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!
Come join us as we watch The Wind in the Willows on Tuesday, May 27. The movie is 7 – 8:15 PM in our Community room. Bring your own picnic supper or just a dessert or snack to munch on while you enjoy this classic children’s novel brought to life on our large screen.
This Martin Gates film (1996) is closely based on the book The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and takes place in the woods near a riverbank, where we meet Ratty, Mole, Badger – and Mr. Toad, whose love of fast cars lands him in jail. Can his friends help save Toad Hall from the stoats and weasels? Will Mr. Toad break out of jail?
Please register so that we can set up a table for your group.
Parent must accompany children at all times during the film.
Suitable for families, this film runs approx. 71 minutes.
Are you a teenager entering grades 8-12? Do you know one? It’s time to apply to be a Summer Reading Buddy!
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 Thursday May 1, 2014 (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!
Mother’s Day is around the corner. Dads, do something nice for your life partner and make breakfast with your kid(s) that morning. She’ll love the effort, and the extra uninterrupted sleep time! (Maybe she’ll even reciprocate next month when it’s your turn.)
We have lots of great children’s cookbooks, so you can find lots of easy, kid-friendly recipes. Check out the call number E 641 in the Children’s Room, our selection covers two shelves! Let a librarian know if you need help.