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2012 Summer Reading Program

Dream BigREAD!

Making dreams come true.

This summer’s reading theme is “Dream Big – READ!”, and it was inspired by the concept of night and all that nighttime brings.  Night is a time to dream, to wish on shooting stars, of bedtime stories, and things that explore the night – think bats, owls, and other nocturnal animals!  Let’s explore and celebrate all things night related as we Dream Big and read together this summer.

How the Summer Reading Program will be structured:
1) First, the children create their reading log…
Visit the Children’s Department to sign-up for your free reading log beginning June 2nd.  Your goal is to read 5 books over the course of 8 weeks.  You can do it!  Longer books (think Harry Potter!) will count as more than 1 book.  For every book a child reads or is read to, record it in the reading log, deposit a token into our Wish Bank, and start on a new book.
2) Win Some Prizes…
Every week during the Summer Reading Program (starting Friday, June 22nd), you can enter for a chance to win a prize – including gift certificates to Frosty Freez, Island Books, Newport Creamery, and more!  Just visit the Children’s Room Desk and show us your progress in your reading log to be stamped, and you can submit an entry into our weekly raffle.

3) Read 5 books to be invited to our Ice Cream Sundae Party on Saturday, August 25th at 11am!

If you’ve read 5 books for your reading log, you’ll receive:
  • 2 free books of your choosing,
  • a book dedicated to you in the library,
  • a reading certificate,
  • and an ice cream sundae party here at the library!
 Scheduled Performers and Dates:
All programs are FREE.  Some programs require pre-registration and have limited seating.  Please check our website for details on each program.
  • Tuesday June 26th at 11am:  Bjorn the Magician.  Ages 4 and up.
  • Monday July 9th at 11am:  Shawn Middleton, Storyteller.  Ages 4 and up.
  • Tuesday, July 17th at 11am:  Greg Cooney, Musician.  Ages 5 and up.
  • Tuesday, July 24th at 11am: Rick Morin and the Rhythm Imaginarium.  60 limited seats available, register with Children’s Department.  Ages 4 and up.
  • Tuesday, July 31st at 11am: John Tierney and Burt the Raccoon.
  • Tuesday, August 7th at 11am: Audobon Owls of RI, “Goodnight Owl” storytime with a live owl for PreK children.  20 limited seats available, pre-register with Children’s Department.
  • Thursday, August 9th at 1pm: Ronald McDonald’s Book Tour
  • Tuesday, August 14th at 11am: Mad Science!  Ages 4 and up.
  • Saturday, August 25th at 11am: Ice Cream Sundae Party.  This party is for children who have met their reading goal for the summer.  If you have met your goal but will miss the party, we’ll have a Summer Reading Bag for you to pick up until mid-September.
Storytimes will also be available throughout the summer. 
Please check our monthly schedule in the library as well as online at www.middletownpubliclibrary.org for dates and times. 
Also, please visit the library for free or discounted passes to local attractions throughout the summer.
Reading for Wishes with
Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Q: What is Reading for Wishes? 
A: This year, in support of Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we are Reading for Wishes.  By reading together, we can help make a Rhode Island child’s wish or dream come true!
Here’s how it works:
For every book that a child reads, they get a “dime” from the librarian to put into our Wish Bank at the library.  This dime will be matched in funding from the Friends of the Middletown Public Library to help a child’s wish come true.  The more books we read, the more money we raise – so let’s see how much money we can put in our Wish Bank this summer!
Please visit www.massri.wish.org for more info on how you can help raise or donate money to Make-A-Wish.

http://www.mass.wish.org/ for more information
The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, McDonald’s Local Owner/Operators of Rhode Island, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank and Pepsi. Local support includes RI Children’s and Young Adult Librarians, and the Friends of the Middletown Public Library.
A special Thank You to the Friends of the Middletown Public Library for their support of the Summer Reading Program!

2013 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominations

Nominated by school and public librarians throughout Rhode Island, the annual RICBA nominations are some of the best books recently published in children’s literature.  Best of all, they are all available at your local library.  Click on the titles below to check availability or to place a reserve with your library card.

The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts

Grades: 3-6

Sixth-graders Russell and Shawn, poor and picked on, work together “pooper scooping” up dog droppings to earn money for a rottweiler puppy who will protect them from bullies. When they learn that the puppies’ owner is running an illegal dog-fighting ring, they are torn on how to respond.

Author website: http://www.maribethboelts.com/

Because of Mr. Terupt

Grades: 4-6
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by “rookie teacher” Mr. Terupt.

Author website: http://www.robbuyea.com/

Floors by Patrick Carman

Grades: 4-6
Ten-year-old Leo’s future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes lead Leo to floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances.

Author website: http://www.patrickcarman.com/

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

Grades: 4-6
While spending a summer in New Mexico with her grandmother, twelve-year-old Izzy makes new friends, learns to cook, and for the first time hears stories about her father, who died before she was born.

Jake by Audrey Coloumbis

Grades: 4-6
What is a family? It has always been just Jake and his mom until she is hospitalized suddenly and he finds himself alone. Jake needs help and finds it in unexpected places.

Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt A. De la Pena

Grades: 3-6
When an African American boxer has a 1938 bout with Adolph Hitler’s “Master Race” German heavyweight, it becomes more than just a boxing match: the honor of the entire racially divided United States is at stake!

Author website: http://www.mattdelapena.com/

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy

Grades: 3-6
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London’s Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected visit.

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Grades: 4-6
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.

Author website: http://jenniferjacobson.com/small-as-an-elephant/

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Grades: 4-6
Based on the author’s own life, a ten-year-old girl experiences the culture shock of moving to America from Viet Nam; this story expresses both the humor and the heartbreak of this time in her life.

Marty Mcguire by Kate Messner

Grades 3-6
When tomboy Marty is cast as a princess in a school play, she doesn’t want anything to do with it until her parents force her to take part. It’s only then that she discovers that she can adapt and still be herself.

Author website: http://www.katemessner.com/marty-mcguire/

Fractions = Trouble by Claudia Mills

Grades: 3-4
When Wilson Williams is struggling with fractions and his parents hire a math tutor for him, he is mortified. He is determined to make sure that no one finds out, not even his best friend, Josh.

Author website: http://www.claudiamillsauthor.com/

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Grades 3-6

In this graphic novel, Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, so he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his super power pets have different ideas. When the arch villain Dr. Havoc returns to town Captain Amazing finds himself in trouble. Can his pet save the day?

Author website: http://www.dantat.com/DANTAT.COM/DAN_SANTAT_author___illustrator.html

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Grades: 4-6
The lives of Rose and Ben, two deaf children growing up 50 years apart, intersect at the American Museum of Natural History. Why is Rose running away? Who is Ben’s father? Are their lives connected? Explore the words and the pictures to discover the truth.

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Grades: 3-6

Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit from China and Lucy will have to share her bedroom with her for several months. Will this and her parents forcing her to attend Chinese school bring an end to her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year?

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Grades 3-6
As a boy, Tony Sarg invented a method for feeding his family’s chickens while still in bed. As an adult, he created awe inspiring, floating, balloons to star in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Author website: http://melissasweet.net/

My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian

Grades: 3-6
Derek Fallon has the opportunity of a lifetime when he gets to perform skateboarding stunts and other disciplines of parkour in a movie opposite teen idol, Tanya Billings. But when he learns that he must wear a wig, and his friends post the embarrassing videos of him on the Internet, he wonders if life can get any worse.

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw

Grades: 3-6
A skeptical shelter cat finally finds a home with the perfect boy. Typical in senryu (a form of haiku) with expressive illustrations; this whole literary package is heartwarming and unforgettable.

Author website: http://www.leewardlaw.com/

Pie by Sarah Weeks

Grades: 4-6
Alice’s Aunt Polly is the best pie maker in the country. When she dies suddenly, the whole town tries to discover how to make pies like Aunt Polly. Alice, however, is trying to find out who the mysterious stranger is that is lurking around town looking for the answer…

Author website: http://www.sarahweeks.com/sweeks-pie.htm

The Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Jurmain

Grades: 4-6
These two best friends worked together to help form a new nation, but can they fix their broken friendship?

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl

Grades: 3-6
Zelly Fried wants a dog more than anything, so at the urging of her grandfather, during the summer before sixth grade, she takes care of a “practice dog” made out of an orange juice jug to show her parents that she really is ready for the responsibility, even though she is sometimes not entirely sure about the idea.

Author website: http://www.ericaperl.com/when-life-gives-you-oj/