Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Maybe Something Beautiful: how art transformed a neighborhood & The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers, grandfathers



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Maybe Something Beautiful: how art transformed a neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa 
Howell

Picture book Ages 3+
What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray?  As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine!
Based on a true story, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation--and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big.  Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

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The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers, and grandfathers by Avi

Juvenile Fiction-Grade School, ages 8+
In seven stories, one of our most treasured writers, Avi, introduces seven boys-boys who have fathers at homeand boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives.  By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, these stories reveal boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to.  That search may happen when dealing with a father's ghost, during a camping trip with a mysterious grandfather, while interviewing a potential dad, at a public reckoning, or in other situations that raise the question " What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?"


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt


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     Jules adores her older-by-one year sister, Sylvie.  

Sylvia: beautiful like their mother.
Sylvie: supreme maker of tiny snow families.
Sylvie: faster than fast

Sylvie: gone.

Into thin air, Sylvie goes missing, and as Jules stumbles in grief, a fox cub is born.  A shadow fox, spirit and animal in one.  From the minute the cub opens her eyes, she senses something very wrong. Someone--Jules.

Jules: steadfast like her father.
Jules: supreme maker of tiny snow foxes.
Jules: collector of rocks.

Jules: heartbroken.

Who is this Jules?  Who is this Sylvie she cries out for?  And why does the air still prickle with something unsettled?  As that dark unknown grows, the fates of the girl Jules and the fox cub, laced together with wishes and shadowy ties, are about to collide. 


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Nest


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The Nest by Kenneth Opel

Ages 10+

She was very blurry, not at all human-looking.  There were huge dark eyes, and a kind of mane made of light, and when she spoke, I couldn't see a mouth moving, but I felt her words, like a breeze against my face, and I understood her completely.

"We've come because of the baby," she said. "We've come to help."  All Steve has to do is say, "Yes."  But "yes" is a painful word.

It is also dangerous.  And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

I thought, It's just a dream anyway.  I thought, It has no power over me.  I thought, Why not?  "Fine," I whispered.


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Friday, March 4, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Adventures in Arduino




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Adventures in Arduino by Becky Stewart

JNF; Intended Audience: all Techies  Age 10+

Have a blast building and programming interactive electronic crafts with Arduino.  Author Becky Stewart walks you step-by-step through 9 exciting projects geared toward the beginner.  You will learn how to download and install Arduino for multiple operating systems, how to make the most of Arduino with basic programming concepts and much more, so you start having fun right away watching your designs come to life.

You'll learn to:


  • Build an LED circuit
  • Prototype on a breadboard and use servos, shift registers and sounds
  • Create an electronic status message sign
  • Work with motors
  • Make an augmented wind chime
  • Sew a secret message into a hoodie
  • Construct a marble maze game that keeps track of your score

    Click on the title to place it on hold at the Ventress Memorial Library!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Sara Lost and Found



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Sara Lost and Found by Virginia Castleman

Ages 8-12

Sara and Anna Olson have spent a lot of time alone.  Their mom left them years ago.  The last thing she said was to look after each other.  Then she vanished.

Their dad plays drums in a band and he's out late, coming home drunkif he comes home at all.  But he says family always stick together.

Sara's ten and Anna's twelve, but Sara's the one in charge.  She takes care of her sister because Anna has trouble taking care of herself.  They were in foster care once and got separated, and after that Anna hasn't been quite right.  But it's okay.  Sara can handle things.  For example, she knows that if you eat a piece of paper towel you can trick you stomach into thinking it's full.  And she knows that a knock on the door in the middle of the night is never a good thing.

So one night, when that knock comes, Sara and Anna take off running.  But how can Sara keep her promise to her mom when it's getting harder and harder to look after Anna?  And if Sara does get a chance at a home, what will happen to her sister?  This is a wrenching but ultimately hopeful novel about promises, sisters, and what it means to be family.


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Pugs of the Frozen North



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Far away, in a winter wonderland, an amazing sled race is about to begin.  The winner canmake one wish, and it will magically come true!  Two friends, Sika and Shen, want to win more than anything.  But all they have is a pack of yappy, yippy pug puppies.

Ten pugs can't move their sled. Even with thirty, it doesn't budge.  But what about  . . . SIXTY-SIX?  With a little bit of luck, anything is paws-ible!


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Bunny Dreams


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Bunny Dreams by Peter McCarthy

In Bunny dreams, anything can happen.  A bunny might know the A-B-C's or count by 1, 2, 3.  A bunny might hop, hop,hop . . . or even fly!

But every bunny needs a cozy place to rest.  This is the perfect bedtime book for bunnies everywhere.


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