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Raymie Nightingale

Summer Shenanigans

Great Middle Grade Novels to Soak up in the Sun

When many of us look back on childhood summers, the memories we treasure most were new friendships formed and the magical feeling that suddenly anything is possible.  Summer means a break from the everyday monotony of classroom schedules and familiar bus routes, journeying to new and unfamiliar places, and creating adventures that stay with us a lifetime.  The following titles represent some of my favorite stories about summer adventures and the friendships we forge along the way. 

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Picture This . . .

Picture Books That Bring Asia and the Pacific Islands into Focus

Thanks to a congressional act in 1992 Asian/Pacific American Month is annually observed in the month of May. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The Bath Monster

Monster Mash

Scary and Fun Picture Books Featuring Lovable Monsters!

If there is a super cute thing in the world I love, so cute they make me happy and sick, they are picture books about monsters! Whether it is a toddler Frankenstein or a dirt monster in your plumbing or a fuzzy wolf living in your walls, I love them all! These are my most favorite and fun titles that can be enjoyed by both children and adults due to their unique illustrations or rhymes. Some may be scarier than others, so reader beware (to have some fun)!

Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake

Haunted Bakeries and Creepy Cakes

Books for a saccharine scare

Are you looking for a decadent and dark read? Check out these titles for a fun fright! For Young Readers (1st-3rd Grade) The Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine

Milkshake Duo

Musical Performance: Milkshake!

Performing at our Summer Reading Kickoff, June 4 at 2 p.m.

Milkshake is a Grammy-nominated rock duo for kids and kids at heart, made up of vocalist Lisa Mathews and acoustic guitarist Mikel Gehl. The group has released three award-winning CDs, including two Parents’ Choice Awards and a NAPPA Gold Award. Milkshake’s videos can be seen on Noggin, PBS KIDS, and Discovery Kids. As “Parents” Magazine says, “If kids don’t push the replay button…parents will!”

Author Matt de la Pena

Author Event: Matt de la Peña

Friday, June 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Young adult Author and Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña will speak in the Great Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3.

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Global Stories and Songs

A story time romp around the world!

Hello, Bonjour, Buenos Dias! Good Day, Guten Tag, Konichiwa! Join us for Global Stories and Songs on Friday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m. Let Ms. Tea and Ms.Tracy help build multi-cultural awareness and appreciation in your young child. Our books and music will fuel the imagination as we enjoy stories, songs and languages from all around the world. Click here to visit DC Public Library's website for free access to Mango's Little Pim, online language learning lessons for children! 

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Read it and Eat it!

With all the rain we’ve had lately, I keep thinking back to the book, Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco.

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Carry the Flame!

Make an Olympic Torch!

Are you excited about the Summer Olympics? Do you wish you could carry a flaming torch? The Library can't provide you with a real flaming torch, but we can help you to make a light-up pretend torch after preschool story time; and you can take your torch home with you! As part of the Parklands-Turner Library Summer Reading Kickoff celebration from June 7 to June 10, all neighborhood preschool aged children are invited to participate in a special craft project following the 10:00 a.m. story time in the Children's area of the library on Tuesday, June 7. 

This Little Chick by John Lawrence

Baby Faves: Animal Sounds

Books to share with babies & toddlers, from birth through age two.

It's not an accident that babies and toddlers seem drawn to animal noises -- besides being fun to make, these sounds are easier for little ones to imitate than many words. Thanks to this accessibility, animal noises are a great tool for building phonological awareness in even the tiniest people.

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