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If you thought you saw a variety of turtles around the library last Saturday, your eyes weren't playing tricks on you.  It was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Extravaganza!

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The TMNT candidates had to first decipher their Ninja name, then decorate a shuriken, or throwing star to use at a training station.

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Next, the TMNT candidates were required to complete 5 training exercises, consisting of:

Accuracy- Toss the turtle into the sewer lid

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Agility- Do a spin move, throw the ninja star into the pizza box

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Balance- Carry the pizza box across the balance beam

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Endurance- Hold your best ninja pose for 10 seconds

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Patience- Transfer the sushi using chopsticks

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Stealth- Move through the lasers without sounding the alarm

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And check out the radioactive ooze- how it all started for the Turtles!

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As the candidates finished the training course, they showed their completion form...

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and were awarded their official TMNT headband!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles LOVE pizza, so to end the day, the new "heros-in-a-half-shell" decorated pizza cookies,

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and then enjoyed their treat after a hard day's work!

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Staff Picks, Part 2...

Here's round 2 of Staff Picks that includes some spooktacular choices! Remember, these books are available near the front of the Youth Department, waiting just for you!

Miss Erin's Picks:

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     Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead   Playaway J F STE

Told from different characters'points of view, this novel weaves together the stories of several middle and high school students from Manhattan, NY, as they navigate their way through a new school year, find friends, make difficult decisions, and deal with the consequences of their actions. This book touches on lots of real-life situations that teens and pre-teens may associate with.

   Space Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel by Stuart Gibbs              J GIB

Dash and his family are off on the adventure of a lifetime: they are part of a group of lunarnauts chosen to live on the moon!  Lunar living isn't all it's cracked up to be, and then tragedy befalls one of the scientists on the base. So Dash takes it upon himself to prove that Dr. Holtz's death wasn't accidental-he believes the beloved scientist was murdered.  This is a fun, lunar mystery with some interesting alien twists.

    The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud  J STR

This second volume of the Lockwood & Co. series showcases more stunning sleuthing and ghost fighting from Lockwood, George, and Lucy-three junior ghost hunters in London.  The trio works to unravel the mystery of an item stolen from a grave; Lucy is hearing strange whispers from a ghost skull in a jar; and the agency is competing with another to be the first to solve the case.  Also available as: Audio CD J F STR

Miss Liz's Picks:

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   Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty  J BEA

This book is filled with mystery, history, evil, and adventure.  Read about Serafina and her Pa who are living secretly in the basement of the Biltmore Estate.  Serafina does not know where she comes from or anything about her mother.  She starts to find out about her past when children start to disappear.

   Seven Dead Pirates: A ghost Story by Linda Bailey  J BAI

It's a great adventure with pirates, ghosts, and a hero!

  Pig Has a Plan by Ethan Long  E LON

Pig is trying to take a nap, but all his friends are making too much noise!

 Miss Alissa's Picks:

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   Little Robot  by Ben Gatje   J GN HAT

When a little girl finds a lone robot and accidentally powers him up, she discovers the best friend she has always wanted!  But she isn't the only one interested in the little robot.  Can she save him from the bigger, badder robots out to get him?

  Sleeping Bobby  by Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne       J 398.2 OSB        

Everyone knows the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Sleeping Bobby?  This take on a favorite fairy tale has our prince take the place of a sleeping princess, with a feisty princess to the rescue!

  That Is Not a Good Idea!  by Mo Willems  E WIL

When Mama Goose heads into town and meets a charming wolf, her fun story has you rooting for the family of geese, all the way to the surprise ending!

Miss Jen's Picks:

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 Dare to Be Scared:  Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill   by Robert D. San Souci  J 398.25 SAN    

Hop in bed, pull the covers up over your head, grab a flashlight, and dare to be scared by these spine-tingling, spooky phone calls to killer ants--only the brave can handle these eerie tales.  This book is the first in a series of four, so there are even more stories to keep you awake at night!

   Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins  E WAT

Who knew cakes could be so rude?  Cakes are supposed to be sweet, right? Watch as a not-so-sweet cake almost gets his just desserts, but instead winds up learning an important life lesson from...a group of giant cyclops. This is a goofy, yet perfect book for teaching young children about manners.

  The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall  by Mary Downing Hahn  Playaway J F HAH and J HAH

Authors and Illustrators of October

oct2October is the month of skeletons, goblins, and all things spooky as everyone knows.  But did you know that these children's authors and illustrators were born in October?  And judging by some of their works, it seems to be an eerie coincidence....

5- David Shannon wrote and illustrated his first book at age 5- pictures of things he shouldn't do with the words "No, David" on each page ...His mother later sent him this early work which resulted in him writing and illustrating his popular book No, David!

The illustrations in the Jon Sieszka Trucktown series are Shannon's work.

People and things from his real life help him develop story ideas- He really has a dog named Fergus, that looks like the dog in his book Good Boy, Fergus! You can see Fergus in the video below:

Check out more about David Shannon at his website:

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or find these books by the tree:

  No, David   E SHA

   A Bad Case of Stripes   E SHA

  Pirates Don't Change Diapers   E SHA

8th-  R.L. Stine started writing at the age of 9 when he found an old typewriter in the attic...his first works were jokes!

In the 1970's, he created a children's humor magazine called Bananas!  He even wrote jokes for the Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum comics. (Ask mom or dad if they remember that!)

His first Goosebumps book was written in 1992 and has since been translated into 32 different languages.

R.L.Stine's website below has some really cool games and activities:


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Here's a peek at a few titles...

  Attack of the Jack-o-Lanterns    JP STI

   The Ghost Next Door   Playaway  J F STI

     Halloween Night II  JP STI

but we have many, many more... including DVD's!

19- Ed Emberley has written and illustrated close to 100 books, including books with "how to draw" lessons.

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 Go Away, Big Green Monster    E EMB

    Ten Little Beasties    E EMB

  Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Weirdos  J 743 EMB

Listen to Ed talk about his work here and try your hand at drawing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i43y34Sm7O8

19- Dan Gutman wrote Honus and Me in 1994, but was rejected by 10 publishers before his work was finally printed.  He then went on to write 12 books in the Baseball Card Adventure Series.

There are over 50 titles in the My Weird School, My Weird School Daze, My Weirder School, and My Weirdest School collections.  He has recently branched out into non fiction writing using his My Weird School characters in My Weird School Fast Facts.

His newest series, The Genius Files, is about a set of twins named Pepsi and Coke MacDonald.  This guy is a writing machine!!

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 Miss Mary is Scary  J GUT

and many, many more from all the My Weird School series!

  Honus & Me  J GUT

and many more Baseball Card Adventures!

   The Genius Files- Mission Unstoppable  J GUT

Here is another website about Dan, where you can learn more about him and his work:gutman2

Perhaps reading about a few of these great October celebrities will inspire you to start illustrating or writing your own stories....spooky or not!

Pumpkin Pandemonium!

Fall is in the air and it definitely 'tis the season for all things pumpkin!

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Whether you are decorating for fall, preparing for Halloween, or just noticing pumpkins wherever you go, you might like to brush up on your knowledge of these orange globes which are invading the area.  Here are a few interesting tidbits to share with others:

  • Morton, Illinois (near Peoria) is the pumpkin capital of the world (self-proclaimed, that is).  Illinois is one of the largest pumpkin producers in the U.S.
  • Pumpkins are 90% water.  They are members of the cucurbit plant family which includes gourds, melons, cucumbers, and squash.
  • Pumpkins are a surprisingly healthy food, full of vitamins and low in fat and calories - until they become sweet treats topped off with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting!
  • An estimated 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced each year. The top pumpkin producing states are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California.
  • The tradition of carving Jack-o-lanterns originated in Ireland hundreds of years ago to ward off evil spirits....however, turnips and potatoes were originally used. When Irish immigrants came to America, they started using pumpkins.
  • Save your seeds to plant next year's crop. Remember to plant them near the end of May or early June so they'll be ready for harvest in 90 to 120 days.

Learn more about pumpkins at these websites or stop in to browse the card catalog for our books:

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http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/pumpkin-facts

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http://extension.illinois.edu/pumpkins/facts.cfm

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? E MCN

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?  E MIN

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Pumpkins   E 635.62 STO

Pumpkins!    E 635.62 FAR

Pick a pumpkin, pick a book, pumpkins are everywhere you look!

What shall I read?? Fall Staff Picks to the Rescue!

They're here!!  The new staff picks are on the shelves and ready for you to browse.  In case you're new -or have forgotten- the staff picks are located on the shelves at the front of the Youth Department, right behind the "new" book section by the computers.

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Each of the Youth Services staff members choose a few of their favorite books to recommend to you throughout the year.  When you're struggling with trying to figure out what to read next, this could be a good place to start.  Since we all love to read, it is with great joy we share our picks with you.

Over the next few weeks, several picks from each staff member will be featured here. Hopefully there is something for everyone!

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A few of Miss Carolyn's Picks:

    Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds  E REY 

Jasper the Rabbit loves eating carrots, but one day the carrots start following him.  He decides to come up with a plan to keep them away. This is a fun book with a surprise ending.

  Owls: Hunters of the Night by Elaine Landau J 598.97 LAN

This book tells readers how owls see in the dark, where they live, and how they hunt.  There are a lot of pictures, a glossary, and fun facts.

 Toy Story of Terror by Disney/Pixar  J DVD TOY

Here's a short film with all your Toy Story friends.  Mr. Potato Head goes missing at a strange roadside motel.  Can Woody, Buzz, and the gang solve the mystery of what happened?  Will they be reunited? Watch and find out!

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A few of Miss Dana's Picks:

The Notorious Benedict Arnold : A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery by Steve Sheinkin  J B ARN  

Find out about the man who would grow up to be one of the most infamous villains in American history.  How did Benedict Arnold get to the place where he would betray his country? What experiences did he have that would lead him down that path?

 Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

by Annette LeBlanc Cate  J 598 CAT- You think looking at birds is boring? Think again.  In this beginning book about bird watching, discover hints about where you should look, what you should look for, and how you should listen.  You'll be amazed at what can be found in your own backyard!

  The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller E KEL

The states get bored with their positions on the map and decide to change places for a while.  But when they get to their new homes, they soon discover it's not all they hoped it would be!

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A Few of Mr. Scott's Picks:

 Meanwhile by Jason Shiga  J GN SHI

For those of you who love choose-your-own-adventure books, this graphic novel will appeal to you.  The simple question of chocolate or vanilla leads to disaster for Jimmy.

 Un Lun Dun by China Mieville  J MIE

Twelve-year-old Zanna enters a secret passage to Un Lun Dun, the twisted version of London.  There, giraffes eat people, a simple cloud is evil, and the residents need a hero to save them from their own strange world.

 The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman E GAI

Fantasy master Neil Gaiman gives us his spooky spin on the alphabet in this ominous, intricately-illustrated A to Z.

Stay tuned for more picks.....

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