PAWS Celebrates North Hill’s 10th Anniversary


Brave Maria Klesta, North Hill PSA, gets into the spirit  - and the costume – of PAWS, the library mascot. Maria posed for pictures and used her enormous paws to high-five children who came for the celebration and craft program.  Below, Leland helps PAWS feel secure.


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Magic with Rick Smith, Jr.



Rick Smith Jr., a professional magician and Guinness World Record Holder, visited North Hill last Wednesday for a spectacular show! Filled with card tricks and magic galore, his performance left the audience asking for more and inspired many to try their very own tricks with friends and family at home.



Fun-filled Activities in the Nature Connect Courtyard


Stop in and visit our new Nature Connect interactive garden in our Courtyard.

Parents!  Sign out a packet at the North Hill Circulation desk with fun-filled activities and questions to engage your children.


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Free Computer Classes: Excel Series


Free Computer Classes at North Hill Branch Library     July 21-24  2-3:30 pm

Join us the week of July 21 for hands-on computer classes.  This round of classes will be series on the Excel program.  Classes are free, hands-on, and limited to 15 participants.

Monday, July 21–Excel I

Tuesday, July 22–Excel II

Thursday, July 24–Excel III



August Evening Book Discussion



Monday, August 4  6:30 pm  

Book: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore  by Robin Sloan

Join us for our Monday evening book discussion group on August 4 at 6:30 p.m.   We will be discussing Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore  by Robin Sloan while enjoying some light refreshments.  New members are always welcome to this lively discussion group where you can meet other book lovers and find out what books they are reading and raving about.  Books will be available at the service desk one month prior to the discussion, or find a copy here  in our library system and have one sent for you to pick up.

bookstoreA gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life–mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone–and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore. With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.


North Hill Preschool StoryTime


Nature Connect introduces children to nature.

At the beginning of May, preschoolers planted peas, green beans, and flowers in pots to take home.  Grandmas and adult care givers keep telling us that the children enjoy caring for their flowers and delight in eating the peas and beans right off the stalks.

About six weeks ago, our preschool children suspended two sweet potatoes in glass jars filled with water.   The sweet potato roots and leaves grew with just water and sunshine, and now the children are planting the two sweet potatoes.

The preschoolers tasted parsley and green and purple basil.  They also smelled thyme and oregano planted in a previous session.  Most common comments were “Can I have more?” and “Eww, I don’t like it.”

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(Photos by Nia Hicks, shelver)


Hot Wheels Derby July 2


Hot Wheels Derby Racing Fun!

Hot Wheels Derby 2014Every summer,  North Hill Branch Library hosts a Hot Wheels Derby for preschoolers and another race for everyone else.   The three foot tall track permits three cars to race at a time. 





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Children are encouraged to bring their fastest  cars to compete.

Winners get to choose Hot Wheels Prizes.

Sally Bailey, Children’s Librarian, keeps score.

Nia Hicks, North Hill shelver, opens the starting gate.




Summer Reading Lists

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To encourage your children to read this summer, the Association for Library Service to Children lists their summer reading suggestions.
 “The books on this list come highly recommended by kid readers from all over the country.”
Let these summer reading lists inspire you and your children.


Summer reading list for grades K – 2
Summer reading list for grades 3 – 5
Summer reading list for grades 6 – 8



Summer Learning Made Fun!


Check out the Parent/Teacher Books

North Hill’s Parent Teacher book section has books on math, reading, science, and geography to help your child keep on learning this summer.  

Here’s are just a few of the books North Hill offers:


The SSummer ridge Activities 2 - 3ummer Bridge  Activities series reinforces essential skills to help prepare your child for grades K – 6.  The book offers 12 weeks of activities including reading comprehension, addition and subtraction, social studies, easy science experiments, outdoor extension activities, grammar, time and money, and fitness activities.




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Get those Guys Reading! provides reading suggestions for younger boys to help them develop a healthy enthusiasm for reading.  Recommended books include action, adventure and spy; animal stories; graphic novels; historical fiction, humor; mystery, suspense, and horror;  realistic fiction; science fiction; and sports.





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Basic Math Skills series covers number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement data analysis  and probability.  Its reproducible pages include games and puzzles, drill and practice, problem solving, flash cards, and tests.






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Teaching the Fun of Science to Young Learners includes 75 lessons and reproducible activities.  








Geography Crafts for Kids Geography Crafts for Kids.  Authors Joe Rhatigan and Heather Smith provide 50 cool projects and activities for exploring the world.  Maps, sundials, dream travel box, international snack recipes and musical instruments, stamps, and more.





Giant encyclopedia of lesson plans children 3 to 6The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans for Children 3 to 6 contains more than 250 lesson plans written by teachers for teachers.  Each lesson plan is complete with learning objectives, a circle or group time activity, book suggestions, snack ideas, learning center activities, assessment strategies, and related songs, poems, and fingerplays.





OGT 2009The Ohio Graduation  Test  - Mathematics.  Data Analysis and Probability; Geometry and Spatial Sense; Measurement; and Patterns, Functions, and Algebra. The study guide includes 2 full-length practice tests and complete explanations of all answers. The guide is fully aligned with the official state exam and includes 2 full-length practice tests.






And for the toddlers who need potty training:



The No-Cry Potty Training Solutions by Elizabeth Pantley helps you approach toilet training for your young one with confidence.







tinkle tinkleTinkle, Tinkle, Little Tot by Bruce Lansky makes toilet training fun!  Entertaining and funny songs and rhymes help two- to four-year-olds through the process of toilet training.  Each song and rhyme serves an important teaching or motivating purpose and is accompanied by Anne Catharine Blake’s charming and whimsical illustrations.  This book is a fun and easy way to gain a child’s cooperation in toilet training.





North Hill Book Discussion – June 2



Monday, 6:30 pm

The Language of Flowers

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Join us for our Monday evening book discussion group on June 2 at 6:30 p.m.  We will be discussing The Language of Flowers by Vanesa Diffenbaugh while enjoying some light refreshments. New members are always welcome to this lively discussion group where you can meet other book lovers and find out what books they are reading and raving about. Books will be available at the service desk one month prior to the discussion, or find a copy here in our library system and have one sent for you to pick up.

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions:  honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love.  But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.