Adult Staff Picks for March

Looking for your next read? Here are some books we read and loved!

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler

This book is described on the jacket as “wickedly funny yet emotionally devastating” and it is that and more. I can’t stop thinking about it and plan on recommending it to everyone I know. It is definitely one of my favorites and will be put on my “read again” list.
-Debbie


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The Enchanted April

Elizabeth von Arnim

The Enchanted April is a wonderful find from the fiction shelves of relationships, families, and self-discovery that revolves around four women who meet at a medieval Italian castle rented for the month of April. The cold, wet rain of a February in London drives the ladies to seek the warm sea air enveloped in the aromas of wisteria. While it starts out a little slow, the story quickly develops into one that you will not want to put down as you become enchanted in the developing friendship of the women and the villa gardens they inhabit.
-Andy


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Murder as a Fine Art

David Morrell

Rambo and The Brotherhood of the Rose creator David Morrell takes on the Victorian Detective novel in Murder as a Fine Art. Thomas De Quincey, author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is accused of a series of gruesome murders and must track down the real culprit. While the story can be a bit over the top at times, it fast paced and always entertaining.
-Mike


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Sex on the Moon : The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

Ben Mezrich

Sex on the Moon is an adventure worthy of D. B. Cooper. Mezrich tells the story of Thad Roberts, a NASA co-op student, who stole several grams of moon rocks from a lab at NASA. The story is a non-stop adventure is filled with adventure, romance and humor, and you will come to root for Thad as one of the more likable bad guys of American history.
-Andy

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St Paddy’s Day Kids Create

Kids Create is a fun craft program for children ages 2-5. In March we celebrated St. Paddy’s Day by making a Pot of Gold craft, Shamrock Crown, Leprechaun stick puppet and a St. Paddy’s Day card. The children enjoy making crafts and we always try to incorporate a different painting technique in each session.

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We made St. Paddy Day cards by painting with green peppers!

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Our Shamrock Crowns were so much fun to make….

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and wear!

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We even found the Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold!

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The Leprechaun stick puppets were fun to color and afterwards they danced around the room! The Leprechauns gave us bubble gum coins– Yummy!

You can find these crafts and more on our Kids Create Pinterest Board. Check our event calendar to register for other upcoming craft programs!

Young Adult Staff Picks for March

We loved these books and we think you will too!

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Enclave

Ann Aguirre

The Huntress Deuce is drawn to her new partner, Fade, a mysterious boy who is not afraid to break the rules of the elders, and they push the enclave to test their faith and protect themselves from unexpected dangers.
-Megan

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Michael Vey : The Prisoner of Cell 25

Richard Paul Evans

Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them.
-Crystal

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Perfect Ruin

Lauren DeStefano

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives in Internment, a floating city utopia. But when a murder occurs, everything she knows starts to unravel.
-Serena

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The Burning Sky

Sherry Thomas

A young elemental mage named Iaolanthe Seabourne discovers her shocking power and destiny when she is thrown together with a deposed prince to lead a rebellion against a tyrant.
-Megan

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Eve

Anna Carey

In 2032, sixteen years after a virus wiped out most of the population, Eve discovers the terrible fate that awaits students when they graduate from an all-girls school, and she sets off on a treacherous journey into the wilds of The New America.
-Megan

Feeling Fancy: Our Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Pinkies up, it’s time to party Fancy Nancy style! On February 28, 2014 the Mooresville Public Library hosted its first Fancy Nancy Tea Party. Children were invited to come to the library dressed in their finest apparel to attend a special tea party and to participate in crafts and activities based on Jane O’Connor’s popular Fancy Nancy books.

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First we listened to the original Fancy Nancy story. While I read the story, the children ate their cookies and sipped lemonade. I chose to go with lemonade instead of actual tea because children tend to prefer it, and I could serve it cold and not worry about anyone getting burned or how to keep it warm. During the reading we practiced holding our pinkies up and saying fancy French words such as merci, which is French for thank you.

The children were then invited to play at the stations set up around the room:

Create a Plume: The children made a fancy plume (pen with a feather). You simply take a feather and put it on the end of the pen and wrap it with flower tape and voila! You have a plume pen that even Nancy would be proud to tote around. I set up paper on the wall to let the children sign their signature with their new pens.

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Bibliophile: Nancy loves books so I set out a variety of books available for checkout or just for reading during the program. They weren’t all Fancy Nancy books, although a great many of them were. I also included the Pinkalicious series by Victoria Kann, The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett, and several other princess themed books.

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Dress-Up Station: At this station I put out dress-up clothing. I had boys and girls in my group so I made sure that there was something for everyone including Minnie Mouse costumes, fairy wings, princess dresses, a construction hat, tools, and a fireman outfit. Everybody loves to dress up and accessorize!

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Star Wands: I glued a star template onto a large Popsicle stick and the children designed a spectacular star wand to take home with glitter glue, jewels, and crayons. Here is the link for the star template that I used.

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Play Dough: Nancy loves to bake and decorate! At this station, the children created some culinary creations of their very own with play dough and cupcake, pizza maker, and baking toys.

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Insects: Nancy also loves bugs, especially butterflies. At this station I put out a green rice sensory bin with plastic bugs (from the dollar store) and cups to scoop them up with. Here is the recipe to make your own rice sensory bin. The children learned and explored more about the insects with magnifying glasses and real bugs encased in resin.

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We all had a blast reading about Nancy and getting our dress-up on. Check out more books about Nancy at the Mooresville Public Library’s website and for further Fancy Nancy ideas check us out on Pinterest and look under our Where Did You Find That? board for more crafts and activities to do with Nancy and her friends!

-Megan Mosher
Library Assistant II Youth Services