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Every Hero Has a Story: Summer Reading 2015

escape above cityWelcome to Latah County Library District’s Summer Reading Program 2015: Every Hero Has a Story.

Every location in our seven-branch system offers a free summer reading for age 0-18 years as well as free fun and educational events. To find out what your hometown library will offer this summer, choose its page from the top menu.

We strongly encourage all children to sign up for summer reading but do not require it for event attendance.

If you have questions about summer reading or events, please contact your hometown library or the library hosting the event in question.

Have a wonderful summer, and have fun finding your story!



Lil’ Pirates

Swashbuckle your way into a good book with your rambunctious rascals with this pirate themed book list for grade 2 and under.

How I became a Pirate
Melinda Long
Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew and finds out about pirate language, pirate manners, and other aspects of their life.

allison cover artAllison’s Fierce and Ugly Halloween
Marion Dane Bauer
Like most kids, Alison loves Halloween. This year, instead of being a princess or a fairy, she decides to be something scary — a pirate. But when nobody shows any trace of fear, she turns fierce and ugly for real!

pirate school cover artPirate School
Cathy East Dubowski
At Pirate School, Pete learns to act like a pirate and fight it out, but when he and a classmate find the treasure at the same time, pirate rules don’t seem to work.

Do Pirates take baths?Do Pirates Take Baths?
Kathy Tucker
Through Tucker’s 13 brief, bouncy verses, buccaneer wannabes can explore their career choice. Any little employment concerns left unanswered by Tucker’s text are addressed by the host of goofy line-and-watercolor cartoon pirates.

matey book coverCaptain and Matey set Sail
Daniel Laurence
Sail the seven seas with Captain and Matey, two engagingly silly pirates in search of adventure! Together with their faithful parrot, Captain and Matey sing and dance, swab the decks, rescue a stranded pirate, and hunt for buried treasure. And in their quest for riches, they discover that they value their friendship more than gold.

pirate parrot cover artThe Pirate’s Parrot
Lyn Rossiter McFarland
Poor Captain Cur! Hard-pressed to help their grouchy captain, his crew scrambles to find a replacement bird and eyepiece. But the substitute parrot they come up with is … a teddy bear. Thank goodness Captian Cur’s eyesight is so bad.

bubble bath pirates cover artBubble Bath Pirates
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
To the refrain of “Yo ho, yo ho, it’s off to the bath we go!” the pirates and their mommy make their way to a bath full of ships and suds and even a pirate rubber ducky. After all hands on deck have been soaped and swabbed, it’s time for a little pirate treasure of ice cream before bedtime!

Henry cover artHenry and the Buccaneer Bunnies
Carolyn Crimi
Aboard a ship called the Salty Carrot sails a wild, rowdy band of Buccaneer Bunnies. Their leader, Barnacle Black Ear, is the baddest bunny brute of all time, but his son refuses to perform his proper pirating duties. Henry would rather read books than shout “Shiver me timbers!” or make prisoners walk the plank — even if it means he has to swab the decks as punishment. But when a crashing, bashing, thrashing wildcat of a storm threatens the Salty Carrot and its crew, will Henry and his landlubbin’ library save the day?

pirate stories cover artA Treasury of Pirate Stories
Tony Bradman, Tony Ross
Ahoy there, mateys, here’s a swashbuckling selection of stories to set young castaways adrift on a sea of adventure, including such authors as Joan Aiken, J. M. Barrie, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Sshiver me letters cover arthiver Me Letters
June Sobel
The captain of this brave and bumbling pirate crew has ordered them to capture the entire alphabet–and they’ll walk the plank if they’re missing a single letter!

Dragon Fiction for Upper Elementary

Kids won’t be “dragon” their feet to the library for these dragon reads for grades 3-6.

Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien
Rover should never have bitten the wizard’s trousers. His punishment was to be transformed into a toy, and now he is forced to track down the magician so he can be returned to normal. His adventures will take him to the moon and under the sea, introducing him to many fabulous – and dangerous – creatures.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart – and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon – and finds the family and excitement she’s been looking for.


Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
With lonely Ben aboard, brave dragon Firedrake seeks a mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace. Over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they meet fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage – and cross a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge determined to end their quest. Only a secret destiny can save the dragons and bring them the true meaning of home.

The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp
Hannah, Zachary, and Sarah Emily are spending the summer at their great-aunt Mehitabel’s house on faraway Lonely Island. There, in a cave hidden high above the ocean, they discover a fabulous creature: a glittering three-headed golden dragon with a kind heart, an unpredictable temper, and a memory that spans 20,000 years.

The Book of Dragons by Michael Hague
Michael Hague, one of America’s most beloved painters of fantasy, boldly captures seventeen classic dragon tales, armed only with the magic of his paintbrush. Here beside the heroics of Perseus, St. George, and Sigurd are the adventures of the girl who slew a dragon and became queen of China, as well as the dazzling comic twists of Kenneth Grahame’s “The Reluctant Dragon” and E. Nesbit’s “The Dragon Tamers.” Here too are such magical authors as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Italo Calvino.

Dragon’s Milk by Susan Fletcher
Before she even hears the words, Kaeldra already knows what she must do. She must search out the mother dragon whose draclings have just hatched and somehow get some of her precious milk. It’s the only way to save her foster-sister’s life. Kaeldra would rather not go. It’s much too terrifying, much too dangerous. But Kaeldra knows that she’s the only one who can do it. For she is the only one who can actually communicate with dragons.

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
The boy who finds the dragon in the cave knows it is a kindly, harmless one, but how can he convince the frightened villagers and, especially, St. George the dragon killer that there is no cause for concern?


The Fire Within by Chris d’Lacey
When David moves in with Elizabeth Pennykettle and her eleven-year-old daughter, Lucy, he discovers a collection of clay dragons that come to life. David’s own special dragon inspires him to write a story, which reveals the secrets behind a mystery. In order to solve the mystery and save his dragon, David must master the magic of the fire within—not only with his hands but also with his heart.

Hatching Magic by Ann Downer-Hazell
When a thirteenth-century wizard confronts twenty-first century Boston while seeking his pet dragon, he is followed by a rival wizard and a very unhappy demon, but eleven-year-old Theodora Oglethorpe may hold the secret to setting everything right.

Superhero Fiction for Teens

Find the power you need by reading through this superhero-themed booklist for teens!

The Zodiac Legacy by Andy Tong, Stan Lee, Stuart Moore

When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-American teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

V is for Villain by Peter Moore

Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad’s basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn’t measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he’s happy to join a new crew-especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own. But when they’re pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he’s on. And once he does, there’s no turning back.

Hero by Perry Moore

The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League – the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew, Chu Hing

The Shadow Hero is based on golden-age comic series The Green Turtle, whose hero solved crimes and fought injustice just like any other comics hero. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity…The Green Turtle was the first Asian American superhero.

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human–something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell

Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she’s been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his wills.Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftops to rooftop.
But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof…


Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities.

Moscow Morning Movie

BigHeroShowingTo celebrate the first day of summer reading registration, Moscow Public Library will host a special showing of a big hero movie in our Carol Ryrie Brink Room (also known as the storytime room) this Saturday, June 6, at 10:30 am. We will be showing Big Hero 6.

Space in the Brink room is limited, so we will give free tickets to the first 50 individuals who request them the morning of the showing. The library opens at 10 am, thirty minutes prior to showtime, so arrive early to ensure you and your family get your tickets.

Please join us for our first-ever movie program and sign up for summer reading while you’re here. As Baymax would say, we hope you are satisfied with your care.

New Hours Start January 6 @ Juliaetta!

Beginning January 6, 2014, Juliaetta Community Library will observe a new open hours schedule to better serve patrons. The new hours will be as follows:

Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: Noon – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday-Monday: Closed

Storytimes at Juliaetta will remain true to the current schedule and continue to begin at 10:30 am on Thursday mornings except during holiday weeks.

Until January 6, 2014, Juliaetta Community Library will continue to keep its current open hours schedule.

Imagining the Fun @ Moscow Library

Moscow Library held its Idaho Family Reading Week 2013 celebration on November 18. Family Reading Week gives libraries a chance to highlight the joy of families reading together. This year’s theme, Imagine the Fun, brought to mind a host of fun and imaginative activities.

Program participants enjoyed readings of youth librarian Jacki Fulwood’s favorite picturebooks Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea and Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin. Outreach librarian Betsy Bybell taught participants the fun chant Going on a Dragon Hunt.

Special guests Orphan Acres Equine Rescue brought the stars of the evening, two live “unicorns” from their home herd. FRW 025Brent Glover holds Joey, a miniature horse–er, unicorn–for photo ops.FRW 022 Joey shows patrons how much a unicorn loves nose rubs.

After our special guests went home, we headed back inside the library for a puppet production by Miss Betsy.FRW 032
The front row watches as a young puppet prince goes on a dragon hunt. We even got to use the chant Miss Betsy taught us earlier in the evening.

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The young prince meets a charming and hug-happy octopus. Well, what else are you gonna do with all those arms?

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The audience cracks up at one of the many gags in the play.

After the puppet show, each child received an Imagination Journal they can use to continue their imaginative journey at home. We also enjoyed some light and unusual refreshments, including Unicorn Poop cookies, Dragon Coal brownies, and Magic Wand pretzels.

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Library staff can’t wait to see what next year’s Family Reading Week will bring!