Botanic Garden Family Pass

I will be hosting a Forest Stories Storytime at the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens in Oakdale twice over the summer. Due to this new partnership, the Botanic Gardens has generously donated a Family Pass for our library to circulate! You will be able to borrow the pass for one week and take advantage of this amazing nature reserve right in our back yard. Please contact the library or Miss Megan for more details.

412-269-0334

goodem@einetwork.net

pittsburghbotanicgarden.org

Summer Reading…Coming Soon to You!

We are busy, busy, busy getting ready for our Summer Programming. The calendar is chock-full of programs for folks birth-adult and we can’t wait to get started! All of the children’s programs (birth-5th grade) are up on our online event calendar and registration will open on June 1st. From Harry Potter to a Tween Spa Day, there is something for everyone!

Social Media Takeover

I love to keep in touch with you through social media and I’m slowly adding more as a way to keep you updated on your favorite sites! You can find us everywhere🙂

Facebook:

Updated several times per week, you’ll find information and announcements regarding programming, photographs from library events, children and book related tips and much more!

Pinterest:

I upload a photograph of EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. that I purchase for the library for ages birth-5th Grade. You can check out the newest titles to hit our shelves and lengthen that To-Read list! I also have several boards with ideas for everything from crafts to clean house tips. I’m a bit of a Pinterest-addict!

Goodreads:

Speaking of website addictions…are you familiar with goodreads.com? This fantastic site allows you to keep track of everything you’ve read and rate it, save books that you want to read and share with friends! This is a combination of my personal bookshelf, as well as children’s titles, so you might find things for yourself, as well! I’d love you to add me as a friend so that we can swap titles!

Instagram:

I have a confession to make. I’m an Instagram-lurker. Meaning that I look around, but rarely share. I’ve started a library account, so I’m hoping to get in the loop more! Check out book read-alikes and pictures from behind-the-scenes at the library!

 Twitter

Just he facts…I’ll keep it short and sweet.  :)

Coming Soon: 2 New American Girls!

So excited to share the news! Moon Twp. Public Library will soon have 2 new American Girl dolls available to circulate! Our Samantha doll has been wildly popular and we decided to add to the collection. You can borrow the doll for one week at a time. She comes with her own carrying case and bed, as well as some other great accessories. We can’t wait for you to meet Addy and Molly! Send me an email at goodem@einetwork.net, give me a call at 412-269-0334 or stop by to get your name on the waiting list🙂

Graphic Novels ROCK!

One of the biggest mistakes I see when serving as a Children’s Librarian is when an adult discourages a child from reading a book…for any reason. Grown-ups often have the best intentions and valid reasons for steering kids away from particular titles, but I always strongly suggest that kids have a say in what they choose to read.

Kids are naturally drawn to graphic novels because of the eye-catching illustrations and fast-paced stories. Believe it or not, there are some quality comic books out there! From award-winning series, to adaptions of classic literature titles, graphic novels have it all. Check out some of my favorites! (Summaries taken from goodreads.com, follow me @ Megan Suzanne & Miss Megan Moon)

Ninja-Rella: A Graphic Novel

Ninja-Rella (Far Out Fairy Tales ) by Joey Comeau, Omar Lozano & Jaymes Reed

 

Rella’s stepmother and two stepsisters treat her like dirt. Each and every day, they force her to clean their clothes, cook their meals, and only give her rags to wear and crumbs to eat. But each night, in secret and in shadows, Cinderella trains to be a ninja! More than anything, Cinderella yearns to become the Prince’s personal bodyguard. When the opportunity to prove her worth to the Prince finally arrives in the form of an invitation to a royal costume ball, Cinderella’s stepmother won’t let her go! But this time around, Ninja-rella isn’t going to take “no” for an answer . . .”

 

Roller Girl

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new friend instead, and so begins the toughest summer of Astrid’s life. There are bumps and bruises as Astrid learns who she is without Nicole…and what it takes to be a strong, tough roller girl.

 

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
March: Book One (March, #1)

March: Book One by John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.


Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1950s comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story.” Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

El Deafo

El Deafo by CeCe Bell

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.

Happy Birthday, Babymouse (Babymouse #18)

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer & Matthew Holm

New York Times bestselling, three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Jennifer Holm teams up with Matthew Holm to bring you a fully illustrated, award-winning graphic novel series packed with humor and kid appeal—BABYMOUSE! Winner of multiple Children’s Choice awards and with over 1.8 million books sold, kids, parents, and teachers agree that Babymouse is perfect for fans of Junie B. Jones, Ivy and Bean, Bad Kitty, and Dork Diaries!

You are cordially invited to the birthday event of the year! Babymouse is having a birthday and she wants it to be BIG! Mount Everest BIG. Eiffel Tower BIG. Tyrannosaurus rex BIG. (Okay, maybe inviting a T. rex isn’t such a good idea). Will all of Babymouse’s birthday dreams come true? Will she have a five-hundred-tier cupcake? Find out in Happy Birthday, Babymouse—the eighteenth hilarious, action-packed installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series by Matthew Holm and Jennifer L. Holm!(less)

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale, the author’s historical namesake, was America’s first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present history’s roughest, toughest, and craziest stories in the graphic novel format.

One Dead Spy tackles the story of Hale himself, who was an officer and spy for the American rebels during the Revolutionary War. Author Hale highlights the unusual, gruesome, and just plain unbelievable truth of historical Nathan Hale—from his early unlucky days at Yale to his later unlucky days as an officer—and America during the Revolutionary War.

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson, Madeleine L’Engle

The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and the three Mrs–Who, Whatsit, and Which–the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.  Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

Super-smart Julian Calendar thinks starting junior high at a new school will mean he can shed his nerdy image–but then he meets Ben and Greta, two secret scientists like himself! The three form a secret club, complete with a high-tech lair. There, they can work to their hearts content on projects like the Stink-O-Meter, the Kablovsky Copter, and the Nightsneak Goggles.

All that tinkering comes in handy when the trio discovers an evil scientist’s dastardly plan to rob a museum. Can three inventors, armed with their wacky creations, hope to defeat this criminal mastermind?

Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain (Lunch Lady #9)

Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

 
The race is on for a new student council president, and the Breakfast Bunch is rallying for Hector! The competition is already heavy, but the race heats up when school security is at stake: student and staff high-tech gadgets are disappearing left and right. Whoever the culprit is, this is one stealthy thief—and the school is so busy with the election that he gets away with it every time. Luckily some of Lunch Lady’s own culinary gadgets have eluded the crook, but will they be enough to catch this sticky-fingered bandit? And will Hector be able to pull off a victory?
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Fishy Business

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Fishy Business by Maxwell Eaton III

The Flying Beaver Brothers are back, and this time they’re hot on the trail of another eco-villain: Fish Stix  Environmental Manufacturing. When Fish Stix sets up shop, most of the islanders are thrilled. After all, Fish Stix are the most popular, best-selling sticks around AND they’re good for the environment! But this eco-friendly facade is just a cover for a nefarious plot involving dirty money, fish who walk on dry land, and a great big smoking volcano. It’s up to the dauntless beaver brothers to set things right—and they better do it fast or the island’s forests are history! Now if only Bub can stop napping and they can all make enough pancakes to save the day. . . .

This second installment to Max Eaton’s new graphic series ups the ante in terms of both action and humor. The Flying Beaver Brothers are poised to take off as beloved comic book heroes.

The Battling Bands (Knights of the Lunch Table, #3)

Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso

The Knights seek fame and fortune by entering a talent show!
A battle is looming at Camelot Middle School–a battle of the bands, that is! Artie, Wayne, and Percy enter the talent show seeking fame and fortune. But only one of them plays an instrument: Percy. And he plays the tuba. Their only hope of winning is finding the long-lost “Singing Sword,” the fabled instrument of awesome power.
But how can Artie find time to rock when he’s been assigned a new lab partner, Melody Claymore? Melody is a klutz and a goof, and she harbors a not-so-secret crush on Artie. Is Melody his worst nightmare or secretly the answer to his prayers?

You’ve GOT to read this!

One of my favorite things about being a librarian is…the books! I LOVE children’s and young adult literature, and I’m always trying to convert other adults into giving this genre a try. These aren’t the Sweet Valley High books that you remember from your younger years. YA Lit has some of the best writing around and often tackles serious and difficult topics. Here are a few brand spankin’ new titles that I adored. (Summaries taken from goodreads.com…where you can follow me @MeganSuzanne and MissMeganMoon)

The Wolf Wilder

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. 
Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.
But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

When Jack meets his new foster brother, he already knows three things about him:
Joseph almost killed a teacher.
He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain.
He has a daughter. Her name is Jupiter. And he has never seen her.
What Jack doesn’t know, at first, is how desperate Joseph is to find his baby girl.
Or how urgently he, Jack, will want to help.
But the past can’t be shaken off. Even as new bonds form, old wounds reopen. The search for Jupiter demands more from Jack than he can imagine.
The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

Skyscraping

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time.
Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.