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Scary Reads

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 2:19pm -- hdraft

As soon as October begins, I am always in the mood for a good, creepy book.  It may have to do with my love of Halloween and spooky things, but there’s something about the foggy mornings, the crisp chill in the air, and the longer stretches of darkness throughout the day that provide the perfect backdrop for a scary book.

Here are some of my favorite titles for grade school and beyond. If you need assistance finding an item in our collection or placing a hold on a title, please let us know.

School-Aged Children

Leaf People!

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 2:22pm -- hdraft

If you're looking for a fun way to use some of the leaves falling from the trees, make a Leaf Person craft! A few weeks ago, participants in Preschool Storytime made their own leaf people, animals, and pretty fall scenes with leaves, sticks, and tree bark gathered from outside. We also used markers, glue, construction paper, and googly eyes to make these unique creations complete.

Paper Plate Frisbees!

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:32pm -- hdraft

Are you looking for a high-flying, fun project for your kids to do this summer? Try your hand at making a paper plate frisbee!

Banned Books Week

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:56am -- hdraft

What do Harry Potter, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Looking for Alaska have in common? On the surface, it may seem like their commonalities are minimal, but there is one thing that they all share: they are all on the top 10 list of 2015’s Most Challenged Books.

Tween Nights at the Library

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:43am -- hdraft

Are you feeling a little too old for Youth events but a little too young for Teen events? Cromaine Library has the perfect solution for you: Tween programs! Tween Nights at the Library are specifically designed for 4-6 graders, and they are a fun way to explore new ideas or hobbies, geek out about a favorite book or movie, and make new friends.

Remembering Anna Dewdney

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 9:43am -- hdraft

Yesterday, the bookish community received some very sad news: acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, Anna Dewdney, passed away after struggling with brain cancer. Anna was well-known for her popular Llama Llama picture book series, and in addition to writing, she was also an advocate for childhood literacy. Because of this, it seems very fitting that she requested that everyone read a book to a child instead of giving her a funeral.

Fall Program Registration Begins September 1st

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:30pm -- hdraft

Registration for fall programming at Cromaine begins Thursday, September 1st at 9 a.m. We have a myriad of different activities for people of all ages, including Storytime, Pumpkin Decorating, A.L.I.V.E for 55+, Gingerbread House Making, and so much more! Please visit our Events calendar to see all of our offerings, along with full descriptions for each program. If you have any questions or need help with registration, feel free to stop by or give us a call at 810-632-5200.

Summer Reading: By the Numbers

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 10:22am -- hdraft

Our annual Summer Reading Program drew to a close last week. From our Summer Concert Series, to Family Fitness Fridays, to Tiny Tot Olympics, there was truly something for everyone to enjoy!

Summer Reading Ends Saturday!

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:23am -- hdraft

This Saturday is the culmination of Cromaine Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program. Don’t forget to turn in the rest of your minutes and collect your prizes before noon on Saturday, August 20th, as our drawing for raffle prizes will be held at 1:00 p.m.

On your mark, get set, Pokemon Go!

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 1:36pm -- hdraft

 

Do you play Pokemon Go? Great news!  Hartland’s Cromaine Library is a Pokestop with a Pokemon Gym. Once you have reached level 5 of game play, choose between three teams (Instinct (yellow), Mystic (blue), and Valor (red)) to battle it out, seize control of the gym, and catch 'em all.

Database Spotlight: NoveList

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:12pm -- hdraft

Are you looking for your next favorite book? Check out NoveList, a database available through Hartland's Cromaine Library.

Fourth Grade Book Recommendations for Creekside Elementary

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 12:59pm -- hdraft

Earlier this week, Ms. Bekah talked to Creekside's fourth grade classes about Cromaine's Summer Reading Program. She also shared some book recommendations, which can be found below.

Fiction

  • Armstrong, Lori - Loki’s Wolves
  • Connor, Leslie - All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
  • Kelly, Erin Entrada - Blackbird Fly
  • Patterson, James - Jacky Ha-Ha
  • Philbrick, Rodman - The Big Dark

Graphic Novel

Village Elementary Fourth Grade Book Recommendations

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 12:21pm -- hdraft

Today, I visited the fourth grade classrooms at Village Elementary to tell them all about our Summer Reading Program. I also gave them some book recommendations, which can be found below.

 

Fiction

  • Alexander, Kwame - The Crossover
  • Applegate, Katherine - Crenshaw
  • Burnham, Molly B. - Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker
  • Konigsburg, E.L. - From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler

Non-Fiction

Book List for Lakes Elementary Fourth Graders

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 5:28pm -- hdraft

Today, Ms. Marta visited the fourth graders at Lakes Elementary to talk about our Summer Reading Program. While participants are encouraged to read any type of book they want throughout the summer, she also presented students with a list of suggetions, which can be found below.

Fiction

Ciao, Mango, Bonjour.

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:47pm -- alynch

Learning a new language enriches one's understanding of his or her first language, increasing writing and communication skills all around.

Cromaine offers a great resource for beginning language learning -- Mango. For Cromaine Library card holders, it is completely free to create a Mango account and enroll in courses in French, Spanish, Italian, and many more. Mango even offers a fun course where you can learn to talk like a Pirate. 

Collection Spotlight: Early Readers

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 10:58am -- hdraft

If you have visited the Children’s section of the library over the past few months, you may have noticed that our Early Reader collection has had a bit of a makeover.

Branching Out--your next great read!

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:20pm -- eidzior

Lately I've been trying to branch out of my comfort zone with my reading choices. Spring seems like the perfect time to try some new kinds of books. Here are a few of the recent books I've read that were a little outside my comfort zone that I highly recommend!

Ducks at Village Elementary!

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:13pm -- hdraft

Village Elementary was in the news for a very cool reason: ducks! For the past thirteen years, a duck named Vanessa has returned to Village Elementary to lay her eggs, and each year, students and teachers alike welcome her with open arms. Find out more information at this link.

If your children are interested in reading about ducks, here are a few of the many great books available for checkout at Hartland's Cromaine Library!

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:54pm -- hdraft

Last week, the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2016 were chosen! The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 to "honor excellence in journalism and the arts." You can find the list of winners here, and if you are interested in a title from the Letters, Drama, and Music section, stop by the library and we will be happy to place a hold for you.

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