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“New” Mary GrandPré Harry Potter Illustrations

by Guest on July 19th, 2013

I know there are new covers now and all, but Mary GrandPré’s illustrations will forever rekindle my love of Harry Potter.

And now, some “previously unpublished” (maybe?)  illustrations of the world of Harry Potter, created by the Great GrandPré, showed up on imgur. And they’re PRETTY. Check ’em out!

Meet and Read TOMORROW, 2-3 PM

by Guest on July 15th, 2013

Stop by Meeting Room B between 2-3 PM and let us know what you’ve been reading this summer! We’ll have some delicious treats to snack on while we discuss our favorite summer book discoveries.

I’m reading (well, listening to) Eleanor and Park, and it’s all kinds of nostalgic, sweet/sad/wonderful. Brian reviewed it back in April, and I have to say, the audiobook version adds a certain something – two readers, one for Eleanor and one for Park, create a sort of duet, a perfect complement to the writing style and subject matter of the book.

So – what have you been reading?

Summer Movie: “Pacific Rim”

by Guest on July 11th, 2013

Anybody gonna go see “Pacific Rim” this weekend?

Rotten Tomatoes says, “a solid modern creature feature, Pacific Rim is bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun.”

If the trailers are any indication, it looks (unfortunately, if you ask me) similar to “Transformers” with its giant robots, but I think the story will be considerably better, given the actors involved (Idris Elba) and the director/writer (Guillermo del Toro).

It’s fun summer movie time! It’s playing TONIGHT at the Sycamore at 8:00 PM.

Minecraft Meet-up TODAY in the Computer Lab!

by Guest on July 9th, 2013

Hey, Minecrafters!

We’re hosting a meet-up TODAY from 4-6:00 PM in the Computer Lab! Come hang out with friends, swap ideas, and build something great!

Can’t make it today? Feel free to drop by Teen Tech Zone Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 2-5 PM and hang out with friends in the Computer Lab.

What If the Moon was Jupiter?

by Guest on June 26th, 2013

Whenever I watch Star Wars: A New Hope, and Luke Skywalker climbs up the hill on the farm on Tatooine (accompanied, naturally, by rising John Williams orchestration) to think thoughtful thoughts, I always imagine him thinking, “Dang, we are so lucky to live in a binary solar system!”

Maybe I’m just a huge nerd.

Well, Ron Miller, a former art director for NASA, thought along the same lines, and being a talented individual, took a pretty landscape picture of the Moon and “superimposed scale drawings of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune over the same landscape, highlighting the sheer size of the planets.”

Here’s the our oh-so-familiar moon:

And here’s our horizon with a…well, “Jupiter-moon”:


Check out more here.

“Beautiful Creatures” Showing TOMORROW!

by Guest on June 24th, 2013

Have you read or seen Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia? We’re showing the 2013 movie adaptation tomorrow in Meeting Room A from 2:00-4:15 PM.

Here’s the movie’s premise: “A supernatural love story set in the South, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.”

I’m curious to see if it contributes anything new to the supernatural vampire/werewolf/witch series of recent years…I’ll stick around for Jeremy Irons (the voice of Scar in The Lion King, plus he’s in a bazillion other movies, too)…and the popcorn and soda. 🙂

See you there!

Groundbreaking Women in Science: Trowelblazers

by Guest on June 20th, 2013

So, the big theme for this year’s summer reading program (you’ve registered, right?) is “Groundbreaking Reads,” and lots of the activities for the summer include learning about stuff beneath the surface, buried, underground, etc.

This article from CNN explores the often unknown adventures of the groundbreaking women in the fields of archaeology, paleontology, and geology; apparently, there are quite a few. Dorothea Bate, Harriet Boyd, Dorothy Garrod, Gertrude Caton-Thompson…and more, many of which are explored in the newly created Tumblr, Trowelblazers. It regularly features a new female archaeologist, paleontologist, or geologist, explaining their career, life, and inspiration:

“Because, you know what? Women – many, many women – have been wielding their trowels and awesome powers of discovery since archaeology and the like was invented. Awesome, trowel-wielding women, with this tumblr WE SALUTE YOU!”

You can submit a biography, pictures, or story, too! Swing by Trowelblazers, learn about some rock star women scientists of the past, and get inspired!

“Giant Snake Opens Door to Your Nightmares”

by Guest on June 19th, 2013

Apparently posted two years ago, this recent viral video showcases Julius, a 16-foot Burmese python, reaching new levels of creepy by displaying a very unsettling skill: he can open doors.

You can watch the video and read more about Julius here.

Want to learn more about smart animals? Check out this NOVA scienceNow video with Neil DeGrasse Tyson – he plays with dolphins…what could be better?

Bookmarking the Best TOMORROW, 2-3:00 PM

by Guest on June 17th, 2013

In the spirit of “paying it forward,” tomorrow I will be helping you create sweet bookmarks to leave in your favorite book on the library shelf. Hopefully this will encourage other curious book-seekers to investigate your creativity and love of the book!

I’ll have lots of craft materials freely available, plus ideas and inspiration to get you started. Love The Hunger Games? Make a bookmark version of Katniss’s bow and arrows! Or a croissant from Peeta’s bakery! Or a hive of trackerjackers! Or maybe zombies are more your speed? Creepy zombie arms reaching from the top of the book would definitely catch somebody’s attention.

Stop by Meeting Room B from 2:00-3:00 PM!

Kids! Dig Into Reading This Summer

by Guest on June 14th, 2013

Dig into Reading, this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, is a flexible game designed for preschoolers through 6th graders. It combines reading and activity suggestions, along with three prize levels to provide extra motivation. Children who finish Dig into Reading win a t-shirt and get entered into a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire!

SRP2013Participating in the Summer Reading Program is an excellent way to help your elementary school child practice reading skills over the summer and prevent the “summer slide,” or the loss of skills over summer break. Kids can also exercise their minds by participating in the Library’s extensive summer programming. This year’s highlights include a mini museum of dinosaur fossils, balloon art, a real, live giant Burmese python, and a whole block of activities exclusively for tweens!

To register or download the Gameboard and Activities List visit


For School-Aged Kids

Digging Dinosaurs

The Dinosaur Lady (aka Carolyn Richard, paleontologist) is back with her full-scale T-Rex head, dino models, fossils, mini-museum, and the scoop on the latest fossil finds.

When: Thursday, June 20 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Reptile Wrangling with Torben Platt

Join the critter wizard from Witty Kitties as he grapples with alligator Lex Luther, who is even bigger than last year, and a giant Burmese python.

When: Thursday, June 27 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Mad Science with the Hawk-Eyes on Science

The zany scientists from the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy return with knock-your-socks-off experiments featuring lasers, electricity, and 3D wonders. There will be explosions!

When: Thursday, July 11 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Night at the Museum Party

It’s spine-tingling fun with Sarah Horgen of the Museum of Natural History clues us in on the science of archaeology.

When: Thursday, July 18 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Creations with a Twist

Balloon master Daniel Poe delights with his awesome balloon art. Audience members dress up in balloon costumes and act out funny stories as part of the “Dig Up a Good Book” show.

When: Thursday, July 25 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Wii Gaming for School-age Children

Elementary kids can join us for some Wii gaming.

When: Wednesdays from 2-4:00 p.m. through July 31

Where: Storytime Room

Children’s R.E.A.D. Times with Therapy Dogs of Johnson County

School-age readers are welcome to come read aloud to trained therapy dogs for fifteen minutes on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up, read, and win a prize book. Sponsored by the Therapy Dogs of Johnson County.

When: Sunday, July 7 from 2-4:00 p.m. & Sunday, August 4 from 2-4:00 p.m.

Where: Storytime Room


For Tweens (Ages 10, 11, & 12)

Tweens on TV: Be a Star

Tweens come prepared to talk about their favorite book to be taped and later air on The Library Channel 10. Parental approval is needed.

When: Monday, June 17 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

Sign Language for Tweens

An expert in teaching American Sign Language (ASL) will be conducting an introductory session for tweens. Books on signing will be available.

When: Monday, June 24 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

Cool Crafts with Casey

Join library employee Casey in creating some environmentally-friendly cool crafts from recycled materials. All materials provided.

When: Monday, July 1 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

Scott’s Gardening Basics

Learn about organic gardening, composting, and growing your own food from Scott Koepke, Soilmates Education Outreach Coordinator at New Pioneer Food Co-Op.

When: Monday, July 8 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

The Art of Illustration

Local picture book illustrators Claudia McGehee and Jennifer Black Reinhardt will discuss their artwork and give tweens the chance to practice their own drawing skills. Materials provided.

When: Monday, July 15 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

Yoga for Tweens

Dana Robinson from Sweet Feet Yoga will lead a yoga class designed specifically for tweens. Kids should come in comfortable clothing suitable for movement and exercise.

When: Monday, July 22 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A


For the Whole Family

Family Special: MusicIC

From stories to music, hear Goodnight Moon, Pecos Bill, and Ferdinand the Bull in a whole new way with musical renditions by MusicIC.

When: Sunday, June 16 from 2-3:00 p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room, B, Meeting Room C

Family Movie Screening: Despicable Me

Gru and the gang are back in theaters on July third with the premiere of Despicable Me 2. Come watch where it all began! The film is rated PG.

When: Saturday, June 29 from 1-3: p.m.

Where: Meeting Room A

Family Special: MADCAP Puppets present “The Cinderella Files”

MADCAP Puppets of Cincinnati present the hilarious fractured fairy tale of what would happen if Cinderella’s fairy godmother went on vacation. The giant puppets encourage plenty of audience participation when it falls to the Godmother’s husband Ralph to get Cinderella to the ball.

When: Saturday, July 13 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C



Book Babies

Rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and short stories designed to stimulate your infant’s language development. For babies 6 months to 18 months old. We ask that there be a lap for every baby.

When: Fridays from 10:30-11:00 a.m. through August 30 & Fridays from 1:30-2:00 p.m. through August 30.

Where: Storytime Room

Preschool Storytime

Summer events for Preschoolers include: Critter Capers, the Music of Adam Hartig, Reading Road Trip, and more!

When: Thursdays from 10-10:30 a.m. through July 25 (excluding July 4)

Where: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Stories in the Park at Willow Creek

A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Recommended for children who are three-years-old and up.

When: Wednesdays from 10:30-11:00 a.m. through July 24

Where: Willow Creek Park (West Benton Street and Teg Drive)

Stories in the Park at Mercer

A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Recommended for children who are three-years-old and up.

When: Fridays from 10:30-11:00 a.m. through July 26

Where: Mercer Park (Near the Mercer Park Aquatic Center)

Sensory Storytime

Designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities, along with their friends or siblings. These storyimes include tactile books, songs, stories, and activities that will provide opportunity for hands-on participation. A caretaker must accompany each child with special needs.

When: First Saturday of every month from 1:30-2:00 p.m.

Where: Storytime Room

Family Storytime

Designed for the whole family, Storytime includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities. Recommended for all ages. Parents are asked to sit with younger children.

When: Saturdays from 10:30-11:00 a.m. through August 31 (excluding July 13) & Sundays from 2-2:00 p.m. (excluding July 7)

Where: Storytime Room

Toddler Storytime

Designed for toddlers or young preschoolers. The same program is performed Mondays and Tuesdays each week. Ideal for young children with short attention spans who need short stories, fingerplays, and action rhymes.

When: Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30-11:00 a.m

Where: Storytime Room


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