Attention All Lightning Thief Fans

January 25th, 2011

Be sure to check out the new graphic novel version of Rick Riordan’s “The Lightning Thief”. Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the first collaboration by series creator Rick Riordan and some of the biggest names in the comic book industry who join together to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


Reminder: No B ‘Tweens Gathering in January

January 4th, 2011

Don’t forget that we will not be meeting in January but will resume sessions on Tuesday, February 8. That session will be SWEET! We’ll bring the treats – you bring your appetite! No registration is required.

B ‘Tweens is for kids ages 10-12 only and is held from 4-5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

More New Books

January 3rd, 2011

The new books just keep rolling in – so many to choose from!  Here are a few new ones for B ‘Tweens.

Benjamin Franklinstein LIVES! by Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury (JFIC MCEL) While working on a science fair project, a Philadelphia schoolboy discovers both a secret laboratory in his basement and Benjamin Franklin, who comes to life after receiving a jolt of electricity.

A Good Horse by Jane Smiley (JFIC SMIL) On her family’s California horse ranch in the 1960’s, eighth-grader Abby Lovitt faces the possibility of giving up her beloved colt, Jack, when it comes to light that his dam might have been stolen.

Octavia Boone’s Big Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything by Rebecca Rupp (JFIC RUPP) Seventh-grader Octavia puzzles over life’s biggest questions when her mother seems to find the answers in a conservative Christian church, while her artist father believes the writing og Henry David Thoreau hold the key.

Spaceheadz Book #2by Jon Scieszka (JSF/FAN SCIE) The campaign to save the earth from being turned off is going well, but Michael K. must enlist fellow fifth-graders Venus and TJ to help hide the SPHDZ from Agent Umber, especially when they become involved in a school play.

Storyteller  by Patricia Reilly Giff (JFIC GIFF) Forced to spend months at an aunt’s house, Elizabeth feels a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of hardships during the Revolutionary War as Elizabeth comes to terms with her own troubles.

Calling All Big Nate Fans!

December 22nd, 2010

On the heels of the popularity of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, comes Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate.

Big Nate is in a class by himself! But things don’t always go your way just because you’re awesome. Nate barely survives his dad’s toxic oatmeal before rushing off to school—minus his lunch. He body slams the no-nonsense principal. He accidentally insults his least favorite teacher, the horrifying Mrs. Godfrey (aka Godzilla). And school has barely started! Nate keeps his cool. He knows he’s destined for greatness. A fortune cookie told him so.

There are two titles in this new series: Big Nate in a Class By Himself and Big Nate Strikes Again. Readers might not be aware, but Big Nate is also a comic strip in over 200 US newspapers and online daily at Check out the website at and meet the author, see what’s new and try some games. You can also watch videos of Peirce drawing Big Nate or be interviewed about his work.

New Books for the New Year

December 18th, 2010

The following are just a sampling of some new titles received in the past month perfect for ‘tween readers!

The Big Time by Tim Green (JFIC GREE)

Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve (JFIC VANC)

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by  Barbara O’Connor (JFIC OCON)

Firestorm by Joan Hiatt Harlow (JFIC HARL)

Hero by Mike Lupica (JFIC LUPI)

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst (JFIC VIOR)

Shoot-Out by Mike Lupica (JFIC LUPI)

Hugo Cabret News and More From Brian Selznick

December 16th, 2010

If you have not read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, put it on your list of MUST READS for the upcoming year. This book received a lot of attention during 2008 when I served on the Newbery Award Committee. It is a mixture of story and many illustrations. At first glance the book’s size will turn off some readers (It is 533 pages). But keep in mind that approximately  300 pages are illustration and are so wonderful that the book actually won the Caldecott Award (award given for book illustration) in  2008.

You may wonder why I am bringing up this title that was released almost three years ago. Well, I read today that Hugo has been optioned for the film adaptation by Martin Scorsese and is due to be released by Sony Pictures in December 2011. Can’t wait to see how they do and if any of Brian’s original artwork will appear. 

Additionally, Brian has just sold another book to Scholastic due to be released in September called Wonderstruck. According to the publisher, it will feature more than 460 pages of original drawings and will intertwine two stories set 50 years apart. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

No January B ‘Tweens Gathering

December 16th, 2010

We will be taking a break during the month of January. Join us in February for our SWEET! session. It will be held on February 8 from 4-5 p.m. We will be making some sweet concoctions – we will bring the supplies, you bring your appetite!

Next Session of B ‘Tweens: White Elephant Exchange!

December 4th, 2010

Join us for the fun on Tuesday, December 14 from 4-5 p.m. We will be hosting a White Elephant Exchange where participants bring an “unwanted” item to give as a gift to someone else. We will have several activities to make sure the gifts go to just the right person and they are sure to bring some laughs. We have some white elephants of our own to add to the mix as well as a few other surprises.  No registration is required, but you MUST be 10-12 years of age. Bring your item in a bag or wrapped up  . . . be tasteful, be silly, be creative but be sure to be there for the fun!

If you don’t know what might make a great White Elephant gift – ask an adult . . . I’m sure you’ll find something perfect!

New Books for ‘Tweens

November 29th, 2010

The following titles are just a few of the new books we have added to our collection. I hope you’ll have a chance to give them a look!

Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka. This collection of humorous stories features a teenaged mummy, a homicidal turkey, and the world’s largest pool of chocolate milk. Contributors include: Jeff Kinney, Eoin Colfer, Jack Gantos, David Lubar, Christopher Paul Curtis, Adam Rex and Kate DiCamillo. A sure winner, this is the second collection from the Guys Read movement founded by Scieszka.

George Washington’s Spy: A Time Travel Adventure by Elvira Woodruff. This is the sequel to George Washington’s Socks a popular historical fiction selection. Ten-year-old Matt and six other children travel to 1776 Boston, living out American history as they meet Benjamin Franklin, learn about colonial medicine, and become part of a rebel spy ring. 

On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells. When the Depression hits in Cairo, Illinois, and Oscar Ogilvie’s father must sell their home and vast model train set-up to look for work in California. Eleven-year-old Oscar is left with his dour aunt, where he befriends a mysterious drifter, witnesses a stunning bank robbery, and is suddenly catapulted onto a train that takes him to a different time and place. Combining time travel and the love of trains this read is sure to please a wide range of readers.

Be sure to check out our NEW BOOKS area for many more great new titles.

Amazing Frames

September 12th, 2010

Join us on Tuesday (September 14) from 4-5 p.m. to make some amazing frames! We’ll be using recyled CD cases and hot glue – add some decoration and you will be AMAZED by the result! You’ll be able to add your own pictures and change them out as you wish. We’ll provide all the supplies – you just bring your creativity!  Staff member, Paul and volunteer, Jeff will be in charge of this month’s session. No registration is required.