Kids

Tuesday has a personality that shines. I am not kidding when I say it is common for people to pull out their cell phones and take pictures of and with him. Tuesday is that kind of dog. And then, in passing, they notice me, the big man with the tight haircut. There is nothing about me--even the straight, stiff way I carry myself--that signals disabled. Until people notice the cane in my left hand, that is, and the way I lean on it every few steps. Then they realize my stiff walk and straight posture aren't just pride, and that Tuesday isn't just an ordinary dog. He walks directly beside me, for instance, so that my right leg always bisects his body. He nuzzles me when my breathing changes, and he moves immediately between me and the object--a cat, an overeager child, a suspiciously closed door--any time I feel apprehensive. Because beautiful, happy-go-lucky, favorite-of-the-neighborhood Tuesday isn't my pet; he's my service dog." Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, having survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three broken vertebrae. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That's when he met Tuesday - his best friend forever. Tuesday came with his own history of challenges: from the Puppies Behind Bars program, to a home for troubled boys, to the streets of Manhattan, Tuesday blessed many lives on his way to Luis. Until Tuesday unforgettably twines the story of man and dog.

A decade ago, former military counterintelligence officer Terry Henry joined his precocious young daughter, Kyria, on a trip to a nursing home in order to allow its residents to play with their family dog, a golden retriever named Riley. Terry was astounded by the transformations that unfolded before his eyes. Soon after, Terry and Kyria started their service dog organization, paws4people, with the goal of pairing dogs with human beings in need of healing, including traumatized and wounded war veterans and children living with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.In A Dog's Gift, award-winning journalist and author Bob Drury movingly captures the story of a year in the life of paws4people and the broken bodies and souls the organization mends. The book follows the journey of pups bred by the organization from their loving, if rigorous, early training to an emotional event that terry and Kyria have christened "the bump," where each individual service dog chooses its new owner through an almost mystical connection that ignites the healing process. incorporating vivid storytelling, insights into canine wisdom, history, science, and moving tales of personal transformation, A Dog's Gift is a story of miracles bound to be embraced by not only the 60 million Americans who own dogs, but by anyone with a full heart and a loving soul.

Max : best friend, hero, marine by Jennifer Li Shotz

When Justin's family adopts the military canine that was handled by Justin's departed brother, Kyle, Justin helps the troubled dog recover from the trauma it suffered in Afghanistan when Kyle was killed as the two investigate how Kyle died.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Grace Thomas, the American Girl character who visits Paris and wants to start her own bakery, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

The 12 dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

Thirteen-year-old Christa's plans for her favorite holiday are derailed when her parents announce their divorce and Christa spends Christmas in Europe with her mom, but even though her dad remains in Chicago, he sends Christa on a scavenger hunt made up of dares that send her all over Florence, Paris, and London.

Marble Party

colorful marbles

 

Join us on Monday July 9, 2:00-3:30 pm as we celebrate all things marbles!

Play the classic marble game Ringer, make art with marbles, race marbles, and build Lego marble mazes to challenge each other. We will also have a jar filled with marbles - see if you can guess how many! 

All ages welcome, no registration required. 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, July 9 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Community Room

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.  Below are books that have been nominated this year, along with some from prior years. 

Young Readers

Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

Did you miss our transportation storytime this week? Don't worry! Here are stories, rhymes, and more so you can have a vroomin' storytime at home!

From Storytime

Road work ahead by Anastasia Suen

Did you miss our socks and shoes storytime this week? Don't worry, here are stories and rhymes so you can have a stompin' storytime at home!

From Storytime

Duck sock hop by Jane Kohuth

Ducks dance their socks off at their weekly sock-hop.

Had fun at Free Comic Book Day and looking for more kids comics to read? Here are some comics that are similar to the ones handed out at Free Comic Book Day. 

Batgirl and Lois Lane place a personal ad for Batgirl's father, Commissioner Gordon, in the hopes of landing him a date for their high school dance.

Collects comic strips featuring such Disney princesses as Belle, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Jasmine.

Ramadan begins this year on Wednesday, May 16th and ends on Thursday, June 18th. Check out a book to learn about this Muslim holiday and its traditions!

Nonfiction

Ramadan by R. J. Bailey
Thorndyke dressed as Winnie-the-Pooh

 

Hey Kids,

Did you know that it is Children's Book Week? This year, from April 30 - May 6, we're celebrating children's literature at the library. I'm joining in the fun by dressing up as one of my favorite book characters, Winnie-the-Pooh. Who is your favorite character? 

Even though I love Pooh Bear, there are always new stories to discover. Below are some great stories I've read this year. I hope to see you soon at the library - please come show or tell me about your favorite children's books and characters.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

 

The new liBEARian by Alison Donald

When the children discover a bear at the librarian's desk at story time, they think he's the new librarian. 

Check out these picture books that celebrate all the different kinds of love.

The story of a lonely bunny, Marlon Bundo, who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, and the very special day when he met another boy bunny named Wesley that changed his life forever.

Worm loves Worm by J. J Austrian

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

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