by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
“With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is his older sister, Sarah, and he’s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he can’t complete the quest alone. Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.” – from GoodReads
I would recommend this book to people who are interested in mythology. I loved the mixing of old mythology and a contemporary setting. At first I thought the bottom of the pages were decorative, but they are a code. The legend is the back, so it was a fun surprise at the end to try to decode the message. Beyond the Door is the first of a series. I simply can’t wait for book 2!
Recommended for grades 5 and up.
Reviewed by Kate (Haggard)
I hope you’ve already signed up for Suburban Dare and summer reading, but it’s not too late if you have not. Summer is the time for leisure reading, but sometimes kids need a little extra encouragement and practice when they are new readers. That’s what Read2gether at Harrington Library is all about!
We decided to offer two hours each week this summer, when kids entering first through fifth grades can come to the cool of the library, choose a book, and read together with a non-tutoring teen volunteer. The books read together count toward the reading goal! We started in June and we’ll continue the program through August 16. Join us for Read2gether Friday at 2pm or Read2gether Saturday at 11am at Harrington Library. And remember that when you finish your summer reading goal, prize books will be handed out July 28 through August 24.
Babies develop motor skills before they develop the ability to speak. Teaching your baby sign language opens the door to communication, leading to more fun and less frustration!
Please join us for Babes in Arms – rhymes, books, music, and sign language for children aged 0-9 months.
Davis Library: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Haggard Library: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. starting August 27th.
See you at storytime!
Leo Loves Baby Time written by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Ruth Hearson
Bright, culturally diverse, colorful illustrations and simple text make this a pleasure to share with very young children. It brings them through the day’s events of sharing singing, clapping, and a variety of movements they can easily identify with. A great bonding book for parent and child.
Vera (Schimelpfenig Library)
When you read to your child, ask what, where and how questions. By asking questions, you will find out how much your child understands about the story, and you’ll be helping to increase their comprehension.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Recommended for ages 7-10.
“Disney recently released an app called Bill Nye the Science Guy. When you first open the app a voice over by Bill Nye exclaims, “You’ve arrived at my desk!” and a desk full of objects is shown. Users can choose from objects on the desk, such as a rocket, a robot or a sundial, and the app will bring users into a different lesson. There is a huge variety of options to learn from such as: games designed to teach users about the solar system as you take pictures from a rocket, learning about planet Earth’s geological history while digging up a backyard, and cool optical illusions woven into a storyline about alien invasion.
In addition to games, there is also a book of do-it-yourself experiments and the six science experiments require nothing more than everyday household items. Be sure to check out the bobble head. It has interesting science facts to share.” From a review on Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog.