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curve150Minecraft Club at Central the Learning Curve (Central LibraryMinecrafters ages 8 to 17 are invited to socialize, plan, build and create together on the library’s Minecraft server! No registration required. Schedule

College Avenue

Minecrafternoons at College Library Minecrafters ages 10 to 15 are invited to play together on the Library’s Minecraft server. Schedule

Mincraft Club at College Library Minecrafters ages 8 – 17 are invited to socialize, plan, build and create together on the Library’s Minecraft server. Schedule

Fountain Square

Family Game & Craft Night at Fountain Square Families are invited to play board games and have fun while hanging out with friends and family. They also play Minecraft! Schedule

Websites & Activities:

Craft Projects for Minecraft and Pixel Art Fans Pixel Craft   Minecraft Tracer  Minecraft Crossword
Minecraft Bingo  Minecraft Steve Draw Minecraft Chicken

Strategies & Hacks:

The Big Book of Building Blockopedia Minecraft Modding for Kids Unofficial Encyclopedia for Minecrafters
Minecrafter 2.0 Construction Handbook Combat Handbook Essential Handbook
Redstone Handbook Hacks for Minecrafters Combat Edition Hacks for Minecrafters Command Blocks Hacks for Minecrafters
Master Builder Hacks for Minecrafters Redstone Hacks for Minecrafters Holy Bible for Minecrafters Minecraft Surival
Minecraft Tips Redstone Devices Minecraft House Ideas

Chapter Books & Series:

See ALL Minecraft eBooks

The Battle of Zombie Hill Series: Defenders of the Overworld
#1: The Battle of Zombie Hill
#2: Battalion Banished
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Series: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie
#1: A Scare of a Dare
#2: Bullies & Buddies
#3: When Nature Calls
#4: Zombie Swap
#5: School Daze
#6: Creepaway Camp
Rescue Island Series: Flynn’s Log
#1: Rescue Island
#2: Thorn’s Lair
#3: The Ultimate Form of Life
#4: Offline
Invasion of the Overworld Series: Gameknights999
#1: Invasion of the Overworld
#2: Battle for the Nether
#3: Confronting the Dragon
Herobrine Rises Series: Minecraft Adventures
#0: Herobrine Rises
#1: The Portal
#2: Day of the Creepers
#3: Here Be Dragons
#4: The Dark Temple
#5: Immortal Zombie
#6: Displaced Kingdom
#7: Forgotten Reboot
The Quest for the Diamond Sword Series: Minecraft Gamer’s Adventures
#1: The Quest for the Diamond Sword
#2: The Mystery of the Griefer’s Mark
#3: The Endermen Invasion
#4: Treasure Hunters in Trouble
#5: The Skeletons Strike Back
#6: Clash of the Creepers
Zombie Ambush Series: A Minecraft Novel
#1: Zombie Ambush
#2: The Rescue
#3: Final Play
#4: Battle at Creep Fields
#5: Isle of Adventure
#6: The Wildman
Trouble in Zombie-town Series: Mystery of Herobrine
#1: Trouble in Zombietown
#2: The Jungle Temple Oracle
#3: Last Stand on the Ocean Floor
The Secret Treasure Series: Unofficial League of Griefers Adventures
#1: The Secret Treasure
#2: Hidden in the Overworld
#3: Griever’s Revene
#4: Return of the Rainbow Griefers
#5: The Nether Attack
Saving Crafter Discoveries in the Overworld Quest for Justice Bacca and the Riddle of the Diamond Dragon
A Tale of Friends Enemies & Minecraft A Tale of Friends Enemies & Minecon The Legend The Temple of Distruction
The Doppelganger Trilogy The Dragons Mountain Trilogy The Obsidian Chronicles The Cult Trilogy
Minecraft Short Stories Escape from the Overworld Attack on the Overworld The Quest the Tale of Hero
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Staff Pick: Road Trip

Staff Pick: Road Trip

Road Trip

A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy.

“Ben is in the truck with his dad, on the way to rescue an abandoned border collie, when his dad tells him that he has quit his job and for that reason, Ben may not be able to attend hockey camp this summer.  It is not even 6:00 AM on the first day of summer vacation, and not just the road trip, but the summer may already be ruined.  Ben plans to treat his father to the silent treatment (and his mother, as well, by not responding to her phone messages) but unexpected things begin to happen almost immediately.  For example, 20 miles into the trip, the truck breaks down, and the mechanic tells them it will take days to fix.  So they trade the truck for the mechanic’s yellow school bus, and the mechanic goes along to make sure that they treat the bus right.  On the next stop, they pick up a waitress who is tired of the mean customers at the diner where she works.  And Ben’s friend Theo, who is tough enough to give even Ben some street cred, goes along for the ride, but keeps looking more and more worried as he sends and receives texts on his phone.  Ben doesn’t know quite what is happening, but Atticus, the old border collie who is accompanying them, offers insights at the end of each chapter.  The only thing Atticus is really worried about is the hard work he faces by training this new puppy.  By the end, each person on the bus (and that includes Atticus, who does not consider himself a dog), have learned to look at life very differently.  This is the first book that Gary Paulsen and his son Jim have worked on together.  It is a fast read, funny, and exciting!”

Recommended by: Doriene Smither – East Washington Library

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Stories Told Through Letters

Stories Told Through Letters

Dying to Meet You is an epistolary story. It doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a story told through a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.

Ignatius B. Grumply is a crabby old author with writer’s block who has rented a creepy old house for the summer. He doesn’t know it, but a boy named Seymour is living on the third floor and a ghost lives in the attic – a bossy old lady ghost.

The old man discovers the boy first and is none too happy. Seymour isn’t too happy about sharing the house with the old man either. They agree to communicate by letter, which is fine, until the old man shoots some accusations at Seymour that are simply not true. The slamming doors, the loudly playing piano, the falling chandalier – none of that was Seymour, that was the ghost!  Mr. Grumply doesn’t believe a word of it and he isn’t at all interested in having a liar for a housemate.

Read the letters to hear them duke it out in writing – the letters are funny exchanges between these people who don’t care for each other at all…at first!

If you like Mr. Grumply and Olive and Seymour, you might like some of these epistolary stories too:

Chapter Books:

Absolutely Normal Chaos Absolutely Normal Chaos Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning abot romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin’s search for his biological father.
Daddy Long Legs Daddy-Long-Legs Orphaned Judy Abbot,who dreams of escaping a life of drudgery at the John Grier Home, accepts a wealthy benefactor’s offer to pursue an education in exchange for regular letters about college life.
Dear Hank Williams Dear Hank Williams In Rippling Creek, Louisiana, in 1948, eleven-year-old Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer, sharing her dreams of becoming a singer and revealing that her mother is in prison.
Dear Max Dear Max As Max – who is almost ten – and his favorite author, D.J. Lucas, exchange letters, the two writers help each otehr with their new books and develop a special friendship.
Dear Mr Henshaw Dear Mr. Henshaw In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
Doodlebug Doodlebug: a Novel in Doodles Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city.
Letters From Rifka Letters from Rifka In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.
Letters to Leo Letters to Leo In a series of letters to her new dog, fourth-grader Annie Rossi relates her daily exploits and remembers her mother.
Love From Paddington Love, from Paddington Told through Paddington‘s letters to his aunt Lucy back in Peru, this new novel offers Paddington‘s own special view on some of his most famous tales, from stowing away on a ship, to working as a barber.
Love Ruby Lavender Love, Ruby Lavender When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather’s death.
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf Ginny starts out with ten items on her to-do list for seventh grade, but notes, cartoons, and other “stuff” reveal what seems like a thousand things that go wrong between September and June, both at school and at home.
The Popularity Papers The Popularity Papers It’s summertime, and Julie and Lydia are going on a road trip! After all the ups and downs of their first year in junior high, they’re looking foward to seeing the sights and getting some new perspective on their quest for popularity. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.
PS Longer Letter Later P.S. Longer Letter Later Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr’s family moves to another state.
Regarding the Bees Regarding the Bees The seventh graders at Geyser Creek Middle School are preparing for a spelling bee and a horrible standardized test called the BEE, and try to smuggle their mascot — a bee that spells — into the local spelling competition.
Stuck in the Middle of Middle School Stuck in the Middle of Middle School: a Novel in Doodles Doreen has vowed to make her new middle school work for her, but it is still a challenge given her ADHD, her younger sister’s growing populariy, and tensions between her parents. GOod thing Doreen has her doodle journal!
Unusual CHickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

Pictures Books:

CLick Clack Moo Cows That Type Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Quit When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
Dear Peter Rabbit Dear Peter Rabbit In a whimsical tale that unites popular fairy-tale characters as they exchange a series of letters, Pig One invites Peter Rabbit to a housewarming party, Goldilocks and Baby Bear plan a reunion, and Goldilocks (Mr. McGregor’s daughter) meets up with Little Red Riding Hood.
First Year Letters First Year Letters The children in Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell’s class write letters to her.
The Jolly Postman The Jolly Postman A Jolly Postman delivers letters to several famous fairy-tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Three Bears. Each letter may be removed from its envelope page and read separately.
The Quiet Place The Quiet Place The story of young immigrant Isabel, who misses her family and friends back in Mexico while decorating a large box as a place of quiet contemplation and encountering new experiences, including a first snowstorm and a kind teacher.
With Love Little Red Hen With Love, Little Red Hen A series of letters describe the actions of Goldilocks, Peter Rabbit, the Three Pigs, Little Red Hen, and other storybook characters when Little Red Hen and her chicks become the target of the unsavory Wolf and his cousin, Fer O’Cious.
Yours Truly Goldilocks Yours Truly, Goldilocks Presents the correspondence of Goldilocks, the three pigs, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and Little Red Riding Hood as they plan to attend a housewarming party for the pigs and avoid the evil wolves in the forest.
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Meet Nikki Giovanni Nov. 21st

Meet Nikki Giovanni Nov. 21st
Fall Fest 2015 With Nikki Giovanni!
Central Library
Saturday, November 21, 2015
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
(Lecture at 2:10 pm)

Families and individuals of all ages are invited for an afternoon of inspiration and cultural entertainment. Highlighting festivities will be a lecture by renowned poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni (2:10 p.m.). Booksignings will follow the event, with books provided by Donna Stokes-Lucas. More about Fall Fest Activities

Nikki Giovanni Photo




Hip Hop Speaks to Children Lincoln and Douglass The Grasshoppers Song Rosa
The Girls in the Circle The Genie in the Jar The Sun is So Quiet

Reading Her Poem “Fame”:

Reading Her Poem “Bicycles”:

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Staff Pick: The Kingdom of Wrenly

Staff Pick: The Kingdom of Wrenly

Let the Games Begin

As diverse subjects of Wrenly gather from far and wide to participate in the kingdom’s Grand Tournament, a rude squire declares that girls cannot be knights, which makes Clara determined to prove that she can be anything she wants as long as she works hard enough for it.

“If you like stories with Knights, dragons, mermaids, and horses this may be a book for you.  The kingdom of Wrenly is preparing for their Grand Tournament.  Prince Lucas and his friend Clara are excitedly preparing for the games.  Clara wants to enter the horse race at the grand Tournament and Prince Lucas encourages her to try.  Squire Gilbert tells Clara that girls can’t be knights because knights are boys.  This makes Clara very upset and she is more determined than ever to enter the horse race.  You will need to read the book to find out if Clara wins the race and if she really wants to be a knight.

The Kingdom of Wrenly is a series of eight books.  This book is number seven.  This is a great beginning chapter book for ages 5-8.  The graphic cartoon illustrations make the book fun and engaging.”

Recommended by: Tamera Coolman – Fountain Square Library

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