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Rachel, Evergreen Library

Children’s book author Audrey Wood was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 12th, 1948.  When she was a toddler, she would watch her father repaint murals for the Ringling Brothers Circus in Florida.  In fact, many of the circus performers grew to be her friends.  She can remember being rocked in the arms of the fat lady and sitting in the lap of the world’s tallest man when she was a kid!

Both Audrey Wood’s father and grandfather were artists and by first grade she decided to become one too!  By fourth grade she wanted to become a children’s book author.  Audrey Wood painted, danced, acted, and played music as a child.  She and her sisters put on plays for their neighbors and friends in their basement and charged 25 cents for each person who came to the show!  Dr. Seuss is her favorite author.  She once got into trouble in school for crossing out his name on a book and putting her own in its place!

In 1969, Audrey Wood married Don Wood. He is also a children’s book author and illustrator.  They have written many books together; you will see some of these below.  It wasn’t until her son, Bruce, was born that Wood decided to pursue her goal to become a children’s author.  Since then she has become quite a successful one!  Check out some of her books below, all of which are available from the library.

Bright and Early Thursday Evening: A Tangled Tale

The Flying Dragon Room

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Napping House

Silly Sally

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Percy Jackson is back - on film that is!

The newest Percy Jackson movie, Sea of Monsters, based on book #2 of the series, starts on August 7th.

The movies are based on the popular series Percy Jackson and the Olympians
by Rick Riordan.

Check-out the movie trailer and then come check-out the book at the library!

Read all the books in this exciting series!
Lightning Thief
The Titans Curse
Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian
The Demigod Files

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Connie, Lakewood Library

AHOY MATEY!

Ever wonder how the ship actually gets into the bottle? 

Solved!

Just attend our Make a Ship in a Bottle program

Saturday, August 10 at 10:30 am

at the Lakewood Library

and learn this trick of the model ship building trade.

This program is presented by Rocky Mountain Shipwrights and is
for ages 6 and up.

Free tickets are required and are available on Saturday, August 3rd,
online, or in person at the Lakewood Library.

Take a look at some of the cool model ships built by Shipwright members on their website, then join us to make your own!

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Kristin, Columbine Library

We’re going on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one....

How well do you remember this classic children's rhyme?  Start clapping and swishing and sploshing and take the Guardian Newspaper's Quiz to see if you can get all the answers right! 

If you don't remember the rhyme, make sure to request a copy of Michael Rosen's version and practice it at home!

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Geri, Columbine Library

There's a fun, new series of books that shows you how to use easy and inexpensive items to give your clothes and accessories a look that is truly your own.  The instructions and step-by-step photos make it easy to be your own fashion designer!

Stylish Shoes for the Crafty Fashionista has great ideas for adding bling to your shoes

Other titles in the series include:

Beautiful Bags for the Crafty Fashionista

Creative Nail Art for the Crafty Fashionista

Cute Clothes for the Crafty Fashionista

Hip Hair Acessories for the Crafty Fashionista

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Rachel, Golden Library

Are you looking for some good ghost stories to tell while sitting around a campfire this summer?  Well look no further!  This collection includes many spine-tingling tales that will give you a chill, even in the hot summer weather.

Beware! : R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories by Various Authors

Dripping Blood Cave & Other Ghostly Stories by Raymond Bial

Haunted U.S.A. by Charles Wetzel

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

 

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Rachel, Golden Library

Though widely respected sources have not confirmed it, July 15th is Cow Appreciation Day!  This may not be an official holiday like Christmas or Easter, but it’s still a great time to thank cows for all they do for us! 

An important fact to know is that the term “cow” only refers to the female members of a group of “cattle,” which refers to both sexes.  Males are known as bulls or steers.  Cows are some of the most important farm animals around.  Their milk is a wonderful, healthy drink and is also used to make butter, cream, cheese, and ice cream.  We have them to thank for roast beef, steaks, veal, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more.  Leather, some medicines, soap, and glue are all made from parts of cows and bulls.  They also provide power by pulling plows, carts, and wagons. Here are some interesting facts about cattle and some books about them you can get from the library!

FACTS

-Cows and bulls chew their food two separate times to digest it!

-One cow will produce about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

-Cattle are very social and really like to hang out together. In fact, if a cow separates herself from the herd, she is likely sick, or about to give birth to a calf!

-Bulls and cows usually spend 10-12 hours per day lying down.

-These animals do not sweat and usually drink about 40 gallons of water per day. This is enough to fill a bathtub! They eat about 100 pounds of food every day too!

-Cows move their jaws about 40,000 times per day!

-Bulls cannot see the color red, therefore when matadors wave flags while bullfighting, it is the fluttering movement, not the hue that catches their attention.

BOOKS

Amazing Cows: A Book of Bovinely Inspired Misinformation by Sandra Boynton

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

Misery Moo by Jeanne Willis

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Trish, Belmar Library

You may not recognize his name, but fans of classic children’s art and magical stories certainly know his work.

The award-winning author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret will celebrate a birthday tomorrow, July 11th.  

Hugo Cabret is the first of his characters to come alive in a movie—in the 2012 box office hit Hugo.    

Born in New Jersey, Selznick says he can’t remember a time when he WASN’T drawing.  He even did a one-man show of his work when he was in Junior High!

Selznick has always been fascinated by magic and mythology.  His first book, The Houdini Box, had him imagining what it would be like if the great Houdini had given a young boy a mysterious box!   

His wonderful illustrations have been used in both novels and picture books for other writers, too.  My favorite is Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan.  It is an imagined story of what happened the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane.  It’s a great story, and the art is amazing!

For a real treat, check out Selznick’s most recent novel, the 2012 Schneider Family Award Book, Wonderstruck, and watch how he magically weaves words and pictures together.

Great reads for summer days!

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Connie, Lakewood Library

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless.  This isn't most fairy tales.

In the new book, Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill, Violet is a princess after my own heart.  She is decidedly NOT considered pretty with her mismatched eyes and unruly hair but she is smart and resourcefuland just may be the key to her kingdom's entire survival!

Violet loves stories, telling them and hearing them.  When the royal storyteller tells a story about a beautiful princess, Violet takes it to heart and begins to see herself as something less.  One day, when she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book, Violet is drawn into the world of the Nybbas, an evil being that will grant Violet her fondest wish, to be beautiful– if only she will do just one rather small favor for him.

"Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other.
 It is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them,
 and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.”

For an unconventional story about an unconventional princess, give Iron Hearted Violet a try!

 

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Diane, Standley Lake Library

Recently, the library received copies of Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle.  It's a wonderful story about the trials and joys of friendship as seen through a synchronized dance.  The story is full of humor and heart which left me hoping for more by this author.

It also got me thinking about wordless books.  They are great "reading" for all ages of children, from babies to pre-emergent readers to middle schoolers and even adults!  Using this type of book can enhance the creativity, vocabulary, language development, storytelling, imagination and even writing skills of readers at many stages of development.  Look for them in our catalog under the children's subject heading stories without words

A few other favorites you might want to try are:  Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan, The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney and A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka.

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