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Read? You betcha.
Cover Art Minnesotans have a unique view of the world. Maybe it's our too-long winters, or our too-short summers. Check out our Minnesota Stories book list, filled with exciting tales by Minnesotan authors and illustrators. Pick one to keep you company over the chilly winter break!
 
posted Dec 22, 2013 by Tony H.

Fan of "Frozen"?
Cover Art Have you seen the new Disney move "Frozen"? If you can't get enough of adventure stories with a fairy tale flair, take a look at all the awesome reading suggestions on our Fairy Tales With New Twists book list.
 
posted Dec 16, 2013 by Amy L.

Homework Rescue
Need help with your homework before winter break? Even if you can't make it to a Homework Help session at a library, you can still get the tutoring you need. Homework Rescue provides free online tutoring every day from 1:00 to 11:00 p.m. You can access it from computers in the library or at home using your library card.
 
posted Dec 8, 2013 by Tony H.

"The Maze of Bones" online book club
Cover Art Don't get bored over winter break: join our online kids book club the week of December 30. We will be talking about the book The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan. Have you read it yet? If yes, it will be super easy for you to share your opinions! If not, you still have plenty of time to check out a copy (in any format, including eBook and audio book) and read it (or at least get a good start). Register today! You can participate in the online book club any time of day throughout the week, December 30-January 3. Every day we will have new discussion questions, opinion polls, trivia questions, and more! You just need a current email address (may use family email) and Internet access (you can use a computer at the library, at home or a mobile device) to join in the fun. You can be in the online book club wherever you are, even if you are vacationing in Tahiti!
 
posted Dec 2, 2013 by Amy L.

Lots of luck!
Cover Art Are you waiting to receive your copy of Hard Luck? You're in luck because there are plenty of other great books for Greg Heffley fans. Check out our Wimpy Kid read-alike booklist.
 
posted Nov 18, 2013 by Tony H.

Choose your weapon
Cover Art Gordon Parks was a famous photographer whose pictures can be found in museums around the world. Learn about his life and his art through dance and music at One Minneapolis One Read: Choosing Your Weapons.
 
posted Nov 3, 2013 by Johannah G.

Stop bullying
Cover Art If you are being bullied or you know someone who is, tell a trusted adult about it. Go to stopbullying.gov for more information about what you can do to stop bullying at your school and in your community. The Bullying book list has stories and nonfiction about kids dealing with bullies. Remember, you are not alone. Together we can end bullying.
 
posted Oct 27, 2013 by Tony H.

Scary stories
Cover Art The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. It's the perfect time for monsters. If you love spooky tales of ghosts and goblins, check out our Scary Stories book list. These books are frightfully fun!
 
posted Oct 13, 2013 by Tony H.

Welcome to Fernbrook Elementary
Our new KidLinks School Partner is Fernbrook Elementary in Maple Grove. During the school year, I visit classrooms at our partner schools and those students pick their favorite books and authors to be featured on KidLinks. What authors would you and your classmates pick? If you would like me to visit your school so your class can learn more about KidLinks, please ask your teacher to e-mail Amy today!
 
posted Oct 9, 2013 by Amy L.

What is a Rube Goldberg machine?
Cover Art A Rube Goldberg machine is a complicated machine that completes a simple task. Create your own or a different art project at Paint It Green!
 
posted Sep 29, 2013 by Johannah G.

Homework Help
Homework Help has begun! Start the school year off right by getting one-on-one tutoring at 11 libraries. Check the Homework Help page for times and locations.
 
posted Sep 22, 2013 by Tony H.

Nancy Clancy online book club Sept. 23-27
Cover Art Join other kids next week for an online book club to talk about the Big Library Read book, “Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth.” You can check out the book as an eBook, audiobook download, or regular print book! Register now with your e-mail (or your parent's e-mail) and we will send you a user name and log-in information. Participate in the online book club any time during the week and answer discussion questions, trivia, opinion polls, and more!
"Nancy Clancy" is the featured book of the Big Library Read program sponsored by Overdrive. As part of Big Library Read, library patrons from across the country will have unlimited checkout access to "Nancy Clancy" eBook and audiobook downloads from Sept. 16-30.
 
posted Sep 16, 2013 by Amy L.

Do you know the library has eBooks?
Cover Art You can check out eBooks from the library! We have chapter books and picture books for kids and teens of all ages. We have a wide variety of titles, including popular fiction and nonfiction. Get the details on our eBooks and More page.
 
posted Sep 10, 2013 by Amy L.

Let's celebrate!
Cover Art Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage month by attending a music or activity program. Celebrating Hispanic heritage means celebrating people who speak Spanish and the culture they enjoy. Click for a full list of events.
 
posted Sep 2, 2013 by Johannah G.

Don't forget your library card!
Do you have all your school supplies? Don’t forget one of the most important items for a successful school year: your library card. With your card, you can access helpful homework resources online. You can even receive online tutoring every day from 1:00 to 11:00 p.m. To get started, just head to the library’s Homework Help page.
 
posted Aug 26, 2013 by Tony H.

Tell us what you think of our summer reading site!
Did you like our new summer Bookawocky site? Take this short survey to give us your opinions! You are the expert and we need your opinions to make our summer reading site even better next year.
 
posted Aug 14, 2013 by Amy L.

Collect them all
Have you earned all of the Bookawocky badges? If not, there's still time to get the rest. Read anything funny lately? Write a review to earn the LOL badge. Did you go exploring at summer camp? Write a blog post about it to earn the Adventure badge. Think you're an animal expert? Take a quiz to earn the Animals badge. There are lots of ways to earn your badges. Collect them all!
 
posted Aug 5, 2013 by Tony H.

Shake, Shake, Shake
Cover Art Hey, music lover! Shake your booty to live music. Visit us for a Global Folk, Paul Spring, or Snapdragon Seeds Music program.
 
posted Jul 30, 2013 by Johannah G.

Waiting for the "Sea of Monsters" movie?
Cover Art We have great reading suggestions for you on our "If You Like Percy Jackson" book list. Keep yourself busy while you wait to see the latest movie based on Rick Riordan's popular series. The movie opens August 7!
 
posted Jul 24, 2013 by Amy L.

Join an online book club!
Cover Art There's still time to join an online book club this summer! Online book clubs are a great way to earn badges for Bookawocky. Our Girls Only and Guys Read book clubs are open to kids entering 4th through 6th grades. (There are also book clubs for teens entering 6th through 8th grades.)

Our next online book clubs will take place August 5-9. Guys Read will take on The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. Girls Only will read Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

You can participate in an online book club any time of day throughout the week, and every day we have new discussion questions, opinion polls, trivia questions, and more! You just need a current email address (may use family email) and Internet access (you can use a computer at the library, at home or a mobile device) to join in the fun.
 
posted Jul 15, 2013 by Tony H.

What are other kids reading this summer?
Cover Art Do you want to know what books other kids are going crazy for this summer? Or maybe even what books they don't like? Find out by reading book reviews written by kids. And you can write your own reviews and share your opinions. Every time you write a review, you can earn an online badge and enter a drawing to win a free book! You can also find book lists made by other kids and make your own lists to earn badges.
 
posted Jul 9, 2013 by Amy L.

Pictures of you
A self-portrait is a picture you make of yourself. Sign up for an Art Out of the Box program to learn about portraits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and to create your own.
 
posted Jul 1, 2013 by Johannah G.

Have you earned any online badges yet?
Did you know you can earn online badges on our brand new summer reading website? We have eight awesome badges inlcuding Animals and Mystery. You can earn bages by reviewing books, creating book lists, taking quizes, and writing blog posts. Don't wait, start earning badges today!
 
posted Jun 24, 2013 by Amy L.

Knock, knock!
Cover Art Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Boo.
Boo who?
Don't cry, we've got lots of funny stories to keep you smiling on rainy days. And after you've laughed your way through one of those books, be sure to pick up the LOL badge on Bookawocky!
 
posted Jun 17, 2013 by Tony H.

Start earning online badges!
We have a brand new summer reading website, Bookawocky! You can earn online badges by reviewing books, making book lists, taking quizes, and writing blog posts about how you are using the library this summer. And you can find out what other kids and teens are reading and doing this summer. Every time you earn a badge you can enter a drawing to win a free book. We have eight different badges and you can earn as many badges as you want in any combination (although you can only win once). So don't wait; get your summer off to a great start and begin your summer reading today!
 
posted Jun 8, 2013 by Amy L.

Giants of Science
Cover Art Some of Minnesota's giants of science will be at the library this summer. Learn about animals at Bananawocky, presented by the Como Zoo. Explore batteries at Frogs, Volts and Vinegar or magnetism at Mini-Magnets, presented by the Bakken Museum.
 
posted Jun 3, 2013 by Johannah G.

Register for the online book club
Cover Art Spend some time this summer talking about awesome books with other awesome kids through our online book clubs! Register today for our first club and join in the discussion of Breadcrumbs the week of June 24-28. We will even have a live chat with the book's author, Anne Ursu, on June 25. You can participate in the online book club any time of day throughout the week, and every day we have new discussion questions, opinion polls, trivia questions, and more! You just need a current email address (may use family email) and Internet access (you can use a computer at the library, at home or a mobile device) to join in the fun.
 
posted May 28, 2013 by Amy L.

Don't miss these awesome new books
Cover Art Have you read "You Only Die Twice," the latest book in the "Genius Files" series yet? Or how about the most recent book by LIz Kessler, "Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun"? Be sure to take a look at our recently updated New Books list to see what books have just been added to our library's collection. You will find books by your favorite authors and by authors you have never heard of before!
 
posted May 20, 2013 by Amy L.

Time to finish that homework
There's only one month left until the end of school, but homework's not over yet! If you need help, head over to our Homework Help page. You can get one-on-one tutoring at local libraries or online. Or give your final project a boost with the library's databases.
 
posted May 6, 2013 by Tony H.

Calling all Lego® maniacs!
Cover Art Build wild creations beyond the imagination at LEGO® Mania! Bring the whole family.
 
posted Apr 29, 2013 by Johannah G.

Practice being a poet
Cover Art Why not celebrate National Poetry Month with a visit to popular poet Shel Silverstein's website? You can play wacky games and create your own poems using Shel's words. And don't forget to check out one or two or three of Shel Silverstein's books from the library.
 
posted Apr 24, 2013 by Amy L.

Bust a rhyme
Cover Art It is now April
which means it's Poetry Month
so enjoy this verse.

That's a haiku, which is a type of poem. Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a poem of your own or read something from our Poetry Fun booklist.
 
posted Apr 8, 2013 by Tony H.

Green Art Projects
Cover Art Create green art, learn about other cultures and have a great time at Paint It Green. Register today!
 
posted Apr 1, 2013 by Johannah G.

Wizardry
Oz the Great and Powerful is the 13th movie based on Frank L. Baum's 1900 book. And, Baum wrote 13 more Oz books. According to the Library of Congress, The Wizard of Oz is the most-watched movie ever. And a People magazine poll found it the favorite movie of the 20th century. The Library of Congress has an online exhibition, The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale.
 
posted Mar 25, 2013 by Susan W.

Celebrate Women's History Month
Cover Art March is Women's History Month! Why not read a book about an exciting and inspiring woman from the Women's Biographies or Beyond Curie book lists? You can also find fun and fascinating information on our Women's History subject guide.
 
posted Mar 19, 2013 by Amy L.

Spotlight on Authors
Cover Art Does Dan Gutman make you bust a gut? Are you on the hunt for more Erin Hunter? If you have an author you love, check out the author's website! Many authors post stories, games, and more on their personal websites. We've collected some links to favorites on our Spotlight on Authors page.
 
posted Mar 11, 2013 by Tony H.

Are you the next J.K. Rowling?
Cover Art If you like to create stories, be sure to attend First Pages for Kids. These writing classes are taught by teachers from the Loft Literary Center. Register today!
 
posted Mar 4, 2013 by Johannah G.

Fun and Games on KidLinks
Winter is a great time to explore KidLinks! Look today for a database or website you have never used before. One of my favorites in the fun and games blue bubble is National Geographic: games and puzzles. It also has action games, geography games and interactive adventures.
 
posted Feb 25, 2013 by Susan W.

Book reviews by kids for kids
Cover Art Want to know what books other kids are reading and what they like? Want to tell the world about what you are reading? Share your opinions and write a readers' review. It's quick and easy!
 
posted Feb 21, 2013 by Amy L.

February is Black History Month
Cover Art Celebrate Black History Month by reading amazing fiction about African American kids. Or read the thrilling true stories of African American heroes. And for more information, check out the KidLinks Black History page.
 
posted Feb 11, 2013 by Tony H.

Reuse it!
Cover Art Join us for Paint It Green where you'll create cool art and reuse what may have ended up in the trash.
 
posted Feb 4, 2013 by Johannah G.

And the winner is...
Cover Art What do you think was the best book of last year? A national committee of librarians just gave the Newbery Award to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Have you read it yet? Be sure to check out other Newbery Award winner and honor books, past and present. Don't stop there, our Award Winning Books will take you to the best of different types of books, including True Books and books for Beginning Readers.
 
posted Jan 28, 2013 by Amy L.

I have a dream
Do you know why the President used two Bibles for his swearing-in? One is Abraham Lincoln's because he signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves 150 years ago, and one is Martin Luther King Jr.'s because he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago. To hear Dr. King give his speech, go to KidLinks>Homework Help>Current Events>Info Track Student and enter "I have a dream speech" in the search box.
 
posted Jan 21, 2013 by Susan W.

Start the New Year with a new book!
Cover Art Need something new and exciting to read? Take a look at our New Books list to find cool, weird, and wacky books that have recently been added to the library's collection. Maybe you want to check out Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead or a new book by Lemony Snickett?
 
posted Jan 14, 2013 by Amy L.

Readers' lists
Looking for your next read? Browse the thousands of readers' lists that have been created by kids just like you. Or maybe you'd like to share your favorite books with the world. Pick a theme and create your own book list!
 
posted Jan 7, 2013 by Tony H.

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