Summer Reading Program: Fizz Boom Read!

May 14th, 2014

Get ready for some fun! Summer reading program starts on Monday June 2nd. You can sign up at the Youth Services Desk. We have some awesome programs lined up for you this year. Just checkout what we have planned below:

Calendar of Events

Preschool Storytimes

Mon., 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.; Tues., Wed. and Thur., 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Junior League Program Room

Preschool Storytimes for children ages 3-5 will resume on Monday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. Our summer sessions will run through Thursday, July 31, and then we will break until after Labor Day. These 30-minute sessions are filled with stories, songs, fingerplays and action rhymes geared toward this young audience. No registration is required.

Tales for Tots

2nd and 4th Mondays, June 9 and 23, July 14 and 29, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Junior League Program Room

These sessions are for children from birth to age 3 and a caregiver and include simple stories, songs and rhymes for our youngest patrons. No registration is required

Build-a-Bot! LEGOs Robotics Club

Mondays, June 2 and 16, July 7 and 21, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bettendorf Single Room

Have you been interested in the Lego Mindstorm Robot, but never had a chance to play with it. Here is your opportunity if you are 8 to 18! The program includes two separate sessions, June 2 and 16 or July 7 and 21. The first session will teach the basics of programming and building the robot. The second session will allow attendees to take their skills further! Registration is required.

Book Explorers: The “Red Kayak” Expedition

Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Malmros Room

Join a book discussion of the book Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings. The discussion will take place over four weeks on Tuesdays at 11:30 am. Books will be handed out on the first meeting, June 3. It is recommended that you attend all 4 sessions if possible. Suggested for children going into 4th through 6th grade. Registration will begin Monday, May 12.

Family Storytime with Miss Crystal

Fridays, June 6, 13, and 27, July 11 and 18, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Junior League Program Room

Everyone loves being part of a great story. Bring your family and friends for tales and songs all ages can enjoy. Everyone is welcome to attend these special story adventures and no registration is required.

Mad Science of Iowa

Monday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Bettendorf Room

Mad Science of Iowa will be here to astound you with amazing experiments! The presentation is a high intensity show, designed to get grab your child’s attention. Mad Science of Iowa aims to spark the imagination and curiosity of all children by providing them with educational, entertaining and fun activities instilling a clear understanding of what science is really all about, and how it affects the world around them. The program is for children in preschool through sixth grade. The same show will be presented twice. No registration is required.

Thursday Theater

Thursdays, June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Junior League Program Room

Beat the heat with a movie! Relax and watch a popular animated film with a science connection. Check out our in-house displays for the specific movie being played. All films are rated either G or PG. Program is for children in preschool or elementary and their families.

LEGO Club

Fridays, June 13 and 27, July 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Bettendorf Single Room

Nothing is better than a morning filled by interlocking precision molded plastic pieces with your friends. Stay for the whole session or join us for what you can. Open to children in preschool to sixth grade. No registration required.

TJ the Magician

Saturday, June 14, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Bettendorf Room

T.J. Regul is an entertainer that specializes in entertainment for children and families. As an esteemed member of the Quad City Magic Club, T.J. is sure to have the audience playing and having fun. So, come on out and get ready for an exciting, interactive experience with Bettendorf’s very own master magician.

The Legend of King Arthur

Wednesday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Bettendorf Room

Performed by the Hampstead Stage Company of New Hampshire, this legendary story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table comes to life in an historic tale of medieval adventure! In our quest, Merlin and Arthur battle their adversaries, Morgana Le Fay and her son, Mordred, for the rights to the sword called Excalibur and Camelot.

Mad Scientist Party

Thursdays, June 19 and July 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Junior League Program Room

Come join your fellow mad scientists as we conduct some hands-on science experiments! Must be going into 1st through 4th grades. Registration required.

IPTV’s Dan Wardell and his Reading Road Trip

Friday, June 20, 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Bettendorf Room

Join Dan Wardell for a great story this summer! Dan brings his high energy show to children at libraries all across Iowa. You won’t want to miss this fun show! The same show will be presented twice. No registration is required.

Leonardo Music Concert

Tuesday, June 24, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bettendorf Room

Leonardo’s Reading and Rockin’ Music show is the formula for fun this summer with songs that explode with energy, movement and interaction. Introducing his jammin’ banjo, the JAMBO explores the science behind sound.

Leonardo is a Parents’ Choice Award winning family musician writing and performing songs that entertain, educate and empower audiences of all ages and abilities.  He brings a high energy, interactive concert that is a celebration of possibilities. With fun props and a colorful set, his concerts are a pep rally, rock ‘n’ roll show, and beach party all on one stage.

T-Rexplorers

Monday, June 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Bettendorf Room

Have you ever wanted to hold a real dinosaur bone in your hands? Well you can at T-Rexplorers. T-Rexplorers is a hands on program designed to give young paleontologists an experience unlike anything else. This isn’t looking at bones laying in a display case. It’s seeing, touching, tasting (Okay not tasting) the bones. Seriously don’t lick, kiss, or drool on the bones. They’re millions of years old.

Book Explorers: The “Icefall” Expedition

Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, and 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Malmros Room

Join a book discussion of the book Icefall by Matthew Kirby. The discussion will take place over four weeks on Tuesdays at 11:30 am. Books will be handed out on the first meeting, July 3. It is recommended that you attend all 4 sessions if possible. Suggested for children going into 4th through 6th grade. Registration will begin Monday, June 10.

Youth Book Discussion

Wednesday, July 2, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Malmros Room

A discussion of the book, I survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauran Tarshis. Books may be picked up at the Youth Services Desk before the discussion. Recommended for those going into 3rd through 6th grade. Registration required and begins Monday, June 2.

Jeanie B! Music Concert

Wednesday, July 9, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bettendorf Room

Come enjoy kids’ music for all ages! Jeanie B is winner of Parents’ Choice and Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award. Her music is fun, engaging, and encourages movement. Program is for preschool and elementary-aged children.

Iowa Storm Chasers

Thursday, July 10, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bettendorf Room

The Iowa Storm Chasers will be here to talk about severe weather and why scientists chase tornadoes. They also will have a special guest named Dorothy! Let’s just say a tornado won’t be transporting this Dorothy to Oz.

Youth Book Discussion

Wednesday, July 23, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bettendorf Single Room

A discussion of the book, Magic Tree House: Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne. Books may be picked up at the Youth Services Desk before the discussion. Recommended for those going into 3rd through 6th grade. Registration required and begins Monday, June 30.

Science Expo!

Friday, July 25, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bettendorf Room

Enjoy fun science experiments to help wrap up the Summer Reading Program! This is a drop-in session, so come and go as you like. All ages welcome.

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The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise

May 28th, 2014

The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise has mystery, pirates, and lost treasure!  Egbert (Egg) lives on Deadweather Island with his father, brother, and sister.  Deadweather Island has little wind surrounding it, hence it’s name.  It is also a pirate haven and his dad employs pirates who aren’t off pillaging to work on his ugly fruit plantation.  Egg’s siblings treat him horribly and his dad doesn’t even care!  So when Egg gets separated from his family while they’re all visiting Sunrise Island (a beautiful tropical paradise) he doesn’t even miss them.  The Pembroke’s take him in and Egg spends all his time with their beautiful daughter Millicent, but life with the Pembrokes isn’t all it seems…

Deadweather and Sunrise has humor, action, adventure, and a bit of romance.  There are numerous twists and turns in the plot as Egg investigates his family’s disappearance and the Pembroke’s sudden interest in his father’s ugly fruit farm.  Ugly fruit are actually a real fruit (although it’s spelled ugli).

The first installment in the Chronicles of Egg trilogy sets up an intriguing story that readers will be eager to follow.  New Lands is currently on our New Shelf and Blue Sea Burning comes out soon!

Jungle of Bone

May 19th, 2014

The world owes him.  That’s how Dylan sees it.  He’s reckless and rebellious.  He escapes punishment from his mother by telling her that he could go wild.  But Dylan crossed the line when he committed a felony.  Now in order to avoid prosecution he has to go live with his adventurous Uncle Todd, a military veteran, for the rest of the summer.  Life with Todd is not what Dylan expected: there are 5 mile runs every morning at 4 a.m., Uncle Todd’s awful cooking, and Corvette drifting in the rain!  Then, two weeks into his stay with Uncle Todd, they fly to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to join a search for the B-17 bomber his grandfather was shot down in during World War II.  Dylan’s rebellious streak could land him in real trouble in the jungles of PNG.  There’s malaria carrying mosquitoes, poisonous snakes, crocodiles, and no civilization.  What will Dylan do here in the jungle?

Jungle of Bones is an adventure story with a little mystery thrown in.   Although Dylan is the protagonist, he’s also a jerk.  Hopefully the trip can help Dylan realize there’s more to him than a smart mouth and bad attitude.  Although Dylan is a middle schooler the book is appropriate for upper elementary.

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

March 31st, 2014

Front CoverChap has problems.  First, there’s Sonny who won’t renew the lease on his mom’s restaurant, Paradise Pies, unless he gets a boatload of cash, literally.  Second, there’s Jaeger who wants to build an alligator wrestling amusement by paving the swamp Chap and his mom love!  Third is his grandpa Audie has recently passed away leaving Chap as man of the house.  To solve his problems, Chap sets off on a journey to find proof that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker still inhabits Sugar Man Swamp.  But the only proof is a photo his grandfather lost over thirty years ago.

The Sugar Man Swamp Scouts (they’re racoons) have their own problems.  First their parents took a vacation, right when a rumble, rumble started in the distance.  And rumble, rumble always means trouble.  The raccoons must wake the Sugar Man in order to stop feral hogs from destroying the swamp.  The only problem being that they have no idea where he’s sleeping.  Oh and then there’s Gertrude the giant rattlesnake who guards him while he sleeps and tends to eat intruders.  Let’s not even mention his tendency to throw things and creatures after he’s awakened…  What can the scouts do to help save their home?

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is an adventure tale filled with a little magic and mystery.  Written by Kathi Appelt who won a Newbery Honor for her book, The Underneath.  The story is lighthearted and fun, but also tells the story of how Chap deals with the grief of losing his beloved grandpa Audie.  The animals are sentient and each has unique thoughts and mannerisms.  I particularly liked Sweetums, a cat, who desperately tries to give Chap advise that would help him, but Chap can’t understand him because he doesn’t speak Catalian.  Fans of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate would probably like The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp and vice versa.