Monday, November 17, 2014


It's like Christmas in November! Our shipment of NEW books has just arrived and are ready to be checked out! New titles include:

I Am Malala - by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai

New York Times Best Seller - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

James Patterson middle school series: Save Rafe, Ultimate Showdown, My Brother is a Big Fat Liar

The Devil's Intern by Donna Hosia
Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


One of my passions is the theater, especially musical theater. Well, we are all in for a treat this month as the St. Anthony Village High School presents the musical "Oliver" - book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, based on the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.

I have found throughout the years that many times high school and community theater productions are just as good (if not better) than a professional staging. I know it takes many hours of hard work from the students, director, stage crew, etc. to put on a play, especially a musical.

I would encourage you all to support our young actors by attending one of the productions.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Announcing the finalists for the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking/ Penguin Group (USA))
  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles (Candlewick Press)
  • Skink—No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers/ Random House)
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford (Clarion Books/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Threatened by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic Press)
  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers)
  • 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)
  • Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic Press)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA)

The winners will be selected in November - stay tuned!

October is National Book Month

Celebrate by participating in one or more of the following activities:

  • Read together as a family.
  • Encourage your children to send letters to their favorite author - you never know when they may get a response! 
  • Read a bedtime story to your children.
  • Swap books with friends - you may find a new 'favorite' author!
  • Donate gently used books to your library. 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Twin Cities Book Festival - Saturday, Oct. 11
Children - Tweens - Teens

Check out the Twin Cities Book Festival on Saturday at the State Fair grounds, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The day will be filled with story times, activities and author visits. New this year is a tent for teenagers where they can meet some favorite authors, including Morgan Matson and Stephanie Perkins.