On Monday May 12 and 19, the Libray is holding a free class on Microsoft’s Excel 2007 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (both days) in the Community Room.

Learn the basics of this popular software program designed for storing, organizing and manipulating data. This class will discuss the parts of a spreadsheet, including columns, rows and cells. Participants will create a basic spreadsheet during class.

You must be able to use a mouse and be familiar with basic computer concepts such as opening, closing, and resizing windows before taking this class.

Class size is strictly limited, and registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: This class is the same on both days. Registrants will be limited to one of two sessions.

Please sign up here for May 12 and here for May 19.

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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.

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In My Father’s Dragon, “Elmer Elevator (narrator’s father as a boy) runs away with an old alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon being exploited on a faraway island. With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer disarms the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island”– Goodreads.com

This is the first in a series, so start it today! It’s a timeless classic and you’ll love this romp.  Find the books in our Catalog today!

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It’s the end of National Poetry Month.  What did you read?  Did you keep up with the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?  Or did you check out Poetry 180 run by Billy Collins while he was the Poet Laureate? Or maybe you found a new poet or read some of your favorites.  Did you try a novel in verse?

Or if you are in grades 3-12 did you share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet?  You can still email your poems to poet2poet@poets.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you  today!  Some will be posted on the website in May!

Let us know what you did!

If someone checked out the novel in verse we recommended before, try again, they’re all well worth the read!

-The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)

-Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)

-Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)

-After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)

-The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.

 

Find Novels in Verse and Poetry books in the Catalog.

 

Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.

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For whatever reason, boys (generally speaking) don’t read as much as their female counterparts.  Happily, there are a growing number of resources dedicated to finding books for young(er) male readers, like Guys Read, Books 4 Boys, Best Books For Boys, Booksforboys.com, and Read Kiddo Read.   Some of them break up recommendations by what’s in them like dragons, aliens, at least one explosion, etc.  Book recommendations cover a wide range of ages from toddler through the teen years, so try some of these titles today.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of sites for girl readers too.  Like Empowering Books for Girls, A Mighty Girl, and Scholastic recommendations for girls.

Still having trouble convincing them to read? Why not try a book trailer?  It’s exactly like a movie trailer, but for books.  Drum up some excitement so they know what they’re reading will be action packed, or have dinosaurs, or what have you.  Try sites like Book Trailers for Readers or Slime Kids. You can always search for a particular books title + “book trailer”.  For example, you could type “green eggs and ham book trailer” into the search bar of Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine.

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