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Staff Pick: Nancy Drew Mysteries The Hidden Staircase

Staff Pick: Nancy Drew Mysteries The Hidden Staircase

The Hidden Staircase

Strange things happen when Nancy investigates threats against her father and an old house said to be haunted.

In the second Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, Nancy helps her friend Helen Corning’s relatives find out what’s behind a ghost seemingly haunting their old mansion, Twin Elms. On the day she hears about the new mystery, a man comes to the Drew home and warns Nancy that she must stay near her father, lawyer Carson Drew, who is in danger. This starts a search for Willie Wharton; a missing land owner who is connected to Mr. Drew’s most recent case. Nancy must solve the mysterious thefts and incidences at Twin Elms while looking for her father who has disappeared during his search to find Wharton.

The Nancy Drew mysteries are a long time favorite of mine because Nancy is worldly, intelligent, and brave-all things I hoped to be as I got older. The book is detailed and moves quickly, making it an exciting title for readers who look for action. While the book may have some dated terms, Nancy is still a great role model during any age. When her father disappears, Nancy is more motivated than ever to solve the mystery at Twin Oaks and find him. This is a classic story for anyone interested in an adventurous mystery.

Recommended by: Stephanie Roell – Haughville Branch

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Kid Review: All the Answers

Kid Review: All the Answers

All the Answers

Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family’s junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions, so she and her best friend Sophie have a great time–and Ava grows in self-confidence–until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know.

“The book all the awncers is about a magic pencil that gives her all the awncers”.

Review by: Kate

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

16-11137_HarryPotterBirthday_CCI_300x200Harry Potter Birthday Bash – Celebrate the script release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II,” as well as Harry Potter’s 36th birthday! There will be games, prizes, a Harry Potter movie marathon, photo booth and a 2 p.m. performance by the improv group, One Size Fits All. Costumes are welcome, and birthday cake will be served at 3 p.m. Schedule

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an upcoming stage play that opens July 30, 2016 at the Palace Theatre, London, England. This book of the play’s script will be released July 31, 2016. We have the book on order now – you can start placing holds! Choose which format:

The story is set nineteen years after the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter.

“As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.”

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Andrew Luck Book Club Pick: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Andrew Luck Book Club Pick: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet

Andrew Luck Book Club 150

Summary:

“Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is en route to spending the summer with his father when the pilot of the single engine plane in which he is flying has a heart attack. The plane crashes in a lake in the Canadian wilderness, leaving Brian alone in the woods with nothing but the clothes on his back and a hatchet that his mother had given him. During the 54 days that Brian lives in the wilderness, he learns to read nature, conquer his fears, rely on his own ingenuity, and deal with the haunting secret that caused his parents’ recent divorce. He comes of age in the woods, but in ways he never expected. He is no longer angry at his parents, and he realizes that self-pity has no positive effect on life. He is a survivor, and that is what makes him a man.” ~ www.andrewluckbookclub.com/book/hatchet


When you’re talking survival you’re talking many different things. Can you read a map? Can you use a compass? Could you find food in the woods? How about bears…do you know how to keep one from attacking you? You live in Indiana, do you know how to keep yourself safe during tornadoes? These books will show you all the skills you need to survive all kinds of anxious situations. You can even learn how to protect yourself from piranhas…not a likely attack…but good to know!

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Books

The Boys Book of Outdoor Survival The Boys Book of Surival Using Math to Survive in the Wild I Survived True Stories
Can You Survive in the Jungle? Defying Death in the Desert I Survived Nature Attacks Everest You Decide How to Survive
How to Survive in Antarctica Left for Dead! Survive Alive Finding Your Way Survivor Kid Wilderness Survival
True Mountain Rescue Stories True Wilderness Rescue Stories The World's Most Amazing Survival Stories

And while you’re getting your own skills up to par try some of these survival stories that put characters to the test.  Put yourself in their place. Could YOU do it? For me…dangling from rock outcroppings, dodging poisonous lizards, eating spiders…no! Living in the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse…yes!

Alabama Moon Call it Courage The Girl Who Owned a City The Cay
Hatchet Holes Island of the Blue Dolphins Julie of the Wolves
My Side of the Mountain Poppy Robinson Crusoe Sign of the Beaver
Marooned Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World The Swiss Family Robinson True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
A Girl Named Disaster A Long Walk to Water Night of the Howling Dogs Small as an Elephant

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Indianapolis Children’s Choir Concert – Central Library June 7

Indianapolis Children’s Choir Concert – Central Library June 7

Indy Children's Choir

Indianapolis Children’s Choir Concert
Central Library (Central)
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 7:00 pm

Individuals of all ages are invited for a free performance by The Indianapolis Children’s Choir as part of the Library’s celebration of the state’s bicentennial. This program, made possible by The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, will be held in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. This program is made possible by The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

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