Summer Reading Club — Every Hero Has a Story

The school year may be winding down, but Summer Reading Club at the library is just getting started! Don’t miss out on the fun – register at your favorite branch or through our website. Check out some of the superhero-sized fun at Julia Davis and Schlafly branches’ kick off events:

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The Super-Reader-Mobile made a pit-stop at Schlafly.

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Those jet-engines really come in handy when you need to return a library book before its due date!

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Superheroes in training at Julia Davis braved the laser obstacle course…

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… and created fabulous superhero costumes!

Book Weekend – May Gardens

FriendApril showers bring May flowers, and maybe something more!  How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham explores the metaphorical connection between friends and gardens.  In bright colors and simple shapes, two children act out the steps along side their pinwheel garden.  When things go wrong, whether with plants or friends, there’s always a way fix it!  A sweet parable about tolerance for the youngest audience.

SylivaSylvia is a girl who does NOT like eating spinach.  But after she spends time, sowing, watering and then watching them sprout, she learns  a different kind of love for this leafy green.  Sylvia’s Spinach by Katherine Pryor.

schoolA new boy learns that his class has a special project, a school garden!  Through facts, poems, riddles and bits of history, he learns all the ways that make community gardens special.  From compost worms to companion flowers, this informational picture book is packed with details that older grade school kids will love!   Our School Garden by Rick Swann.

And just for a bit a silly fun, kids young and old can read about Vegetables in Underwear.  This picture books by Jared Chapman uses vibrant shapes on a clean white background to showcase the delightful pride of these veggies.  Veg

Each spread offers a pair of opposites, from big to little, clean to dirty, boy pants to girl pants.  And the surprise ending will tickle the pants of kids who’ve recently graduated from diapers!

Happy Birthday, Mary Pope Osborne!

The beloved author of the Magic Tree House series celebrates her birthday on May 23. What better way to help her celebrate than to read her books and books similar to the time-traveling, fantasy-filled Magic Tree House books? Don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Club (“Every Hero Has A Story”) and log the books you’re reading to earn prizes!

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See You Later, Gladiator by Jon Scieszka
You probably know that Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Did you know that he also invented an early version of a helicopter and a tank, and that he planned to execute the Time Warp Trio for spying on his inventions? Sam’s bright idea to look for the inventor of the Book takes the guys to 15th century Italy to meet up with Leonardo. But it’s going to take at least three more bright ideas, two magic tricks, and one great invention to get them out of trouble and safely back home. If not, it could be a lifetime of Italian army toilet-cleaning detail for Joe, Sam, and Fred.

Earthquake in the Early Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series–the Magic Tree House! An adventure that will shake you up! That’s what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to California in 1906. As soon as they arrive, the famous San Francisco earthquake hits the city. Can Jack and Annie find the final writing that they need to help Morgan save Camelot? Or will San Francisco be destroyed first?

Adventures in the Middle Ages by Linda Bailey
Join the Binkertons — twins Josh and Emma and their pesky little sister Libby — as they visit the Good Times Travel Agency for a trip unlike any other — to medieval times. The trio quickly discover that medieval life isn’t all knights in shining armor and stately pageants. Things go from bad to worse when the castle they’re in is attacked and flaming arrows and flying cows shower down on them. Kids will love the book’s contemporary comic-book look with its zany illustrations, speech balloons and guidebook. Parents and teachers will love the well-researched story lines and solid factual information.

Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series–the Magic Tree House! Jack and Annie don’t need another mummy. But that’s what they get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient Egypt. There they meet a long-dead queen who needs their help. Will Jack and Annie be able to solve the puzzle, or will they end up as mummies themselves?

Moonlight on the Magic Flute by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie head to 18th-century Austria, where they must find and help a musician by the name of Mozart. Decked out in the craziest outfits they’ve ever worn–including a wig for Jack and a giant hoopskirt for Annie!–the two siblings search an entire palace to no avail. Their hunt is further hampered by the appearance of a mischievous little boy who is determined to follow them everywhere. But when the boy lets the animals out of the palace zoo, Jack and Annie have to use the only magic at their disposal to save themselves and the naughty little fellow.

See who can make the most creative tree house for Jack and Annie!
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Courtesy of A Mom With A Lesson Plan.

Earth Day Celebration at Divoll Branch

Spring is in full swing throughout St. Louis, with blue skies and green leaves brightening up the city! In honor of the warmer weather and Earth Day, families at Divoll spent Wednesday, April 22nd planting! With permanent markers, children and adults individualized their pots. After their artwork was complete, each participant added soil and seeds to their creation. With any luck, flowers should be sprouting up throughout the spring and summer seasons!

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Superhero Party at Schlafly

Kids can create a superhero costume and complete several missions to earn their very own superhero certificate at Schlafly Branch on Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

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If you have a young superhero at home who can’t get enough of the Avengers, check out this Marvel Avengers storybook app for your iPad or iPhone!  Or, head on down to your nearest SLPL branch to check out our wide range of superhero picture books and comics for kids!

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May the 4th Be With You and Other Space Adventures

Start the first week of May with a celebration of the galactic sensation Star Wars, with May the 4th Be With You day. Keep the fun and outer space adventure going with these other fun, action-packed space stories:

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Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School. Like his fellow lunarnauts-otherwise known as Moonies-living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon. And he’s bored out of his mind. Kids aren’t allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they’re trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time-and the only other kid Dash’s age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games. Then Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it’s a secret that could change everything for the Moonies-a secret someone just might kill to keep…

Mouse in Space by Geronimo Stilton
Hole-y cheese! More than 24 million Geronimo Stilton books in print! An evil professor was threatening New Mouse City with his terrible inventions. The authorities called upon me, Geronimo Stilton, to thwart his plans by traveling on a top secret mission — to outer space! Moldy mozzarella, my trip was out of this world!

My Little Book of Space by Peter Grego
What is the sun? Where does Earth fit into the solar system? Which planet is 1,321 times the size of Earth? Learning about space has never been so easy with this compact book of all things space. The interesting facts hook even the most reluctant readers. Learn why Saturn is surrounded by rings and how many years it takes the farthest planet to orbit the sun. Perfect for reluctant readers, this book maintains young children’s attention and encourages them to find out all about the atmosphere surrounding the Earth and beyond. The My Little Book Of… series is perfect for reluctant readers. Each title in the series holds the interest of young children and encourages them to find out all about the world around them, and beyond.

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space by Dr. Dominic Walliman
Professor Astro Cat is the smartest cat in the alley. He’s got a degree in just about every discipline under the sun! Speaking of the sun, he happens to be specialist on that too, and Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space will tell you everything that there could be to know about our star, our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, and our universe. The professor’s made sure of that; he’s a fastidious little feline! Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space also explores topics such as gravity, extraterrestrial life, time, and many other fascinating subjects that will take you and your children on a journey to the very frontiers of space!

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Volume 1 by W. Haden Blackman
Inspired by the Cartoon Network’s Clone Wars cartoons, this series uses the television show as a jumping-off point to tell new stories of heroism and villainy in the same stripped-down visual style. On the night-world of Nivek, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must first overcome the limitations of fighting in the dark before they can take on the dreaded Shadowmen! Meanwhile, Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Saesee Tiin discover that push can come to shove when using the Force to fight battledroids. And, fresh from leading an underwater assault against Separatist forces on the water planet of Mon Calamari, Jedi Master Kit Fisto and his remaining clone troops reach the surface to find a new threat awaiting them! Incredible action, hot art, and lightning-fast pacing are coming your way in this take on the Star Wars galaxy!

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And for a fun May the 4th – Star Wars Day craft, why not try these cute, simple Yoda Ears on for size? Check out the Nerd Craft Librarian’s blog for the details on how to make this cool craft!