Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Super September

The weather is gorgeous, gardens are blooming, …and school is back in session!  We had a great Summer Reading program, and are getting back into our September routines.  In addition to Toddler Time on Mondays at 10 and Preschool Story Time Thursdays at 10 and 2, I wanted to highlight some new programming from the youth services department:

Tween Scene: Ely Public Library and St. John Lutheran Church are thrilled to announce a partnership providing after school activities for kids 4th-8th grade.  Tween Scene will run Tuesdays (at the church) and Thursdays (at the library) from 3:30-5:30, with special programming 4-5.  Check out what’s on the docket this month!

September 1: Ping-Pong
September 3: Board Game Blast
September 8: Outdoor Fun
September 10: Coloring Club & Silent Library
September 15: Cook A Meal
September 17: Spaghetti/Marshmallow Towers
September 22: Decorate a Fall Fest Entry
September 24: Bingo
September 29: Community Clean-Up for Fall Fest
October 1: Bookface Challenge

Teen Advisory Board: This summer we launched our Teen Advisory Board.  I’ve had a blast getting to know the teens in our community and crafting, laughing, and even smashing watermelons with them.  I hope to see even more of you for our fall programs! Join us September 10th for Silent Library (teens vs. tweens!) and September 24th for another round of Broken Picture Telephone.   Stop by our Facebook, Instagram, or even the library to vote for our October events!

New Books: I can’t resist plugging a new graphic novel and YA book that will hit our shelves this month!
Fans of the Babymouse series and Raina Telgemeier's memoirs will love Sunny Side Up by sibling team Jennifer and Matthew Holm.  In this graphic novel we meet Sunny, who has been sent to spend the summer in Florida with Gramps after something happens in her family.  We learn about her family secret through flashbacks as she adjusts to her summer at a retirement community and learns to love comic books.

This weekend I sat down with a galley copy of The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow… and didn’t get off the couch til I had finished it! In a futuristic world ruled by AIs and facing drought crises, the United Nations keeps the children of world leaders hostage in a boarding school in an effort to deter war: if a country declares war, their captive will be killed.  Our main character, Greta, is the heir to the Pan Polar Confederacy and is months from her 18th birthday.   Will she live to see the day?  Will the hostages remain captive?   If you were a fan of The Hunger Games, give this book a try. 

See you in the library!

~Madeline Jarvis
Youth Services Librarian

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