Are you as excited as we are that Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer has arrived at the library?
In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world!
With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?
Here at the Bartlett Library, we celebrated the anniversary of the first Harry Potter book all through the month of June. One of the ways we asked you to celebrate with us was by submitting your Harry Potter fanfiction stories and we received some GREAT entries! Without further ado, we’d like to congratulate Matea, whose submission, The Marauders, won first place in the 4th-6th grade category. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work. We have some budding authors in our midst!
Read the winning entry The Marauders! Read about the winners in the teen categories HERE.
It’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater.
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
Originally published in 1938, this is a humorous story about a family whose whole lives are upturned by the addition of a penguin to their household. This book was also adapted into a movie in 2011 starring Jim Carrey. You can find the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J ATWATER, as an audiobook in the Juvenile Audiobooks at J CD FIC ATW, or as a movie in the Juvenile DVDs at JDVD FIC MR.
In four months on November 17th, Wonder will be released in theaters. There’s still plenty of time to read the book by R. J. Palacio (Juvenile Fiction section J Palacio), and if you’ve already read the book then enjoy the trailer!
We can’t be the only ones excited for this right?
On July 14, 1968, Atlanta Braves slugger Henry “Hank” Aaron hits the 500th home run of his career in a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
In 1976…after a career of remarkable offensive consistency, Aaron retired as the all-time leader in runs batted in, extra base hits and total bases. He was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hank-aaron-hits-500th-homer)
You can learn more about this inspiring baseball player by checking out biographies in the Juvenile Biography section at jBiog. AARON.
Today I recommend: Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods mystery by Margi Preus.
Francie, seventeen, leaves summer school and auditions in New York City for Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota when her great-aunts call and ask for her help investigating a mystery that centers on a road no one wants built, and on the legendary treasure said to be under enchantment.
Lovers of the Nancy Drew mysteries will enjoy this Northwoods mystery entitled Enchantment Lake by award-winning Margi Preus. Francie, a seventeen-year-old actress living in New York City, briefly played a detective on TV. When her elderly aunts call for assistance in the Northwoods of Minnesota, they mislead the residents into believing that Francie is a real detective. Now she finds herself unwillingly drawn into the role of sleuth to protect her aunts from a possible serial killer. The multiple twists and turns keep the suspense alive and readers will be anxious to discover who is the real killer before Francie becomes the next victim. You can find this book in the Young Adult section at YA PREUS.
We’re jumping on the bandwagon and attempting to make our own fidget spinners. You can find the pin here (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/103934703883002122/) or the original video here (http://www.redtedart.com/easy-fidget-spinner-diy-free-template/)
- Trace and cut out fidget spinner pattern. I had to trace out a shape that is larger than the suggested template since I was using buttons rather than pennies.
- CAREFULLY attach one penny to each end of the spinner using a small dot of glue. Let dry.
- Trace a penny to make two circles on a new piece of cardboard. Cut out circles.
- CAREFULLY use a nail or needle to make a small hole in the center of the spinner. The hole should be big enough to fit the toothpick through. The toothpick should be slightly loose within the circle so the spinner will spin easily.
- Use a nail or needle to make a small hole in the center of each of the small circles. These will be your holders.
- Cut the end of the toothpick off and push through a small circle until the end of the toothpick is flush with the circle. Add a tiny drop of glue to keep in place. Let dry.
- Push toothpick through the spinner. Push the toothpick through the second circle. Cut off extra toothpick and add a tiny drop of glue to keep in place. Let dry.
Note: Allow at least 2 minutes to make sure it’s COMPLETELY dry. This will prevent things from sliding or moving.
Hot glue and buttons worked for us! We just had to make sure that the holes for the toothpick were wide enough in the spinning piece to allow the cardboard to turn. We also used heavy cardboard from a box, so we recommend being very careful when you cut through the thick cardboard.
It’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum.
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Toto are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas.
Did you know that the Wizard of Oz movie was based on this book? Frank Baum wrote and published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. The Library of Congress describes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairy-tale,” (https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/oz/) This book would lead to numerous sequels beginning with The Marvelous Land of Oz. You can check out this classic and the other books in the Oz series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BAUM.
Happy Independence Day! The library is closed on July 4th. We’ll be open again on July 5th at 9 am!
Today I recommend: Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Mone.
Traveling to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, become caught up in a mystery involving a missing scientist. (This is the first book in a series.)
You read that right! Bill Nye the Science Guy was one of the author’s for this book so as you might expect there is lots of science information, and inventions all throughout this book. It never feels slow or overwhelming, and the end-notes add even more interesting explanations. This is a fast paced mystery, and Jack is a humorous narrator. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. You can find Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World in the Juvenile Fiction section at J NYE.