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Observe, Deduce, and Solve: 10+ Mystery Titles for Ages 3-7

7 May


Summer is here! And that means loads of time for kids to experience books in all their glory. This is also a great time to encourage kids to read the books they choose (without having to worry about school assignments) and to try out new genres that they might be interested in learning more about. This series will offer titles for toddlers to teens and include a variety of formats. Each week will focus on a different genre and will follow the same format:

  • Mondays – Titles for Ages 3-7
  • Tuesdays – Middle Grade Titles for Ages 8-12
  • Wednesdays – Young Adult Titles for Ages 13+
  • Thursdays – Nonfiction pairings
  • Friday – Recap of the Week

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Book Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

15 Jun

31226744.jpgI was so excited to get an ARC of Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein at BEA a couple weeks ago and bonus – I got it signed! This has become one of my favorite middle grade series for its adventure and library focused scavenger hunts. This most recent title in the series is foucsed around Mr. Lemoncello’s most recent family, fun game – FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY, but when rumors come out that Mr. Lemoncello stole his very first board game idea from a quiet, little, old lady, the kids join forces to not only win the game, but to clear their favorite game maker’s good name.

I love that as a reader, Chris drops in great titles from literature throughout the text, plus includes a complete list at the end of the book for you to enjoy. The best part for me is the puzzles and scavenger hunt style of the story which I think is very intriguing for kids and a lot of fun to read.

For educators and librarians – you can download your own library scavenger hunt from Chris’s website, he’s more than happy to Skype with classes and library groups and has a host of the great resources on his website.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Kyle & his friends play Mr. Lemoncello’s Fact Finding Frenzy game to help clear his good name as they run, ride & fly to find the truth.

Title: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Page Number: 288 pgs.

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Escape

26 Aug

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's L ibrary  coverThis week we offered a scavenger hunt as one piece to our three-part series culminating in a Skype visit with Chris Grabenstein.  The best part?  We used the Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Escape on Chris’s website and had to do very little prep for an awesome night of fun!

We ended up with 10 middle school kids who decided to break up into three groups to work together to solve the ten clues to figure out the ultimate answer sheet.  It was definitely an interesting group of kids – some we know really well, others were new to our programming, and a few who weren’t really sure they wanted to be there.  But, in then end, everyone got involved and had a lot of fun.

The clues first had to be figured out and then the kids went to the online catalog to figure out where to find the answer sheet to each clue.  This had the kids all around the children’s department from award winners to graphic novels and nonfiction.  Once all the answer sheets were collected, the kids then had to figure out the picture clues to fill in the missing words on the answer sheet.  Our program took just about an hour, with a lot of help from my co-worker and myself, but could easily be shortened or lengthened as needed.

My co-worker and I realized that the kids really needed a refresher course in using the online catalog and understanding how to find call numbers, especially in the nonfiction section.  They had a really difficult time understanding how to find a specific book once they had the call number.  I’m hoping to do some form of an extension activity or offer one-on-one sessions to teach kids how to effectively search our catalog and find books on the shelf.

Overall, the kids (even those reluctant ones) really got into the scavenger hunt, figuring out clues and looking for answers.  I’m excited for the next step which will be our book discussion followed by our Skype visit!

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