Monday, December 29, 2014

January Book: Alvin Ho

The January Book Buddies book will be... Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look!  We will meet to discuss Alvin Ho on Wednesday, January 28th 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.

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays!

A reminder that the library will be closed ALL DAY Wednesday, December 24th, Thursday, December 25th, Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st for the Christmas and New Year holidays.  We will also be closed on Sunday, December 28th.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with family and friends and finds something wonderful to read!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Meeting Reminder

A reminder that the Book Buddies Book Club will meet this Wednesday, December 17th at 4:00pm in the John Clarke Children's Program Room to discuss our December book Pie by Sarah Weeks.  Registration is required - please call 401-847-8720 ext. 204 if you plan to attend.  Come for snacks, book discussion and an activity.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


LEGO Club will meet again this coming Monday, December 15th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm as well as Monday, December 29th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.  Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room.  No registration is required - just drop in!  Come build with LEGOS and have fun with your friends!

All LEGOs must stay in the library, so bring a camera!  Please do not bring any of your own LEGOs from home.  For more information contact the Children's Desk at 401-847-8720 ext. 204.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

More about Pie and Read-Alikes

Want to know more about Sarah Weeks and Pie?  Read the interview she did with BookPage. 

And here a few books with similar themes that you might like to read:

Hound Dog True by Linda Urban

Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a true friend.

Peeled by Joan Bauer

In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder

Twelve-year-old Isabel dreams of seeing the world but has never left Oregon, and so when her best friend, Sophie, tells her of a baking contest whose winners travel to New York City, she eagerly enters despite concerns about her mother, who is opening a cupcake bakery.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Books for the Holidays

Looking for something new to read with a holiday theme?  Here are two new holiday books that I've read and highly recommend!  Enjoy!

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.

Winterfrost by Michelle Houts

Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost over the countryside. But twelve-year-old Bettina's parents have been called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia. In all the confusion, Bettina's family neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse who are rumored to look after the family and their livestock. No one besides her grandfather ever believed the nisse were real, so what harm could there be in forgetting this silly custom? But when baby Pia disappears during a nap, the magic of the nisse makes itself known. To find her sister and set things right, Bettina must venture into the miniature world of these usually helpful, but sometimes mischievous folk.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Author: Sarah Weeks

Sarah Weeks is the wonderful author of our December book, Pie.  Find out all about her on her website and check out her other books as well!

So B. It: A Novel (2004)

After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.

Oggie Cooder (2008)

Quirky fourth-grader Oggie Cooder goes from being shunned to everyone's best friend when his uncanny ability to chew slices of cheese into the shapes of states wins him a slot on a popular television talent show, but he soon learns the perils of being a celebrity--and having a neighbor girl as his manager.

As Simple as it Seems (2010)

Eleven-year-old Verbena Polter gets through a difficult summer of turbulent emotions and the revelation of a disturbing family secret with an odd new friend who believes she is the ghost of a girl who drowned many years before.

And coming in January 2015... Honey!

Melody has lived in Royal, Indiana, for as long as she can remember. It’s always been just her and her father, and she’s okay with that. But then she overhears him calling someone Honey — and suddenly it feels like everyone in Royal has a secret. It’s up to Melody and her best friend, Nick, to piece together the clues and discover why Honey is being hidden.

Meanwhile, a dog named Mo arrives in Royal. He doesn’t remember much from when he was a puppy… but he keeps having dreams of a girl he is bound to meet someday. This girl, he’s sure, will change everything.  If only he knew who she was.

Monday, December 1, 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!

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Gregory Pincus

Gregory Korenstein-Jasperton is an eleven-year-old boy who likes to write stories and poems and is not excited by math, but he has a problem--he is the middle child in a family of math geniuses and his father expects him to participate in the City Math contest.

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills

Kelsey is the best reader in her third grade class, and she is determined to lead her class to victory in the all-school reading contest.

Mountain Dog by  Margarita Engle

When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.

Odessa Again by Dana Reinhardt

When nine-year-old Odessa Green-Light stomps out her frustration at being sent to her room after shoving her annoying little brother, one particularly big stomp sends Odessa flying through the floorboards and mysteriously twenty-four hours back in time.