Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum

Stubby was a stray Boston bull terrier who became the mascot for the Army’s 102nd Infantry division.  His Master, J Robert Conroy, smuggled him to the front lines of battle in WWI France. This is the story of how Stubby helped the soldiers in the trenches by warning of gas attacks and sniffing out the enemy.  Wounded in battle, he later cheered injured soldiers in the Army hospitals and assisted in finding wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Once, Stubby even captured a German soldier!  A true story of one of America’s bravest dogs, filled with period photographs and artifacts, Stubby the War Dog is sure to delight fans of history and animal-lovers alike.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library.

Recommended for grades 5 and up.

THE DAY I LOST MY SUPERPOWERS BY MICHAËL ESCOFFIER

“The day I discovered I could fly, I knew that I was special.”  So begins a tale of a young
superheroine and the development of her superhuman strengths.  With each one she
discovers, a variety of exhilarating achievements and troubling setbacks occur. All of it leads
the masked hero to wonder “if my parents could tell – if they knew about my superpowers.”
The answer is revealed one day when her powers short-circuit, and Mom must step in
to save the day.  While the sparse text relates the girl’s impressions, the masterfully simple
illustrations reveal a more ordinary reality.  Pair this title with Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis
and David Soman for a storytime of every day superheroes.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library.

Recommended for preschool – 3rd grade.

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston Gannon

Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a liking to you, there isn’t much you can do about it.  So when a lemur starts following the young boy in this story, he knows there isn’t much he can do about it, but he tries anyway.

He tries ignoring the lemur, hiding in a tall tree, riding his bike as fast as he can to get away, but that doesn’t work, AND the lemur is joined by his lemur friends—so now the boy has a whole passel of lemurs following him around.  He tries being upfront and honest and telling them to leave, but alas that doesn’t work either.

The boy had no choice but to continue trying to get away—he bought a ticket on a fast train, drifted across a lake in a boat, took to the skies in a hot air balloon, traveled across a scorching desert, climbed the highest mountain in a blizzard—but all that running got the boy was lost.  And alone.  But as he looked around, he started to see some familiar faces who guided him back home, realizing that lemurs aren’t so bad after all, and maybe they could be friends, because as everyone knows. . .

Once a lemur takes a liking to you, there is not much that can be done about it.

Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library.

Recommended for preschool-1st grade.

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden

Coretta Scott King award winner Tonya Bolden investigates the story of Sarah Rector, a Cherokee freedman’s daughter, who became the richest girl in America due to the discovery of oil on land she owned as part of the land allotment she received in the breaking up of the Oklahoma Indian Territories.  Sarah’s wealth put her in great danger from those who would profit off her land. Newspapers reported that Miss Rector was missing and may have been done in for her fortune. Those stories set off an alarm leading to the search for Sarah Rector.

Bolden uses primary source materials to investigate what really happened to Sarah Rector and shows that a little bit of investigative research can help you solve history’s mysteries.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library.

Recommended for grades 5 – 8.

 

DOG VS. CAT BY CHRIS GALL

One day, Mr. and Mrs. Button visit animal shelters to pick out a pet—unfortunately, they visit different shelters.  Mr. Button brings home a friendly-looking dog, while Mrs. Button brings home a smart-looking cat.  Since they live in a rather small house, Dog and Cat must share a room.

Dog and Cat do NOT get along.  They are TOTAL opposites.  Dog is sloppy while Cat is a neat freak.  Dog likes to keep in constant touch with all his friends and Cat likes to play games all night long.  And then, there was the litter box issue, which started a battle of epic proportions—each trying to get the upper hand over the other—that resulted in separation and time out for both, which did give them time to think about how much each missed the other one.   Upon release from their confinement, Dog and Cat find themselves united in trying to deal with the new TERRIFYING creature Mr. and Mrs. Button brought home.

Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library.

Recommended for preschool-2nd grade.

THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND BY DAN SANTAT

On an island far away, imaginary creatures are created and impatiently wait to be dreamed of by a real child.  Once imagined, the friends meet up for a lifetime of fun.  However, after watching all the other creatures be whisked off to their happy-ever-after, one particular imaginary friend gets tired of waiting.  Taking the initiative, he sets out to find his perfect match and special name – Beekle.  This richly illustrated title is sure to start great discussions about best friends, real and imaginary.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library.

Recommended for ages 3 -6.

2014 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Poetry List

J 979.1004 Fl              Flood, Nancy Bo.  Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navaho Rodeo

J 811.54 Ge                 Gerber, Carole.  Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices

J 811.54 Hu                 Hughes, Langston.  Lullaby (for a Black Mother)

J 821.008 Po               Kennedy, Caroline, ed.  Poems to Learn by Heart

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick. Face Bug

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick.  When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick.  World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of

J 811.54 Pr                  Prelutsky, Jack.  Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems

J 811.54 Si                  Sidman, Joyce.  What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings

J 811.54 Si                  Singer, Marilyn.  Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

J 811.54 Si                  Singer, Marilyn.  Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents

J 808.1 Po                   Vardell, Sylvia & Janet Wong, eds.  The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School: Poems for the School Year with Connections for the Common Core

J 808.81 Wh                Wheeler, Lisa.  The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses

J 811.54 Wo                Worth, Valerie.  Pug and Other Animal Poems

J 811.54 Yo                 Yolen, Jane & Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist

J 811.54 Yo                 Yolen, Jane.  Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book

GO! GO! GO! STOP! BY CHARISE MERICLE HARPER

One word and some enthusiasm can be a powerful combination.  Little Green’s shout of “Go!” wakes up the construction equipment from their nap and prompts them back to work building a new bridge.  However, his repeated encouragement leads to a bit of chaos.  Thankfully, newcomer Little Red’s “Stop!” provides the break everyone needs to regroup.  Can Little Red and Little Green work together to get the bridge building back on track?  Perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a group, this engaging title begs to be followed by a game of Red Light – Green Light.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for ages 2-5.

WEASELS BY ELYS DOLAN

With a reputation for being clever, quick and cunning, no one should be surprised to discover that weasels spend their days plotting world domination. However, just as their plans for supremacy are about to come to fruition, the lights black out.  The weasels scramble to locate the source of their troubles.  A tale told as much through the conversation bubbles and illustrations as the text, readers with sharp eyes will detect the problem ahead of its resolution. 

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 1 – 4.

FLORA & ULYSSES: THE ILLUMINATED ADVENTURES BY KATE DICAMILLO

Holy bagumba!  This year’s Newbery Medal winner is an action-packed tale featuring a host of quirky characters and filled with graphics and comic-style layouts.  Using knowledge gleamed from a comic book, Flora Belle Buckman, a natural-born cynic, revives a squirrel that had been sucked up by her neighbor’s super-suction, multi-terrain vacuum cleaner only to discover that the incident has provided the squirrel with super powers.  Surprises keep coming as she meets her neighbor’s unique grandnephew, discovers her mother is Ulysses’ archenemy, and realizes hope and love are also formidable super powers.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 3 – 6.

2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books

For the “most distinguished American picture book for children”

 WINNER:

 “Locomotive” illustrated and written by Brian Floca

 

 HONOR BOOKS:

 “Journey” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

 

“Flora and the Flamingo” written and illustrated by Molly Idle

 

“Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner

2014 Coretta Scott King Award Winner and Honor Books

For an African-American author and illustrator

 

WINNERS:

 Author Award:  “P.S. Be Eleven” written by Rita Williams-Garcia

 

Illustrator Award:  “Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me”  illustrated by Brian Collier

            Written by Daniel Beaty

 

 

HONOR BOOKS:

 Author:  “Words with Wings” written by Nikki Grimes

 

Illustrator:  “Nelson Mandela” illustrated by Kadir Nelson

            Written by Kadir Nelson

2014 Pura Belpre Award Winner and Honor Books

For a Latino writer and illustrator “whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience”

 

ILLUSTRATOR WINNER:

 “Nino Wrestles the World” illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

 

HONOR BOOKS:

 Author:  “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” written by Duncan Tonatiuh

            Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

 

Illustrator:  “Maria Had a Little Llama” illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez

 

Illustrator: “Tito Puente: Mambo King” illustrated by Rafael Lopez

            Written by Monica Brown

 

Illustrator:  “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

            Written by Duncan Tonatiuh

2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner and Honor Books

For the best beginning reader book

 WINNER:

 “The Watermelon Seed” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

 

HONOR BOOKS:

 “Ball” written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan

 

“A Big Guy Took My Ball” written and illustrated by Mo Willems

 

“Penny and Her Marble” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

2014 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Winner and Honor Books

For informational books for children

 WINNER:

 “Parrots Over Puerto Rico” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

            Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

 

HONOR BOOKS:

 “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin” written by Jen Bryant

            Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

 

 “Look Up: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard” written by Annette LeBlanc Cate

            Illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate

 

“Locomotive” written by Brian Floca

            Illustrated by Brian Floca

 

“The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius” written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

2014 John Newbery Medal and Honor Book Winners

For the “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature”

 

WINNER:

 “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” written by Kate DiCamillo

            Illustrated by K.G. Campbell

 

 HONOR BOOKS:

 “Doll Bones” written by Holly Black

 

“The Year of Billy Miller” written by Kevin Henkes

 

“One Came Home” written by Amy Timberlake

 

“Paperboy” by Vince Vawter

Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013 by School Library Journal

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

 

Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden

 

Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution by Don Brown

 

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant

 

Locomotive by Brian Floca

 

Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty by Russell Freedman

 

The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan

 

Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd

 

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

 

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

 

Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney

 

To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport

 

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth & Cindy Trumbore

 

Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People by Susan Goldman Rubin

 

Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch

 

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like? by Catherine Thimmesh

 

The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner

Best Fiction Books of 2013 by School Library Journal

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

 

Doll Bones by Holly Black

 

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

 

Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

 

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

 

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

 

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson

 

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

 

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage by Chris Kurtz

 

Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal

 

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster by Matt Phelan

 

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

 

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

 

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

 

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Best Picture Books of 2013 by School Library Journal

 

Journey by Aaron Becker

 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

 

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

 

The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

 

Henry’s Map by David Elliot

 

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming

 

If You Want to See a Whale by Erin E. Stead

 

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

 

Little Red Writing by Melissa Sweet

 

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

 

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

 

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

 

The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan

 

Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park

 

The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

 

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

 

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

 

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

 

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Boston Globe – Horn Book Awards and Honors 2013

Picture Book Award Winner

 

                 Building Our House by Jonathan Bean

 

Picture Book Honor Book Awards

 

                Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

 

                Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

 

Nonfiction Award Winner

 

                Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd

 

Nonfiction Honor Book Awards

 

                Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

 

                Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Noteworthy & New

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

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New Hours of Operation Effective September 2

Decreasing revenues continue to be an issue, even with the renewal of the millage (and we are very grateful for that renewal). We are scaling back staff and/or hours throughout the city system and will continue to provide as much access to service as we can with the dollars we have available.

Beginning September 2nd, hours of operation at Hoyt, Butman-Fish, and Wickes Libraries will be as noted below. Zauel, as a contractual partner, will see no changes. Claytor will be staffed by First Ward for their patrons.

Butman-Fish Library – 1716 Hancock

  • Monday & Tuesday – 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Claytor – 1410 N. 12th Street

  • No regular hours for public – staffed by First Ward for First Ward patrons

Hoyt Library – 505 Janes

  • Monday & Thursday – 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wickes Library – 1713 Hess

  • Monday – Thursday – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

The “Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network” program is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 100+ arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, and to provide reduced cost or complimentary access to arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan, from St. Joseph to Saline to Saginaw to Sault Ste. Marie to South Range, and all points in between.

Beginning May 24, library users with a valid library card can print a pass, either from home or at the library to one of the participating cultural institutions. Go to www.michiganactivitypass.info for the entire list of locations.

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