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The award-winning National Geographic for Kids database makes learning fun for kids with online eMagazines, eBooks, and photos.  In this database you will find:
  • National Geographic Kids magazines from 2009-present
  • 200 National Geographic Kids books
  • 500 kid-friendly, downloadable images
The content is geared toward kids ages 6-14 years and offers a wide range of subject areas including Animals, the Environment, History, Peoples and Cultures, Place, Science and Technology.  Kids can browse topics or navigate using the basic search or advanced search engines.  This database is a great resource for writing reports, finding pictures for school projects, or just learning more about the world! A library card and access to the internet is all you need to start your child exploring the vast resources of this wonderful database.



OverDrive for Kids – eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids who love to read

Interact with Muzzy and his friends while learning a new language through games and activities.  The videos that Muzzy shows are a great additional resource. As the new word is stated, a picture is shown of that word.  This is a benefit to anybody learning a new language.  There is a choice between 8 different languages that give you the option of practicing English, learning Spanish, reviewing French, or become fluent in Chinese. All you need is a library card and access to the internet.  Muzzy is a great Electronic Resource for grades K-8.

 
 Online collection of animated talking picture books which teach children the joy of reading in a format they'll love. 
BookFlix is an online resource that pairs video storybooks with related eBooks to build a love of reading.
OverDrive for Kids – eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids who love to read


Homework Central

Love it or hate it, homework is a fact of life.  Make it as painless as possible with the library's ebooks, databases, and online tutoring.  The Kids' Databases box connects you to the right help for your grade level and subject.  It's always here on the Just for Kids page.


Amazing Animals of the World: Grades K-6. Everything you need to know about animals! Great for school assignments or just for fun.

America the Beautiful
: Grades 3 - 8 State-by-state history and current events.

BookFlix
: Grades Pre-K - 3  Build a love of reading and learning with paired fiction and nonfiction. Watch the movie, read the book!

Eyewitness Books : Grades 3 – 8  Some of  your favorite DK Eyewitness Books on everything from insects to pirates to astronomy are now online!

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
: Grades 6 - 9  Quick multimedia reference plus current events.

Junior Edition
: Grades 6 - 8  One-stop homework center, with reference sources, newspapers, and magazine articles.

Kids InfoBits: Grades K - 5  Kid-friendly access to reference sources and newspaper and magazine articles for the youngest researchers.

Live Homework Help: All ages  Free online tutoring, Sunday - Thursday 3pm to midnight, plus a 24/7 Skills Center.

Muzzy Online : Parents and kids love Muzzy, the award-winning language program for grades K-8. Now you can have fun learning a new language anywhere you have an Internet connection. Watch the Muzzy story in your choice of eight languages, and learn even more with interactive games and activities.

National Geographic Kids: National Geographic Kids takes kids on amazing adventures in science, nature, and culture.

New Book of Knowledge Online: Grades 3 - 8  Reference and current events.

OverDrive: All ages. Ebooks and audio for kids.

Tumblebooks: Grades Pre-K - 5  Animated talking picture books that teach children the joy of reading in a format they'll love.





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Looking for a sweet escape? These books are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 (50 reads)


Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood
Twelve-year-old Rose Bliss wants to work magic in her family's bakery as her parents do, but when they are called away and Rose and her siblings are left in charge, the magic goes awry and a beautiful stranger tries to talk Rose into giving her the Bliss Cookery Booke.

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
When four twelve-year-olds, including Logan, who has grown up never leaving his parents' Life Is Sweet candy factory, compete in the Confectionary Association's annual contest, they unexpectedly become friends and uncover secrets about themselves during the process.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
From eating too much chocolate, Henry breaks out in brown bumps that help him foil some hijackers and teach him a valuable lesson about self-indulgence.

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Just Desserts Club by Johanna Hurwitz
Sixth grader Cricket finds just the right dessert to bake for school events during the year. Includes recipes for Zucchini "Apple" Crisp, No Bake Orange Balls, and Mystery Ingredient Chocolate Cake.

Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
When fifth-graders Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon meet the owner of the new candy store in town and are given a magical candy that endows them with super powers, they find that along with its benefits there are also dangerous consequences.

Mystery in Chocolate Town, Hershey, Pennsylvania by Carole Marsh
It was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Pennsylvania town of Hershey-home of the world-famous Hershey Chocolate Factory! Christina, Grant, Mimi and Papa visit the Sweetest Place on Earth one cold February week to do research for Mimi's new mystery book. The kids and their new friends, Annabelle and Sean, quickly become involved in a curious mystery that involves stolen silver dollars...

Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker by Megan McDonald
Seven-year-old Stink Moody discovers that he can get free samples by writing letters to candy companies and plans a surprise for his best friend's birthday.

Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo
When Mom issues a no-gum rule, Gabby Gomez sneaks a piece of special bubble gum that turns her into a superhero.

The Chocolate Sundae Mystery By Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar children investigate when ice cream and other items start disappearing from their favorite ice cream parlor.

Or try these sweet series:

Candy Fairies by Helen Perelman

Confectionately Yours by Lisa Papademetriou

Cupcake Diaries by Coco Simon


      
Summer Science Booklist It is June and almost summer! Get ready for our Summer Reading Program- “Fizz, Boom, READ!” (starts June 16th) by trying some of these science themed books. Many of the books are part of a series or have other books by the sa
Monday, June 09, 2014 (71 reads)


Books for Younger Readers


How do you Know it’s Summer?  by Lisa M. Herrington
Welcome summer! -- What's the weather -- Plants and animals in summer -- Kids in summer -- Let's explore!

Summer Colors by Brian Enslow
Learn about colors while looking at pictures of summer.

Bird Talk:  What Birds are Saying and Why by Lita Judge
An illustrated tribute to birds of all kinds and the funny, fascinating things that they do.

See What a Seal Can Do by Chris Butterworth
A lyrical portrait of seal characteristics and life explains how seals appear to be slow and sleepy creatures on land but are powerful, graceful and dynamic animals under the water who cleverly outmaneuver predators and skillfully catch fishy dinners.

It’s Raining by Gail Gibbons
A thorough explanation of the formation and effects of rain.

Coral Reefs by Jason Chin
During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there."

Light is All Around Us by Wendy Pfeffer
Light is all around you! It comes in many forms: Light from the sun brightens our day, firelight flickers in the night, electric lights fill our homes—and some animals even make the sea glow!  Let's-read-and-find-out science. Stage 2.

Scientist’s Tools by Anders Hanson

Explains the work of scientists and describes how they use microscopes, glassware, telescopes, and other tools and equipment to perform their experiments

Books for Older Readers

Batmobiles and Batcycles:  the Engineering behind Batman’s Vehicles by Tammy Enz
Explores the real-world science and engineering connections to the features in Batman's road vehicles—part of

Batman Science series.

Lives of the Scientists:  Experiments, Explosions, (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull   Profiles many of history's most noteworthy scientists, from Zhang Heng and Isaac Newton to Albert Einstein and Barbara McClintock, sharing lesser-known facts about their favorite activities, relationships, and eccentricities.

Stronger Than Steel: Spider DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope by Bridget Heos
Readers enter Randy Lewis' lab where they come face to face with golden orb weaver spiders and genetically engineered goats, whose milk contains the proteins to spin spider silk--and to weave a nearly indestructible fiber. Learn how this amazing material might someday be used to repair or replace human ligaments and bones, improve body armor, strengthen parachute rope, and even tether an airplane to an aircraft carrier!   A timely addition to the acclaimed Scientists in the Field series


Too Hot, Too Cold:  Keeping Body Temperature Just Right by Caroline Arnold
Explains how people and animals living in different parts of the world survive in hotter and colder climates using remarkable adaptive strategies and behaviors.

Tracking Tyrannosaurus:  Meet T. Rex’s Fascinating Family from tiny Terrors to Feathered Giants by Christopher Sloan
Filled with engaging, lifelike illustrations by Xing Lida, Tracking Tyrannosaurs explains to kids how T. Rex, the most famous, ferocious dinosaur of all time was only one of many tyrannosaurs that lived on Earth for over 100 million years!---  part of National Geographic Kids series

Ultimate Buglopedia:  The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever by Darlyne Murawski
Welcome to the hidden world of the most popular bugs on Earth. Opening the beautiful and accessible pages of this book is like turning over a series of stones under which you'll find a fascinating array of the world's coolest creepy-crawlies.  Part of the National Geographic Kids series.

Summer Experiment by Cathie Pelletier
A boring summer vacation turns unexpectedly interesting when mysterious lights appear over Roberta's hometown in northern Maine. Roberta is convinced she and her best friend Marillee can win the Maine State Science Fair if only they can find an amazing project to showcase. Communicating with aliens would certainly do the trick.

Whispering Lake Ghosts:  A Mystery about Sound by Lynda Beauregard
Hearing strange murmuring near the lake, campers Braelin and Megan search for the ghostly voices, putting their new knowledge of sound and amplification to good use.  Part of the Summer Camp Science Mysteries



      
Summer Series: Find a new series to read this summer or dive into a newly published book in your favorite series.
Thursday, June 05, 2014 (74 reads)


Books for Younger Readers

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and  A Pet for Pete 
Two new books in the Pete the Cat series by James Dean.

Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen 
Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills.

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker 
Bear does not want to go to the library. He is quite sure he already has all the books he will ever need. Yet the relentlessly cheery Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, thinks different. When Bear reluctantly agrees to go with his friend to the big library, neither rocket ships nor wooden canoes are enough for Bear’s picky tastes. How will Mouse ever find the perfect book for Bear?

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems 
Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends.  Part of the Elephant and Piggie series.

Did you miss A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold?
In this first Fly Guy picture book, Buzz tries to help Fly Guy find the right pet.

Books for Older Readers

Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell 
Nikki is in the spotlight. A reality TV crew will follow her and her friends for the whole month of March as they record their hit song together. But will the excitement also cause unexpected problems, now that cameras are everywhere Nikki and her friends go.  Part of the Dork Diaries series

Soccer on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne   Jack and Annie search for the fourth secret of greatness for Merlin the Magician in Mexico City at the 1970 World Cup Games. They hope to learn something new from soccer player great, Pele.  Part of the Magic Tree house series

Book 4 in the Spirit Animals series is Fire and Ice by Shannon Hale (Book 5 is coming in September!)
Strange things are happening at the frozen edge of the world. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have crisscrossed Erdas in their quest to stop the ruthless Conquerors. Only the four of them, supported by the gifts of their legendary spirit animals, have the power to defeat an evil takeover.

Book # 57 in Geronimo Stilton series is coming out June 24th:  The Stinky Cheese Vacation
I, Geronimo Stilton, was finishing up work one evening when I opened a letter from Uncle Stingysnout. He needed to see me immediately! I headed straight to Penny Pincher Castle for what I thought would be a nice visit . . . but my uncle put me straight to work. Moldy mozzarella, what a terrible vacation!

National Geographic  Kids book Weird but True 6 
This latest edition to the Weird but True series offers children 300 more of the wacky facts, illustrations, and photographs they love! This casual reference book is full of wild and entertaining, brain-bending facts accompanied by vibrant photography and illustrations. Kids will have a blast exploring this new book and will forget they are learning.




      
May is Physical Fitness Month
Monday, May 19, 2014 (88 reads)


Let’s Move! This national program to promote a healthy lifestyle is in its fourth year. What better way to introduce physical fitness to a young child than “showing the way” with picture books. Then, try some new moves with your kids!

ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Ann Power
Use the alphabet, rhyming vignettes and colorful illustrations to introduce children to yoga in a kid-friendly way. Features 56 different poses, from airplane to zero.

Everybody Move Your Feet by Jodi Huelin
What would happen if you did nothing but watched TV all day? Read and find out.

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Written in question and answer format, this book encourages the reader to exercise following the movements of various animals.

Get Up and Go! By Nancy Carlson
Readers are encouraged, regardless of shape or size, to turn off the television and play games, walk, dance and engage in sports and other forms of exercise. Use your imagination and exercise can take you anywhere!

Get Up and Go: Being Active by Amanda Doering Tourville
Being active keeps your body and mind active. This book shows kids many different ways to be active with simple text and colorful illustrations.

The Gulps by Rosemary Wells
After their van breaks down under the strain of their excessive weight, the Gulps stay at Farmer Spratt’s farm and learn they can’t even enjoy the County Fair until they begin to eat right and exercise.

Happy, Healthy Monsters: Get Moving with Grover by Abigail Tabby
Here’s one simple and imaginative way to get your kids and the whole family! – moving on the road to fitness.

Hop, Hop, Jump! By Lauren Thomsen
Rhyming text, accompanied by labeled illustrations that identify parts of the body, encourages readers to wiggle and twist, stomp and zig-zag, and hug and shrug.

I.Q. Gets Fit by Mary Ann Fraser
During Fitness Month, I.Q., the class pet, learns important lessons about staying healthy as he tries to win a gold ribbon in the School Fitness Challenge.

Murphy Jumps a Hurdle by Harriet Ziefert
A yellow Labrador retriever named Murphy begins exercising after his owner Cheryl thinks he’s overweight. She finds a place where Murphy can train, and after mastering agility training on the obstacle course enters his first dog show.

Peaceful Piggy Yoga by Kerry Lee MacLean
This picture book guide explains and illustrates 11 classic yoga poses and explains exactly how they can be achieved.

Sporty Bunny Tales by Rosemary Wells
Whether it’s learning how to catch a ball, earning a fitness badge or hitting a home run Max and Ruby always have great adventures when they play outdoors. These 3-in-1 tales are based on Max and Ruvy TV series programs “Max Plays Catch”, “Ruby’s Huff and Puff”, and Ruby’s homerun.

Stretch By Dorine Cronin
Rhyming text describes the many creative ways Dog learns to stretch: with a friend and pretending to be someone or something else.

Yawning Yoga: A Good Night Book for a Good Night’s Sleep by Laurie Jordan
Help your child relax before bed by relieving worry, stress, anxiety, fears and energy. Yawning Yoga helps quiet the noise and shifts children's focus from outside stimuli and daily stressors to the attention of yoga, stretching, posture and proper breathing. The ultimate result is relaxation, a timeout from stress, and a restful good night's sleep...for both parent and child.

You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Poses by Taeeun Yoo
From the moment the sun rises and children gather, they pretend to be many different animals as they do various yoga poses throughout the day

A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student by Valeries Gladstone   E 792.8 GLA
Thirteen-year-old Iman Bright loves to dance. Her school is famous, and every spring the dancers give a performance. Iman takes care of her body, eats healthy foods and knows there is a reason for every exercise.

Zach Gets Some Exercise by Sarah, Duchess of York
Zach likes computers, books and television much more than playing outside, but when he makes friendsd with the new boy next door, he learns to enjoy being active. Ten helpful hints from a child psychiatrist at the end of the book encourage parents to help their children get active and stay that way.

www.letsmove.gov is a comprehensive website that gives families specific information about exercise, staying healthy and eating right. There are tips and life stories, a calorie counter and so much more! You could spend a few hours on this website and truly turn your life habits around.


      
Hare-Raising Tales
Monday, May 12, 2014 (93 reads)


What’s a better harbinger of spring than a bunny? For beginners these ER books will keep young readers hopping! These titles provide reading instruction in five critical areas: Phonemic Awareness,  Phonics , Vocabulary, Fluency and Text Comprehension. Best of all, they’re downright fun to read!

The Baby Bunny by Margaret Hillert
Easy-to-read text follows the growth, antics and adventures of a baby bunny as it explores its brand new world! Reading reinforcement pages with fun exercises follow the text.

Buster Changes His Luck by Marc Brown
Buster meets new friends in San Francisco’s Chinatown who teach him about Chinese New Year and good luck symbols in Chinese culture. Level 3.

The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss
A boy and rabbit both have two eyes that see things, from colors to a bird and a bed and rejoice that they can see so many things. Bright and Early Books for Beginners.

Henry and Mudge: Annie’s Perfect Pet by Cynthia Rylant
In this early chapter book, Henry’s cousin Annie likes his dog Mudge, but when she wants her own pet she decides that a bunny would be perfect for her. Level 2: Reading Together.

Honey Bunny Funnybunny by Marilyn Sadler
Honey Bunny Funnybunny feels that something is missing when her bothersome big brother finally stops teasing her. A Cat in the Hat Beginner Book provides simple sentences.

Let’s Share, Grumpy Bunny by Justine Korman
Hoppy O’Hare doesn’t like to share his paints in art class, but when he is asked to paint a poster with Corny, he learns that sharing can be fun. Scholastic Reader, Level 2.

Pearl and Wagner: Three Secrets by Kate McMullan
In this early chapter book, Pearl and Wagner, a rabbit and a mouse who are best friends, learn about secrets during a trip to an ice cream factory and an amusement park birthday party. Level 3, Transitional Reader.

Rumble Meets Randy Rabbit by Felicia Law
Rumble hires a Rabbit to turn part of the jungle surrounding his Cave Hotel into a garden so he can pick flowers for Panther, but soon Rumble and the Spider are wondering: did sneaky Rabbit plant anything other than carrots? Green Level Three book: more complex ideas, an extended vocabulary range and expanded language structures.

Tumbleweed Stew by Susan Stevens Crummel
In another clever version of the classic story Stone Soup, crafty Jack Rabbit is as tricky as ever when he convinces other animals to help him make yummy [?] tumbleweed stew. First Green Light Reader.

The Vampire Bunny by James Howe
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire. Ready-to-read. Level 3.

The Velveteen Rabbit and the Boy by Maria Barbo
The boy and the rabbit from the classic story of The Velveteen Rabbit go for a walk in the woods and play games. After they are separated and a storm brews the Velveteen Rabbit is worried: where is her boy? Classic Readers, Classic Characters.

Hoppy Websites:


http://rabbit.org/ This international website about rabbits is so comprehensive.  FAQs include behavior, socialization and veterinary questions, to name a few. The website also lists shelters for rabbit rescues.

www.myhouserabbit.com This website answers all sorts of practical questions about the care and keeping of pet rabbits: enriching the life of your rabbit, what to feed your rabbit and even why rabbits get ‘poopy butts’. If you purchase hay or pellets for your rabbit, you can get a FREE bunny ring!


      




 
 
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