Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is trying to get people to focus on pet personalities instead of breeds when adopting. As part of that initiative they're sorting their dogs into Hogwarts Dog Houses: Hufflefluff, Slobberin, Ravenpaw, and Gryffindog. You can take their online quiz to find out which house your dog belongs in. I did it for my dog Archie (picture above) and he landed in Hufflefluff. Find out more and take the quiz at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando: https://petallianceorlando.org/pawgwarts/
A new chapter?
The people over at Botnik have fed the complete works of Harry Potter into a text generator and used its predictive text feature to write a new chapter of Harry Potter. It may not make as much narrative sense as the original, but it is far funnier with its absurd non-sequiturs and funny takes on familiar characters. Read the whole thing over at Botnik: http://botnik.org/content/harry-potter.html
We have added a new section to the first floor of the library. The juvenile fiction section has books that are 3rd - 4th grade reading level that are appropriate for 1st - 2nd grade audiences, making them excellent choices for read-alouds or advanced student readers. Situating them on the first floor makes it easy for students to access these books during library time.
These books have the same subject labels as the other first floor fiction books from picture books to easy chapters. This should make it a seamless experience browsing the new section. We've added another subject label that we'll be putting on the relevant books downstairs, the rodent label. It's great for all the juvenile fiction about mice, gerbils, rats, rabbits, and more (we have a lot of these!)
We previously had 3 chapter book sections: easy chapter books on the first floor, middle grade fiction and young adult fiction on the second. The middle grade fiction encompassed a wide range of interest levels and it meant that our 1st and 2nd grade students who had graduated from easy chapter books had to go upstairs and sort through the middle grade fiction for books that had a higher reading level but were appropriate for younger audiences. To fix this and make it easier for our advanced students to find appropriate books, as well as parents or teachers looking for read-alouds for this age range, we've pulled those books from the middle grade fiction section upstairs and created a new juvenile fiction section. Let us know what you think and come and browse soon!
Are you looking for a recommendation you can take on the go? We now have bookmarks with recommended reads by genre and grade. Take a yellow bookmark for 3rd & 4th, blue for 5th & 6th, or green for 7th & 8th. We have a lot of great genres represented including:
Looking for a dystopian novel or a great mystery? Our fiction books now have colored stars on their spines to make it easy to browse & find books you're interested in. If you notice a book without a genre star that should have one, let us know!