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Summer Reading for Tweens

on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 11:11am

Now that summer is in full swing, have you started your summer reading yet?  Here at WMTL we have the K-6 summer reading lists provided by the schools, but don't forget that these are suggested titles.  There are so many great books here at the library just waiting to be taken out and read.  Here are a few fun suggestions that are not on the lists:

There are plenty of fun & games in this title~Kyle Keeley is part of a group of kids that is selected to spend the night in the brand new library.  Little do they know that they will have to solve puzzles and use their wits to unlock the door!

This is the first book in a series by Jeff Probst, the host of Survivor.  This New York Times bestseller is about a family vacation that goes horribly wrong.  Will the shipwrecked kids survive?  Read this survival story to find out!

This third book in a series by Jean Ferris has it all~fairy-tale characters, corny jokes & a kidnapping.  Is there a chance for a happy ever after?

Imagine being a princess and finding your prince!  There's just one catch~he's a frog and in order to break the witch's spell you must kiss him.  Easy, right?  Well what if you kiss him and then YOU turn into a frog?  Vivian Vande Velde's twist on this classic fairy tale is funny & full of adventure.

Hiccup is back  in this 10th book in Cressida Cowell's series about dragons and vikings.  He is 14 years old and the Vikings are in the midst of the dragon rebellion.  Will Hiccup be able to help?  Or will he remain an outcast?  How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel is another great installment in this popular series.

 

My Dad Rocks!

on Sat, 06/08/2013 - 2:41pm

Today's program was to celebrate all of the special fathers and father figures in our lives. Check out the adorable one of a kind gifts that were made just in time for Father's Day.

Coming soon......

on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 1:27pm

 

 

 

 

Thomas Edison's Library

on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:30pm

"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." --Thomas Alva Edison

I recently spent the day at Thomas Edison's National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ.  Not only did I get to see Edison's lab, which contains all kinds of materials and chemicals that have been there since Edison's death in 1931, but I had the opportunity to visit his research library.  This amazing place is three levels filled with unique treasures.  Check out these pictures:

This photo shows the three levels of the library, but unfortunately visitors are only allowed on the first floor. I would love the chance to explore all of it!

A view of the staircase within the library.

This is Edison's desk, which was sealed and remained untouched after his death in 1931.  The desk was reopened 15 years later on the day that would have been Edison's 100th birthday. 

Mrs. Edison had this small bed set up in her husband's research library to make sure that he rested when he needed to.  He would nap there regularly.

There is so much to discover and learn about Thomas Edison. Visit the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in order to learn more about Edison's inventions, experiments, and the man himself.  The trip is a short ride from West Milford, and children 16 and under are free!  The link for the park is listed below.  Check it out!

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052

http://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm

Author Spotlight: Jim Murphy

on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 3:24pm

This tween and teen author has published many excellent narrative non-fiction titles.  What is narrative non-fiction?  It is a story that is written about real events. What makes Jim Murphy's stories so intriguing  is the fact that he tells us about events in history using personal accounts and historical photos.  These are just a few of the author's titles that we have here at WMTL.  Come on in and check one out!  You will not be disappointed.  To learn more about Jim Murphy and to see more of his books, check out his website: 

http://www.jimmurphybooks.com/index.htm

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