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Chicago Cubs – 2016 World Champions!

Chicago Cubs – 2016 World Champions!

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After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series! Click on any of the book jackets or links below to learn all about the Cubs or read some stories that take place at Wrigley Field or are about the Cubs. One piece of Cub history I did not know – during World War II when so many ball players were soldiers and serving overseas, Phillip K. Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, led an effort to start a new baseball league for girls – a women’s baseball league. You can read about the life of one of the best players – Dorothy “Kammie” Kamenshek in the book, Kammie on First: baseball’s Dottie Kamenshek. Kammie’s story is told in the movie you may have heard of, “A League of Their Own” starring Gina Davis. I think I am in the mood to watch it!

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Learn about the Cubs:

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Stories about the Cubs:

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Meet 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander

Meet 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander

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You are invited to a whole afternoon of inspiration and entertainment furing Fall Fest at Central Library. Highlighting the festivities will be a presentation (2:10 p.m.) by 2015 Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander.

Saturday, November 12, Central Library

Details


Websites:

Reading Rockets Interview:

Time for Kids Interview:

Picture Books:

Acoustic Rooster Acoustic Rooster forms a jazz band with Duck Ellington, Bee Holliday, and Pepe Ernesto Cruz to compete in the annual Barnyard Talent Show against such greats as Thelonius Steer, Mules Davis, and Ella Finchgerald. Includes glossary, notes on the characters and songs, and jazz timeline.
Surfs Up “Surf’s up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can’t help but get curious. Before you can shout ‘Surf’s up!’ both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach.

Chapter Books:

Booked Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. On the longlist for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, 2016. Finalists to be announced October 13th, winners announced November 16th.
The Crossover Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Newbery Medal winner, 2015
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Happy Star Reads Wars Month!

Happy Star Reads Wars Month!

star-wars-readsStar Wars Reads is an annual series of event in October that get the whole country reading about the Star Wars Universe, all at the same time. But you don’t have to wait for a special day, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day. There are picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, music files, craft books and more. Below you will find all kind of books, printables and activities to celebrate our favorite Star Wars characters.


Websites & Activities:

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Music:

Use Your Library Card to Borrow Free Music: Directions

Star Wars Episode I Phantom Menace Soundtrack Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi
Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars VI The Return of the Jedi Star Wars The Clone Wars Soundtrack Freegal Headphones 150

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Museum Artifacts:

Han Solo in CarboniteHan Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.

Millenium FalconStar Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.


Picture Books jP:

A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi
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Early Readers jZ:

The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars Rebels Star Wars Early Reader Series:

Chapter Books jE & j:

The Princess and the Scoundrel Series: A New Hope
#1: The Princess and the Scoundrel
#2: So You Want to be a Jedi
#3: Beware the Power of the Dark Side
Jedi Academy Series: Jedi Academy
#1: Jedi Academy
#2: Return of the Padawan
#3: The Phantom Bully
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Series: Origami Yoda#1: The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda
#2: Darth Paper Strikes Back 1311499
#3: The Secret of the  Fortune Wookiee
#4: The Surprise Attack of Jaba the Puppet
#5: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue
#6: Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus
Rebel Force Series: Rebel Force
#1: Target
#2: Hostage
#3: Renegade
#4: Firefight
#5: Trapped
#6: Uprising
Dark Horse Comics Series: Star Wars Dark Horse Comics

Non-Fiction:

Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary Lego Star Wars the Visual Dictionary Who Are the Jedi Star Wars Rebels the Visual Guide
The Secret Life of Droids Beware the Sith Star Wars Incredible Vehicles Star Wars Complete Vehicles
Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Lego Star Wars in 100 Scenes Lego Star Wars The Dark Side Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Star Wars Science Fair Book Star Wars Cook Book
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Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

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Born on September 13, 1916, today marks Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! With a writing career that spanned more than 30 years, Dahl’s books are cherished favorites. Choose one and settle in for an amazing adventure!

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Books:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the great glass elevator. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Missing Golden Ticket The Missing Golden Ticket – Presents a series of anecdotes from the English author’s early life and writing experiences, in a text that includes a chapter that was not included in the author’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Print, eBook
Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory – Explores the lasting legacy of Roald Dahl’s popular book, examining the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations. Print
James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach – A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The BFG The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and it’s lucky for Sophie that he is. If she had been carried off by any of the other giants she would have been breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are headed to England to steal some little children, she and the BFG decide they must stop them once and for all. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Matilda Matilda – Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Witches The Witches – A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox – Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Danny the Champion of the World Danny, the Champion of the World – A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Twits The Twits – The misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
George's Marvelous Medicine George’s Marvelous Medicine – George decides that his grumpy, selfish old grandmother must be a witch and concocts some marvelous medicine to take care of her. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Enormous Crocodile The Enormous Crocodile – The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors. Print
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me The Giraffe, and the Pelly & Me – A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true. Print
The Magic Finger The Magic Finger – Angered by a neighboring family’s sport hunting, an eight-year-old girl turns her magic finger on them. Print, eBook, eAudio
Esio Trot Esio Trot – Old Mr. Hoppy, a shy and lonely man with a secret unrequited love for Mrs. Silver, tries to think of a way to win her attention away from her beloved pet turtle. Print
The Minpins The Minpins – Ignoring warnings against it, little Billy enters the Forest of Sins, only to be pursued by the fearsome Grinder, a creature who chases him high up an ancient tree, where he encounters a city of tree-dwelling, matchstick-sized people. Print, eAudio
Revolting Rhymes Revolting Rhymes – Humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after. Print, eAudio
Dirty Beasts Dirty Beasts – Roald Dahl’s inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl’s animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for reading aloud and makes Quentin Blake’s celebrated illustrations even more enjoyable. Print, eBook
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Dahl read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story,” Dahl writes. “It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton. Print
Roald Dahl's Mischief and Mayhem Roald Dahl’s Mischief & Mayhem – Offers step-by-step instructions for pranks and tricks, along with jokes, quizzes, and excerpts from such Dahl classics as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Witches.” Print, eBook
Boy Tales of Childhood Boy: Tales of Childhood – Presents humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood, including his summer vacations in Norway and life at an English boarding school. Print, eBook, eAudio
Going Solo Going Solo – As a young man working in East Africa for the Shell Company, Roald Dahl recounts his adventures living in the jungle and later flying a fighter plane in World War II. Print, eBook, eAudio
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & Six More – An account of how the author came to be a writer and selections from his writer’s notebook augment stories juxtaposing fantasy and truth, and peopled with outrageous and courageous characters. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio

Audio Collections:


Biographies:

Fantastic Mr. Dahl


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