Have you ever wanted to write a novel or thought about participating in Nanowrimo? Sometimes November is a difficult or busy month, and sometimes 50,000 words just seems like too much to tackle!
If you have ever had these thoughts then Camp Nanowrimo is for you! Camp Nanowrimo allows you to set your own word goal (it can be any number that you want – big or small!), and join a cabin of fellow writers to cheer each other on. Camp Nanowrimo runs twice each year: once in April and once in July. Best of all you can watch your progress on a handy little target, it sure motivates me when I watch the arrow get closer to the bullseye.
You can sign up at: https://campnanowrimo.org/ Is anyone thinking about giving it a shot?
Have you had to take your cat or dog to the vet lately? Recently, I had to take my cat Ash and it looked something like this:
Happy First Day of Spring! Are you enjoying the nice weather?
March 20th is the Spring Equinox, which in the Northern Hemisphere means that this is the official first day of Spring. You can learn more about equinoxes by clicking here to see NASA’s explanation!
This week I finished reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest to keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle and rescues the babies. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon was 2016’s Newbery Award Winner, and is a good book for anyone who likes very detailed fantasy novels. This book has a slower pace but the question of who exactly is spreading the rumors about the evil witch will keep you reading to the end of the novel. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J Barnhill.
Happy Pi Day from all of us at the Bartlett Public Library! We celebrate today as Pi day since the date, March 14th, is the same as the first three digits of π (3.14).
You can learn more about the mathematical concept of Pi in Why Pi? by Johnny Ball, in our juvenile nonfiction section at j530.8 BALL.
You can celebrate Pi Day with challenges from NASA scientists and engineers as part of their Pi Day Challenge! Good luck!
This week I read The Crystal Ribbon
by Celeste Lim.
Li Jing is an 11 year-old girl with a special connection to the village guardian, the Great Golden Huli Jing- a five-tailed fox. The family farm isn’t doing well, so they sell her as a bride to the 3 year-old son of the Guo family in another city. Sadly, her new life is not what her family thought it would be. As her situation worsens, she realizes that the only thing to do is escape.
This magical story had me hooked right away and I was desperate to know what would happen to dear Li Jing! It also had me wondering: could I be that brave? Would I be able to leave my family for a new life I knew would be awful, to save them? Look for this book in our New Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J LIM.
On this day March 10th in 1876, the very first understandable speech was transmitted over the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell spoke through the telephone and told his assistant, “Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.” Just three days before this, on March 7th, Bell had received a patent for his telephone system. In 1877, Bell would found the Bell Telephone Company, a company that would later be bought by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T). You can read more about Bell and his invention of the telephone by clicking on the link: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/speech-transmitted-by-telephone. You can also borrow books about Alexander Graham Bell or the telephone.
“Alexander Graham Bell” by City of Boston Archives is licensed under CC BY 2.0
We noticed that Girl Scout Cookies have been delivered, and it started a debate of which Girl Scout Cookie is the best! We couldn’t come to an agreement but it made us very curious about what cookie was the most popular. So we found a survey that was done to identify the most popular Girl Scout Cookies in the United States and in each state. The product discovery and review website Influenster conducted a survey and found that Thin Mints were the most popular, as you can see in their neat infographic! You can read more about the survey and the findings: https://www.influenster.com/article/top-girl-scouts-cookies-by-state. Do you agree or do you have a different favorite cookie?
Here is an offbeat, humorous tale about Donovan, a student who finds himself in the most unexpected place. After accidentally destroying the school gym, he is scared stiff to face the punishment. However, due to a mix-up in the school administration office, his name is placed on the list for the local school for gifted students.
Read Ungifted to discover how Donovan “might” just surprise everyone with his special talents. You can find Ungifted in the Juvenile Fiction section at J KORMAN or as a book on CD in our Audiobook section at jCD FIC KORMAN.