Dog Days of Winter?

Hey guys! In case you missed it, the Minecraft Haunted House was a smashing success! We had over 200 people show up to face off with Creepers and Endermen!

The next big event coming up will be on Saturday, December 12th from 10 AM to 4 PM. It is called OPERATION SANTA PAWS!!!

People will be free to come by and make a dog toy for a pup you may know or you can donate it to the library’s “Love on a Leash” program.

The next few weeks of TGIF will be dedicated to preparing for this craft, including the construction of a display to spread the word on this program. Be sure to stop on Fridays from 4 PM to 5 PM to help out.

Quidditch and Halloween Season!

Hey guys!

To start October off right, the Teen TGIF Club met and created this awesome Harry Potter Quidditch Display in the Juvenile Fiction area!

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It has been doing a great job with the Harry Potter books flying off the shelves as if they were bludgers!

By the way…On October 31st, HALLOWEEN, we will be having a Minecraft-Themed Haunted House in the Meeting Room on the second floor, 10:00-4:00. The Teen TGIF Club has been busy making decorations at our meetings and more help is always needed. TGIF Members will also be partaking in giving some playful scares in the Haunted House! So, come on down at 4 on Fridays to become a part of this exciting club!

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Teen T.G.I.F.

Is it summer break again yet? School is back in session and we have finally got back into the routine of things. Why not add something else (that is a good, productive, fun time) to that weekly routine?

Every Friday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM children aged 11-17 are encouraged to join us for our new weekly teen program called Teen TGIF. This is an opportunity to take up more ownership of the Youth Services floor and to collaborate with staff on ways to make the floor even better. Help us brainstorm new teen activities and improvements! Refreshments are also available.

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Once again, every Friday is Teen TGIF from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on the second floor in the conference room. We want your input, so stop by and hang out!

Back to School!


The 2015 Summer Reading Theme of Superheroes must had been focused on The Flash because it feels like it flew by that fast… #BadPuns.

School is starting back up and while there may be a lot of textbooks being put in your hands, there are some other great books you can get here at the library. Here are some of the best back-to-school books to read, categorized by reading age/demographic.

Children’s Back-To-School Books

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not) by Peter Brown

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

The Gingerbread Man loose in the School by Laura Murray

Juvenile Fiction Back-To-School Books

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

My Weird School Series by Dan Gutman

Young Adult Back-To-School Books

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Alphas by Lisi Harrison

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Here’s to a great school year!

Books Coming to the Big Screen!

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Adaptations of some of our favorite books are being made into movies in 2015. Here’s what we’re excited to see:

{Paddington} A young English boy befriends a talking bear he finds at a London train station. A live-action feature based on the series of popular children’s books by Michael Bond.– January 16

{Insurgent} (book 2 in the Divergent trilogy) – March 20

{Paper Towns} (from John Green, the mastermind behind The Fault in our Stars – but don’t worry, no tissues required for this one!) A teenager embarks on a miraculous journey to find a friend who has gone missing. – June 5

{Pan} The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. – July 25

{Goosebumps} A young kid teams up with the niece of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.– August 7


Christmas Stories



It’s Christmastime and we’ve got lots of holiday stories to share at the library. Here’s a selection of books for the littlest of readers through middle schoolers. Search our catalog here or stop by the library to see what else we have to offer!


The 12 days of Christmas / adapted by Jane Cabrera

Bright Christmas : an angel remembers / by Andrew Clements ; illustrated by Kate Kiesler

Christmas cookies : bite-size holiday lessons / written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; illustrated by Jane Dyer

The Christmas coat : memories of my Sioux childhood / by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve ; illustrated by Ellen Beier

A cowboy Christmas / by Audrey Wood ; illustrated by Robert Florczak

Is it Christmas yet? / by Jane Chapman

The best Christmas pageant ever. Pictures by Judith Gwyn Brown

Christmas around the world / by Emily Kelley ; illustrations by Joni Oeltjenbruns

A Christmas carol / Charles Dickens ; illustrated by P.J. Lynch

A ghost tale for Christmas time / by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

A little house Christmas treasury : festive holiday stories / Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams

A very Babymouse Christmas / by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Samantha’s surprise : a Christmas story / by Maxine Rose Schur ; illustrations, Dan Andreasen

The lump of coal / Lemony Snicket ; art by Brett Helquist





Halloween Books!

The best Halloween ever / Barbara Robinson

The case of the Halloween ghost / John R. Erickson

Horrible Harry at Halloween / by Suzy Kline

Mrs. Jeepers’ scariest Halloween ever / by Debbie Dadey

It’s Halloween, you ‘fraidy mouse! / Geronimo Stilton

Trick or treat! : a Peanuts Halloween / Charles M. Schulz

Horrid Henry and the scary sitter / Francesca Simon

Howl-oween! / Sienna Mercer

Junie B., first grader : boo –and I mean it! / Barbara Park

Halloween crafts / Fay Robinson

Babymouse : monster mash / by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Miss Mary is scary! / Dan Gutman

The peculiar pumpkin thief / by Geronimo Stilton

Zombie kid / J. Scott Savage

That one spooky night / written by Dan Bar-el ; illustrated by David Huyck

Haunted castle on Hallows Eve / by Mary Pope Osborne

Family-friendly audiobooks!

Going on a road trip? Or just looking for a great book the whole family will enjoy? We’ve got you covered!


  • Adventures in Odyssey – An adventurous Christian drama read by a full cast!
  • The Boxcar Children– The classic tale of four orphaned brothers and sisters.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – various readers; Patrick Stewart reads The Last Battle
  • Fablehaven – A fun fantasy series for fans of Harry Potter
  • The False Prince– An action-packed story about an orphan who is chosen to be a “false prince.”
  • Guardians of Ga’Hoole– Fantasy fiction with owls!
  • Hank the Cowdog –  A rollicking good time that’s guaranteed to have the whole family laughing! Read by the author, John R. Erickson
  • The Hardy Boys – The classic boy detectives solve crimes.
  • Harry Potter – The fantastical tale is read by the illustrious Jim Dale.
  • Infinity Ring – An adventurous series similar to The 39 Clues
  • Lamplighter (publisher) – Various Christian-themed stories read by a full cast
  • Nancy Drew – Everyone’s favorite sleuth solves mysteries.
  • Percy Jackson – The popular fantasy series comes alive in the audiobooks.
  • Peter Pan – The timeless story read by Jim Dale.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events – This strange and wonderful series will be a hit with the whole family. Read by Tim Curry
  • Seven Wonders – A sci-fi story about an ordinary boy with extraordinary problems.
  • The 39 Clues – A brother and sister team up to solve a mystery using 39 clues.
  • Wildwood – A magical story about a girl who searches for her brother who was kidnapped by crows.




Early Chapter Books

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Do you have a 1st grader who is an advanced reader? Or maybe you have a 3rd or 4th grader who is still overwhelmed by heavy chapter books. Either way, the following list is a selection of beginning chapter books that appeal to a wide variety of readers. And the best news is, most of them range in AR reading level from 2.0-4.0. These books are great for reading aloud as well!

(Click the title to see if it’s available today!)

Amelia Bedelia chapter books

Bad Kitty chapter books

Chicken Squad


Flat Stanley

Geronimo Stilton

Horrible Harry

Ivy & Bean

Judy Moody

Junie B.  Jones

Magic Tree House

Mercy Watson

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew

Nate the Great