Youth Services Bulletin

The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower

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Title: Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower

Author: Lisa Graff

Where to find it:  J GRA

Ms. Liz says:

Bernetta loses her private school scholarship after she is implicated in a school-wide cheating and blackmail scam by her “best friend.” She can’t convince anyone that she is innocent. She must come up the $9,000 tuition she lost in order to keep attending Mount Olive, the private school that she has gone to since she was in kindergarten. Bernetta is also grounded for the summer and is banned from her father’s magic club where she is his assistant. Bernie meets Gabe and allows herself to be convinced that the only way to raise the money is to become partners with Gabe in a con game. So she spends the summer using the sleight of hand tricks she learned at her father’s magic club by conning people to get the tuition money she needs and to get revenge. I enjoyed this book because it is a funny and moving story about losing yourself and finding your way again.

Shake Break!

No matter how much we would love to hang out on the couch all day reading our library books, it’s important to get up and move!

The CDC suggests that children should be participating in one hour (or more)  of physical activity each day. How about taking a Shake Break every once in a while? Sounds like fun to me!

Here’s an awesome video from Pancake Manor to help get you started.

Banana Split Day


August 25th is National Banana Split Day!

The library might not be open on Sunday, but you can come in anytime and find a book about this delicious treat.

Might we recommend:

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Go ahead. Click on the cover. Then you’ll know where to find it…

Have Fun with My StoryMaker!

My StoryMaker is a site created by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh that lets anyone create their very own story! You can choose your setting, characters, and their actions for any kind of story you want.

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This is a great way to get kids to practice their writing skills. While you can’t exactly write a novel in the text section of each page, My StoryMaker has plenty of space for great storytelling. The illustrations and animations that kids can use in their tales are very modern and a lot of fun.

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Once you've finished making your story, you can see it, share it, download it, or print it. They also give you a Magic Code to share your story with your friends.

Give it a try! We would love to read your story, too. When you finish it, go ahead and comment on this post with your Magic Code.

To read Ms. Caitlin’s story, just type in EFB240 on the homepage.

Up, Up, and Away!

zephyr takes flight

Title: Zephyr Takes Flight

Author: Steve Light

Find it at the library: E LIG

Zephyr is a girl who loves planes. She makes them out of paper, draws them all over the places, builds them out of junk, and dreams of the day that she’ll get to pilot her very own. Zephyr gets in a bit of trouble when her toy plane crash lands into the china cabinet. But then, she discovers a world of aero-amazement right inside her very room!

I love Zephyr! I especially love that she’s a girl, because boys aren’t the only ones who love planes and trucks. Find your wings and fly with this excellent story.


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