Saturday, November 30, 2013

Packing Up the popUP!

It’s official: Saturday, November 30 is the last day at the popUP Library. We’re going to spend much of December packing up, moving back down to the Main Library, and unpacking to set up for our reopening on December 26, 2013. 

Stay tuned to this blog for info about December program cancellation (sorry Wrestling Club), sneak peeks at our space, and other information! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Clue #3

Miss Marissa secretly meets with library luchador Juan de las plantas magicas to break some bad news to him. Which book does Juan leave behind?

Do you recognize the secret location?

Who was that masked man? Miss Marissa and Miss Kim spent a whole episode of Storyweb trying to figure it out. If you want to know more about the library luchador, watch the episode HERE.

Do you need an INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNT contest form? Click HERE.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sandy's Spooky Stories

Sandy, age 14, loves a good scare. She has been visiting the library since she was 6 years old and has tore though many of our scary novels. Which story does she think will scare your socks off?

“I always loved reading In a Dark, Dark Room,” Sandy says. “It’s basically a child’s first horror story.” 

In a Dark, Dark Room is a classic chapter book written by Alvin Schwartz, of Scary Stories to Tell in a Dark fame. 

One of the spookier stories in this collection, “The Green Ribbon,” is about a woman who always wears a decorative ribbon knotted tightly around her neck. “It always made me think ‘Why didn’t she take it off?’ or ‘Why didn’t she tell her husband her secret?,’” Sandy said. What is the woman’s secret? You’ll have to read to find out! 

Sandy says she is interested in the stories behind ghosts. For older kids and parents she recommends Berks the Bizarre by Charles J. Adams, a local author specializing in ghost stories from Reading and Berks County. 

“I read the stories that mention Reading in them,” Sandy says. “I wanted to find this house [mentioned in one of the stories]. It’s near a graveyard and haunted by a lady in white. It was near St. Peter’s Church.” 

Sandy recently began writing, but isn’t specializing in the spooky genre. Instead, she’s writing fan fiction and sharing it online with her friends. 

Use our Catalog to find more books by Alvin Schwartz by clicking HERE.
Find more books written by Charles J. Adams by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Measuring Up at Wrestling Club

At our last Wrestling Club, we read about high-flying luchador, Rey Mysterio. Despite being only 5’6”, Rey Mysterio has defeated opponents much, much bigger than him. Just how much bigger than him? Wrestling Club decided to find out.

Check out the height chart the club worked on together to see how we stack up to Rey Mysterio and other wrestling superstars.

After reading about Mysterio and other luchadors, we used books and wrestling encyclopedias to look up his height and the heights of other wrestlers.We also measured ourselves to see how we stacked up!

Most of us were taller than Hornswoggle, but still shorter than Rey Mysterio. However, no one was as tall as wrestlers like The Big Show or the Great Khali. The tallest wrestler we found was Giant Gonzalez who was billed as 8 feet tall! The biggest surprise for us was that the Undertaker was "only" 6' 10" compared to his brother Kane who is 7 feet tall.We were expecting Undertaker to be taller.

After our experiment, we made lucha libre masks and watched Rey in action against another luchador we read about in our books, Eddie Guerrero!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Super Readers

Luis, age 15, has been visiting the library regularly since he was 8 years old. He’s read a ton of books from our library, especially comics. In fact, he’s such a huge fan of Marvel Comics that his nickname growing up was “Spider-man Luis.” 

So what does he recommend? 
Amazing Spider-man, of course! He suggests kids get in touch with the original Spider-man, the stories by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, before seeing the blockbuster films. 

 “Kids should see how the original writer intended Spider-man to be,” Luis said. “They can compare and contrast [to the films] and see which version they like best.”

Of all the superheroes out there, why Spider-man? 

“Spider-man is more relatable to kids growing up or teens having financial problems,” Luis explained. “Spider-man isn’t like Iron Man who is rich and has armor or the X-men who have powers and don’t have to worry about money. Spider-man doesn’t have a mentor. He just walks around in his tights with no money. He’s having a hard time trying to take care of his Aunt. The press and police hate him. He has no one to help him but himself."

Are you interested in finding some great superhero stories? Click the link to find some of the books Luis talked about: Spider-Man books in Berks County libraries


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Reading with the Reading Royals

The Kelly Cup champion READING ROYALS stopped by the popUP library for a special visit. The Royals read "Dino-Hockey," answered questions posed by kids, signed autographs, and even lent a hand while we made a hockey craft. Slapshot got in on the fun, high-fiving kids and posing for photos.