A Night to Remember…


We all love true life adventure stores. One of the most amazing stories is the Titanic. Over 100 years ago this month, the infamous ship sank. Many stories have been told about that night and the people who were there.

There are lots of great books in the Children’s Department about that night, try a title from our Titanic bibliography, and check out some more books inspired by real life events from the “I Survived” series if you haven’t already.  april2012titanicrev1

I Survived Series


Great Read-Alouds!

Welcome to Fall…the days WILL be getting colder (or so we have heard) and the days are definitely getting shorter.  In other words, a great time for reading. (But seriously, is there ever a bad time for reading?)  And now that the kids are back in school, you never know when you might be called in to your child’s classroom to read aloud!  Well, no worries, we have a fun list of tried and true read-aloud titles that never fail.  So…if you are going to be reading to a group of kids try one of these great titles and let us know what happens…we know you will be awesome!



caldecottBest Books of the Year

Welcome to 2017 and one of our favorite times of year!  The list of award-winning books has been announced.  This year’s Caldecott awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children is “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michael Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. The Newbery awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature is “The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill. Check out these books and lots more on the complete list of award winners compiled by the American Library Association.

Another great list of best books of 2016: Librarian extraordinaire Betsy Bird has compiled a list of her favorite children’s book titles in all categories on her “A Fuse8 production” blog. Ms. Bird compiled 31 lists in 31 days! Then completed this final list of her top 100 books of the year. Enjoy some of the amazing books from this past year and let us know, what were your favorite books of the year?


Book Review by Benjamin C.

We have a new book review by library reader Benjamin C.

Dinosaurs for Breakfast by Amy J. Lemke is a funny comic book. The main character is a little boy named Josh. Josh almost eats a dinosaur egg at breakfast. Josh believes that chicken eggs are really dinosaur eggs. He takes an egg from his mom and makes it his pet. A dinosaur comes out of the egg!  You’ll have to read it to find out more.

(There is some kind of food hidden in every picture).

Thanks, Ben for a great review!


My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Review Submitted by John-Paul

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, is one of my top ten books.  It’s about a boy and his falcon.  The boy’s name is Sam and the falcon’s name is Frightful.  I don’t want to give away too much, so all I will tell you is this:  Sam ran away from home to live in the Catskills and the book is about his life in the Catskills and his falcon.  He has to set traps to catch wild animals and he is very good in doing so, and that is all I will say about it.  I hope you liked my review.  Thank you very much.

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!


Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Dahl! The author of such enduring classics as Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG and many other great stories. Like all classic children’s authors, His work was smart, funny, creative, sometimes dark and NEVER underestimated the intelligence and ability to comprehend of the children he was writing for. He also was able to make up the most amazing words!

Check out the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, which lists and defines some really “whoopsey-splunker” words. The library just got a copy.

and you have to know the man who created Willie Wonka loved food and sweets! Check out the “Foodie Alphabet” compiled by blogger and author Jama Kim Rattigan on her blog Alphabet Soup. But be warned, you’ll want something really scrumdiddlyumptious to eat after viewing!

What is your favorite Roald Dahl book? Check out a copy from the library today.


Book Review: Story Thieves by Riley James

Review Submitted by Molly H.

When Bethany leaves her Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the halls and Owen picks it up, she thinks the worst.  Owen brings the book back to the library, he sees a hand followed by the rest of Bethany leave the book.  Owen learns that Bethany is half-fiction and she is looking desperately for her father who is somewhere in a book. Where Bethany sees something terrible. Owen sees a chance to see his all time favorite character (Keil Gnomefoot) in person.  He convinces Bethany but something goes wrong and they have to set it right to save the world. READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is one of my top three favorite series

Thank you Molly! This book sounds very exciting. It sounds like a perfect book to take with me when I go on vacation Labor Day weekend.  Looking forward to reading it!

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

Review Submitted by Alison H.

This book is all about how this girl does not fit in at her new school and is trying to find a friend.  Worst of all her locker is right next to the most popular girl in school and you would think that they would make friends…..NO.  She thinks getting a phone will help. I am not done but I will write more when I am done.


Thank you Alison!  This books sounds really good, and we can’t wait to read the rest of your review!

Dog Diaries: Sparky by Kate Climo


A review by Talia B.

“I was so excited when the new Dog Diaries book: Sparky came out. It is about a fire dog (Sparky) in the time of the great Chicago Fire. At that time, horses instead of engines hauled equipment to fires. So the dogs kept the horses calm. Sparky helped with the rescues during the Great Chicago Fire. If you want to hear more about what Sparky did, you should really read this book.”

“If you like this book and want to read the rest of the series read Dog Diaries #1 Ginger, #2 Buddy, #3 Barry, #4 Togo, #5 Dash, #6 Sweetie, #7 Stubby and #8 Fala. If you want to get the horses side of the story read Horse Diaries: Cinders.”

“I enjoyed this book and think you will too!!!”

Thanks, Talia, great review! If you want to read this great series, check out a title from your library.