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Are you entering 1st-4th grade and can read independently? It’s time to apply to be a Summer Reading Buddy!  The program is very nearly full, so get your application in fast.

This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 7th – August 11th).  Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading.  Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills.  Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.

Please visit the Reading Buddies page for more information.

Applications are available now (please find on the Reading Buddies webpage above).  Space is limited, and the deadline for all applications is Thursday, June 12, 2014!  Teens are accepted on a first come, first serve basis so get your application in early!

Find out more about our teen programs and events at our Teen Page!

 

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This week’s staff pick isn’t an individual work, but the entire collection of Maya Angelou, who passed on this week.  Maya was a strong civil rights supporter and voice, and her work has affected millions.  She was a truly great literary voice, and will be missed.

We have several of her works if you’d like to bring some home via book, ebook, or audiobook.

 

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Join us on Saturday, June 14th at 1:30 pm in the Community Room for a discussion of The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin.  New members are always welcome and this will be our final meeting before we break for the summer.

Set agaorchardistinst the rugged beauty of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, Amanda Coplin’s debut novel, The Orchardist, introduces readers to recluse William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated orchards of apples and apricots.  One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit at the market; they later return to his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase.  Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge’s land and indulge in his compassion.  Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on a irrevocable course not only to save and protect them but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

     

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Come join us for Family Story Time at the Franklin Park Branch on May 29th from 7- 7:45 PM.  Enjoy stories together while building language skills. For grades pre-K to third grade. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions.

No registration is necessary.

This event is held at the Franklin Park Branch located at 3391 Rte. 27, Franklin Park, NJ 08823.  Located in the Franklin Towne Center. 

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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko is this week’s staff pick, chosen by one of our superb Children’s Librarians!

In this appealing novel set in 1935, 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family move from Santa Monica to Alcatraz Island where his father gets a job as an electrician at the prison and his mother hopes to send his autistic older sister to a special school in San Francisco. When Natalie is rejected by the school, Moose is unable to play baseball because he must take care of her, and her unorthodox behavior sometimes lands him in hot water. He also comes to grief when he reluctantly goes along with a moneymaking scheme dreamed up by the warden’s pretty but troublesome daughter. Family dilemmas are at the center of the story, but history and setting–including plenty of references to the prison’s most infamous inmate, mob boss Al Capone–play an important part, too. The Flanagan family is believable in the way each member deals with Natalie and her difficulties, and Moose makes a sympathetic main character. The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers with an interest in what it was like for the children of prison guards and other workers to actually grow up on Alcatraz Island.–Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library”– School Library Journal.

This book is aimed at middle school students, and is a great, interesting read for boys and girls.  It’s also the beginning of a series, so if you or your kids love it, the story continues!

We have multiple copies in print and an audiobook edition.

 

Don’t forget the Library is CLOSED Sunday and Monday (5/25 & 5/26) for Memorial Day.  Get these and other updates on our Facebook, Twitter, and/or blog.