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Staff Pick: The Best Man

Staff Pick: The Best Man

The Best Man

Archer has four important role models in his life–his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget.

Archer Magill is in middle school and already he’s been in two weddings.  The first one (he was a ring bearer) was a “train wreck”.  He was six, the suit was white, the pants too tight, and, maybe, just maybe, in retrospect, hiding under the porch wasn’t such a good idea.

First grade brought its own challenges, including a bully that Archer’s Uncle Paul set straight.  As Archer moves through the grades, he has three people he aspires to be like: his grandpa, his dad, and Uncle Paul.  Then he hits fifth grade, gets a student teacher named Mr. McLeod, and has a fourth name to add to the list.

School days can be tough on anybody, and Archer has his share of days when he has to navigate treacherous territory.  The ground is always shifting and just when he thinks he has things figured out, he gets another curveball; nothing and nobody is exactly what he thought.  Uncle Paul is a prime example of that.  Archer is in middle school when he writes this book, and has just been in a second wedding.  This time he was best man.  And yes, he does feel like he’s getting there, that he’s learning what it means to be a man.  But he has also learned, “It’ll take the time it takes.”  And he’s okay with that.

Recommended by: Cheryl Holtsclaw – West Indianapolis Library

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4th Annual Lego League Qualifying Tournament

4th Annual Lego League Qualifying Tournament

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Families are invited to the Learning Curve’s annual LEGO® robotics competition. This year’s themes are Creature Craze and Animal Allies. Families who wish to watch the robot games and cheer the teams on can visit the Clowes Auditorium any time between 1 – 4 p.m.

  • During the course of the day, FIRST® LEGO® League & Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League teams from across Indiana will be showcasing projects, testing programs and running their robots.
  • From 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Animalia will have real animals to meet and learn about.
  • The Learning Curve’s huge board game collection and plenty of table space also will be available.

Websites:

Official Website: Legos

Books:

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Ada’s Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace

Ada’s Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace

I know the girl on the back of that horse looks like she is from the old days…the hairdo, the ribbons, the long dress and all that. “The World’s First Computer Programmer” is not what you think of when you see her…but it’s the truth. Ada Lovelace was born in 1815. That is the year Napoleon fought in the Battle of Waterloo…just to give you an idea of the time we are talking….back when battles were fought on horseback. How is it possible that she could be considered the world’s first computer programmer?

You might not realize it, but the first computer was actually invented that long ago. Back than computers were mechanical, machines that counted things or made math computations or made repeating patterns possible in a machine like a loom or a player piano. Ada was friends with Mr. Charles Babbage who invented a mechanical device for math computations.

Ada had an amazing mind for math, and she used it in a time when girls typically weren’t educated much at all. Ada had to fight to do the things she wanted to do. A smart girl. A strong girl. This is her fascinating story.

Websites:

Books:

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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!

Websites:

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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