Monday, December 28, 2015

"There's A Dinosaur In My Bathtub" Book Review

There's A Dinosaur In My Bathtub by Cataline Echeverri 
Easy/ Picture book

Reviewed by Ethan

What is this book about? "There was a french dinosaur that came to a girls bathtub for the summer and did a bunch of fun things with her."

Dinosaur-lover Ethan gave this book 3/5 stars!

"Red Riding Hood Takes Charge" Book Review

Red Riding Hood Takes Charge by Tony Bradman
Chapter Book
AR level 4
Reviewed by Allie Marie

Story Summary: "Little Red Riding Hood's grandma's lonely and she tries to make her happy."

This book got 4/5 stars from its reviewer who enjoyed the ending and because she likes grandma's. 

This book is part of the After Happily Ever After series, alternately named, Happily Ever After. They provide a modern and funny twist while continuing from where the original fairy tale stories ended.

"Ol Mama Squirrel" Book Review

Ol Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
Easy/ Picture book
AR level 2.7
Reviewed by Abby

What is this book about? "The mama squirrel does not want anyone near her baby squirrels. She chased away an owl, a dog, a man and a bear with a little help from her friends."

This book received  5/5 stars by Abby who thought mama squirrel was funny. 

David Ezra Stein is an award winning author and illustrator of other children favorites such as Interrupting ChickenLove, Mouserella and Leaves.

Great review Abby! Thanks :)

"The Smashing Scroll" Book Review

The Smashing Scroll by Michael Dahl
Chapter Book
AR level 3.3 
33 pages

Reviewed by Elliot 

What was this story about? "A big smashing scroll that was going to cover the earth."

This book was given 4.5 stars out of 5 by Elliot who said the book "had a shocking appearance and a shocking ending."

This is an adventure story with short and simple sentences- a good beginning chapter book.

Thanks for the review Elliot! 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"What Do Ducks Dream?" Book Review

What Do Ducks Dream? by Harriet Ziefert
Easy/ Picture Book

Reviewed by: Landyn 

Whats this book about?: "It's not just about what ducks dream while the are sleeping but about other farm animals as well. And possible dreams you may have."

This book received 5 stars for its colorful pictures and interesting story. It was even read and re-read several times!

"Flutterby" Book Review

Flutterby by Stephen Cosgrove
AR: 4.3
Beginning Reader

 Reviewed by: Allie Marie

What was the story about? "Flutterby didn't know who she was so she went and asked people. A wise butterfly helped her."

This book was given 5 stars because the story pictures are similar to My Little Ponies!

Thanks for a GREAT review!!

Friday, December 4, 2015

A shoutout to our puppeteers

Many thanks to the teen volunteers who helped out at our Open House this past week. Xiaowen, Reyna, Isleta, Xiang, Noella, Isabella and Blaine did a fantastic job entertaining the kids during this Holiday storytime with a puppet show based on Jan Brett's The Mitten.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Teens Top Ten 2015 winners

Over 27,000 votes were cast by readers this year voting for Teens Top Ten. And the results are:
  1. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  2.  I Become Shadow by Joe Shine.
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
  4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak.
  5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.
  7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu.
  8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.
  9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
  10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith.
 Congratulations to the winning books and if you haven't had the chance to look at any of these, we encourage you to check them out! Thanks to all our DPL voters who participated.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Frankenstein Friday

Frankenstein's monster is one of literature's most well-known horror characters and his story one of the greatest creation myths of all time. This British novel, published in 1818 by Mary Shelley, continues to be remade as each new generation finds ways to make the creature their own, asking questions about science, society and the value of life.

With such popularity, is it any wonder that an entire day is devoted to this monster and his creator? According to Holiday Insights, the last Friday of October is called Frankenstein Friday and to help you celebrate this day, we've compiled a short list of Frankenstein type stories for extra reading...

This Dark Endeavor: The apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
Twin brother Konrad and Victor discover a Dark Library filled with books about alchemy and ancient remedies. This is a sort of precursor to Mary Shelley's novel. The sequel to this book is Such Wicked Intent. 
Read more about the series on Kenneth Oppel's website

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
 Percy Bysshe Shelley challenges Victor Frankenstein's religious beliefs during their first year as students at Oxford. Victor begins experimenting with reanimating the dead. Various other literary figures appear in this book, such as Lord Byron and Mary Shelley herself.
 The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells While this one may not have anything to do with Frankenstein per se, The Island of Doctor Moreau offers a similar "mad scientist" feel. Forced away from society because of his cruel experiments, Dr. Moreau finds his own island where he can attempt to transform animals into manlike beings.
Monster: a novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltserman
" The supernatural, unmissable new novel by the ALA Best Horror award nominee. In nineteenth-century Germany, one young man counts down the days until he can marry his beloved . . . until she is found brutally murdered, and the young man is accused of the crime. Broken on the wheel and left for dead, he awakens on a lab table, transformed into an abomination. Friedrich must go far to take his revenge --only to find his tormentor, Victor Frankenstein, in league with the Marquis de Sade, creating something much more sinister deep in the mountains. Paranormal and gripping in the tradition of the best work of Stephen King and Justin Cronin, Monster is a gruesome parable of control and vengeance, and an ingenious tribute to one of literature's greatest"  - description taken from Amazon


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Book Buddies

Book Buddies

We want to start a reading club in our Children's Department!  An early reader would be matched with an older reader.  They could read to each other for about 30 minutes on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Please come in to sign up at our Children's Department desk, or email us at:

Please include in the email the child's name, age and favorite type of book.

Hopefully, we can begin meeting soon.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Spotlight: "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
374 pages
Science Fiction
Not part of a series
Recommended age 14+ 

 Ready Player One is a futuristic book set in year 2044 in an ugly, overpopulated, run down version of our world. This futuristic book is part adventure story, part love story... but mostly adventure.

 It centers around high schooler Wade Watts, a.k.a. Parzival, who spends most of his time in the OASIS, a hyper-realistic virtual gaming world. This is where he goes to school, hangs out with his friends and escapes the terrible, real world he lives in.

When OASIS creator James Halliday dies, he leaves his fortune - billions of dollars- to the first person to uncover an Easter egg, something Halliday has hidden within the game. This is a puzzle, a quest based on Halliday's favorite movies, comic books and video games. To complete this quest, players must find and obtain 3 keys which will unlock 3 gates, leading them closer to finding the Easter egg and winning the money.

 Several years pass after Halliday's death and still no one is any closer to solving these puzzles as the day Halliday died. While many players give up the quest, Parzival continues his search, with hopes of using his winnings to create a better life for himself.

Parzival's quest to solve Halliday's puzzle is filled with 70's,80's, 90's nostalgia and will appeal to readers of multiple age groups. If you like science fiction and adventure stories, this is a must read.

This book is available in hardback, call #: F Cline, Science Fiction.
Get the audiobook, read by Wil Wheaton, straight to your smartphone through Camellia Net.

Check out the New York Times Review for more!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Happy Birthday Arthur Weasley

Happy Birthday to our favorite muggle-obsessed father, Arthur Weasley! 

 As head of the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office in the Ministry of Magic, Arthur's job is to keep  muggles away from objects that have been bewitched by wizards. Of course we all remember the flying Ford Anglia that Arthur enchanted to fly and what a mess that created for him at work after Harry and Ron flew the car all the way to Hogwarts.

 Arthur is fascinated with simple things such as batteries, plugs and bus stops, but anyone who has read the Harry Potter series knows that Arthur's dearest wish is to know how airplanes fly. Well wouldn't he love to know that our new LSTA grant is all about science! 

Over the next few weeks we will be getting books as part of this grant. Look for a little green sticker that says 'LSTA' on the spine  to see if it is part of this grant. This covers subjects like math, space, animals, plants, biology, physics, chemistry and more. So be sure to think of Arthur Weasley as you peruse these new items, although, I'm afraid we won't have any books on how to enchant a car to fly or become invisible. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015's Top 15

This list of young adult books has been gathered based on popularity at Decatur Public Library for 2015!

Top 15 Books
15. Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
14. Bewitching by Alex Flinn
13. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
12. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
11.Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
10. Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
7. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
6. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green