Libraries Rock

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The Summer Reading Program theme for this year is “Libraries Rock!” We will have a lot of music in our events this June & July! Here’s what’s coming up this summer:

Kids ages 0-11 can sign up for Summer Reading Program now at the library or on our website.

No sign-up necessary for young adults (ages 12-19) to participate in our Summer Reading Program! When a young adult checks out a book or comes to a Summer Reading Event, they get a scratch off ticket! (Limit two tickets per person per day.) Most scratch tickets are prize winners. The ones that are not winners are entered to win the grand prize! We have a variety of prizes, including fidget cubes, small speakers, and earbuds.

Adults, complete the stops on our Summer Reading World Tour for prizes! Watch our website for fun summer activities! Watch movies, make crafts, and listen to music.

  • This Saturday at 1:30 pm, Poppa D. Clown will present a musical program for our Summer Reading Kickoff! Free popcorn and drinks will be served.
  • USD 480 is serving free lunches for kids ages 1-18 at the library starting on Monday, June 4. Lunches will be served Monday – Friday, 11:30 am
  • Ages 12 & up can join us for weekly games of Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm, starting next week!
  • Starting June 5, we will have three weekly storytimes, featuring stories, songs, and a craft! Storytime for ages birth – 3 years old is on Tuesdays at 11 am, ages 4 – 6 years on Thursdays at 11 am, and all ages on Thursdays at 6 pm. Every child gets a free book at every storytime!
  • Mad Science will be here on Tues., June 5 at 1:30 pm to show kids the science of sound.
  • We will have Video Game Day for ages 12 & up on Wednesdays at 4 pm! Plus, we will have a craft for ages 12 & up every other Wednesday at this time.
  • Starting June 8, every Friday is Funday at 2 pm! We’ll be watching movies, building with Legos, playing Video Games, making crafts, and enjoying free refreshments.
  • The next Library and Lunch is on Tuesday, June 12 at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Smokey Hills PBS is coming to the library on Wed., June 14 at 1:30 pm with a Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7!
  • Get your hair styled like a Rock Star on Mon., June 18th at 1:30 pm!
  • Dan Dan the Magic Man puts on a magical, musical show on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Musician Aaron Fowler will be at the library on Thursday, July 12 at 11 am! Music, movement, and stories for ages 4 and up.
  • Learn about Native American dances and traditions on Tuesday, July 17 at 2 pm! Ken Dixon and Regina Smith will be at the library for this special event.
  • Our End of Summer Reading Party will be on Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm. Enjoy ice cream and celebrate all you’ve done over the summer!

Mother’s Day at the Library

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Thursday at Noon Bunco – Come Join the Bunco Party! Seating is limited so sign up now. (Snacks will be served). Bunco is a popular game played with nine dice and a whole lot of luck. It requires twelve players.
  • Thursday at 4 pm Water Candle craft for adults – Make a water candle! Seating is limited, so sign up at the front desk. Adults only.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms out there. I hope you were able to make it to our Mommy & Me teatime with your younger kids yesterday.

You deserve a break on your special day. If you’re looking for a good read, check out our “Chick Lit” book display. It includes old favorites and new. Here are a few examples:

Babyville
by Jane Green

From the book description
Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer . . . but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend.

Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected.

And then there’s Samantha – happily married and eager to be the perfect June Cleaver mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friend’s incredibly sexy husband the answer?

By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, Babyville isn’t really a story about babies it’s about three friends whose lives are suddenly turned upside-down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head of every single girl: motherhood.

Surprise Me
by Sophie Kinsella

From the book description
After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Remember Me?
by Sophie Kinsella

From the book description
When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

Earth Day at your library

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is comfort foods.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.
  • Friday at 1 pm Games and a Movie – Play board and card games at 1:00 p.m. followed by a fun new family friendly movie at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday at 1:30 pm Dia de los ninos & Dia de los libros – Children and their parents, come to our Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) celebration! Make crafts, play games, and eat free snacks! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.


Earth Day

On April 22 of every year, we celebrate our home, the planet Earth, and recognize the need protect our environment. Earth Day began in 1970, partly in response to a massive oil spill that took place in 1969. Since then Earth Day has spread across the globe. More than a billion people worldwide now celebrate it.

If you want to learn more about how to reduce your negative impact on the environment, here are a few books from our Earth Day display that could be enlightening and entertaining.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change
by Bridget Heos

From the book description
Temperatures are inching up. Glaciers are melting. Ocean levels are rising. The climate is changing – and it’s only going to get worse from here. Because the past affects the present and everything we do today will turn directly affect what happens to our planet and its inhabitants in the future.
We are changing our global environment – but it’s not too late to take action now to ensure a brighter future for us all.

Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage
by William Rathje

From the book description
It is from the discards of former civilizations that archaeologists have reconstructed most of what we know about the past, and it is through their examination of today’s garbage that William Rathje and Cullen Murphy inform us of our present.

“Rubbish!” is their witty and erudite investigation into all aspects of the phenomenon of garbage. Rathje and Murphy show what the study of garbage tells us about a population’s demographics and buying habits.

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process
by Colin Beavan

From the book description
Is it really possible to live eco-effectively?

With No Impact Man, Colin Beavan tries to find out. He swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally tries to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife alone for the ride.

He is No Impact Man, and this is his adventure.

Kids can be even more enthusiastic than their parents when it comes to caring for the planet. Here is a classic for young readers that is just as informative and fun now as when it was new.

The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore)

by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

From the Book description
When careless citizens pose a threat to Bear Country’s environment, Brother and Sister Bear form the Earthsavers Club. Their spirited ecological efforts deliver a timely message about the urgent need to mend our polluting and wasteful ways.

It’s Earth Day!
by Mercer Mayer

From the Book description
Little Critter is on a mission! After watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part to slow down global warming. With the help of his family and friends, Little Critter begins to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together they learn about the importance of not wasting water or energy. Join Little Critter as he plants a tree, makes a climate control machine, and helps the polar bears.

Check out a Kill-A-Watt EZ power meter

Have you ever wondered how much electricity your TV, DVD player, sound system, or household appliances consume? Even when you are not activity using them? Just how much money could you save by unplugging your computer or TV when you’re done with them? You can find out by using a Kill-A-Watt EZ power meter, available for checkout from the library compliments of Southern Pioneer Electric Company.

Plug the Kill-A-Watt EZ into your electrical outlet and follow the included instructions to reset it for use. Plug whatever devices you want to test into Kill-A-Watt EZ to find out just how much they cost you in dollars and cents a month.

Spring Into Fun At Your Library

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The library has several fun events for all ages this month! Here’s what’s happening in April:

  • This week is the Friends of the Library booksale! Proceeds from the booksale go to help fund Baby’s Bookshelf, the Summer Reading Program, and more!
    • Monday from 6 pm – 8 pm, there will be a reception and sale that is limited to members of the Friends of the Library and LML Board Members.
    • Tuesday & Wednesday – Paperbacks will be $0.50 and all other items will be $1.
    • Thursday – $1 for every bag full of books.
    • Friday, all remaining items are free!
  • Budding Bookworms Storytimes are Tuesdays at 11 am & Thursdays at 6 pm. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Do you have questions about 3D printing?  Come to our beginner’s workshop on Monday the 16th at 6 pm to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer. Sign up online or at the front desk.
  • Come make crafts on Wednesday the 18th at 3:45 pm! Adults can make paper flowers, while kids make Mason jar aquariums! Seating is limited, so sign up at the front desk.
  • Adult Game Day is on the 19th at 2 pm. Play Mexican Train Dominoes, Spoons, or the card game “5 Crowns.” Adults only.
  • This month’s Recipe Swap will be on Tuesday the 24th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making Comfort Food.
  • Do your kids need something to do on Friday, the 27th, when they are out of school? The library will be having movie day! Join us for board games at 1 pm, followed by a fun children’s movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • Children and their parents are invited to celebrate Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) on Saturday the 28th at 1:30 pm! We’ll have a craft, games, snacks, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.

 

Did you know that we have a parenting section in the children’s department? While your kids are playing with toys, you can look for books with helpful parenting tips and tricks. Here are a couple of parenting books that have been recently added to the collection:

Deep breaths: the new mom’s handbook to your baby’s first year
by Michelle Pearson

As a happy mother of three, [the author] has plenty of wisdom to share including:

what to expect during pregnancy;
what to expect during the first year of motherhood;
the importance of finding your mother tribe;
how to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs;
how to continue managing your career;
[and] how to continue your social life.

Staying connected to your teenager: how to keep them talking to you and how to hear what they’re really saying
by Michael Riera

Offers helpful strategies for promoting authentic, respectful conversations; moving from a “managing” to a “consulting” role in a teen’s life; understanding and working with normal adolescent development; and guiding kids on everything from social media to college applications.

Riera shows how to bring out the best in a teen—and, consequently, in an entire family.

The End of Madness at Your Library

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Make ahead and freeze” recipes.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.
  • Friday and Saturday Closed – The Library will be closed for Good Friday and Easter. We will reopen on Monday for our regular hours.

March Book Madness

This is the last week of our March Book Madness contest. Right now we are down to just two book contestants in each of the tournaments, Adult, Teen, and Children’s Books.

You decide who will be the winner. Vote for your favorites, either on our website http://lmlibrary.org or in person at the library.

We will tally the votes and discover which books will be the 2018 books of the year. Normally we do this on Friday, but because the library will be closed for Good Friday, we will tally our votes and do our last prize drawing on the next Monday instead.

So, if you don’t get a chance to vote in person before Thursday night, you can still vote online over the coming Easter weekend. Remember, each time you vote, you’ll be entered into our fun prize drawings, one for each tournament, Adult, Teen, and Children’s Books.

 

New Releases

Here are some of the library’s newest books on the adult side.

The Flight Attendant: A Novel
by Chris Bohjalian

From the Book Description
Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together. She quietly turns over in bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man with whom she spent the night. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets.

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, reckless self-disregard, and of murder far from home.

The Affliction: A Novel
by Beth Gutcheon

From the Book Description
Since retiring as head of a famous New York City private school, Maggie Detweiler is busier than ever. Chairing a team to evaluate the faltering Rye Manor School for girls, she will determine whether the school has a future at all.

At a reception for the faculty and trustees to “welcome” Maggie’s team, no one seems more keen for all to go well than Florence Meagher, a star teacher who is loved and respected in spite of her affliction—that she can never stop talking.

Florence is one of those dedicated teachers for whom the school is her life, and yet the next morning, when Maggie arrives to observe her teaching, Florence is missing. Two days later, Florence’s body is found in the campus swimming pool.

Maggie is asked to stay on to coach the very young and inexperienced head of Rye Manor through the crisis. She is soon joined by her madcap socialite friend Hope, who is jonesing for an excuse to ditch her book club anyway, before she has to actually read Silas Marner.

What on earth is going on in this idyllic town? Is this a run-of-the-mill marital murder? Or does it have something to do with the school board treasurer’s real estate schemes? And is it possible that someone killed Florence just so she’d finally shut up?

 

Come to the library and enjoy these books or find some other type of books to read. Have a Happy Easter and don’t forget to vote for your favorite book!

Spring Break Fun @ Your Library

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With Easter coming up in a few weeks, I wanted to recommend a couple of good Children’s books about Easter:

The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla Friedrich: One spring morning, the Easter Bunny skips merrily along to deliver his colorful, hand-painted eggs. But the children tell him that it’s Mother’s Day, which can only mean one thing: HE SLEPT THROUGH EASTER!

Nobody wants eggs on Mother’s Day, or on the Fourth of July — and especially not on Halloween. Children will sympathize with the little bunny’s plight and cheer when Santa finds the perfect gift to help!

10 Easter Egg Hunters: A Holiday Counting Book by Janet Schulman: The adorable kids from 10 Trick-or-Treaters are back and they’re counting their way to Easter!

Can you help them find all of the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden in time for the Easter Parade?

Do your kids need something to do this week over Spring Break? Well, the library has you covered!

  • Monday at 2 pm: Make a fun craft!
  • Tuesday at 2 pm: Play our XBox, Playstation 4, or Wii!
  • Wednesday at 2 pm: Coloring!
  • Thursday at 2 pm: Build something great with Legos!
  • Friday: Play board games at 1 pm, followed by a fun animated kids’ movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.

We have a lot of other fun stuff coming up through the rest of March:

  • Join us for Storytime Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 6 pm. Stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.
  • Mexican Loteria is this Wednesday at 4 pm! Play the fun Mexican version of Bingo and enjoy free snacks. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Don’t forget about our March Book Madness tournament! Vote for your favorites in three tournaments: Adult books, teen books, and kids’ books. Turn in votes every week for a chance to win our weekly prize drawings! You can vote at the library, or on our website
  • Monday, March 19 at 6 pm: Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer. We will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as is or alter to fit your needs. Sign up online or at the front desk.
  • Adult Game Day is on Thursday, March 22 at 2 pm. Play Mexican Train Dominoes, Spoons, or the card game “5 Crowns.”
  • Our Easter Eggstravaganza is on Saturday, March 24 at 1:30 pm! Kids of all ages and their parents are invited to join us for Easter crafts, stories, games, and prizes! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making freezer meal dishes.
  • The Library will be closed on Friday, March 30 & Saturday the 31st for Easter.

March Book Madness and the Year of the Dog

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is slow cooker recipes.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.

March Book Madness

This week is the official start of our second annual March Book Madness contest. We’ve taken our sixteen most popular books from each area of the library: adult, teen, and kids, and pitted them against each other in a battle to see which books will become our 2018 Books of the Year.

You decide who will be the winner. Vote each week during March for your favorites, either on our website or in person at the library.

You can also fill out a bracket, online or in person, to predict the winners. If you correctly predict the winner of any of the three tournaments and turn in your bracket before March 9th at 4:30 p.m., you will win a 2018 March Book Madness trophy!

When you vote each week, besides helping determine which books will move forward in the tournament of books, you will also enter yourself into weekly drawings for fun prizes.

So have a little fun and maybe win a prize at the library by participating in this year’s March Book Madness.

Year of the Dog

In honor of Chinese New Year, which was earlier this month, we’ve put together a special “Year of the Dog” book display, featuring all kinds of dog related books.

Here are a few:

The Dog Who Saved Me
by Susan Wilson

From the book description
Cooper Harrison of the Boston K-9 unit thought he would never go back to his hometown. Then his canine partner, Argos, is killed in the line of duty, and Cooper is mired in grief. Jobless and on the verge of a divorce, he accepts a job as animal control officer in Harmony Farms – back where he started.

Where his father was the town drunk. Where his brother was a delinquent and bully. Where he was “one of those” Harrisons. Cooper does his job with deliberate detachment until he encounters a wounded and gun-shy yellow Lab gone feral.

Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell
by Alexandra Horowitz

From the book description
In Being a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz, a leading researcher in dog cognition, continues to unpack the mystery of a dog’s nose-view, in order to more fully understand our irrepressibly charming companions. She follows the dog’s nose – exploring not only its abilities but the incredible ways it is being put to use.

By observing everything from her own dogs to working detection dogs and human sniffers, Horowitz takes us along on her quest to make sense of scents, combining a personal journey of smelling with a tour through the cutting-edge science behind the olfactory powers of the dog.

Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery
by Spencer Quinn

From the book description
Meet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator. Chet might have flunked out of police school (“I’d been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn’t remember exactly, although blood was involved”), but he’s a detective through and through.

Their search for a missing teenaged girl takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locals, with Chet’s highly trained nose leading the way. With his doggy ways and his endearingly hardboiled voice, Chet is full of heart and occasionally prone to mischief.

 

One Nation Under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food
by Michael Schaffer

From the book description
When Michael Schaffer and his wife drove to a rural animal shelter and adopted Murphy, an emaciated, dreadlocked Saint Bernard, they vowed that they’d never become the kind of people who get facials for their dogs or shell out for expensive hip replacements. But then they started to get weird looks from the in-laws: You hired a trainer? You had our dog implanted with a GPS chip? Murphy is on antidepressants?

It turned out Murphy wasn’t alone: yesteryear’s pooch has moved from the backyard doghouse to the master bedroom, evolving from man’s best friend to bona fide family member. The pet industry has ballooned from $17 billion to an estimated $43 billion in barely a decade. Schaffer provides a surprising, lively, and often hilarious portrait of our country.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I would tell you about some of our new Valentine’s Day themed books for kids!

Click, Clack, Moo: I Love You! By Doreen Cronin:
It’s Valentine’s Day and on the farm that means a Valentine’s party. Little Duck is wildly excited. She hangs balloons, streamers, sparkling lights, and hearts everywhere, and hand-makes a valentine for everyone.

On top of a hill, a little fox hears the music from the party and follows Little Duck’s many decorations to the barn…but foxes are not at all welcome on farms. The chickens stop dancing. The sheep stop dancing. The pigs stop dancing. The mice hustle off to hide. Will Little Fox ruin the dance? Or, perhaps, she’s just what the party needs!

The Littlest Valentine by Brandi Dougherty:
Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. But Emma just can’t seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries.

Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine’s Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little?

Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown! By Maggie Testa:
It’s Valentine’s Day and Charlie Brown is trying to find the courage to give the Little Red-Haired Girl a valentine!

With a little encouragement from Lucy, he finally goes for it. Is this the year everything finally works out for Charlie Brown?

Peppa’s Valentine’s Day by Courtney Carbone:
Receiving a pretty Valentine’s Day card in the mail from her friend Zoe Zebra, Peppa Pig learns about the meaning of the holiday and decides to show all of her friends just how special they are to her, in a heartwarming story.

Plus, let me tell you about the great events the library has coming up in February:

  • Storytimes are Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 6 pm! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Plus, every child gets a free book at every storytime.
  • Do your kids need something to do on Tuesday when they’re out of school? Bring them to the library for Video Games at 2 pm! Play our Playstation 4, Xbox, or Wii. All ages welcome.
  • Library & Lunch is this Wednesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.
  • The Library will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • USD 480 is out of school on Friday the 23rd – join us at the library at 1 pm to play board games and card games. Then, we will watch a fun children’s movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • This month’s recipe swap will be on Tuesday, the 27th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making Crock Pot dishes.

Self Improvement in the New Year

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is healthy food.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.

Self Improvement in the New Year

Have you made any resolutions this year? If you want to get started tackling those resolutions, we may be able to help.

Universal Class, available free to all Kansas residents courtesy of the Kansas State Library, offers hundreds of online classes covering all kinds of subjects.

Such as: • Accounting  • Mathematics • Computer Training  • Business  • Health & Medicine • History  • How to/Do it yourself  • Pet and Animal Care

Kansas residents can access these online classes by going to http://kslib.info/221/Online-Databases and clicking on Universal Class. Once there you can register and create a username and password. After you’ve registered and confirmed your email address, you can enroll in up to six classes at a time. They are self-paced online classes that include video lessons, assignments and exams.

LearningExpress Library is another helpful site you can access through the Kansas State Library website. You can use it to help you practice for tests for career advancement, college placement, GED, and to become a U.S. citizen. You can also use it to strengthen your skills in math, reading, writing, and computer skills.

If you’ve always wanted to learn a second language or maybe improve on what you learned in high school, Mango Languages is just what you need. It is another of the online databases made available through the Kansas State Library website, http://kslib.info/221/Online-Databases, for free to Kansas Residents.

Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. If you use their mobile app, you can download lessons to study later when you don’t have an internet connection.

 

Here are a few books available for checkout to help with those New Year’s Resolutions

 Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
by Marie Kondo

From the book description
Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets.

She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

 

You: Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty
by Michael F. Roizen,‎ Mehmet Oz

From the book description
The body is the most fascinating machine ever created, and nobody talks about it in ways that are as illuminating and compelling as Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Most people think of the aging of our bodies the same way we think of the aging of our cars: the older we get, the more inevitable it is that we’re going to break down. Most of us believe that at age 40 or so, we begin the slow and steady decline of our minds, our eyes, our ears, our joints, our arteries, our libido, and every other system that affects the quality of life (and how long we live it). But according to Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz, that’s a mistake.

Aging isn’t a decline in our systems. It’s actually very purposeful. The very systems and biological processes that age us are designed to help us when we’re a little bit younger. So what’s our role as part of the aging population? To learn how those systems work so we can reprogram them to work the way they did when we were younger. Your goal should be: die young at any age. That means you live a high quality of life until the day you die.

 

The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop
by David Bowers

This modern and energetically designed encyclopedia of DIY has everything you need to know to fix it, cook it, build it, clean it, and sew it yourself.

With illustrated step-by-step instructions, plus relevant charts, sidebars, lists, and handy toolboxes, The Useful Book features 201 practical how-tos and projects.

We may live in the information age, but that doesn’t mean the drain won’t clog. And there’s no app for that—only life skills.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Since tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I thought I would tell you about some Children’s books about him:

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights.

Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death – from an assassin’s bullet – in 1968.

With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this book celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.

Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson: Young readers can now learn about one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in this Level 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader.

Set against Dr. King’s historic march on Washington in the summer of 1963, a moving story and powerful illustrations combine to illuminate not only one of America’s most celebrated leaders, but also one of America’s most celebrated moments.

We March by Shane Evans: On August 28, 1963, a remarkable event took place–more than 250,000 people gathered in our nation’s capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The march began at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, advocating racial harmony. Many words have been written about that day, but few so delicate and powerful as those presented here by award-winning author and illustrator Shane Evans.

When combined with his simple yet compelling illustrations, the thrill of the day is brought to life for even the youngest reader to experience.

The library will be closed tomorrow (Monday) for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. But, we still have some fun events coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Budding Bookworms Storytimes are Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 6 pm! Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Do your kids need something to do when they’re out of school on the 25th and 26th? Don’t worry, the Library has you covered! Thursday the 25th at 2 pm, build something great at Lego Day! Friday the 26th at 1 pm, join us for board games, followed by a fun children’s animated movie at 2 pm. Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • Recipe swap is on Tuesday the 30th at 6:30 pm! Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, to help us keep our New Year’s Resolutions, we’re making healthy foods.