Newark Library Blog

February is full of programs! by maryjane16
Saturday, January 30, 2010, 4:05 pm
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Join us for one of our many programs coming up in February. All are free and open to everyone.

Friday mornings: Toddler Time 10-10:20 and Preschool Storytime 11:30-12 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd: Open Mic Night for teens (come and read your own poetry aloud or listen to other people read aloud). 7 pm

Fridays, Feb. 5th and 19th: Friday Gaming (we have PS2 games and Wii games as well as board games) 3-5 pm

Thursday, Feb 11th: Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day crafts (we’ll make paper dragons, tiger masks and valentines) 5:45-7 pm

Friday, Feb. 19th: Toddler Art (art projects for children 1-4 years old … wear clothes that can get dirty!) 12 pm

Saturday, Feb. 20th: Bob Kann (magician/storyteller/juggler) 2 pm.

Friday, Feb 26th: Reading club for 9-13 year olds (this month we’re discussing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak). 3:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 27th: Dr. Seuss Day (always tons of fun, with lots of crafts, book raffles, games and more!) 11-1 pm


Book Review by maryjane16
Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 3:39 pm
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The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

 Jack, a bard’s apprentice and his little sister begin a series of harrowing adventures when they are kidnapped by Viking “berserkers.”  Saved from death by his knowledge of magic and song writing, Jack determines to protect his little sister Lucy and somehow return home.  Jack misfires a spell (he causes the hair of Frith, the half-troll queen of King Ivar the Boneless,  to completely fall off) forcing Jack to undertake a quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls,  to find Mimir’s Well and drink its magical water, reverse the bad spell and thus save Lucy from certain death.  Nancy Farmer is a great writer and this original fantasy is fun to read. 

Survey for Storytime by maryjane16
Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 12:12 pm
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Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day crafts by maryjane16
Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 3:33 pm
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Join us in the meeting room for a late afternoon of crafts. We’ll decorate paper dragons and make tiger masks to celebrate Chinese New Year and then we’ll make valentines. All supplies will be provided through the generous support of the Newark Library League. No registration required – please just drop in!

Program is on Thursday, February 11th from 5:45 – 7 pm.

Percy Jackson by maryjane16
Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 12:44 pm
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I recently finished reading the first two books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I enjoyed both stories and am looking forward to the next three. I found that the stories brought back all the Greek mythology I had learned about in school, and I thought I would share a few of the Greek Mythology books I remember.

1. Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves

2. The Greek Myths by Robert Graves (His books really are well written)

3. Ingri and Edgar Parin D’ Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (the first book I ever read on Greek Mythology and one I still refer to every once in a while).

Plus, the library carries many individual stories, such as that of the Minotaur, Cyclops, The Odyssey, The Golden Fleece and many more.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief will be out in theaters President’s Day weekend. Be sure to read the book before you see the movie.

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