We had a Stuffed Animal Sleepover a couple of weekends ago! The stuffies came with their owners, heard some stories, danced some dances, made a scrapbook and then said good night to their owners. Then the stuffies got to stay at the library ALL NIGHT LONG! And boy did they have a good time! Check it out!
This year's elementary Battle of the Book titles are:
Eleven by Patricia Riley Giff
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi
Who Is Jeff Kinney? by Patrick Kinney
Books can be found at all elementary school media centers and both the Springfield Township Public Library as well as our Clarkston Independence District Library.
Participants can check out two titles at a time from CIDL, which will circulate for one week. Books are located behind the circulation desk and DO NOT show up in the catalog. Simply ask for a title at the circulation desk and the circulation clerks will let you know if it is available.
It's here! The SMS(Sashabaw Middle School)/CIDL 2019 Battle of the Books is beginning! The list of books has been announced, teams are forming and everyone is getting ready for our battle which will be held at the Middle School on March 1, 2019! Here's a list of the books for you!
Posted by John David Anderson
First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez
Compass South by Hope Larson
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson
The books will be available at CIDL behind the circulation desk. The catalog won't show them and you can't put them on hold. So, if you are participating in the Battle, just come to the circulation desk and ask for the title you would like. Participants can check out up to two titles at one time.
21School has started and do you know what that means for the Youth Librarians at CIDL? Book Buzz!
Book Buzz is a program we began several years ago, with one 4th grade teacher from one of our elementary schools. She is and has been a frequent patron at our library, and we approached her about sharing some of our new middle grade titles with her students. She welcomed us with open arms, and what we thought would be a one time thing, has turned into FOUR years, 3 schools, 21 classrooms and teachers, and dozens of new books shared with Clarkston kids!
Once a month we take grade-level appropriate books to classrooms and get kids excited about them! It is one of our favorite parts of our jobs. Watching 2-4th graders get excited about and make connections with the books we share is so fulfilling.
The program was conceived with the idea that we would get kids to come to the library to check out these books. And that happens. Like today for instance, I book talked The Boy,
The Bird and the Coffin Maker, and before I could even return to the book to the library, a student was at our desk asking for it!
And we love that, but also, thanks to some great organizations in our community like The Friends of the Clarkston Independence District Library and the Clarkston Optimists, who were willing to fund this program - we are able to leave copies of the books in all the classrooms we go to. Teachers and students can enjoy them for years to come!
Our theme for Summer Reading this year is music! Singing is one of the Five Practices for the Every Child Ready to Read Initiative, that focuses on early literacy skills. If you've been to our storytimes, you'll know how important music and singing are to us! We include music in everything we do with our preschool friends. So we thought it would be a great time to share with you some of our favorite music - which you can check out from the library!
Laurie Berkner is a favorite in storytime. Her songs are fun, whismical and lend themselves well to storytelling and dancing.
Jim Gill is another storytime fave. He is renowned among the preschool set, including teachers. Jim is a child development specialist who focused his graduate studies on the importance of play in early literacy. His very playful music reflects that focus! Here is one of our storytime standards:
If you grew up in the late 80's, early 90's you'll recognize this band. They went from making alternative music to music for children! There music is just fun. My personal favorite is "Clap Your Hands"!
If you are looking for something a little more mellow, check out folk singer Elizabeth Mitchell. Her soothing, folk-music inspired songs are just the thing for coming down from a busy summer day.
March is the time for us to recognize and honor the contributions to society made by women. As librarians and parents, we strive to show our daughters (and our sons) how strong, important and impactful women can be in the world.
This is a great time for women in the world of Children's Literature. So we thought we would share with you some titles we feel are important to share with our youth.
Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
There are several titles about Malala for young people, this one is best suited for the youngest audience, with short sentences and beautiful illustrations. Malala's message of hope and perserverance shines through.
Malala: Activist for Girls Education by Raphaele Frier
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakastani Muslim. From the age of eleven she has been working against those Muslims who believe that girls don't have the right to an education. She paid greatly for this work, inlcuding enduring physical harm. Today, after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, she continues her work to ensure that all children, rich or poor, receive an equal and quality education. This book tells her story in a format easily accesible to elementary readers.
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
This book will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. Adapted from the adult title with a similar name, this book is for middle grade-teen readers, but could be enjoyed by adults also.Want to Read
Hillary Clinton: the Life of a Leader
This biography for early readers tells the story of the former First Lady, Secretary of State and the first female candidate from one of our two great political parties to ever win the nomination for President of the United States. Hillary Clinton knew from a young age that she wanted to serve the people of our country and with that goal in mind, she forged a career unlike any other woman in our nation. This book chronicles her life from her childhood through the announcement of her presidential run in 2015.
She Persisted: 13 Women who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. Women around the world took this as a call to action, including the daughter of Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton. Inspired by the #shepersisted movement, Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are read to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always inevitable and without fail, persisted.
I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer
Talk about persisting! Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated at the front of a bush - a right until that time, denied African-Americans, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country's Civil Rights Movement. This book tells the story of one of America's icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers.
Miss Moor Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough
Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages. This book makes a good read aloud for younger elementary students, but would also appeal to independent readers.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
This title highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. This book celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! Written for middle grade and teen readers, the illustrations and short passages make this a fun book for adults also, and will work as a read aloud with younger children.
All of these books can be found at the library, along with many others written by and about the amazing women who have graced our history and continue to fight for women's rights today.
Hey there! Welcome back to our blog! We've been so busy wrapping up Summer Reading and getting ready for fall, that we haven't had much time to post - but I wanted to share some information with you about how AWESOME our Summer Reading program was this year!
This was my fourth Summer Reading Program at CIDL, and check this out - for the first time since I've been here we topped 500 kids signed up for our program! Over 140 teens and around 100 adults signed up too! It was a banner year! Thank you all for participating.
Kids from every school in the Clarkston Community School District participated. Many homeschool and private school kids participated. And lots of preschool kids participated too! It's a great program for our littlest friends. We all know how important hearing language and vocabulary is for our friends under 5. Summer Reading allows you as a parent to read to your kids, keep track of it, and then give them a small reward for something as awesome as listening to stories!
And on to Fall! Storytimes begin September 11 and run for two weeks, right up until our Friends of the Library Book Sale! Of course we will begin storytimes again when the book sale wraps up. Just check our calendar for dates and times!
We also have some fun things planned for the family this fall! In October we will have a Teddy Bear Sleepover. Have your little one bring his favorite stuffy (if he can bear a night away!) and leave the stuffy for a night of fun at the library! We will document all the fun your stuffed friend is having in the scrapbook you create at the program!
Boo-a-palooza is back for a 3rd year! Come in your costumes for games, snacks, crafts and more!
March was a super special month in the teen department. March 6th-10th CIDL teens celebrated Teen Tech Week! A national initiative through the Young Adult Library Services Association [YALSA], Teen Tech Week provides opportunities for teens to discover all of the digital, high tech, and low tech resources at their library.
This year, CIDL featured a different project each day for teens to complete.
Monday March 6th - Teens completed a Star Wars inspired LED project (did I also mention there was some super cool Makerspace swag giveaways happening this week too?)
Tuesday March 7th - Teens got to try their hands at screen printing! Check out those awesome tote bags!
Wednesday March 8th - We went super low-tech! Our teen writers group and friends made magnetic poetry! (There may have been some magnetic memes floating around too)
Thursday March 9th - Teens not only became Engineers but Roller Coaster Tycoons as they were tasked with building their own working marble roller coasters out of foam, paper towel rolls, and tape in this STEM inspired project.
Friday March 10th - Was our big finale! Not only did it mark the end of TTW17, but it also was the unveiling of the library's Makerspace. Teens got to try their hands at all sorts of high and low tech projects as well as be the first library users to try out some of our super fancy new gadgets! [Can you guess which station was the most popular?]
Definitely had some fun with the library Green Screen too!
Big thanks to everyone who participated and to our super amazing
Teen LEAD volunteers for all their help setting up, tearing down,
and just being their awesome selves!
Hope to see you at Teen Tech Week 2018!!
*For more awesome pictures make sure to check out our
Instagram feed @cidlib*
Hey there! It's been awhile, no? We've been busy doing some really fun things here in the youth services department, and now we are ready to share some of them with you! We are hoping to post about some of the great programs we have going! Some of them are monthly, like our Lego and Minecraft Clubs, and others happen randomly on a Saturday - usually around 2 pm! You can check out our events calendar to see when everything is going on for sure.
A word of thanks to our January Lego Club participants - David, Milana, Lucy, Dylon, Briannah, Patricio, Ines and Lucy's brother, who's name is escaping me!
The Star Touched Queen
By: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Audience: Teens - Grades 9 & Up
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire... But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
Plain and simple – I loved this book. I loved everything about this book and I can honestly say I don’t think there has been a more perfect book. Everything about this story is lovely, the storytelling is lush and vivid, the characters are smart and compelling, there are twists and turns that you simply do not see coming, and the romance, the romance is so utterly romantic that every reader should get their smelling salts ready because they are sure to swoon hard. Additionally, the weaving of Indian folklore and mythology into the story is not only utterly fascinating but so finely done that it never overwhelms an already original story but enhances it. With so many things happening and so many elements necessary to the story, it is easy to see how it could be overdone. But Choksi does such an exceptional job of creating balance that everything is, literally, just right. I could go on and on and on about this book but I think this is a book that needs to be discovered and, simply put, read. I cannot wait to share this amazing story with my teen readers, my friends, my family, strangers at the grocery store, basically everyone because it is truly a perfect novel. I also cannot wait to see what this author has in store for us in the future.
Whisper to Me
By: Nick Lake
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Audience: Teens - Grades 9 & Up
*AUTHOR WE LOVE!*
Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely. Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.
This book, my goodness this book. It is equal parts inspiring and infuriating and that is do large in part to the very, VERY open ending. At the same time, Lake’s lyrical writing, the style of storytelling and Cassie herself allowed me to understand that this book isn’t about tying up loose ends, it’s about self-discovery, it’s about watching a girl come to terms with a very haunted life, it’s about overcoming our own demons. Lake accomplished this on so many levels, and I love how he has, essentially, given us a love letter, one that forces its main character into honesty and as a reader, I feel that’s exactly what I got. In that same respect it never felt like Cassie was just trying to justify her actions to the unnamed love interest, but rather taking her moment to better understand herself through this process. It felt almost cathartic, but not in a way that was clichéd or contrived, but rather quite lovely. I also loved the bits of humor and asides, these made Cassie human to me, made me care about what happened and happens to her. I know that the ending will frustrate some who are adamant about closure, but I think if readers go in understanding that while they may not get the questions answered that they want, this book isn’t about that, but rather about a girl working to better understand herself and finally believe that she deserves something good in her life, that she deserves love. That’s the ending that I got, and I appreciate that ending so much more as I sit back and really consider this book. It does take some time to get there, but to me, it was totally worth it and I think if readers go in and give this book the time it deserves, they’ll find it’s worth it too.
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You
By: Lily Anderson
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Audience: Teens - Grades 9 & Up
Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing--down to number four. The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side
This book is ridiculously adorable and not what I was expecting at all. I’m always a little wary when I approach YA romances because sometimes they have the tendency to air on the side of melodramatic (don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against a little melodrama, but sometimes the angst is simply too much). This book, however, was surprisingly refreshing. It was fun and funny and ridiculously adorable. Was Trixie a bit annoying at times? Sure, but I loved that she’s a comic book/pop culture aficionado who attends genius school and she always owns who she is. I can respect that. Additionally, Trixie’s loyalty to her best friend was absolutely lovely and I’m always a huge fan of books that support strong female friendships. In terms of the romance itself – it was just right. The war and banter between Ben and Trixie was wildly entertaining and I loved the method the author used to bring them together. Rather than a conventional approach to unrequited love, Anderson’s method was clever and an excellent way to make this story stand out from the usual YA romance. It was impossible to not fall a little in love with Ben and Trixie as we got to watch them stumble through all those awkwardly sweet (and geeky) romantic moments. I also enjoyed the fact that while the romance played a large part in the book, it wasn’t the novel’s sole purpose. Rather than playing second fiddle to the romance, the cheating scandal mystery was also well developed and added a compelling element to the novel, creating a well-rounded story and one that allowed the author to seamlessly weave themes of friendship, loyalty, and integrity into the mix.
Every Exquisite Thing
By: Matthew Quick
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Audience: Teens - Grades 10 & Up
*AUTHOR WE LOVE!*
Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bugglegum Reaper--a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic--the rebel within Nanette awakens. As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price.
I love Matthew Quick. I love his quirky style of writing that never feels isolating. I love his characters and their ability to feel both completely real and unreal at the same time. I love that he is not afraid to talk about the hard stuff in a manner that is frank and honest. I love that he gives us twists that are surprising but necessary. I love that he helps remind all of us that we are human, and humans aren’t perfect. I love that he reminds us that life isn’t always black or white and that the gray is essential. I love how he eloquently captures growing up. I love that in the end, we are our choices. In other words, Matthew Quick has done it again.
The Art of Being Normal
By: Lisa Williamson
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Audience: Teens - Grades 9 & Up
Two boys. Two secrets.
David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…
First and foremost I have to say that I am beyond thrilled at the number of books that are being released about transgender teens. There are so many real teens dealing with exactly these feelings and it is wonderful how well YA authors have been creating characters that are so well conceived and relatable. Lisa Williamson’s debut, certainly falls into this group. Both Leo and David are extraordinary characters and their struggle is one that I think all teens will be able to relate to. Additionally, they are so much more than the transgender label they have been given. They crush on the cute boy/girl, they have good days and bad days, they fight with their parents and siblings, they have ridiculously charming personalities, they struggle with certain subjects in school, they laugh, they cry, they are human beings – and I think Williamson does an exceptional job of reminding readers of all of these things. I am beyond honored to have had the opportunity to read this book. It is an incredibly important story not only for the reasons listed above, but also because it gives readers all sides of the story.
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