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Winter Hours

for the Public Library are

  • Mon-Thur … Noon to 6:00pm
  • Fridays … 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Winter Reading

Holidays are a busy time, but still make an effort to encourage those around you to READ! Have the kids help read the recipes and measure the ingredients. Have your Teens help with Maps and road signs. Ask the Elders in the family to read or tell stories of the past.  You will be amazed what the kids remember when they are older when they are included .

Have a great holiday Season with the kids. Enjoy their activities, and include them in yours.

Reminder if your child is under 16 they must have a signed Internet Permission to access the computers. It must be signed by a Parent or Guardian at the Library. We can’t send the form home to sign.

Veterans Day

We appreciate our Veterans. Thank you for serving.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Ready! Get Set! Read!!

Kids starting Pre-K in the fall Through 6th grade. Kids birth to 4, must have an adult stay during the program.

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am until noon.  Lunch will be provided this year.

First day of the program will be June 14th and it will run through August 4th.

 

Summer Has Arrived

Summer is always a time we look forward to, young or old. A time to play instead of school, a time for vacations, or just being lazy around the house.

It is also a time to be watchful. Know what the kids are doing, not just vaguely hear I am going out to play.  Whose house are they at, are they downtown at the library, at the park, or just walking around.  Be aware of their activities, who they are with and how long they are gone.

It is also a time to reinforce what they have learned during the year. Make sure they read at least 15 minutes a day, 30 minutes is even better. Let them help when checking out at the store, make them count the money, or even better, give them a limit they can’t exceed so they have to pay attention to a budget (and that way they don’t over spend). summers are easy time to forget what they have learned, give them a headstart in the fall.

Best of all HAVE FUN with the kids. Enjoy their activities, and include them in yours.

Summer Hours for the Public Library are Noon to 6:00pm Mon-Thur 11am-5pm Fridays. TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS are reading program days and we open from 10am til 12 pm for Kids related activities. No computers are on during this time.  If you want to have a good time come read with the kids, you both will enjoy the time well spent.

Online Book Fair Opens Nov 1st

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You say you want to check out the Book fair before its arrives in the Public library?

Check out the latest books and some old favorites at the OnlineBook Fair.

Call us at the Library if you have questions! 580-857-2933

 

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

 

Author: Dan Santat18295821

 

Summary:

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle. New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.

Review:

While most stories of imaginary friends are from the person’s point of view, this one is from the imaginary friend’s instead. From this interesting perspective, the author takes the reader through heart-wrenching adventure to find friendship and the importance of not giving up. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and the story will warm your heart and tickle the back of your throat as you choke back a few tears. There are so many little details in the illustrations that bring new delights in a second, third, or fourth reading. From the moral of the story to the breath taking artwork, this is definitely a book worth picking up from our library.

Judy Moody: Mood Martian

Author: Megan McDonald – Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds

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Summary:

In honor of Backwards Day, Judy Moody decides to turn that frown upside down, make lemonade out of lemons, and be nice to stinky little brothers. In fact, Judy becomes a NOT moody, cool-as-a-cucumber neat freak for one whole entire day. But when her combed hair, matching outfits, and good moods hang around for days after, her friends begin to worry. Could this smiley Judy be an imposter?

Review:

Judy Moody is a great character — she’s normal and relatable, silly enough to be interesting but not so much as to be weird, and generally a good kid, even if things don’t always turn out as she plans. Judy is a fun character to root for, and her struggle to stay in a good mood while bad things go on around her is something that every child or adult can likely relate to. Watching Judy figure out how to keep her calm is not only entertaining but it also could teach readers a valuable lesson— after all, if Judy can do it, so can her readers.

A Night Divided

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Summary:

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city. One day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

Review:

The plot moved steadily and was never very slow. I found myself needing to know what was going to happen next and I couldn’t put the book down. This is classified as middle grade but I feel like it has crossover appeal for young adult too and could actually be classified as such. The setting is mostly East Berlin in the 1960s, and it focuses on how the Berlin Wall really changed lives during the Cold War.  The Cold War was a terrible time for many. Jennifer Nielsen has written a good introduction to this time in our history that’s appropriate for middle grade kids. It is not too violent, although there is violence. A Night Divided is awe inspiring, but it’s more than just a story of hope, family, and friendship; it’s a story about freedom and what humans will do to have it. It makes you question what would you do for your own freedom—what lengths would you go to. It’s beautifully written in a voice that will keep you reading until the last page and falling in love with Gerta and Fritz so much that you’ll see a little of yourself in them. It’s a story one shouldn’t miss reading, and sharing with others.