Tuesday, February 01, 2011

February Juvenile Book of the Month

Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline

Harry likes to do horrible things. He scares girls with slithery, slimy snakes. He has perfected the knuckle noogies, specifically while playing "Seven Up." He hoards broken pencils and crayons to use in the creation of his frightening Stub People army which will eventually take over the classroom.

Despite all of Harry's horrible acts, Doug is his best friend. Sometimes, Doug even helps Harry do horrible things. Regardless of Harry's true intentions, sometimes he doesn't mean to do horrible things, they just seem to happen.

In Horrible Harry in Room 2B, Doug tells us about a normal school day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a field trip and what happens to Harry. There are 24 other books about Horrible Harry and a handful about Song Lee, a girl from Harry's class. Horrible Harry in Room 2B was one of my favorite books when I was in elementary school and I highly recommend it to kids looking for a beginner chapter book.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

January Book of the Month

Ashes of Roses tells the story of sixteen-year old Rose Nolan's immigration and landing in America from Ireland in 1911. Rose's family is faced with obstacles at Ellis Island and also when they get into New York City. However, Rose has a fighting spirit and eventually secures employment in what seems like a great opportunity at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. She enjoys the camaraderie of her fellow employees above all else and does not seem to notice the poor working conditions that surround her. Little does Rose know the devastation that will occur one Saturday as she sets off on the last day of her work week. Will Rose persevere after the ashes settle around her?

This book is a great historical novel for children, teens and adults. It provides an insider's perspective of life as an immigrant and also the strengthening labor movement that took place in the early 20th century. The decisions that families had to make were difficult and guided by a need for survival. Mary Jane Auch easily transports the reader through Rose's plight from the very first page.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Encyclopedia Britannica is our featured online resource available through the Library's website. Including four complete encyclopedias tailored to different age groups, Encyclopedia Britannica is perfect for homework and research projects. Also available are full-text magazine articles, homework help, a world atlas, a thesaurus, Merriam-Webster dictionaries in both English and Spanish, and a Primary Sources section.

Lansing Public Library patrons have free access to Encyclopedia Britannica from anywhere in the Library; Library cardholders have access from home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Lansing Public Library encourages all patrons to make use of this valuable resource; check it out today at www.lansing.lib.il.us/catalog.html#eb .