Biscuit's Snow Day Race by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
From the illustration of the cover alone, I was immediately drawn in to the book. If a picture speaks a thousand words, that of a dog speaks a thousand more. Pets play a huge role in the development of our character especially if presented at a young age. This book takes us through a snowy day with a girl and her dog, Biscuit. Biscuit finds himself wandering around and being the nosy and curious critter. Eventually, Biscuit finds himself in a sledding race, in which he wins and grabs attention from the other kids. They end up finishing a snow fort that they had initially started big enough for the other kids and pets to join in as well. In the end, Biscuit brings an entire group of friends together and makes the fun day in the snow that much better.
Connections that you make with pets can give you an indescribable feeling that's hard to match. Biscuit's Snow Day Race by Alyssa Satin Capucilli leaves the readers with a smile and a warm heart that can carry throughout the entire cold winter.
Derek Kocher, Sales Representative
In these cold winter months, it's fun to start thinking ahead to summer! So why not start planning for summer reading programs? The 2020 Collaborative Summer Library Program is Imagine Your Story! Summer reading programs are designed to encourage young readers to keep coming to the library and enjoying books during summer vacation. The CSLP website offers many wonderful resources to help you create successful summer programming.
To help further, we have dug through and found some fun summer reading ideas to help get you started:
Pirates Don't Go To School by Alan MacDonald
This is funny story about little pirate boy, Jake, who's life was on a pirate ship though he longed to go to school. But "pirates don't go to school” his family would tell him. They filled his mind with bad things he'd find in school, such as “a terrible ten-legged sea monster” teacher! Nevertheless, he insisted, so his parents agreed to let Jake go to school!
His initial experience was lonely, and having no friends made Jake wonder if his family was right after all. Maybe school IS bad.
However, things improved for him and he made it through his first day, leaving him eagerly anticipating the next day. Only this time, he brought his pirate family along to share in his wonderful school experience!
Sales Representative, Sajidah Darr
2020 is here, it's not only the start of a new year, but a new decade! So with this momentous year, it's a great time to set some reading resolutions for ourselves. Whether your an avid reader, someone looking to read a little more, or someone who's never read a book past high school requirements, this list is for you! Take small steps encourage yourself to read more in 2020.
However you want to challenge yourself in 2020, as long as you're reading, you're doing good in our book! Happy New Year!
Dear Justice League
Written by Michael Northrop, illustrated by Gustavo Duarte, colored by Marcelo Maiolo, and lettered by Wes Abbott
This colorful and wacky graphic novel is perfect for readers young and old. The Justice League's Superheroes answer emails (and letters, in one case), from their biggest young fans asking them for life advice, the questions on friendship, or just about funny personal details of their lives. Does superman ever make mistakes? Does Green Lantern feel constrained in his fashion choices by his limited color palette? Besides having wings, does Hawkgirl share other… appetites with her avian namesake? Honest and humorous answers shown by taking us an actual day in the life of each character, assures kids it's okay to mess up and that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid. All the characters are portrayed with selfless heroism and awe-inspiring powers, but still come across as relatable, good-natured and human.
Each of the eight Superheroes have their own chapter, introducing us to their specific powers, traits and characteristics. Written so that whether the reader is unfamiliar with the Justice League or is an avid fan, the stories are fun, fresh, interesting and engaging. Also, there's an underlying story building throughout the book as each Superhero is using their own special powers to defend the earth from an alien insect invasion. The last chapter is the perfect accumulation of all of them working together to defeat the forces of evil.
A wild captivating journey from beginning to end, Dear Justice League, is a great graphic novel for readers of all ages. The graphic format presents an amazing strong visual identity and the quirky, hysterical stories are captivating. Great for all types of readers.
Joan Schimmels, Sales Representative
With The Rise of Skywalker expected to be a $450M global opening, it's fair to say that Star Wars still holds popularity among all ages! But with this film, comes the end of another trilogy and the final episode of the Skywalker Saga. The movie follows Rey as she searches for the strength of all the Jedis that have come before her. Rey, Fin, Poe, and their loyal droid friends (old and new) must once again take on the First Order to save the resistance one last time. Will the gang be victorious and save all of the free worlds in the galaxy, or will Kylo Ren destroy them all in efforts to become the Supreme Leader of the Sith? Having seen the movie opening night, I suggest you venture out to the theaters yourself and see this one on the big screen, you won't be disappointed!
But with the end of the Saga, what does that mean for Star Wars fans who anxiously anticipate the release of another movie? Get comfortable and study up on the old Episodes, because there isn't another planned release reportedly until 2022. There has been some discussion about who will write, direct, and star in the next films, but fans can expect to hear more details about all of that in January 2020. I'm sure the Star Wars franchise will give us just enough teasers here and there to keep us all on the edge of our seats for the next three years.
And if you need something new to tide you over between movies, you can always tune into the Mandalorian on Disney+. In case you've missed all of the "baby Yoda" memes taking social media by storm, he is one of the new characters from the popular show that started streaming on November 12th. Disney+ has been releasing one episode a week, and the first season will conclude on December 27th. The story follows a Mandalorian, or 'Mando' for short, that is played by Pedro Pascal. A Mandalorian is a bounty hunter who is known for being a strong warrior and a rare find in the universe. In one of the Mandalorians bounty missions, he encounters a child, which fans have dubbed as "baby Yoda". With this series being set years after the Jedi Grand Master Yoda has passed, he's not actually baby Yoda, but he's of the same species and he has certainly captured the hearts of fans across the globe!
And when all else fails and you've run out of Star Wars to watch, you can always read a book instead! Young and old, there are high-interest titles for all ages and fans that will keep them busy while waiting for the newest release. Check out the Star Wars titles available at Penworthy now!
Let's All Creep Through Crocodile Creek
Everyone has a friend that seems to know it all and one that's afraid of it all. You'll find this delightful picture book to be filled with adventure when a group of friends take a shortcut home towards an area that's rumored to be filled with scary, bumpy and lumpy crocodiles. But with Shelly the mouse leading the way, she's certain that it's untrue. Boy are these group of friends in for a pleasant surprise! If you're looking for a story hour picture book, this is it. Tons of narrative descriptions, a bit mysterious and a great laugh.
Kanisha Hines, Sales Representative
'Tis the season for holiday celebrations and love and joy shared by everyone around the world. With some festivities already underway, we thought we would highlight some of the beautiful celebrations happening everywhere.
Flight of the Falcon, Star Wars Adventures
Get ready for a ride through space and time on the Millennium Falcon! Flight of the Falcon follows the bounty hunter Bazine Netal on her search to find and capture the famous ship, the Millennium Falcon. She travels the galaxy looking for information from anyone that has come into contact with the ship. The stories she hears will take the reader on a journey throughout the life of the Millennium Falcon. They start from the beginning right after Han and Chewie decide to help Enfset Nest instead of the Empire and Han wins the ship from Lando in the game Sabacc. This graphic novel will take you on adventures throughout the galaxy; from escaping the empire, to blowing up the death star, looking for a new rebel base with Leia and Luke, getting kidnapped by Proxima, and finally to Chewies solo adventures with the porges! Get ready for some adventure, laughter, and new stories with your favorite characters in this action packed graphic novel! There are also plenty of new droids and creatures that you will be introduced to along the way. This is a great addition for your Star Wars collection and a new fun read for all the fans, that is sure to be popular for years to come.
Sales Representative, Holly Steeves
With the holidays approaching quickly, it's difficult to remember to take the time to slow down, enjoy the present, and be fully aware of the moments passing us by. Mindfulness is something that we all talk about, but sometimes, forget to practice. Mindfulness is defined as: a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. We think that Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to work on our mindfulness and be thankful for all that we have in our lives.
Talking about mindfulness can be scary, because it's new. But there are some simple techniques for slowly implementing mindfulness that are easy to add to your daily routine. Start practicing mindfulness this week with five easy steps:
Looking for more facts and activities on mindfulness? Check out these useful links we've found to help get you started:
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