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Those dates with an * indicate that a Board meeting will follow the regular discussion. All meetings will take place starting at 9:30 in the Auditorium at Arlington Central Library.
Help Celebrate the new Saturday Hours of the Young Reader's Center at the Library of Congress on Sat. January 28 between 9:30 and 4:30. Meg Medina and Dr. Hayden will present at 10, Erica Perl at 1. There will be lots of other activities and a surprise parade at 4.
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. - Kit Ballenger
The new school has been built. But he is so nervous! Is he ready to be full of teachers, and students, and learning? Anthropomorphizing the school to help ease the nervousness of kids, who might be attending a new school too, is a typically off-kilter Adam Rex moment. Christian Robinson's gentle and slightly old-fashioned illustrations are a perfect complement. Up to 7. Anonymous.
Benny Barrows is having a difficult time in fourth grade. His best friend moved to Florida. Benny can’t seem to conquer spelling or the multiplication tables. He’s no good at sports. His autistic older brother can be a challenge. Worst of all, his family is barely coping with his father’s recent aneurysm, which Benny’s mom insists was NOT Benny’s fault. Benny tries to apply his mom’s advice that “when bad things happen, you should think about someone else’s problems and try to help them.” But does anyone have bigger problems than Benny? Luckily, Benny has a kind heart and a loving family, and they help him navigate the challenges of his unlucky year. Although Benny is nine, this book would work for 9-12 year olds. (7-10) Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
Sara Pennypacker introduces a classmate of Clementine's in this school story that involves "taking sides" and defining friendship. Waylon is a boy with BIG ideas, and has plans for lots of inventions but there are other issues at school, including a new boy who is scarey and a friend who wants to divide the class into groups. A look at what the world of school and family is like for a gentle thinker who wants to "fit in" but also get along with everyone. A quiet book that will resonate with lots of quiet,kind readers. (7-10) Edie Ching (May agenda)
A boy and his dog, what could be better for a picture book, but his only gets better as both learn about each other and their world. Perkins reminds us that both are "pups" and defines for us Frank's interests (Botany is about plants, Entomology is Science about bugs). Big words interspersed eith wonderful pictures of Frank's adventures chasing ducks and squirrels and deer and looking at the stars together. And there are even predicting the future questions. Science and dogs and boys, what could be better. Up to Seven. Edie Ching. Moved to 7-10.
Miles Murphy moves to the “cow capital” of the country and hates that his lifelong efforts to be the best prankster in school may be threatened by Niles Sparks who already owns the title. Lively cartoons enhance the telling.
Ten year old Albie is kind and thoughtful but has never been the best at anything in school as his parents desire him to be. His new nanny, Calista helps him recognize his strengths and accept himself.
Billy Miller fears not being smart enough for second grade after a summer bump on his head. Appropriate emotional nuances in Billy’s encounters with his parents, sister, teacher, and classmates help Billy’s father’s pronouncement that this is Billy’s year come true.
Kate Winslet's animated narration has listeners cheering for precocious Matilda and booing at mean Miss Trunchbull. Winslet thoroughly captures ever character in one of the best audios ever produced. Another newly-released Penguin audio by Roald Dahl features Derek Jacobi in a superb narration of George's Marvelous Medicine.
When displeased with her classmates’ efforts to win a school-wide reading contest, third-grade super-reader Kelsey Green appeals for their help. Her efforts, illustrated in pencil, lead to discoveries not only about her new and old friends but also about herself.