies Book Club will have its first meeting of the new school year this Monday, September 28th at 3:30pm in the Children's Program Room. All are invited to attend I just ask that you call ahead and let me know you're coming! That way I'm sure to have enough supplies.
Our first book is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Please read it before the 28th so that we can have a great discussion!

If you have any questions feel free to call the Children's Department at 401-847-8720 ext. 204 or email me at

Monday, September 21, 2009

Author E.L. Konigsburg

E.L. Konigsburg is the fantastic author of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. She lives in Florida with her family. She is the only author ever to win a Newbury Medal and Honor in the same year (1968 - the medal was for From the Mixed-Up Files and the Honor was for her book Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth). For a detailed biography of E.L. Konigsburg, check out this site.

She has written many books for children including:

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Upon leaving an oppressive summer camp, twelve-year-old Margaret Rose Kane spearheads a campaign to preserve three unique towers her great-uncles have been building in their backyard for more than forty years.

When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened.

The spirit of a dead actress turns two children invisible and sends them out among a group of colorful street performers to search for a missing necklace.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Many Covers of From the Mixed-Up Files

Our September book club book is the classic story From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. The story was first published in 1967 and over the years the book has seen many different covers. Here are a few of the book covers for From the Mixed-Up Files....which is your favorite? Which do you like least? Which one most makes you want to read the book?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back to School and National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Good luck to everyone heading back to school today! The first day is so exciting: new teachers, new classes, new people to meet and old friends to see.... I'm a little sad that my school days are behind me.Now that you're back to hitting the books, I wanted to remind you of the many resources available on the Kids' Page of the Newport Public Library's website that will help you with your studies. Our Homework Help page has links to databases and websites in the subjects of Math & Science, History & Social Studies and English & Grammar. From the Homework Help page you will find our Hot Topics page which contains links to websites on specific monthly topics. For September we've linked up some fantastic sites about Labor Day, Constitution Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Johnny Appleseed and the First Day of Autumn.

Also don't forget about Live Homework Help which is on-demand tutoring in real time with experienced tutors who can help you. LHH is available from 2pm -10pm seven days a week. To connect, visit the Homework Help page and click on "Homework Help RI."
Finally, September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and I strongly encourage everyone to get a library card. A library card is your most important school supply! Having a library card provides you with access to all of the Newport Public Library's resources, in person and online. To get a library card, visit the Circulation Desk today!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day & Winter Hours

Just a reminder that the library will be closed this weekend for the Labor Day holiday. We will be closed Saturday, September 5th - Monday, September 7th.

Also, on September 8th we return to Fall/Winter hours. See the Newport Public Library's website for details on our hours and other holiday closings.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September is Roald Dahl Month!

September is Roald Dahl month (September 13th marks his 93rd birthday!) and to celebrate this amazing author I recommend picking up one of his books. The children's collection contains many of his most famous works including The BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda and of course, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His stories are so creative and so imaginative that they are impossible to resist! Check out his website for more details on the month long celebration!
And watch for the new feature film version of Fantastic Mr. Fox coming this November from Twentieth Century Fox.