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Rachel, Golden Library

On June 17th, 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.  It was a gift of friendship from the French.  It was created to serve as a tribute to America’s victory over the British in the American Revolution.  The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who modeled it after his mother!  Here are some other amazing facts about this beautiful American landmark:

-Lady Liberty measures 111 feet, 1 inch from her heels to the top of her head.

-The statue weighs 225 tons or 450,000 pounds.

-In 1885, the statue was shipped from France in 350 individual pieces packed in over 200 containers!

-Her crown has seven spikes, which represent the seven continents and the seven seas.  There are also 25 windows in her crown that people may look out of when visiting.

-The French contributed $250,000 to the making of the Statue of Liberty.  That would be about $5.5 million today.

-When the wind blows at 50 miles per hour or more, the statue sways up to three inches, while the torch bends up to five inches!

-Watch a live streaming view of New York Harbor from the Statue of Liberty’s torch!

Check out some of these books about Lady Liberty from the library:

Lady Liberty: a Biography by Doreen Rappaport

Liberty’s Journey by Kelly DiPucchio

Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who: The Stories Behind Some of America’s Patriotic Symbols by Teresa Bateman

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Worker on the Statue of Liberty: A Monument You’d Rather Not Build by John Malam

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Susan, Belmar Library

and he's getting a make-over!!

Check out the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone created by artist Kazu Kibuishi, author of Amulet graphic novels.

For 15 years, Harry Potter has been part of the lives of many youth, and adults. The books have been translated into 72 languages.
From The Guardian newspaper, "15 Things The Boy Wizard Is Responsible For", here's a little trivia:

  • Kings Cross is the location of the elusive Platform 9 ¾, gateway to Hogwarts.
  • The first Harry Potter was published by indie publishing house Bloomsbury, upon the demands of the chairman's daughter.
  • Once rejected as irrelevent, Latin is being read, learned and repeated by young readers.
  • The owl market has probably double or triple overnight. Sadly, for some owls, this has meant being abandoned, as they make for stinky pets who are likely to nip.
  • There's a new condition called the "Hogwarts headache", coined by a doctor who described "a tension headache possibly accompanied by neck or wrist pains, caused by unhealthily long reading sessions of Harry Potter."
  • Have you heard the band Harry and The Potters? Yes, this is a real band, yes, they do play gigs. And they continue to tour the US.

For filmdom trivia fans, take a look at Top 15 biggest Harry Potter film mistakes.  If you haven't been to JK Rowling's page, try out the Fun Stuff!

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Are you a Monsters Inc. fan?  Do you love Mike and Sulley?  Have you been waiting for a new Monster movie?  Well your wait is over!

Monsters University opens in theaters nationwide on June 21st!

The library has lots of Monsters University book tie-ins.  Check-out some of the new titles and then check-out the movie trailer:

 

What do you think of the librarian in the school library in the movie trailer?  I don’t know whether to be insulted or flattered but I think she’s kind of awesome!

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Rachel, Golden Library

The sloth is a very unusual, nocturnal mammal that lives in Central and South America.  It is most well-known for being extremely slow-moving.  It spends most of its life upside down in trees.  In fact, the sloth can do most everything upside down from eating and sleeping to mating and giving birth to young.  Sloths also have huge claws which are used for hanging on to branches.  Most sleep fifteen hours per day!  No wonder sloths have earned such a lazy reputation!  Check out these other interesting sloth facts.

-There are five species of sloths.

-A sloth’s teeth are in its cheeks.  It has nine on each side.

-Sloths are excellent swimmers, however they can hardly walk.  Instead they drag themselves along when they need to get around on the ground.

-Sloths can live 10-15 years in the wild and up to 30 in captivity!

-Sloths have a greenish appearance because algae grow in their fur!

-If a sloth’s body temperature becomes too low, bacteria in the stomach prevent it from digesting food and it will starve.

And while you’re at it, don’t delay in taking a look at these fantastic books about sloths available at the library!  Hurry and check one out today.  (P.S. You’ll have to move faster than a sloth).

Baby Sloth by Aubrey Lang

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

Score One For the Sloths by Helen Lester

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle

The Very Sleepy Sloth by Andrew Murray

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Kristin, Columbine Library

Have any picky eaters in your family?  They'll love Martha, who doesn't like green beans and thinks they are bad, bad, bad. 

Turns out, she's right!  A gang of green beans march into her house one night and kidnap her parents.  Martha is left by herself to eat all the cookies she wants and stay up late watching movies--- paradise!  But, is it? 

Read How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle and see how she saves them.  Your picky eater might giggle the next time you serve beans!

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Geri, Columbine Library

What would you do if a member of your family disappeared, and then robbers burst into your home and took everything, including all your money?  All this happens to Early Pearl in the new book, Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett.

Early and her family end up in a homeless shelter while they try to figure out what happened to Early’s father, who suddenly disappeared while he was on the way home from the grocery store.  Can Early solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance?

Blue Balliett has a great website, where you can find out more about the author and her other great books.

There is also a link to her blog on the website.  Check it out!

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Rachel, Golden Library

Dan Yaccarino is an author, illustrator, artist, animator, and producer who was born on May 20, 1965 in Montclair, New Jersey.  He attended Parsons School of Design in New York and currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children.  Yaccarino has contributed to several shows on Nickelodeon; he creates and produces Oswald and is a character designer for the Backyardigans.  His art has also been used in advertising for companies like AT&T, Gardenburger, and Sony.  Check out some of our favorite Dan Yaccarino storybooks!

The Birthday Fish

In this story, a girl named Cynthia wishes for a pony every birthday and at Christmas but never gets one.  One birthday she gets a goldfish instead and is very upset.  She starts to dump him down the drain but the goldfish convinces her that he is magical.  Read this to find out what happens next.

Deep in the Jungle

Lion, the king of the jungle, is used to the other animals obeying his every command.  One day the lion meets a man who wants to take him to the city so he can perform in a circus.  At first, the lion is thrilled with the idea of being famous but soon enough he realizes he may have made a big mistake.

Every Friday

A young boy loves Fridays because he gets to have breakfast with his father in a local diner.  On the walk to the restaurant, they see a number of things, like buildings being built and people walking their dogs.

Go, Go America

This is a non-fiction book with some fun and interesting facts about each of the 50 states.  For example, did you know that, in Connecticut, it is illegal to cross the street while walking on your hands?  Or that more rubber chickens are made in Utah than anywhere else in the country?  Read this to discover more interesting state facts!

The Lima Bean Monster

Sammy, a boy who hates lima beans, decides it is a good idea to bury them in a hole in a vacant lot down the street from his house to hide from his mother the fact that he hasn’t been eating them.  Soon, this dirt mound develops into a lima bean monster that terrorizes the town. 

Unlovable

Alfred is a little pug who needs a boost of self-confidence.  The cat, goldfish and parrot he lives with all tell him he is unlovable so he spends most of his time in the backyard.  One day a new dog friend, Rex, moves in next door and neither he nor Alfred can see the other over the fence so Alfred decides to tell Rex he is a golden retriever.  Read this to see what happens when Alfred fibs!

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Trish, Belmar Library

Fans of fairy tales, and fans of poetry are in for a double helping of fun with Marilyn Singer’s beautiful new book:  Follow, Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems.

What is a “reverso poem”?  It is a form of poetry where the poem is presented forward, and then backward, where the last line is read first.  Changing nothing but the punctuation, the sentences still make sense, but often tell a very different story!

All kinds of poets have used this style, including Dr. Seuss.

Marilyn Singer shares the first reverso she ever wrote, about her cat August:

A cat                                  Incomplete:
without                              A chair
a chair:                              without
Incomplete.                       a cat.

Follow, Follow is Singer’s SECOND collections of fairy tale poems. It includes stories from Aladdin, the Little Mermaid, The Three Little Pigs, and Puss in Boots, among others. 

Her first book in this style came out in 2010, and it titled Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse.   You’ll find that each poem in this book is also a fairy tale. Read one way, it tells one side of the story (Snow White, Little  Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks), and then read backwards it tells the other side of the story (The Wicked Step Mother, The Big Bad Wolf, The Prince, The Three Bears).

Singer’s words are wonderful, and placed beside charming illustrations by Josee Masse, the stories they tell are truly magical.

Even readers who don’t generally like poetry will be enchanted by these books. They may even inspire you to write your OWN reverse poem!  Enjoy, Enjoy!

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Sheryl, Columbine Library

Do dogs enjoy classical music?  Do you take good care of your canine friend? Learn about life from a dog's perspective.

Waggit is lost and nameless. . . until a team of dogs find him and teach him how to survive the dangers of the city park.  Waggit's Tale is the first book in a series by Peter Howe.  He got the idea for the book years ago after finding a cold and starving puppy in New York City's Central Park.

Listen to the author talk about Waggit's Tale, and meet his lovable therapy dog Rocco.

 

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Did you know May is National Hamburger Month?
I love a good hamburger and I love a good hamburger story!

One of my favorite authors, Alexander McCall Smith writes books for adults and children.

Grownups know him as the author of a series called The Number One Ladies Detective Agency.  He has a new book for kids starring the main character in the adult series, Precious Ramotswe.  It's called The Great Cake Mystery.  Precious Ramotswe, is a young girl solving her first case.  Someone has been stealing treats from her friends at school, and suspicion swirls around a boy named Poloko.  Encouraged by her father, who has noted Precious’ powers of deduction, the sleuth decides to follow her instincts and prove Poloko innocent.  This is a great first book in a surefire new series.

Are you asking yourself, what in the world does this have to do with hamburgers?
Good question!

Alexander McCall Smith also wrote a great book about the best hamburgers called, The Perfect Hamburger and other Delicious Stories.  In three separate stories, children help adults solve problems related to food, first by saving a restaurant from being shut down by serving the perfect hamburger, second by untangling a mess in a spaghetti factory, and finally by selling donuts to raise funds for a stolen car.

Mmmm, I'm getting hungry, might head out for a burger...

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