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Prince and the Dressmaker – book review

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang Graphic Novel Young Adult Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Frances is a young seamstress who finds a position as the Prince’s “dressmaker” when one of her designs – very risqué – debuts at a ball held in his honor. Prince Sebastian loves her ideas and wants her to make eye-catching, traffic-stopping gowns for him when he dresses up as Lady…


Thanks for the Trouble – book review

Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach Realistic Fiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Parker Santé hasn’t spoken in 5 years when he meets the mysterious, silver-haired Zelda Toth, whom he’s attempting to rob in the dining room of the Palace Hotel. He’s so distracted by her presence that he leaves his notebook at the scene of the crime. When he returns to retrieve it, she’s reading it….


Pajamarama February 2019 Gallery

This month at Pajamarama, families joined us for fun stories about Valentine’s Day!  One of the books we read was, “If You’ll Be my Valentine” by Cynthia Rylant, then we counted hearts and made a card to give to a friend.  Hope you enjoy the pictures! For more details, dates and times for Pajamarama, please check the Huntley Area Public Library’s official website, the print or online copy of the library’s newsletter…


After School Crew January 2019 Gallery

Kids in grades 1-5 gathered to explore STEAM themes after school. We enjoyed various games, activities, movies, and arts & crafts, along with a snack.  Enjoy the photos! For more details, dates and times for children’s programs, please check the Huntley Area Public Library’s official website, the print or online copy of the library’s newsletter The Whole Story.


Bookstagram Contest – grades 6-12

Design and photograph an artful arrangement of objects to go along with your favorite book title(s) and submit your photo for a chance to win an Amazon gift card and some teen book swag. Need ideas? Check out some examples by clicking on these links: #Bookstagram: How Readers Changed the Way We Use Instagram #Bookstagram hashtag on Instagram Bookstagram for Beginners Fill out the form below and upload your very…


My Heartbeat – book review

My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ellen, 14, is close to her older brother Link (short for Lincoln) and his best friend James. She’s had a crush on James for as long as she can remember, which both Link and James think is adorable. They often allow her to tag along on their adventures and be a part of their conversations. It’s not…


Proud – book review

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Mohammed Biography/Autobiography/Memoir Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ibtihaj Muhammad describes her path to the 2016 Olympics from her childhood, where her parents encouraged all of their children to participate in sports, discovery of fencing (her mother was actually the one who saw the fencing team practicing at the high school Ibti was to attend and pushed her to…


Stuffed Animal Sleepover Pajamarama January 2019 Gallery

We had a Stuffed Animal Sleepover this month at Pajamarama!  Twenty animals were dropped off ahead of time and we took pictures of their adventures all over the library. Families joined us on Tuesday for fun stories about sleeping, like “The Stuffed Animals Get Ready for Bed” by Alison Inches, then we sang and danced with our friends.  Everyone enjoyed seeing what their stuffed friends did at the library.  Hope you enjoy the pictures too! For…


To Night Owl from Dogfish – book review

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer Funny LGBT Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great) Bett Devlin and Avery Bloom first “meet” when Bett discovers that their dads are secretly dating, secretly sending them to a fancy schmancy summer camp, and secretly planning to explore China by motorcycle.  The girls are outraged.  They like things fine just the way they are.  As they…

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