"A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, a book, you may have your question answered."

— E.B. White

What are we reading in our book clubs this month? Read on to find out!

~Page Turners, May 2017~

For May we read Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 

What was the book about?

Nick and Eryn’s mom is getting remarried, and the twelve-year-old twins are skeptical when she tells them their lives won’t change much. Well, yes, they will have to move. And they will have a new stepfather, stepbrother, and stepsister. But Mom tells them not to worry. They won’t ever have to meet their step-siblings. This news puzzles Nick and Eryn, so the twins set out on a mission to find out who these kids are...and why they’re being kept hidden.

What did we do at book club?

Because this was the last meeting of the year for the Page Turners we decided to have some extra fun. After a lively discussion of the book that could have gone on much longer, the kids were introduced to geocaching, which was similar to how the characters in the book found something...important. Inside the geocache container was an item essential to the final activity of the night: batteries that powered the bristlebot robots we then made and raced. Snacks were then had, and we said farewell until next year. I can't wait to see everyone again in the fall! Enjoy your summer!

 

~Rocket Readers, May 2017~

Our Rocket Readers finished out this year's book club by reading The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis.  The first book in the Narnia series was a big hit for these kids.  They loved the fantasy and it started some great imaginative discussion.  We spent nearly 15 minutes just talking about chain reactions and "what if" scenarios.  This is a spirited bunch with great ideas.  Then we got into some creative fun. The kids did a little sewing and made their own pouches for their "magic transporter rings".  Lots of laughs, and some great teamwork.

This groups kept me laughing and gave me a lot of great food for thought during our discussions this year.  I look forward to having them all back next year, and some new readers too!

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~Bookworms, May 2017~

We wrapped up the book club season for Bookworms this week by reading The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey.  After a spirited talk about what it would be like to babysit a dragon, we made our own dragons.  These kids had some great ideas about what they would do if they were left with a dragon that was misbehaving.  

We had a great time this year in Bookworms.  There were lots of laughs and the kids shared their great imaginations!  Looking forward to starting up again next school year!

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~Page Turners, April 2017~

For April we read Dewey the Library Cat by Vicki Myron.

Dewey the library cat : a true story

What was the book about?

Abandoned in a library book drop slot in the dead of winter, this remarkable kitten miraculously endured the coldest night of the year. Dewey Readmore Books, as he became known, quickly embraced his home inside Spencer's public library, charming the struggling small town's library-goers, young and old. As word of Dewey's winning tail, or rather his tale, spread, the library cat gained worldwide fame as a symbol of hope and proof positive that one small cat could change a town, one reader at a time.

What did we do at book club?

All the Page Turners loved reading this non-fiction biography about Dewey the Library Cat. After much discussion we watched some videos of the real Dewey, and it felt like we got to know him even better. We made sculptures using (old!) discarded library books, and had milk and "kitty chow" for our snack. Miss Rhonda's own pet cat Dragonfly spent the hour with us, and she was a hit as well. It was a great meeting!

 

~Rocket Readers, April 2017~

Our selection for the April meeting was the magical title The Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo.  The story begins with the children finding a "thunder egg" or a geode, which incidentally speaks to Jesse!  The kids were pleasantly surprised by the events that unfolded after Jesse kept the rock in his sock drawer for safe keeping.  We had a lot of laughs talking about what we would do if we found a dragon.

We topped off the evening by creating our own colorful dragon eggs outside on the children's patio.  We had a few broken eggs, but thankfully they were hard boiled.  

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~Bookworms, April 2017~

Our selection for the April meeting was from the "wildly" popular series Who Would Win?  We investigated Who Would Win?  Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark.  The kids had a great time talking about these two powerful animals and their strengths and weaknesses.  After a very lively conversation, the kids agreed with the books outcome.  I won't spoil it for anyone who wants to read it for themselves.

After a great snack, we all took a turn learning to draw these animals.  I was quite impressed with the group's artistic abilities. 

~Rocket Readers, March 2017~

Our selection for the March meeting was the biography Who is J.K. Rowling? from the wildly popular Who Is/Was series.  We loved talking about where the creator of Harry Potter got her start and where she found her inspirations.  We looked at some beautiful sites around the UK to see what inspired her to create the memorable world, including Hogwarts Castle and Diagon Alley.  The kids shared that they like to write and illustrate their own stories too.  So it was fun to identify that this literary giant started out writing little stories when she was their age.  

We finished off the evening by making very interesting quills of their own to begin penning their own stories.

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~Bookworms, March 2017~

This month the kids read a very funny book called Roscoe Riley Rules #1:  Never Glue Your Friends to Their Chairs by Katherine Applegate.  While Roscoe didn't want to his teacher to lose her job because his classmates couldn't sit still during their class play, he made a poor choice by using glue to keep them stuck to their seats.  Not only that, but to help solve the problem of keeping their bee antennas on, he found the glue helped then too!  A hilarious story about a young boy trying to do his best, but not always making good choices.  A story the kids and I could relate to.  The kids and I had a big laugh when I brought out a big bottle of glue.  Of course they asked if I was going to glue them to their seats!  The glue was only for creating our own headbands.  Which turned out to be quite fun!  

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~Page Turners, February 2017~

For February we read Holes by Louis Sacher.

holes

 

What was the book about?

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?

What did we do at book club?

There was so much to discuss in this great book, that we could have talked much longer. The kids really liked how the three plot lines in Holes came together in interesting ways. After our discussions we went out into yard and dug our own 'holes', to find a certain important artifact in the book. I think we could have dug around in the dirt all night, but the sun was going down so we went in and made our own time capsules out of small, old-fashioned boxes that resembled suitcases. The night was capped off by, what else? A snack of canned peaches!

  

~Rocket Readers, February 2017~

This month we read the classic book Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.  The kids had a lot of funny thoughts about the unusual girl with red braids.  Their imaginations ran wild with thoughts of living like Pippi.  After we watched a clip from the movie version, the kids enjoyed ginger cookies just like Pippi's pepparkapor cookies.  Then we tried our own recycled style like Pippi by making t-shirt bags.  The kids all left with a new bag ready to strike out and have fun!  

 

~Bookworms, February 2017~

This month the kids had a great time with Miss Ashley talking about the children's classic The Littles by John Peterson.  After having fun talking about the book, the kids created their own little art with Shrinky Dinks.  Love seeing their creations!  I think the kids had fun thinking about what it would be like to be the Littles and live in the walls of the Biggs house.

 

~ Page Turners, January 2017~

For January we read Masterminds by Gordon Korman.

What was the book about?

Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The 30 kids who live there never lie. They know it’s a short leap from that to the awful problems of other, less fortunate places. Eli has never left Serenity. Why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything. Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate further, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. The clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, connecting their ideal crime-free community to some of the greatest criminal masterminds ever known. The kids realize they can trust no one, least of all their own parents.

What did we do at book club?

Gordon Korman is a great author, and this book did not disappoint! We had a long discussion about the book itself, and what we thought would happen in the sequal (although some of us have already gone on to read it!).  Both the desert and Gatorade play important roles in our book, and so we made sand art in Gatorade bottles to take home. Finally, since some of the characters in the book learned to drive while playing an immersive video game, we did the same! Matthew, PCL's Teen Librarian, set up Gran Turismo 6 (complete with a realisitic steering wheel and foot pedals!) on our huge touch-screen TV and we took turns learning to drive. It was almost a party atmosphere at the end of the meeting, with the perfect tie-in snack of Purple People Eaters and blue Gatorade. We had a blast!

 

~Rocket Readers, January 2017~

This month we had a great time exploring the book I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis.  Told from the point of view of ten year old George, this story follows this boy as the boat strikes the iceberg and the infamous sinking of the "unsinkable Titanic".  

After some interesting discussions and watching some amazing videos we tried our hands and building our own "unsinkable ships".  The kids were each given a set up supplies and ten minutes to try to build a boat that wouldn't sink.  Then we tested it by adding pennies.  We had a few very seaworthy boats that held up to the test.  Judging by the cheers and laughter, I think the kids had a good time.

           

 

~Bookworms, January 2017~

This month we had a blast talking about Captain Awesome to the Rescue by Stan Kirby.  Eight-year-old Eugene McGillicudy is an imaginative boy who loves comic books and superheroes. Eugene also has his very own supersecret superhero alter ego named Captain Awesome. MI-TEE!

We took some time tonight to find our inner superhero.  After a lot of laughs we all picked our own superhero names and then created masks and identification cards.  From Dark Star to Galactic X, we all left ready to save the world!  Or at the very least have some fun imaginary adventures.  

  

 

~Bookworms, December 2016~

This month at our meeting of the Bookworms book club we talked about Miss Daisy is Crazy from the My Weird School series. Miss Daisy is an unusual teacher to say the least.  When the students say they hate learning, Miss Daisy says she does too!  She tells them she can't spell or do math.  The kids come up with some interesting ways to explain the lessons to her.  Think she was being tricky?  She has some unique ways to get the kids to learn.  Later we snacked on bon bons (Miss Daisy's favorite treat), and made our own personalized book bags.  

Next month we are reading Captain Awesome and tapping into our inner superheroes.  MI-TEE!


 

 

 

 

 


~Rocket Readers, December 2016~

Rocket Readers had a great time this month after we read The World According to Humphrey.  We started our evening with a visit from the newest addition to the children’s department.  Story and Paige are our library gerbils that were adopted in November.  The kids all got to greet and pet them before we started.  After a lively discussion about pets and classrooms we got creative and made our own “pets”.  Who knew that some faux fur, rocks, and googly eyes could come together to make such cute creations?!

Later we snacked on “hamster food” and watched a cute video of a race between two adorable dwarf hamsters named Porkchop and Dumptruck.  

Next month we are reading a book from the I Survived series.  Happy Reading!

 

                                                                                                         


~ Page Turners, December 2016 ~

For December we read The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

What was the book about?

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute: she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan, and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

What did we do at book club?

It was unanimously agreed that this was a great book to read. Ada and Jamie were in a very bad situation, but ended up finding hope in a realistic and unexpected way. I think we could have talked about this book all night because there was so much to think about in the story. We also looked at how British words and American words can vary for the same object, such as how "chips" are called "crisps" in Endland. (And yes, their favorite one was how "loo" equaled "toilet.") Afterwards we made some rustic tree ornaments that hearkened back to 1940’s wartime. Give a group of boys a bunch of hammers and nails, and you always have a good time. The ornaments turned out great, and the snack of cupcakes topped with wartime airplanes was the perfect ending to the evening.

 

 


1st & 2nd Graders:  Book Worms

The Book Worms club is for kids in the first and second grades. They meet the second Monday from 6–7 p.m., between October and May. Club members discuss the monthly book selection and do a FUN related activity and craft. Annual dues for Book Worms are sponsored by the Pendleton Kiwanis, which pay for 8 books that the members get to keep. Sign-ups start annually in September.


3rd & 4th Graders:  Rocket Readers

The Rocket Readers club is for kids in the third and fourth grades. They meet the third Monday from 6–7 p.m., between October and May. Club members discuss the monthly book selection and do a FUN related activity and craft. Annual dues for Rocket Readers are sponsored by the Pendleton Kiwanis, which pay for 8 books that the members get to keep.  Sign-ups start annually in September. 


5th & 6th Graders:  Page Turners

The Page Turners club is for kids in the fifth and sixth grades. They meet the fourth Monday from 6–7 p.m., between October and May. Club members discuss the monthly book selection and do a FUN related activity and craft.  Annual dues for Page Turners are sponsored by the Pendleton Kiwanis, which pay for 8 books that the members get to keep.  Sign-ups start annually in September. 

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