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Database Spotlight: NoveList

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:12pm -- hdraft

Are you looking for your next favorite book? Check out NoveList, a database available through Hartland's Cromaine Library.

Fourth Grade Book Recommendations for Creekside Elementary

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 12:59pm -- hdraft

Earlier this week, Ms. Bekah talked to Creekside's fourth grade classes about Cromaine's Summer Reading Program. She also shared some book recommendations, which can be found below.

Fiction

  • Armstrong, Lori - Loki’s Wolves
  • Connor, Leslie - All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
  • Kelly, Erin Entrada - Blackbird Fly
  • Patterson, James - Jacky Ha-Ha
  • Philbrick, Rodman - The Big Dark

Graphic Novel

Village Elementary Fourth Grade Book Recommendations

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 12:21pm -- hdraft

Today, I visited the fourth grade classrooms at Village Elementary to tell them all about our Summer Reading Program. I also gave them some book recommendations, which can be found below.

 

Fiction

  • Alexander, Kwame - The Crossover
  • Applegate, Katherine - Crenshaw
  • Burnham, Molly B. - Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker
  • Konigsburg, E.L. - From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler

Non-Fiction

Book List for Lakes Elementary Fourth Graders

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 5:28pm -- hdraft

Today, Ms. Marta visited the fourth graders at Lakes Elementary to talk about our Summer Reading Program. While participants are encouraged to read any type of book they want throughout the summer, she also presented students with a list of suggetions, which can be found below.

Fiction

Ciao, Mango, Bonjour.

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:47pm -- alynch

Learning a new language enriches one's understanding of his or her first language, increasing writing and communication skills all around.

Cromaine offers a great resource for beginning language learning -- Mango. For Cromaine Library card holders, it is completely free to create a Mango account and enroll in courses in French, Spanish, Italian, and many more. Mango even offers a fun course where you can learn to talk like a Pirate. 

Collection Spotlight: Early Readers

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 10:58am -- hdraft

If you have visited the Children’s section of the library over the past few months, you may have noticed that our Early Reader collection has had a bit of a makeover.

Branching Out--your next great read!

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:20pm -- eidzior

Lately I've been trying to branch out of my comfort zone with my reading choices. Spring seems like the perfect time to try some new kinds of books. Here are a few of the recent books I've read that were a little outside my comfort zone that I highly recommend!

Ducks at Village Elementary!

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:13pm -- hdraft

Village Elementary was in the news for a very cool reason: ducks! For the past thirteen years, a duck named Vanessa has returned to Village Elementary to lay her eggs, and each year, students and teachers alike welcome her with open arms. Find out more information at this link.

If your children are interested in reading about ducks, here are a few of the many great books available for checkout at Hartland's Cromaine Library!

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:54pm -- hdraft

Last week, the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2016 were chosen! The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 to "honor excellence in journalism and the arts." You can find the list of winners here, and if you are interested in a title from the Letters, Drama, and Music section, stop by the library and we will be happy to place a hold for you.

Blackout Poetry

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:02pm -- hdraft

Yesterday, tweens were invited to try blackout poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Blackout poetry is a unique writing form that uses pre-existing texts, highlights certain words from that text to create a poem, and crosses out the rest of the unused words.  This can be accomplished in an endless amount of ways, from simply writing over words with a black marker, to adding bright colors, to creating fun or beautiful  images around your new poem. Here are a few examples from last night that you can use as inspiration to create your own blackout poetry at home!

Youth Staff's Favorite Storytime Read Alouds

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:56am -- hdraft

As March is Reading Month comes to a close, members of the Youth Staff are excited to share some of their favorite storytime read alouds with you. All of these books are available for checkout, and if you would like more recommendations, please let us know.

 

Ms. Marta’s Favorites

I'm a Frog: An Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willems

Piggie sends Elephant into a meltdown when she declares that she is now a frog. Apparently you can pretend to be things you are not. Who knew?!

Great Reads for National Poetry Month

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 6:04pm -- alynch

Hum by Jamaal MayIn May's debut collection, poems buzz and purr like a well-oiled chassis. Grit, trial, and song thrum through tight syntax and deft prosody. From the resilient pulse of an abandoned machine to the sinuous lament of origami animals, here is the ever-changing hum that vibrates through us all, connecting one mind to the next.

Storytime Bunny Crafts

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 11:44am -- hdraft

At this week’s Toddler and Preschool Storytimes, we hopped into Spring with some bunny crafts. Both projects can be duplicated at home, and both are great for developing fine motor skills.

The toddler craft this week was an adorably bunny mask. To make it, all you need is one paper plate, some cotton balls, glue, scissors, construction paper, and crayons.

April Fools' Day: Films with a Twist

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 12:22pm -- alynch

April 1st is coming swiftly. In honor of April Fools' Day, a day dedicated to turns of trickery, here are three films with great plot twists and moments of humor (sometimes dark):

Donnie Darko: The voice of a six-foot tall bunny saves a troubled teen from sure death. As a result, the teen becomes a devout follower of the bunny, even to the point of destruction.

Big Read Kick Off -- March 19

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 11:59am -- alynch

Get out your dog sleds -- the kick off for the Big Read (The Call of the Wild by Jack London) is just one week away. Join us at the Village on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to enjoy free books, food, and entertainment.This program is presented with warmest gratitude to Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our local sponsors.

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March is Reading Month: Five Favorites

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 6:42pm -- hdraft

March is Reading Month! To celebrate, I thought I would share five of the best books I have read this year (so far.) All are available for checkout, and if we do not have a title checked in that you would like to read, we will be happy to place a hold on it for you and will let you know as soon as it is available.

 

The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh (Y FIC Ahdieh; this title is also available through Overdrive)

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