Summer Reading kicks off with a Bam, Pow, READ!!

We started our Summer Reading Program this afternoon by discussing the characteristics of different superheros. The kids played the “Name their Superpower” game with Mrs. Reeves showing them different Marvel and DC comic characters. They discussed what they would want as a super power if they could have one. The group then built their own Super hero (and heroine) models to create colors, logos and costumes.

Next week, the kids will be learning about Heroes throughout History. Please feel free to join in the fun!!

New Books for June

June 2015 New books

Looking for new read this month? Well we have them at Bird City Public Library. Check out reviews below of each title we’ve added:

“Buried Giant” by Lazuo Ishiguro: “The Buried Giant does what important books do: It remains in the mind long after it has been read, refusing to leave, forcing one to turn it over and over . . . Ishiguro is not afraid to tackle huge, personal themes, nor to use myths, history and the fantastic as the tools to do it. The Buried Giant is an exceptional novel.”—Neil Gaiman, The New York Times Book Review 

“Gumption” by Nick Offerman: “Filled with advice on how to woo a woman, grill meat, and grow a perfect moustache, this book makes for perfect reading around the campfire.” —Parade
“Radiant Angel” by Nelson DeMille:  **Audio CD Selection** ” DeMille writes compelling thrillers, and John Corey is a great protagonist. His skill set and cocky attitude make him an all-around nice guy that any reader would want to meet” – The New York Times.
“Memory Man” by David Baldacci: “It’s big, bold and almost impossible to put down…Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up…I called this novel a master class on the bestseller because of its fast-moving narrative, the originality of its hero and its irresistible plot….Highly entertaining.”―Washington Post
“The Rocks” by Peter Nichols: “If you can’t summer in sunbaked Mallorca, console yourself with this irresistible tale that moves back in time through 50-odd years and three generations of gorgeous, gifted expatriates and bohemians. . . You’ll feel transported.” —People
“So that happened: by Jon Cryer: “Completely entertaining. Cryer addresses Charlie Sheen’s fall from grace to the reader’s satisfaction, but the real gems are the insightful, self-deprecating tales from Cryer’s own career, from Pretty in Pink to Two and a Half Men’s twelve-year-run.”—GQ


Share-A-Story reading Event 2015

We had a great day with Smokey Hills Public Television speaker Cris Wilson today. 18 kids, (and 4 parents) enjoyed a presentation of the PBS program “Super Why”. The kids got to make their own Superhero mask and listened to a reading of “Clifford the Firehouse Dog”. The kids also shared their ideas on what makes a hero, and named some of their heros as……their parents, police, fire department and even the city employees who are working hard to get the water back on in town! After the event the kids socialized and checked out Bird City’s collection of other “Clifford” series books.

Have you heard of the “Summer Slide”???



“Summer Slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.  It happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.

Reach findings on “Summer slide” show:

  • Children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.
  • Its estimated that 4-6 weeks of each new school year is spent “reviewing” information already learned previously by students instead of focusing on new information.
  • Summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the 9th grade achievement gap in reading between students from low-income households and their higher-income piers.
  • Students from low-income households with access to books over the summer see significantly more gains in reading scores from spring to fall than students from high-income households with access to books and those from low-income households without access to books.
  • Difference in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.

So lets work together to avoid “Summer Slide” for all Cheylin Students. Plan on attending our 2015 Summer Reading program “Every Hero has a Story” beginning on June 30 @ 2:00 pm at the Bird City Public Library. For more information call :(785)734-2203

The Librarian recommends….

The last original wife

When is it ever acceptable to redesign your life? Is it ever OK to say that “the good life” might not be the right life for you? These are the questions faced by the main character Leslie in “The Last Original Wife” by Dorothea Benton Frank. Leslie (or Les as we get to know her so well) is married to her college sweetheart Wesley (or Wes…how cute is that) for over 30 years and begins to question why she isn’t happy with the path she has chosen for herself. With grown children who can’t seem to get their own lives together and make good choices for themselves, Leslie is feeling unsupported by Wes and begins questioning when they stopped being a couple. Their married friends, who they have know their entire adult lives are also in unique situations as there are deaths, divorces and remarriages to much younger wives which leaves our main character with the dubious title “The Last Original Wife”.

The book begins with the couple meeting up at a therapy session, she determined to end the marriage and he determined to save it. From there each character begins describing what has lead them to this point of crisis in their marriage, one chapter detailing her experience, the next showing his point of view of the same experience. We jump back and forth between the characters to experience why and how choices we make in life, starting with the most basic choice—how you let someone treat you—can often lead you somewhere you didn’t intend to go.

This is an excellent summer read, not too serious with little bits of comedy to break up the major themes going on. You really begin to care for each of the characters, wondering why we get into such routines that the first thing we sacrifice is our own happiness. Great read for a long weekend, or if you can’t find anything good in summer reruns on TV. These characters will make you take a moment to look at your own life and reflect a bit to see if the choices you have made and the time you have left are really how you want to live your life to the fullest.

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