Win the New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book!

 

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You could win the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Hard Luck! Create your very own comic story using the template provided below, or submit your own. Make sure you include your name, age, library card number, and phone number.  Entries must be submitted by November 1, 2013. Ten winners will get their very own copy of the new book! Ages 5-17. Submit your comic at the 2nd floor circulation desk.

 

Ready to enter? Print this template and use your imagination! (Click the picture to make it full-size.)

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*McCracken County Public Library

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Paducah, KY 42003

 

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Books About Bullies and Bullying

Unfortunately, bullying is a very real and scary experience in schools, workplaces, and in other daily situations. The following is a selection of juvenile fiction books (grades 3-7) you can find at the library that explore the world of bullies and the bullied. Check back for another list of young adult fiction books (grades 7-12), as well as nonfiction selections that might help you or someone you know deal with a bullying problem.

*Most importantly, please remember that if someone is bullying you, or you have seen it happen to someone else, notify an authority figure like a teacher, principal, librarian, or other adult immediately. There is no excuse for bullying, and the problem should be addressed as quickly as possible.*

 

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Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Amelia’s Bully Survival Guide by Marissa Moss

B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy) by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Double Dutch by Sharon Draper

DWEEB: Burgers, Beasts, and Brainwashed Bullies by Aaron Starmer

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner

Everyone’s a Critic by Rachel Wise

Home Court by Amar’e Stoudemire 

How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying by Scott Starkey

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements

The Life of Me: Enter at Your Own Risk by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

My Rotten Life by David Lubar

The New Girl by Meg Cabot

The Odd Squad: Bully Bait by Michael Fry

Powerless by Matthew Cody

Radio Fifth Grade by Gordon Korman

The Way by Joseph Bruchac

 

 

American Girl Book Club!

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Kaya

Kaya

The library’s first American Girl Book Club was on Saturday, March 30, 2013. We’ll be highlighting each girl in historical order, so Native American Kaya was the focus of the first meeting. Nine girls met to discuss Kaya and the Native American life, particularly as the Nez Perce, Kaya’s tribe, would have experienced it in the Pacific Northwest in 1764. We talked about what food Kaya would have eaten, what she did for fun, how the Nez Perce Indians traveled, and how Kaya learned living in an Indian community. Each girl made a bear claw necklace with colorful beads. We then snacked on dried fruits and nuts while talking more about the life of a Native American in the 18th century. The girls had a great time and each one had wonderful insight to add to the discussion.

 

Felicity

Felicity

The next American Girl Book Club will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 3 pm in the 2nd floor Meeting Room. We’ll be discussing Felicity, a colonial girl from 1774. Hope to see you there!

2012 Top 10 Best Teen Fiction

The American Library Association (ALA) released their top 10 books for young adults for 2012. These books were selected from a larger list (see it here), and included books that were published in 2011. Have you read them all? What were your favorites? To check availability, or to place a hold, click the book title to be directed to the library catalog. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite books of 2012 here. You could win a set of the favorite books!

 

 

ALA’s Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults

 

A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic. Sequel to The Crown of Embers. 

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.

 Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill’s mother agrees to adopt Mandy’s unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Odyssey Audiobook Award!

The Odyssey Award is given each year to “producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.”

 

This year’s winner is Rotters by Daniel Kraus, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House. The production is narrated by Kirby Heybourne. From the publisher:

“Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
    
Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
    
Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.”

 

Honorable mention was given to the following audiobook productions:

 

Ghetto Cowboy, written by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson and produced by Brilliance Audio.

 

Okay for Now, written by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House.

 

The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham and produced by Scholastic Inc.

 

Young Fredle, written by Cynthia Voigt, narrated by Wendy Carter and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House.

Win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

Do you love Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Here’s your chance to win the brand new book The Third Wheel signed by the author, Jeff Kinney!

 

Create your own comic strip using the template below or click here to download the PDF. Be creative and funny! You must be age 5-17 to participate. Turn in your completed entry at the 2nd floor desk. The deadline is November 21, 2012. Good luck! 

 

Do You Read Banned Books? Banned Books Week – Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012

 

Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out books that have been “challenged” by library users across the country. Here’s a list of the banned or challenged books from the Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. The list includes reasons why these classics have been deemed by some to be inappropriate.

 

 

The 10 most challenged books of 2011 are as follows:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle 
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

 

Have you read any of these books? Do you think that some books should be removed from a public library?

Staff Picks!

Katie’s Picks:

Beverly Cleary’s books

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Judy Blume’s books

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Morgan’s Picks: 

Angel series by Lee Weatherly

Cassandra Clare books

Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

The Healing Wars by Janice Hardy

House of Night by P.C. and Kristin Cast

L.J. Smith’s books

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

Princess Furball by Charlotte Huck

Rick Riordan’s books

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Liz’s Picks:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Amber’s Picks:

The Adventures of Cow by Lori Korchek

Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

 

Choose Our Next Library Card Designs!

Each submission has been assigned a number. Click the image to view it larger and see the corresponding number. You may vote for your favorite below.

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*The final results will be approved by the McCracken County Public Library.

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