September 2012

Fresh New Series

I'm the lucky person who gets to order books for our popular Series Paperbacks collection. These are very fun books to order, shelve, and share with kids. Here are some of the latest additions to Series Paperbacks!

  • Cupcake Diaries: Four unique girls become friends and form a cupcake club as they navigate the wild terrain that is middle school.
  • Deltora Quest: The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade the land of Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven stones of great and mysterious power.
  • Dinosaur Cove: Tom and Jamie can't believe their luck when they find a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs!
  • Mermaid Tales: Shelly Siren, a mermaid, deals with friendship and conflict while attending the prestigious Trident Academy.
  • Vet Volunteers: Sixth-graders volunteer at a veterinary clinic.
  • Zapato Power: An ordinary boy in a city neighborhood learns how to use his new-found super-powers for good.

Where Are We Going?

OPPL has been thinking a lot about the future of libraries lately. I wonder what picture books will look like in the future, as well as what the library building itself will look like. 

Here are three interesting and different and exciting visions of where libraries are going...I'm having fun dreaming up my own, too!

What do you think? How will people get to the library when you're grown up? What will they do once they get there? Will there still be paper books, or only e-books, or both? Email us your future library design ideas and drawings and we'll post them on this blog.

My Thrilling Summer

Hi! I’m Martha, and I was the Main Library’s summer reading program intern this year, Reading Is A Thrill!

This was my first summer with the Library, helping out and hanging out with you guys, and I had so much fun. I want to thank the entire Children’s Services department—everyone taught me so much about all the fun and hard work that goes into an SRP.

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I loved asking kids what their favorite book of the summer was—everyone said something different (okay, hee, a lot of you said Diary of a Wimpy Kid):

  • The Hobbit because I’m really looking forward to the movie.” --Evan
  • “I can’t pick!” --Cody
  • Matilda, because I like reading so much, too.” --Logan
  • “I just started the second Mysterious Benedict Society book. I really love mysteries and the first one was so good.” --Brady
  • Pinkalicious! She turns pink because she eats too many cupcakes, and it’s super funny.” --Anna
  • “I really liked Magyk, the first Septimus Heap book, and I’m going to buy the second one today.” --Lucy
  • “The Little House on the Prairie books have been so great.” --Aleah

Oh, and what’s my favorite? It’s hard to choose just one! But I think I’d have to go with Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, because I love the combination of mystery and fantasy. I can’t wait to read the next books in the series.


Some Favorites' Favorites

I just read a very interesting column about some of our favorite children’s authors own beloved books from their childhood.

Lauren Child (author of the Charlie & Lola series):

  • The 18th Emergency by Betsy Byars
  • The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Jeff Kinney (author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series):

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • The Shannara series by Terry Brooks
  • The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics by Carl Bark

Julianne Moore (author of the Freckleface Strawberry series):

  • the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Rick Riordan (author of the Heroes of Olympus series):

  • Fletcher and Zenobia by Edward Gorey
  • The Greek Gods by Bernard Evslin
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien