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This week’s staff pick is the beginning of a new children’s/YA series full of adventure, male and female heroines, and the interesting and bizarre.  Our staffer found it refreshing, original, and highly recommends it.  Those who loved The Golden Compass, and fans of Garth Nix, Diana Wynne, Jones, and Tamora Pierce will love this novel about maps, adventure, and exploration.

“She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.”– Taken from Goodreads.com


The Glass Sentence

S. E. Grove

Published: Jun 12, 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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For the second year in a row, our Children’s Department has won the Best Practices in Early Literacy Award!   Last year our Scribble Time program won the prize, this year our Reading Connection program won!

We are extremely proud of our Children’s Department, and receiving this award two years in a row shows that we are justified in that.  Congratulations to our staff!

Franklin Township Public Library is dedicated to providing great content for all ages, and we’re extraordinarily pleased that some of our programs are getting such wonderful attention.  We are here for you, our community, and hope you’ll come in soon to take advantage of some of the great services and programs that we offer.  Take a peek at our Children‘s and Adult Calendars to find what interests you.

Reading Connection is a program seeking to develop phonemic awareness and language arts skills through hands on activities that include math, science, writing, crafts and movement.  A letter of the alphabet is chosen for each program and all activities feature that letter.  We begin with a story like Caps for Sale for the letter C, followed by songs and book discussion.  We then have activity stations, where there are vocabulary words and directions to acquaint children with following printed directions, and making the connection between the printed word and subsequent actions.

 

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This week’s Staff Pick is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.  This children’s/YA read is great for all ages and shows how you can make your own destiny even when you don’t mean to.  Funny and charming, you won’t want to put this down.

Hayao Miyazaki even made an anime version of the book, which we also have at the library.  The movie does differ from the book on several points, so it may be worth checking them both out.

“Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Howl's Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones

Published: Apr 22, 2008 by Greenwillow Books
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Technerella

 

 

2:30-3:15 PM on Monday, August 4, come see our children’s librarians put on TECHNERELLA!

If you like puppets, the story of Cinderella or robots… or all three, reserve your space today and come watch the fantastic new play, Technerella!  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity your little one will definitely enjoy.

Don’t forget to check out the other great events our Children’s Department has going on not only in the summer but all year ’round!

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Come join us for the Family Film Cafe showing of The LEGO Movie on Tuesday, July 22 at 7-8:45 PM.

Bring your own picnic supper or just a dessert to snack on as you enjoy this film on our large screen.
Please register so that we can set up a table for your group.  A parent must be with child at all times during the film.
If you print your tickets, you may bring them directly to the program, which will be held in the Community Room.
We know that’s a bit far away and that you just can’t get enough LEGOs however, so enjoy these great dioramas of Libraries and Bookstores!   What can you come up with? Share your LEGO designs with us!