Escape Room Adventure

Escape Room Adventure

Every August for the past three years, Youth Services has taken part of the library and changed it into a kids’ escape room for one week. What exactly is an “escape room?” In an escape room, you are given a scene and told what you have to do. Sometimes the goal is literally to escape the room! Other times it

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The Traveling Dustballs

The Traveling Dustballs

The Traveling Dustball is the second book in the BIG WORDS small stories series written by Judith Henderson and illustrated by T. L. McBeth. It is a graphic novel series of very short stories/chapters with one BIG WORD sprinkled in each tale. The Sprinkle Fairy likes to sprinkle big words around the book for kids to learn, so readers get

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Ms. Kate Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Ms. Kate Reviews Young Adult Fiction

If you’re looking for a modern Young Adult mystery that reminds you of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie’s work, I highly recommend the “Truly Devious” series by Maureen Johnson. Stevie Bell has been accepted to a prestigious high school in the mountains of Vermont, but the high school has a dark past: the famous and wealthy tycoon who

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New Literacy Tool Available for Checkout!

New Literacy Tool Available for Checkout!

The starling is an easy way to see how many words your baby is hearing each day and to set goals for tracking and increasing that amount if you’d like to.  We’re lending it out for 3 weeks, the same as books, along with stacking cups, a few books, and information about the device and tips for working with your

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Book Recommendation Resources

Book Recommendation Resources

Have you ever finished a book, put it down, and immediately thought to yourself, what now?  Or have you waited a whole year for the next book in a series to come out, and before you start reading it, you wish you could have a reminder of what happened in the last one?  Well, have I got some suggestions for

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Ms. Kate Reviews Juvenile Non-Fiction

Ms. Kate Reviews Juvenile Non-Fiction

“Gecko,” written by Raymond Huber and illustrated by Brian Lovelock is a beautiful picture book that not only gives you the story of a day in the life of a gecko, but it’s also full of interesting facts about them! Geckos are incredibly cute big-eyed reptiles. When I was in middle school, I carried around a plastic gecko that I

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Ms. Kate’s Graphic Novel Pick of the Month

Ms. Kate’s Graphic Novel Pick of the Month

New Shoes by Sara Varon – Juv GN Varon “New Shoes” by Sara Varon is a graphic novel set in South America. The main character, Francis the Donkey, is a local shoemaker who uses products from the area to make his amazing shoes. One day he gets an order from the famous calypso singer, Miss Manatee. He is so excited

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Ms. Kara Reviews Juvenile Non-fiction, too!

Ms. Kara Reviews Juvenile Non-fiction, too!

Today’s selection: “Magic Ramen” by Andrea Wang – JUV 641.82 Wang At the end of World War II, Japan was severely damaged and had a food shortage that continued on for years.  Poor people were eating grass and bark and orphans were digging through garbage for scraps. It was during this time that Momofuku Ando found himself walking home from work

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Maine Student Book Award

Maine Student Book Award

The 2019-2020 Maine Student Book Award list is out.  It features 40 books selected by a committee of librarians and teachers that are then voted on by students from all over the state.  Students will read the books and discuss them over the fall and winter and vote next spring. The winners are announced every year at a conference of

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DON’T Put It Back Where You Found It!

DON’T Put It Back Where You Found It!

I know that it goes against everything you’ve been taught: when you use something, you’re supposed to put it back where you found it when you’re done. HOWEVER, at the library we have a different rule. It might be hard at first, but at the library, the rule is “DON’T put it back where you found it.” This sounds crazy,

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