Happy 4th of July!

All branches of OC Public Libraries will be closed on July 4, 2015
in observance of Independence Day.
But don't forget our eLibrary is always open!
You can download a book
and keep reading to the rhythm even when our branches are closed!


Title Drop! For Kids Who HATE Books

Getting children to enjoy reading has some interesting similarities to having them try a new type of food for the first time: sometimes their first reaction is to lock their faces with parent-proof refusal ("I. DON'T. LIKE. THAT.") and fuse themselves on the molecular level to their favorite distraction (television, mobile device or toy).  Other times they might dive in and read like page-surfing rock stars!

When I was a kid, I didn’t really think about whether or not I liked reading; what first drew me to books were the pictures. I checked out heaps of picture books, graphic novels (or comic books), great big illustrated encyclopedias, as well as books about things that I was super obsessed with at the time, like origami, exotic animals, precious gems, Super Mario, He-Man and She-Ra... My Little Pony.

I like to think those pictures and illustrations helped to build my imagining muscles, like how words and sounds build your talking and story-telling muscles.

Here are some great books to give your child’s imagination a good work-out, while (hopefully) building their interest and love for reading.

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Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel
Both a series of picture books as well as transitional chapter books, Bruel's hilarious misbehaving feline will have kids engrossed and entertained by his cheeky yet endearing antics. Picture books (XFICP) for ages 4 - 8. Chapter books (XFICI) for ages 7 - 10.

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Lunch Lady series by Jarrett Krosoczka
Three kids finally discover what their elementary school lunch lady does when she isn't serving up their daily meal - battling crime armed with an arsenal of secret-weapon kitchen gadgets and awesome martial arts chops! Graphic novel for ages 8 - 12.

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Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton
Everyone's favorite adventuresome journalist mouse narrates his globe-trotting exploits with exciting visuals and text that leaps off of the pages. For ages 7 - 10.

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Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon
An innovative blend of graphic novel and chapter book follows the adventures of a young dragon who hasn't quite gotten the hang of the art of fire-breathing but is a master of his fear. For ages 8 - 12.

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Dork Diaries series by Rachel Russell
Similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Dork Diaries follows the laugh-out-loud thoughts and experiences as written, scribbled and illustrated by a girl who has a lot to say about her world and especially the people in it. For ages 9 - 13.

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Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
Both a series of graphic novels, and regular books with additional illustrations, this New York Times best-selling series features the funny and thoughtful misadventures of a budding young cartoonist. For ages 8 - 12.

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Pokémon series
The manga series inspired by the on-going anime series which is inspired by the mega-hit video game series, starring Ash Ketchum and his little lightning-mouse pal, Pikachu. For ages 9 - 12 years.

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Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows
The New York Times best-selling series about fairies and their friends, from all walks of life! Ocean fairies, princess fairies, sports fairies and more! Chapter books (with occasional illustrations) for ages 7 and up.

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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider) series by Anthony Horowitz
The graphic novel series provides thrilling manga-like visuals to the action and excitement of the novels about a young teen super spy. For ages 10 and up.

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Star Wars: Jedi Academy series by Jeffrey Brown
A sort of graphic novel, sort of diary, that begins in a middle school far, far away... where a young boy is disappointed when he isn't accepted to Pilot Academy and instead finds himself invited to the mysterious Jedi Academy: life as a young padawan has a lot of surprises in store! For ages 8 - 12.

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Darth Vader & Son by Jeffrey Brown
Cute and laugh-riot graphic novel that explores what it would've been like had Darth Vader actually been there as his son Luke was growing up. Series includes Vader's Little Princess, Darth Vader and Friends, and Goodnight Darth Vader. For all ages.

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Adventures of Tintin series by Herge
Re-published in a fresh new omnibus mutli-volume series, this illustrated comic books series by the famous Belgian artist Georges Remi (under the pseudonym Herge) follows young reporter Tintin and his white terrier Snowy as they gallivant around the globe on their exciting investigations. For ages 8 and up.

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Unofficial Minecrafter's Adventure series, by Mark Cheverton
A young gamer who likes to stir up trouble for other players finds himself transported into the game world he loves, teeming with adventure and *gulp* danger! Discovering secrets of the game that even its creators don't know, his quest to return home will take him on a wild digital adventure. For ages 9 and up.

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LEGO-inspired series
If your child loves LEGO, there are several LEGO-themed series for them to enjoy. Ninjago (ninjas and LEGOs, hai-ya!), Star Wars (these are totally the blocks you are looking for), even Super Heroes (Marvel and DC Comics to the rescue!). Graphic novels and early readers for various ages.

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My Little Pony series
Based on the new popular animated series, join Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Fluttershy, hoofed denizens of Equestria in their exploration of magic, mystery and friendship. Graphic novels, early readers and chapterbooks for various ages.

Click on any of the titles or book covers to visit the OC Public Libraries to reserve copies today!

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Read to the Rhythm - Music Themed Upper Level Children's Book List

The Summer Reading Program theme is Read to the Rhythm! Our program began on June 22nd and runs until August 2nd. So far we are loving the music theme! Each branch is incorporating music into their displays, reading program logs, performances, crafts and reading prizes! The fun thing about a music theme is that there are so many music themed books! There are books about musicians, books about instruments and fictional stories that involve music in the plot. In previous posts we have provided a list of music themed picture books and a list of music themed books for intermediate readers. Now we'd like to present to you this list of upper level fiction books for older children. We want to make sure there is a little something for readers of all levels because children who read over the summer will return to school more prepared and advanced than those who didn't read over the summer!

Nothing But the Truth
A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.

Things Hoped For
Andrew Clements
Seventeen-year-old Gwen, who has been living with her grandfather in Manhattan while she attends music school, joins up with another music student to solve the mystery when her grandfather suddenly goes missing.

The Tears of the Salamander
Peter Dickinson
Alfredo, a twelve-year-old choir boy in eighteenth-century Italy, loses his family in a fire, goes to live with Uncle Giorgio, who he discovers is a sorcerer in control of the fires of Mt. Etna with sinister plans for his nephew.

Gail Carson Levine
In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she is.

Gentle’s Holler
Kerry Madden
In the early 1960s, twelve-year-old songwriter Livy Two Weems dreams of seeing the world beyond the Maggie Valley, North Carolina, holler where she lives in poverty with her parents and eight brothers and sisters, but understands that she must put family first.

Aurelie: A Faerie Tale
Heather Tomlinson
Heartsick at losing her two dearest companions, Princess Aurelie finds comfort in the glorious music of the faeries, but the duties of the court call her, as do the needs of her friends.

Is one of your favorite music themed books not on the list? Leave us a comment and share the title!


Read to the Rhythm - Intermediate Level Music Themed Books

The Summer Reading Program started last week and it is off to a great start! All around OC Public Libraries' branches children, teens, and adults are signing up and getting ready to read! In an earlier post we released a list of primary level music themed picture books for our youngest readers. We are excited to offer you a list of music themed books at the intermediate level. Enjoy! 

Play it Again, Mallory
Laurie Friedman
At summer camp, Mallory learns that making music can be lots of fun! 

The Awesomely Awful Melodies of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang
Amy Ignatow
Lydia and Julie decide to start a rock band; unfortunately, neither of them are very good musicians.

A Mouse Called Wolf
Dick King-Smith
A mouse with an unusual name shares his musical gift with a widowed concert pianist.


Morgy’s Musical Summer
Maggie Lewis
Morgy is sent to a music camp for the summer.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect
Linda Urban
Zoe finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her family.

The Jazz Man
Mary Hays Weik
Zeke listens to the wonderful music coming from the jazz musician's piano across the court and escapes for a while from his worries.

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman
Winters, Ben
Bethesda uncovers the secret identity of her music teacher, which leads to a most unusual concert performance and a tutoring assignment.

Do you have a favorite music themed book that isn't listed here? Let us know so we can add it to our list!



Book Bomb! Teen Novels to Film 2015

More and more stories are making their way from the pages of the most beloved teen novels to the big screen. Here are a few titles that you should definitely read before (or after) the film is released.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 
by Jesse Andrews.

Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) deals with the suckfest that is high school with his mastery of the art of staying off the radar. Together with his kind-of-maybe friend Earl, his low-key existence is filled with keeping things low-key and making amateur films that are… interesting (to put it politely) versions of old classics. Until his mother forces him to re-friend a girl from his childhood who has been diagnosed with leukemia, pushing Greg into the one place he’s been trying so hard to avoid: the very center of things.
In theatres June 12.
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by John Green

Quentin (Matt Wolf) has been in love with Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevigne), the incandescent girl across the street, all his life, secretly (or so he thinks) and from afar. His whole world implodes when the object of his obsession ninjas her way into his room one night and recruits him on a night of vengeance and hilarity... and the next morning, is nowhere to be found. But the girl who loves mysteries has left clues behind for the boy who loves the greatest mystery of his entire life, and he’s not about to let anything stop him from solving it.
In theatres July 24.

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The Scorch Trials 
by James Dashner

Sequel to The Maze Runner.  After solving the mystery of the maze, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the surviving Gladers thought they had won their way to freedom, but instead find themselves emerging from the deadly ever-shifting maze only to be thrown into the even deadlier ever-burning zone called The Scorch. They have but two weeks to traverse this lethal obstacle course, two weeks to live or die in this hellish inferno of a place that very few have survived.
In theatres Sept 18.

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by R.L. Stine

Inspired by the series of books filled with thrills and chills for children and teens.  Zach Cooper has just moved to a new town. His new neighbor, Hanna, is the daughter of none other than the world famous R.L. Stine himself (played by Jack Black), author of the Goosebumps books that have both terrified and delighted readers for years. What people don’t know is that Stine’s books keep the world safe by trapping all of the monsters within their pages. That is, until Zach accidentally releases all of these horrors out into the world. Now it’s up to him, Hannah and Stine to put them back before the fictional world of horrors in R.L. Stine’s books becomes, well, the real world.
In theatres October 16.

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Victor Frankenstein 
by Mary Shelley

Based on the classic Victorian horror novel of a young doctor’s misguided attempts at discovering the secrets of life and death, the film follows the story from the perspective of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter film fame), a character not in the original novel. Through Igor’s eyes, experience the story of his sinister past, his friendship with the young man who would later on create a monster, and those terrible events that made that young doctor a legend.
In theatres November 15.

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by Suzanne Collins

In the last part of the Hunger Games film series, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) will finally accept her role as leader of the resistance, the role she must play to ensure the overthrow of the current regime, the downfall of President Snow, and most importantly the rescue of Peeta, who may or may not be under the influence of the Capitol. Some lives will be lost. Others will be saved.  Secrets, traitors, and betrayers will be revealed.
In theatres November 20.

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by Lauren Kate

Sent to a remote boarding school for her role leading to the death of a boy, Luce Price (Addison Timlin) isn’t sure what creeps her out more: that her new school forbids the use of phones, or that there are cameras following the students everywhere they go. So it’s not that much stranger that the hostile, enigmatic Daniel, whom she has never met before, is somehow so familiar to her… like they’ve known each other all their lives.  Because they have known each other, and every single time they met in those countless lives before, she died.
In theatres Fall 2015.

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by Rick Yancey

An alien race has invaded Earth and begun to “cleanse” the planet in preparation for colonization. Their invasion began in the form of “waves”: the first wave was an electro-magnetic blast that rendered all electronic-based technology useless. The second wave was a titanic bar dropped into the ocean that destroyed all coastal civilization. The third wave decimated the human population with a viral plague. The fourth wave came in the form of aliens themselves, who revealed they had been living among humans for decades. Cassie (Chloe Moretz) a teen who survives the death of both her parents, promises to keep her little brother safe. She just needs to make it through the fifth wave… which is about to begin.
In theatres January 15, 2016.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 
by Seth Grahame-Smith

All of the lovely angst of Jane Austen’s Victorian classis is superimposed with the supernatural (zombification!) so that once-familiar events take on more thrilling and undead connotation. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily Collins) and her sisters have been raised, as any proper English girls should be, in the feminine arts by their mother… and in the deadly martial arts by their father. Just as in the original, Lady Bennet only wishes marital bliss for her daughters, and contrives to arrange suitable matches for them, even while they battle the ravening undead.
In theatres February 5, 2016.

When his grandfather is killed by creatures that could only be described as make-believe, a teen boy (Asa Butterfield) follows the clues left behind, eerie photographs of children who seem to have… peculiar capabilities. His quest leads him to an orphanage his grandfather was once raised in, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. With the discovery of these supernaturally talented kids comes the discovery that the creatures who killed his grandfather may not be so imaginary after all.
In theatres March 4, 2016.

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by Veronica Roth

The conclusion to Roth’s best-selling Divergent series follows Tris’ (Shailene Woodley) discovery of the truth behind the factions, and the walled-off city they have been confined to. The world is not what they thought it was, and neither are the factions, or the Divergent.
The film will be split up into two parts, the first of which will be 
in theatres March 16, 2016.

Click on any of the book covers or titles to visit the OC Public Libraries’ catalog to reserve a copy of the novel today!