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Can You Solve the Mystery? By Ms. Beth

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Check out “CAN YOU SOLVE THE MYSTERY?”  our reading list of Mysteries for grades 2-3! Lots of great suggestions for mystery lovers there! One of the ‘best’ on our list is  Blizzard of the Blue Moon  by Mary Pope Osborne The Magic Tree House carries Jack and Annie to New York City in 1938 on a mission to rescue the last unicorn. In this exciting new Merlin Mission, Jack and Annie go back in time to New… Read More

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

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Book Review by Ms. Leslie Do you love games, puzzles, or scavenger hunts? Have you ever wondered who lives in those apartments overlooking Central Park? This book tells the story of 4 siblings who move from a modest home in Brooklyn to a luxury apartment in Manhattan when their father strikes it rich with his video game company. Their disappointment about leaving their old neighborhood is soon forgotten as they discover the apartment is full of… Read More

Moon Story Time @ the Branch

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Story time update from Miss Diane: BURR!  What a snowy, icy winter this has been!  But, we have been warm and busy during story time at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library. This week we watched a snowman melt right in front of our eyes, and we watched the moon  change size!! A special treasure from our library collection which I read during Moonlight  Story Time is “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me,” by Eric Carle.  The children… Read More

Rainbow Loomers: Show us your skills!

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Love to loom? Bring your loom and bands, grab a friend if you like, and come create at the Libraries.  Middle school students will offer design tips to younger loomers at both locations. These are peer-led events; no formal instruction will be provided. Starbursts! will meet in the Children’s Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road on Tuesdays, February 25 and March 25 from 4:15-5:30 pm.  Showcase new designs, share skills and hang out.… Read More

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano

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Book Review by Ms. Kristina The summary of this book from the FPL’s catalog: Twelve-year-old Alexander Baddenfield, the last in a long line of evil men who die young, has his cat’s extra eight lives transplanted into his own body, while his caretaker, Winterbottom, strives to keep him safe. I thoroughly enjoyed the tone and snarkiness of this middle grade novel. It was a cross between Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning and Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton.… Read More

Congratulations, Hazel!

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Fairfield Public Library’s “Bookworm” & “Mysterious Society” member , Hazel Foley, has just learned that she won the PTA Reflections contest and her work is now headed to the statewide contest… The name of her poem? No surprise here… it’s simply her passion.       Books by Hazel Foley If you’re sad or feeling blue Settle down with a book or two Read some fantasy, fiction is swell Read about Sleeping Beauty under a spell… Read More

Groundhog Day is Coming: Will he see his shadow?

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Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog resident of Punxsutawney  Pennsylvania, emerges from his dwelling in Gobblersknob on February 2. Residents celebrate the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. The folklore has been around since the 1800’s. If “Phil” sees no shadow, it means there will be an early Spring, but if he sees his shadow it means there will be six more weeks of Winter on the way. Brrr-let’s hope he sees his shadow!… Read More

And the Winners are…..!

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Just announced! 2014 Newbery Medal winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press.  The 2014 Newbery Honor Books are: Doll Bones by Holly Black; The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes;  One Came Home by Amy Timberlake, and Paperboy by Vince Vawter. School Library Journal recommends Flora & Ulysses for children in grades 4-6, stating, “Flora, obsessed with superhero comics, immediately recognizes and gives her wholehearted support to… Read More

Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson

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Amy Gibson’s text in Catching Kisses is warm, poetic and thoughtful. She creates a meandering tone that carries the reader throughout the entire book–from the first end pages with fully formed dandelion seeds on stems to the last pages of select seeds carrying the reader outside of the book. The (digital) illustrations capture the tone and blows the reader forward to find the lonely dandelion spore that floats through the pages. The tone and “search and… Read More

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