Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer 2018's Greatest Hits

While summer vacation still has a few weeks left, since the official summer reading program is over, the library has been quieter and we've had a little bit of extra time to do some research and find out what kids loved to check out this summer. Thankfully we have access to a program that does the bulk of the grunt work, but we decided to make a fun infographic to showcase these titles. Some we weren't surprised by (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Minecraft, and Fly Guy, for example), but others in the lead gave us some valuable insight into what our youngest readers are enjoying. We use these reports to help us figure out what to include in our collection as well as what we shouldn't include any longer.

Without further ado, here are this summer's greatest hits. Click the links below the infographic to place a hold on any of these titles, and enjoy the last few weeks of your summer!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Muscle We Can't Forget to Exercise: Our Brains!

One of the many reasons libraries have summer reading programs is to help prevent "summer slide", or the loss of knowledge that occurs during the several months of summer vacation. Our brain is a muscle, and just like any other muscle, it needs to be regularly exercised to stay in shape!

The children's librarians at GMPL love finding new books to add to our collection, whether it's the next Owl Diaries or a Caldecott contender, a gripping graphic novel or a biography bursting with interesting facts. One great thing about reading is that, no matter what you choose to curl up with, your brain is getting that workout it craves.

Our nonfiction section in particular has gotten some awesome books recently that provide many opportunities for hands-on learning far removed from sitting at a desk copying down facts. From creating and uploading your own videos to genealogy, we have something for everyone. Check out some of our favorites below. To place one of these books on hold, simply click the title of the book or call us at 440-926-3317.

My Weird School Fast Facts: Dinosaurs, Dodos, and Woolly Mammoths by Dan Gutman (J/NF 560 Gut)

Make and Upload Your Own Videos by Karen Latchana Kenney (J/NF 777.38 Ken)

National Geographic Kids Guide to Genealogy by T.J. Resler (J/NF 929.1 Res)

Real Stories from My Time: Pearl Harbor by Jennifer Swanson (J/NF 940.54 Swa)

Who Is the Dalai Lama? by Dana Meachen Rau (J/BIO DALAI LAMA)

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker's Story
by Joseph Bruchac (J/BIO NEZ)

There's also still plenty of time to sign up for our summer reading programs (kids, teens, and adults). We may be biased, but the kid's program is especially cool because you get to collect beads for every 20 minutes you read! Stop into the Library to sign up today.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Our Favorite Books of 2017!

We've read some great books this year in the GMPL Children's Department and want to share with you some of our favorites. Click the title of the book to see it in our catalog and place a hold. Pro tip: books also make great gifts! Happy reading and a happy 2018!

Miss Abby's Top 3
1. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Why: I thought the world she created was really interesting, and I liked that it had an open ending. It wasn't tied neatly in a bow. I thought the concept was original and really enjoyed seeing Jinny's journey, both her successes and failures. She was a very real character to me, good qualities and flaws.

 2. Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
Why: This series has just the right amount of creepy and fantastic/magical elements to be really intriguing to me. It was a very engaging story. I needed to know what things were going to play out, and I like the characters and world. It's mostly realistic, yet contains magic. It made me think about how I feel about magic's place in the world we live in. 

3. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Why: This was a clean, simple, good story. It takes place over one summer and follows sisters and the shenanigans they get into. Each sister has a distinct personality. It's kind of a coming of age story, yet takes place in a very short span of time. It's a good snippet of childhood, I think. 

Miss Kim's Top 3
1. The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors  by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Adam Rex
Why: We've all played the game but I can bet we have never thought about WHY Rock and Paper and Scissors need to battle.  This book begs to be read aloud to a group of slightly older kids.  Just before summer break, my own 3rd grader and her class loved it!

2. Escargot by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Why: I can truly say that this is the only book I feel I need to read with a French accent.  There are even some interactive bits to get kids involved in getting Escargot the snail to his salad.

3. The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Why: I have been listening to many different books this year but this was one of my favorites.  There was puzzle solving, code breaking, explosions, mystery, apothecaries, and it all takes place in 1665 London, just before the Great Plague hit in full force.

Miss Liz's Top 3
1. Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Why: Making and keeping friends is not easy, and this graphic novel based on the author's own childhood experiences is one of the most relatable friendship stories I've ever read. Fans of Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson or any of Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels will love this. 

2. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Why: Ever wondered why wolves howl at the moon? This hilarious picture book will give you the answer, along with many belly laughs along the way. 

3. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Why: This story set in the 1920s off the coast of Massachusetts is full of adventure and mystery while being beautifully written at the same time. I loved the backdrop of the rustic Elizabeth Islands and often felt as if I were there myself. Crow's courageous and spunky personality is really endearing and readers will definitely be rooting for her throughout the entire book.