Saturday, November 29, 2014

LEGO Club Monday, December 1st!

LEGO Club will meet Monday, December 1st from 4:00pm - 6:00pm in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.  No registration is required.  For kids ages 6-12.  All materials will be provided for this free program.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 28, 2014

December Book: Pie

The December Book Buddies book will be... Pie by Sarah Weeks!  We will meet to discuss Pie on Wednesday, December 17th at 4:00pm.  Registration is required - sign up at the Children's Desk or call 401-847-8720 ext. 204.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Children's Desk.

After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Book Buddies readers and their families!  Hope you have a terrific holiday!  In honor of Thanksgiving, the library will be closing early (6pm) on Wednesday, November 26th and will be CLOSED all day on Thursday, November 27th.  We will re-open at 9:30am on Friday, November 28th.

Friday, November 21, 2014

November Meeting Wrap-Up

The Book Buddies Book Club met yesterday afternoon to discuss our November book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  It was a terrific meeting including trivia and book discussion followed by the creation of original artwork inspired by the book!

Everyone really enjoyed the book, although we all thought it was very sad the way the animals were treated at the circus and at the mall.  However we were very happy that Ivan and Ruby and all of the mall animals ended up at a zoo where they would be well taken care of.  We discussed the fact that The One and Only Ivan is based on a true story and we read some of the details of the real Ivan's life and looked at photographs of him. 

Since art and the creation of art was such an important part of Ivan's life and ultimately helped get him and  the other mall animals rescued, we decided to create our own artwork inspired by the book!

Alasdair's picture inspired by Ivan's artwork (apple, banana and grapes)
Nicole's picture - Ivan and the gorillas and Ruby and the elephants at the zoo

It was a wonderful meeting and thanks to all the Book Buddies members who attended!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Reading

Looking for a good chapter book to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit?  Try Who Stole Grandma's Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie? by Martha Freeman.

When the recipe for his grandmother's famous pumpkin pie is suddenly missing just before Thanksgiving Day, Alex and his friend Yasmeen try to solve the mystery of its disappearance.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that the Book Buddies Book Club will meet on Wednesday, November 19th at 4:00pm to discuss our November book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  Come for snacks, book discussion and a related activity! 

Registration is required - please call the Children's Desk if you plan to come (847-8720 ext. 204).

PLEASE NOTE the new time!  Book Buddies will meet at 4:00pm instead of 3:30pm going forward.  We want to try and give more kids time to get to the library from school! 

Hope to see you on Wednesday!

Friday, November 14, 2014

LEGO Club Monday!

The next drop-in LEGO club will take place on Monday, November 17th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm!  Stop by and build something wonderful with your friends!  LEGO creations will be on display for the two weeks following LEGO club until the next meeting.  Creations from the first meeting (November 3rd) are on display now behind the children's desk!  Stop in and see what was made.

Ages 6-12.  No registration is required.  Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.  All materials will be provided - please leave your own LEGOs at home.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Reading Recommendations

Enjoying The One and Only Ivan?  Here a few other chapter books that are similar in theme that you might like to read:

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.

A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin

Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

Twelve-year-old Andrej, nine-year-old Tomas, and their baby sister Wilma flee their Romany encampment when it is attacked by Germans during World War II, and in an abandoned town they find a zoo where the animals tell their stories, helping the children understand what has become of their lives and what it means to be free.

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Zoobreak by Gordon Korman

After a class trip to a floating zoo where animals are mistreated and Savannah's missing pet monkey is found in a cage, Long Island sixth-grader Griffin Bing and his band of misfits plan a rescue.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Books by Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate, author of our November book, The One and Only Ivan, has written many other terrific books for young readers.  Here is another of her other books you might like to read:

Home of the Brave (2007)

Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

Friday, November 7, 2014

November Author: Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate is the wonderful author of our November book, The One and Only Ivan.  She is the author of many books for children including the series Animorphs and Roscoe Riley Rules.  Find out more about her by reading this wonderful interview with School Library Journal and by visiting the One and Only Ivan website.

Did you know that the story of Ivan was based on a real gorilla?  Find out more about the real Ivan by visiting The One and Only Ivan website and by reading the companion picture book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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

Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year by Bill Harle

Charlie Bumpers is sure he does not stand a chance of getting along with his fourth grade teacher and despite his best efforts to be neat and well-behaved, he always seems to be in trouble until he discovers her secret.

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Gaby enjoys working at the local animal shelter and wants to adopt a cat but is unsure of her own living situation when her mother is deported back to Honduras.

Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

Charles Darwin first visited the Gal├ípagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain? Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate and beautiful paintings, this extraordinary book by Award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island-born of fire, rising to greatness, its decline, and finally the emergence of life on new islands.

Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

With her beagle Henry and her new friend Quin, twelve-year-old Tee is determined to solve the mystery of "the Shadow", the ghostly animal that is believed to haunt the Alaskan wilderness near her new home in Nome.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November Book

The Book Buddies book for November will be.... The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate!  This book won the Newbery medal in 2013 and was a Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominee in 2014.  It is one of my favorite books of the last few years!

We will meet to discuss The One and Only Ivan on Wednesday, November 19th at 4:00pm in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.  (Please note the time change from 3:30pm to 4:00pm.  We are hoping to give new members more time to get to the library from school).

Copies of the book are available at the Children's Desk. 

Hope to see you in November!

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to join LEGO Club!  Build, create, inspire, dream - work together or work on your own!

LEGO Club will meet every other Monday afternoon from 4:00pm - 6:00pm: November 3rd, November 17th, December 1st, December 15th, December 29th.  No registration is required - just drop in!

All materials will be provided for this free program.  LEGO creations must stay at the library, so bring a camera!  Please leave your own LEGOs at home so that you don't lose your favorite pieces.

Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.  For more information contact the Children's Department at 401-847-8720 ext. 204. 

Hope to see you on Monday!