JULY SUMMER READING ACTIVITIES

Wednesday,July 1, 3pm: Build Your Own LED Flashlight. Light your way with these great flashlights made from basic supplies and decorate them to suit your style. All ages.
Thursday, July 2, 3pm: Mod Podge It! Bring an item or three to Mod Podge. We will have comic books, assorted paper and coaster forms, so gather your cell phone cases, shoes, notebooks and more to personalize any way you want. Sixth grade and older.
Friday, July 3, 3pm: Movie Time! Although the movie is TBA, it will be a great title for all ages. We’ll have treats for everyone.
Tuesday, July 7, 10am: Storytime with Ms. Heather for our younger library users. We will have a story, activities, and a snack. Wednesday, July 8, 3pm: Wobbling Ninjas Craft. They wobble, but they don’t fall down. Learn the physics behind them. All ages.
Thursday, July 9, 3pm: 45 RPM Containers. We will melt 45 RPM records and turn them into innovative containers for all of your tchatchkes (look it up). We get to melt plastic. Yeah! What do you know about spindle inserts? RPM? Come to this event and find out. Sixth grade and older.
Friday, July 10, 3pm: LEGO Day. We’ll pull out our collection and provide a challenge. All ages.
Tuesday, July 14, 10am: Storytime with Ms. Heather for our younger library users. We will have a story, activities, and a snack.
Wednesday, July 15, 3pm: Shrinky Dinky Do! We will use Shrinky Dink plastic to create jewelry, keychains and more. All ages.
Thursday, July 16, 3pm: Arm Knitting. We provide the supplies for your first chunky knitted scarf and you supply your arms. Learn this quick way to knit for yourself or gifts. Space is very limited – sign up required. if we have enough interest, we may schedule additional times. Don’t forget your arms. Sixth grade and up.
Friday, July 17, 3pm: Open Craft Day. Pom poms and pipe cleaners and sequins, oh my! We will have all kinds of supplies and you can create anything you desire on your own. It will be a treasure chest for your creativity. All ages.
Tuesday, July 21, 10am: Storytime with Ms. Heather for our younger library users. We will have a story, activities, and a snack.
Wednesday, July 22, 3pm: Make Your Own Batman/Superman. These round little guys are ready for action. All ages.
Thursday, July 23, 3pm: Earbud Hacks. Make earbuds one-of-a-kind, plus discover a great way to keep them tangle free. Sixth grade and older.
Friday, July 24, 3pm: Movie Time! Although the movie is TBA, it will be a great title for all ages. We’ll have treats for everyone.
Tuesday, July 28, 10am: Storytime with Ms. Heather for our younger library users. We will have a story, activities, and a snack.
Wednesday, July 29, 3pm: Vibrobots. You might remember brushbots from last summer. This year, we’ll step up our game and make these a little different. All ages.
Thursday, July 30, 3pm: Word Explosion Pillows. We will stitch this awesome accent using felt. So, pick BOOM, POW, BANG or some other appropriate word to accessorize your space. We will also have patterns for favorite superhero logos for you to use. Sixth grade and older.
Friday, July 31, 3pm: Grand Finale. To celebrate the end of our summer reading program, we draw for door prizes, eat treats and patiently wait for our grand prize drawings at 4pm. All reading logs should be turned in by 3pm so you get one more opportunity to win.

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HOOPLA updates

Are you using HOOPLA? It is a service, accessible by using your library card. that lends movies, ebooks, music downloads and more. Recently, they added the ebook portion of this experience, along with DC comic books. To download two free items per month, go to hoopladigital.com. Set up an account by choosing the Nortonville Public LIbrary as your home library. You will need your library card number, as well as the 4 digit pin you chose when your account was set up. If you have forgotten this information, please stop by the library and we will be happy to help.  To work, your account must be in good standing.

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eBooks and Audiobooks

Use a Kansas library card number, available from your local library, to download free ebooks and audiobooks from the Kansas State Library. Simply go to www.kslc.org and choose from OneClickdigital Audiobooks, Freading ebooks, Tumblebooks ebooks for children or 3M Cloud Library ebooks. These resources are free to any Kansas resident. For more information, contact your local library.

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Kansas State Library Resources

The Kansas State Library offers numerous databases and online resources for residents of Kansas, all available for free, at www.kslc.org. A Kansas library card number, from your local library, is required to access them from your personal computer.  The current list includes:

Academic Search Premier
Agricola
Applied Science & Technology Abstracts
Art Abstracts
Art Full Text
Education Abstracts
Fuente Academica
GreenFILE
Legal Collection
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Religion and Philosophy Collection
TOPICSearch
ERIC
Auto Repair Reference Center
Business Source Premier
Computer Source
Professional Development Collection
Small Business Reference Center
Regional Business News
Library Literature & Information Science Index
LISTA
MAS Ultra
MasterFILE Premier
Vocational & Career Collection
Consumer Health Complete
Alternative Health Watch
Health Source: Consumer Edition
European Views of the Americas (1493-1750)
History Reference Center
Military & Government Collection
Middle Search Plus
Primary Search
Teacher Reference Center
Literary Reference Center
Newspaper Source Plus
Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Medica Latina
MEDLINE
NoveList Plus
Book Collection Non-fiction (elementary school edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (full edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (high school edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (middle school edition)
Britannica Online Academic Edition
Britannica Online School Edition
Britannica Online Public Library Edition
Spanish Reference Center
LearningExpress Library
Job & Career Accelerator
Mango Languages
ProQuest
HeritageQuest
Nursing & Allied Health Source
Genealogy Connect
Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854-1865
Virtual Reference Library

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Thriving in Tough Times

The State Library of Kansas has compiled several helpful internet tools for employment, finances, housing, health families and seniors. These resources are available at http://thrivingintoughtimes.wordpress.com. This virtual library will help you with everything from rental property disputes to locating a good childcare facility.

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Preschool Storytime

Each week, when school is in session, we will host a preschool storytime for our youngest library users on Thursdays at 10:30. Each session will last about 30-45 minutes and feature stories, games, songs and lots of fun. Be sure to join us and share this special time with your little ones.

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Book Review: Creep by Jennifer Hillier

CREEP (207x320)Jennifer Hillier makes her fiction debut with Creep, a thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dr. Sheila Tao, professor of psychology, doesn’t know what she is in for when she ends a months long affair with her teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe. Newly engaged to an investment banker, Sheila’s conscience steers her toward this decision. Ethan isn’t accustomed to being turned down and his obsession with her grows. A cat-and-mouse game begins with blackmail and threats. While evading Ethan’s determined will, one of her students is found stabbed to death. Can she escape his clutches without her colleagues or her fiance’ discovering her most intimate secrets?

At first, you might believe you know where this novel is going, but don’t write it off so easily. The surprising end has an unexpected twist. So, cancel your plans and settle in because this book is difficult to put down.

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Book Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop

Reviewed by Marjorie Belveal for Young Adults

Scotty, a fifteen year old sophomore has two thing on his mind, Krista and basketball, and attends high school in the middle of nowhere. As the snow starts falling in the morning, students wait for school to be cancelled. This does not happen and by the time school dismisses for the day,  there were blizzard conditions. At the end of the day, seven students waited for rides from their parents, including Scotty. No one came for them. There was no cell phone service, lights, heat or water. This is a story of seven people, not really friends, coming together to survive. It was as if no one knew they were there. With Scotty telling this story, I felt as if I was there with them. At the end, I felt there were some issues left unsolved, but I liked the book because the students were able to work together with minimal disagreements.

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Book Review: The Last Song

 By Megan Domann

    When a rebellious teenager, Ronnie, and her little brother, Jonah, are forced to visit her dad for the summer it creates a story of love, forgiveness, and heart-breaking sadness that will have you crying over the pages. Ronnie has felt a strong hatred for her dad since her parent’s divorce, as well as hating the fact of being  with her dad for the summer. But soon Ronnie realizes what’s important in life. She grows and learns from her experiences of the summer. This is what makes this book by Nicholas Sparks worth reading.    

    I very much recommend this book to all teenagers and adults. This book is indeed a good read, a book you could sit down and read for hours. I love this book, though it is sad, at the same time it is very romantic and loving. This book is full  of good humor and fun-loving romantic situations. I feel this book will be enjoyable to all who read it.

    Nicholas Sparks has created a book full of truly real characters in real life situations. Within the pages of this book, Ronnie learns to love and to be loved, and to cherish life. Her summer with her dad and brother, changes her forever and for the better.
    I very much recommend this book. I don’t expect that this loving book would disappoint anyone. The Last Song is definitely a book worth reading.

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Book Review: The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

Did you ever have the assignment of writing your own obituary? It’s the kind of thing that makes you look back on your life and ponder.

James Kier has a similar experience. He reads his own obituary upon waking one morning and, before he can respond, finds the comments under his online obituary less than complimentary. His girlfriend, upon hearing of his untimely death, goes on a huge shopping spree using his credit card.  His company’s chief operating officer, and weekly squash partner, calls him the Grinch, Scrooge and Bergermeister all rolled into one.  His history with his soon-to-be ex-wife and his son is less than ideal.

Richard Paul Evans manages to bring us this story of a man who gets a reality check without being overly emotional. It is a quick read with short chapters for those of us with little time. 

If you have read Nicholas Sparks, you will find his style similar to Evans. A lot of depth and very real characters. Both authors have several titles that make us feel our humanity just a bit more that usual. 

If you don’t find The Christmas List on the new shelf, we will be happy to place a hold on it for you. We would also be happy to share other titles by these authors with you, as well.

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