Monthly Archives: March 2011

New York Times Bestsellers – We have ’em!

Bestselling Children’s Chapter Books, Week of April 3, 2011:


1. World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

2. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

3. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

4. Justin Bieber, First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber

5. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

6. Tales from a Not-S0-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

7. The Gift by James Patterson and Ned Rust

8. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

9. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (2011 Newbery Winner!)

10. Matched by Ally Condie


Since these are all so popular, you may have to reserve the next book that’s returned. We’ll be happy to do that for you at the desk, or you can access your account here to do it yourself!

Looking for similar books or series?

Are you in a book slump? Did you just finish Diary of a Wimpy Kid and are looking for similar books to read? Check out this list of “readalikes”:

If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, try:

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegert

My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Rotten School by R.L. Stine

Stink by Megan McDonald

Tales from the House of Bunnicula by James Howe

Wayside School by Louis Sachar

If you like Junie B. Jones, try:

Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss

Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

Deary Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman

Ramona by Beverly Cleary

If you like Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, try:

Beacon Street Girls by Annie Bryant

Cinderella Cleaners by Maya Gold

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Friends for Keeps by Julie Bowe

The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald

Winnie Perry (Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen) by Lauren Myracle

If you like Harry Potter, try:

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

Septimus Heap by Angie Sage

Looking for more recommendations? Search our card catalog at the library (or from home here) for a favorite book, then scroll down to see suggestions from NoveList. (You may have to wait a few more seconds for the program to load.)

We’d love to hear your thoughts! Add your favorites or similar books to read in the comments.

Spring Break activities at the library

Join us for a week of fun activities for Spring Break!

Monday, April 4
1 pm
Teen/Tween Program
Space program: “Create a Comet”
A hands-on science experiment to illustrate how comets are formed.
Ages 10-17

Tuesday, April 5
10 am and 1 pm
Wheels of Freestyle, Inc. presents “Just Say Yes!” to LIFE, GOALS & DREAMS! This is a BMX bikes high flying stunt show! Come see The Wheels of Freestyle perform amazing bicycle stunts. Outside in the parking lot at the library. Spon-sored in part by BikeWorld, Paducah. In case of inclement weather , these programs will be moved to the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club. All ages welcome!

Wednesday, April 6
1 pm
Teen/Tween Program
Do-it-yourself [Not so Wimpy] Diaries. Come and create your own personalized journal book to use as a diary, notepad or scrap book!
Ages 10-17

Thursday, April 7
Noon to 8 pm
Game day at the library- come play board games, Wii, or Dance, Dance Revolu-tion! Games will be out from 12 pm to 8 pm on the second floor of the library. All ages welcome.

Friday. April 8
2 pm
Hot Wheel Races! Come get a Hot Wheel car* and race for a trophy!
Ages 5 and up.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
*First come first served, while supplies last.

You can also find the schedule at our website (click here), and at West Kentucky Star (click here).

Books for Boys Who Don’t Like to Read

Do you like to read? Do you know someone who really doesn’t like to read? Inevitably, boys are the least likely to read for fun. Fortunately we have lots of books at the library that are bound to get even the most reluctant reader to pick up a book.

Here’s the list, sorted alphabetically by author:

Matt Christopher – various sports books

Andrew Clements – popular books such as Extra Credit and No Talking

Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl series

Cressida Cowell- How to Train Your Dragon series (Yep, there’s a whole series of books that came before the movie.)

Dan Gutman – Baseball Card Adventures; My Weird School series

John R. Erickson – Hank the Cowdog (Listen to this on CD – the whole family will love it!)

Margaret Peterson Haddix – Among the Betrayed series

Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider series

Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (Don’t worry – more have been ordered!)

Gordon Korman – Born to Rock; On the Run; Swindle

Mike Lupica – Various sports books

Jake Maddox – Various sports books

Multiple Authors – Geronimo Stilton series

Multiple Authors – 39 Clues series

Mary Pope Osborne – Magic Tree House series

Megan McDonald –  Stink series

Gary Paulsen – Brian’s Hunt; Hatchet; The River

Dav Pilkey – Captain Underpants series

Rick Riordan – Heroes of Olympus; Kane Chronicles; Percy Jackson

Louis Sachar –  Holes; Wayside School series

Jon Scieszka – Time Warp Trio series

Jude Watson – Star Wars chapter books

Free homework and test help!

The library offers Brainfuse to help you with your school questions and homework. Live tutors are available 7 days a week from 2 – 11 pm. The tutors are available for kindergarten through college level students.

Brainfuse includes study guides and practice tests for AP exams as well as the ACT & SAT. Experienced tutors are also on hand to read your research paper. You’ll receive a response with suggestions within 24 hours!

Adult learning assistance is also offered for those looking for jobs and hoping to continue their education.

Click here for test help or click here for a live tutor! You will be prompted for your library card number and will be asked to create a username and password so you can save your information.

Upcoming releases – add yourself to the hold list!

2011 looks like it will be another exciting year for books. Here are the ones we’re most eager to read followed by when they will be published:

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (April)

Passion by Lauren Kate (June)

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (August)

Where She Went by Gayle Forman (April)

Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell (April)

Plague by Michael Grant (April)

The Warlock by Michael Scott

Stay by Deb Caletti (April)

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (May)

Bite Club by Rachel Caine (May)

Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman (April)

Sign of the Moon by Erin Hunter (April)

39 Clues: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan (April)

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (May)

Kingdom Keepers: Power Play by Ridley Pearson (April)

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star

Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen by Joseph Delaney (April)

Septimus Heap: Darke by Angie Sage (June)





More new books!

Here are just a few of the latest juvenile fiction (JF) books to arrive at the library. Click here to reserve a book from home!

Unfriendly Competition by Jessica Burkhart

Sasha Silver has got it all–a hot boyfriend, a place on the YENT, and the perfect BFF. But Sasha gets a surprise blast from the past when Lauren Towers, a superstar rider from Sasha’s hometown, enrolls at Canterwood. Will Lauren become Sasha’s friend or her stylish, gorgeous, boy-magnet foe?

You’ll have a chance to chat with the one & only Jessica Burkhart this summer! Just participate in this summer’s book club – Mondays @ 1 pm beginning June 6!

No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko

With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman & Rob Shepperson

When Hope learns that, while her memory account is seriously low, she is a champion dreamer, she stays at the World Wide Memory Bank trying to locate her sister Honey, whom their parents abandoned and told Hope to forget.

The Visconti House by Elsbeth Edgar

Laura Horton has always been an outsider, more interested in writing, drawing, or spending time with her free-spirited family than in her fellow teens, but she is drawn to Leon, a new student, as together they explore the mysteries of her eccentric old house.

Sidelined by Trevor Kew

Nothing can stop Vicky Parker. Her select soccer team is bound for a tournament in England, but when a rivalry with her teammate erupts and competition for a guy’s interest drives two friends apart, Vicky learns that no one is truly invincible.

Trapped by Alex Wheeler

When valuable prisoner Lune Divinian disappears from his cell on Yavin 4, Luke is determined to find him. As the only link to X-7, the assassin sent to kill Luke, Div is the only hope to staying a step ahead of the Empire. Across the galaxy, X-7 has escaped from Imperial custody. Caught between the past and the present, X-7 must fight the only battle for which he’s not prepared: the battle with his identity. But his desperate confusion makes him more dangerous than ever. A chance encounter and a figure from the past bring X-7, Luke, and Div together for a final showdown that will reveal everything — or destroy them all!

Storm Runners by Roland Smith

Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his father, a “storm runner,” but he is tested in ways he never could have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.

New books!

We’re always adding more books to our collection. Here are just a few of the new young adult (YA) books available now. Interested in reading one (or seven)? Click here to reserve books from home!

Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn  Anderson

High school nonentity Cammy Hall lives with her grandparents and has one friend–Gerdi, the Danish foreign exchange student–but when someone starts sending her mysterious text messages with instructions that make her more noticeable, and even popular, she must decide what kind of life she wants to lead.

All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Turned into a vampire by the boy she thought she loved, seventeen-year-old Sarah, daughter of a powerful line of vampire-hunting witches, is now hunted by her older sister Adia, who has been given the assignment to kill Sarah.

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

A girl raised by werewolves must face the horrors of her past to uncover the dark secrets that the pack has worked so hard to hide.

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother’s abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

When hard-boiled, seventeen-year-old private investigator Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High to solve the case of a dead student, he has his hands full trying to outwit the police, negotiate the school’s social hierarchy, and get paid.

Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings by Sophia Bennett

Three fourteen-year-old friends, with very different interests, befriend a twelve-year-old Ugandan refugee whose gift for design takes off in the high-fashion world of twenty-first-century London.

Shadowspell by Jenna Black

On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon.

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan accepts help from an old family friend, a lawyer said to have ties with the mob, who then asks her to do some favors for him.