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Amazing Storyteller at Black History Festival

I am extremely excited that the Griot (gree-o) storyteller Melody Bell will be performing at the library’s upcoming Black History Festival.  I have seen her several times and just love how she brings stories alive with dance, music, and poetry.  Ms. Bell’s storytelling is always dramatic and energetic, especially when she gives the whole audience a chance to play drums and other traditional instruments along with her. I can not wait to join in at this amazing storytelling session that afternoon at 3:30pm!  I hope to see your whole family there.

Ms. Bell is only one of the wonderful presenters at the event.  Celebrate African-American history and culture with a variety of featured exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, film, kids’ crafts and more. This family festival will take place at the Central Library on Saturday, February 22, from 12 – 5p.m. 

Please visit the library’s Black History Month Festivalpage to see the current schedule and list of activities.

Affirming Books for Little Girls

Start Black History Month off right with this list of empowering books for African American girls. For a complete description of each of the books, check out For Harriet. They also have a list of 25 More Empowering Books for Black Girls.

Science from a Galaxy Far Far Away



Have you ever wanted to create lightning?  How about testing your reflexes to see if you have what it takes to be a Jedi Knight?  Learn how to do these and many other experiments with The Star Wars Science Fair Book.

There are over 30 different experiments to try!  Learn how to detect lies, create optical illusions to trick people’s eyes, and find out how to move objects without even touching them.  Investigate the science behind Star Wars.


 Check out these other awesome books filled with science experiments!

River Legacy Living Science Center

On Saturday, December 21, at 11 a.m., we will have the last storytime at River Legacy Nature Center before Christmas. The theme will be Nocturnal Animals with a holiday twist. We would love to see you there for fun stories and crafts.

River Legacy is located at 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. Arlington, 76006

RSVP for storytime by calling 817-860-6752.

Books about Nocturnal Animals

Books to Tickle Your Funnybone

I love reading books that make me just burst out laughing. So when I was asked recently for suggestions of great humorous chapter books,  I had a whole list to share.  I hope you will check out these books and enjoy a case of the giggles.

Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series) by Meg Cabot
Nine-year-old Allie Finkle has rules for everything and is even writing her own rule book, but her world is turned upside-down when she learns that her family is moving across town, which will mean a new house, school, best friend, and plenty of new rules.
Also in the series:The New Girl, Best Friends and Drama Queens

Mr. Chickee's funny money by Christopher Paul Curtis
Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter, his friend Russell, and Russell's huge dog Zoopy solve the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill with the image of James Brown on it.
Also in the series: Mr. Chickee's messy mission

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
While trying to be friend with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
Also in the series: The Talented Clementine, Clementine's Letter

Sideways stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
Also in this series -Wayside School is falling down  & Wayside School gets a little stranger

Secret identity (Shredderman series) by Wendelin Van Draanen
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!
Also in this series- Attack of the tagger, Meet The Gecko, Enemy spy

The authors Dan Gutman, Andrew Clements, and Jon Scieszka have written many funny stand alone stories 

The kid who ran for President / by Dan Gutman.
With his friend as campaign manager and his former babysitter as running mate, twelve-year-old Judson Moon sets out to become President of the United States.

Frindle by Andrew Clements
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Guys Read : Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka
A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenaged mummy a homicidal turkey, and the world's largest pool of chocolate milk.

Do you have a funny series that you like to read?

Kids Review Books!

In case you are wondering what to read next, here are some book reviews by some of our young patrons.

I like the book Cinderella. Cinderella is a hardworking girl. Because, she cleans the house for her stepmom and stepsisters. One day Cinderella's family got invited to the ball. But, Cinderella did not get to go because stepmom didn't let her go. I like reading the book because it is a great book.

My, 9 years old

Three Little Pigs is about three pigs, whose mother sent them off to live by themselves. The oldest made the house out of hay. The big Bad Wolf came and he "huffed and pupped and blew the house down." The piggy then ran to his younger brother, who's house is made of sticks. The wolf once again blew down the house. The two older piggies then ran to the youngest pig's house. He is the smartest pig, making his house out of bricks and all. The wolf failed to blow the house down and left. The pigs were saved!


I like Diary of a Wimpy Kid because the main character is funny. When it rains, Manny won't step a foot outside. When he's pooping people take his toilet paper. He ate 15 candies and he didn't stop eating candy. Uncle Gary had a weird dream. This book is interesting.


Happy Reading!

Thanksgiving Fun!

Here are a few Thanksgiving jokes to share with your family this weekend after Thanksgiving.

Q:  What was the Pilgrims' favorite music?

A:  Plymouth Rock!

Q:  What's the best way to eat turkey on Thanksgiving?

A:  Gobble it.

Q:  What did the turkey say when the Pilgrim grabbed him by the tail feathers?

A:  That's the end of me!

Q:  What is the best thing to put into a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving?

A:  Your teeth!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!

Middle Ages Come to Life

I really enjoy learning about history because I like to image what it would be like to be back in a different time period.  So I am very excited to go to the Central library’s 11th annual Medieval Arts Festival this Saturday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.!

I will be able to experince a little of the Middle Ages by seeing fascinating exhibits and live demonstrations of medieval arts and sciences.  These are conducted by costumed members of the Society for Creative Anachronism.  

Besides just viewing these fascinating activities, I will have the chance to be a part of the festivities by dressing like a medieval princess and helping Ms. Cristen to share fun princess stories and songs at 1:30 p.m..   Then at 3:30 p.m., Dorayne Breedlove will present her King, Queen, Knights and Dragon Storytime, an interactive experience with children from the audience playing different roles.  There will also be games and crafts to enjoy.  

Come join me and celebrate autumn in medieval style!