Monday, August 8, 2016

Recommended Books for Young Readers

Have a young child just learning to read? Inspire their love for reading with these recommended picture books and early readers for children in kindergarten and first grade available at the Warren Township Library.

See our other Suggested Reading book lists, including suggested fiction and non-fiction books for kindergarten and first grade students.

Visit the Warren Township Library or other Somerset County Library (SCLS) branches, or visit the online catalog, to reserve a book.

Picture Books

I Can See Just Fine
by Eric Barclay
Though Paige claims "I can see just fine," her parents grow concerned and decide it's time for Paige to visit the eye doctor. Paige remains defiant until she finds the perfect frames and more importantly, perfect eyesight.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett
Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.

My Teacher is a Monster!

by Peter Brown
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.

by Raul Colon
A boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants and then imagines himself on a safari in this wordless book.

by Kelly DiPucchio
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

The Snatchabook
by Helen Doherty
The woodland animals of Burrow Down are ready for a bedtime story, but where are the books?

Catch That Cookie!
by Hallie Durand
Marshall refuses to believe that gingerbread men can run, even after a series of clues leads his class on a riddle-filled gingerbread cookie hunt.

Big Mean Mike
by Michelle Knudsen
Mike is proud to be the biggest, toughest dog in the neighborhood, so when tiny, fuzzy bunnies start showing up in his big, mean car he sees them only as a threat to his reputation, no matter how adorable they are.

You Can Do It Bert!
by Ole Konnecke
Bert has been preparing for this for a long time. He is ready. But before he takes the plunge, he might need a bit of encouragement from his friends.

Punk Farm
by Jarrett Krosoczka
At the end of the day, while Farmer Joe gets ready for bed, his animals tune their instruments to perform in a big concert as a rock band called Punk Farm.

The Legend of the Jersey Devil
by Trinka Hakes Noble
A tale of the origins of the Jersey Devil, a monstrous creature that has reportedly haunted the Pine Barrens region of New Jersey since 1735 menacing townspeople, worrying livestock, and causing all manner of ills.

Inside This Book (are three books)
by Barney Salzburg
Given blank books by their mother, Seymour, Fiona and Wilbur let their imaginations fly, then put their stories, poems and pictures together in a single, shared book.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach
When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.

A Perfect Place for Ted
by Leila Rudge
Looking for the perfect place where he can stand out on his own, Ted the dog visits the circus, the pet store, and the pet pageant, but when he meets a young girl named Dot, he may have finally found his perfect place.

Churchill's Tale of Tails
by Anca Sandu
Churchill the pig gets help from his friends when he loses his tail, but soon forgets about his friends because of the fun he has trying on new tails.

Early Readers

Hi! Fly Guy (series)
by Tedd Arnold
When Buzz captures a fly to enter in the Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

Biscuit (series)
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
A little yellow dog always wants one more thing before he'll go to sleep.

Frog and Toad All Year (series)
by Arnold Lobel
Two friends share experiences in each season of the year.

Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble (series: Judy Moody and Friends)
by Megan McDonald
With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig.

Henry and Mudge: the First Book of Their Adventures (series)
by Cynthia Rylant
Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Recommended Nonfiction Books for Fourth and Fifth Graders

Here are some Nonfiction books for 4th and 5th grade readers, available at the Warren Township Library and in the Somerset County Library system.

Stop by one of the libraries or reserve a copy online.

Other recommended books for 4th and 5th graders include Chapter books and Graphic Novels. Visit the Friends of Warren Township Library Facebook page or our Suggested Reading lists on our blog for more book suggestions.

Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis - Five harrowing true stories of survival that feature real kids in the midst of epic disasters. (also available in ebook)

Space Exploration: It is Rocket Science! by Dan Green (series: Basher Basics) - Uses cartoon-style characters to introduce readers to topics related to space exploration and the spacecraft that have been used for it.

We Are the Ship: the Story of Negro League Baseball by Nadir Nelson - The history of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - Jacqueline Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. (also available in ebook)

Graphic Novel Books for Fourth and Fifth Grade Readers

Here are some Graphic Novels for 4th and 5th grade readers, available at the Warren Township Library and in the Somerset County Library system.

Stop by one of the libraries or reserve a copy online.

Other recommended books for 4th and 5th graders include Chapter books and Nonfiction books.Visit the Friends of Warren Township Library Facebook page or our Suggested Reading lists on our blog for more book suggestions.

El Deafo by Cece Bell - Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! (also available as an ebook)

Babymouse: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (series: Babymouse) - An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girls' slumber party.

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (series: Lunch Lady) - The school lunch lady is a secret crime fighter who uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots.

Zeus: King of the Gods by George O'Connor (series: Olympians) - Terrified of being killed by one of his children, Kronos devours each one of his offspring in turn. Only Zeus, the youngest, is saved. Though raised to enjoy a life of leisure, Zeus must fulfill his destiny and lead a new race of gods - and he must begin by destroying his own father.

Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith (series: Bone) The adventure starts when cousins Fone Bone,
Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated and lost in the wilderness, meeting monsters and making friends as they attempt to return home.

Chapter Books for Fourth and Fifth Graders

Here are some great Chapter Book suggestions for 4th and 5th grade readers, available at the Warren Township Library and in the Somerset County Library system.

Stop by one of the libraries or reserve a copy online.

For other books for 4th and 5th graders, check out Graphic Novels and Nonfiction Books. Visit the Friends of Warren Township Library Facebook page or our Suggested Reading lists on our blog for more book suggestions.

Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng - A young Chinese-American girl navigates relationships with family, friends and her 4th-grade classroom and finds a true best friend.

How to Train Your Dragon: the Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking by Cressida Cowell (series: How to Train Your Dragon) - Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - 10-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father. (also available as an e-book)

The BFG by Roald Dahl - Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. (also available as an e-book)

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee - Ophelia suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission. (also available as an e-book)

Odd Squad by Michael Fry - When his school counselor insists that he needs better socialization skills after being stuffed into a locker by a bully, middle-schooler Nick finds himself, along with two other misfits, joining the school's lamest club: Safety Patrol.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz - Follow Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein - 12-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemnaker Luigi Limoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape. (also available as an e-book)

The Call by Michael Grant (series: Magnificent 12) - A seemingly average 12-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for 3,000 years. (also available as an e-book)

The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths - Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn't for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions. (also available as an e-book)

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai - Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. (also available as an e-book)

Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy - Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year and deal with a grumpy new neighbor.

The Only Game by Mike Lupica - Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan would lead his team to a record-shattering season and the Little League World Series, but after the death of his brother he loses interest in baseball and only Cassie, the start of the girls' softball team, seems to understand.

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin - Leaving in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, the legendary ice dragon has never been tamed until it meets Adara, a winter child who looks to the creature to help save her world from destruction.

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara - Tom's goldfish is horrifically transformed after his evil scientist bib brother's experiment goes wrong, an accident that imbues the goldfish with hypnotic powers and a thirst for revenge.

Holes by Louis Sachar - As further evidence of his family's bad fortune, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. (also available as an e-book)

Caitlin's Lucky Charm by Lisa Schroeder (series: Charmed Life) - When faced with returning home from summer camp to an upset home life, Caitlin takes the first turn wearing a good-luck charm bracelet hat she and her cabin roommates bought together, hoping it will turn her luck around. (also available as an e-book)

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff - Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen. (also available as an e-book)

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells (series: Eddie Red) - Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and taken for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPDis stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case.

Beth's Story, 1914 by Adele Whitby (series: Secrets of the Manor) - Beth is excited for her 12th birthday, when she will receive her great-grandmother's heirloom necklace as a gift, but when the necklace goes missing, , Beth must learn the secrets of her manor house in order to clear the name of her maid and friend, Shannon.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Historic Articles Detail the Warren Library's Building at Municipal Complex

The Friends of the Warren Township Library celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Warren Township Library with family-friendly activities, raffles and artifacts and displays detailing the library's history since it began with a small bookcase in the hallway at Central School in 1945.

Here are some newspaper articles that were on display during the celebration that detail the library's plans in 1992 for a new building in the township's Municipal Complex and the groundbreaking in 1993.

See more articles about the Warren Township Library's history by clicking here.

For a timeline of the Warren Township Library and it's history, please go here.
Article on the vote for a new library (The Star-Ledger, December 9, 1993)

Letters to the Editor debating the need for a new library (Echoes Sentinel, December 3, 1992)
Fundraising efforts to furnish the new library (Echoes-Sentinel, August 25, 1993)

Fundraising efforts for the library (The Star Ledger, September 29, 1993)

Groundbreaking ceremony for the new library in November 1993 (Jersey Journal, November 17, 1993)

Another article on the groundbreaking ceremony (Echoes-Sentinel; November 17, 1993)

Continuation of the groundbreaking article (Echoes-Sentinel, November 17, 1993)

Waylande Gregory Art on Display at Warren Library

Don't miss the some of the art work of Waylande Gregory, currently on display at the Warren Township Library.

Waylande Gregory, who lived and worked in Warren Township from 1939 until his death in 1971, created a large and diversified body of work. His largest and most famous piece, the monumental ceramic sculpture "Fountain of the Atom," was commissioned for the 1939 World's Fair in New York.

Early in his career, Gregory was the chief designer and lead sculptor at Cowan Pottery in Ohio. In the 1940s, he produced limited edition decorative wares that were sold in exclusive stores. He established a studio and built a huge kiln at his residence on Mountain Trail, drawn to this isolated mountain top location because of the local clay.

Books for Gamers

Here are some great book suggestions for Gamers available at the Warren Township Library and in the Somerset County Library system.

Stop by one of the libraries or reserve a copy online.

Visit the Friends of Warren Township Library Facebook page or our Suggested Reading lists on our blog for more book suggestions.

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card - Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised
for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin is a brilliant, ruthless, cunning, tactical and strategic master, and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School (Middle School readers; High School readers; also available as an ebook)

Doomed by Tracy Deebs - Pandora Walker unwittingly unleashes cyber Armageddon on her 17th birthday and must play a virtual reality game in order to save the world. (High School)

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, 17-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. (High School)

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner - In a near-future New York City, 14-year-old computer genius Sam Wilson manages to hack into the AT&T network and sets off a chain of events that have a profound effect on human activity throughout the world. (Middle School; High School; also available as an ebook)

Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan - When 15-year-old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes
the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger. (Middle School; also available as an ebook)

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon - After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret. (High School)

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid - Tom, a 14-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet. (Middle School; High School) 

Epic by Conor Kostick - On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, 14-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families. (High School;  also available as an ebook)

The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos - On a routine voyage aboard an Academy spaceship, 13-year-old
Mason Stark and his fellow cadets are attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last 60 years. (Middle School)

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry -In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols
guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, 15 year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter. (High School)

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde - While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, 14-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself. (Middle School; also available as an ebook)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - In an alternate 1914 Europe, 15-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the fun from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts. (Middle School; High School)