Monthly Archives: June 2017

Camp Nanowrimo

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!Camp Nanowrimo

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?

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Weather Questions?

Have you ever had a question about the weather in and around Chicago? WGN’s Tom Skilling answers these sorts of questions and you can write to him at http://wgntv.com/category/weather/weather-blog/ask-tom-why/

Recently he answered  a question about how many days on average does Chicago have high temperatures in the 70s? The answer: on average Chicago experiences 59 days per year. (http://wgntv.com/2017/06/20/how-many-days-per-year-does-chicago-have-high-temperatures-in-70s/)

Twenty Years Ago…

HPOn June 26, 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) was published in the United Kingdom. Can you believe that the Harry Potter books are twenty years old?

You can now enjoy the whole world of Harry Potter including books, movies, and the website Pottermore, https://www.pottermore.com/, where you can learn what house you would be sorted into and what your wand would be made of!

Book Review: Short

Today we recommend: Short by Holly Sloan.

Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.

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As you might imagine, being short has influenced Julie’s outlook on life, especially as a middle school student when she realizes she is several inches shorter than her classmates. Resisting her parents’ suggestion to participate in community theater, she reluctantly attends an audition and wins a role as a Munchkin in the summer production of The Wizard of Oz. As she befriends many people involved with the show, she gains confidence and self-acceptance and “grows” in unexpected ways. For those interested in theater and the “drama” associated with trying new things, this humorous tale will be inspiring. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SLOAN.

 

 

~ra

Book Review: The Best Man

the best manToday I recommend: The Best Man by Richard Peck.

Archer has four important role models in his life–his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget.

This book is an award winner! It was an American Library Association Notable for Middle Readers 2017, School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016, and a Booklist Editor’s Choice for Middle Readers 2016. For readers that have enjoyed other works by Richard Peck, this book has the same focus on family and navigating childhood that many of his novels have. You’ll cheer for Archer as he grows up with help from all of his role models. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J PECK or as an audiobook in the Juvenile Audiobook section at jCD FIC PECK.

~aw

 

Summer Solstice

June 21st is the summer solstice! This is the longest day of the year for most places in the Northern hemisphere, and is when the sun reaches it’s highest point in the sky.

Celebrate by exploring the solar system with NASA’s Solar System Exploration game where you can learn more about the sun, stars, and planets. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids/index.cfm

Photo Credit:  NASA/European Space Agency. Published: 14 September 1999

 

June 20th

On this day, June 20th in 1975 the movie Jaws was released in theaters!

“The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned three sequels.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jaws-released-2

You can borrow Jaws from the library, or learn more about sharks with books from the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j597.3.

Book Review: A Whisper of Horses

Today I recommend: A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell.

whisper of horsesIn a post-apocalyptic Great Britain, after her mother’s death Serendipity, about twelve, leaves Lahn Dan and teams up with an orphan, Tab, hoping to find horses surviving somewhere.

Although the start is rather slow, it is easy to become attached to determined Serendipity and her scrappy friend Tab as they journey to try and find horses. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian books. This is a nice option for the younger crowd who are not ready for YA dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games but who still enjoy the danger and adventure of those books. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BETHELL.

~aw

Black Cats Rule!

If you are an animal lover, you will want to read “Beastly Brains” by Nancy Castaldo.  This new nonfiction book explores animal emotions, empathy, communication, problem solving, self-awareness and more.  As a cat lover, I was interested in the author’s “Afterword on Cats” where she mentions the village of Liege which trained postal cats to deliver the mail!

 

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