Spend spring break at the Monroe Library

By Shannon Dye
Spring is in the air and that means Monroe students have a break from school April 6 to10. At the Monroe Library (1070 Village Way), we've got fun kids' programs lined up, like Movie Monday, "Son of Reptile ManGÇ¥ and LEGO Lab, all at 2 p.m. Check sno-isle.org for the full lineup! There are teen programs, too.
Did I say, "Son of Reptile ManGÇ¥? Yes! Monroe Reptile Zoo will bring its amazing animals to the library on Wednesday, April 8 at 2 p.m. As it turns out, Isaac Petersen, son of Reptile Man Scott Petersen, likes to educate students about incredible snakes, lizards, turtles and bugs, too. No registration required.
You don't want to miss, "How to Fool a DragonGǪand Save the WorldGǥ on Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. Who will win when three knights and one little boy set off to defeat a sinister dragon? You'll find out when you join award-winning songwriter and children's author Eric Ode in this high-participation music concert and puppet show. No registration required.
Book recommendations
Along with these great programs, here are some kids' book recommendations that can be checked out from the library.
"Who Wants a Hug?GÇ¥ by Jeff Mack, is a new picture book about friendly Bear and not-so-friendly Skunk. While Bear just wants to give hugs, Skunk would rather play tricks on Bear. This story begs the question: What do you do when you encounter someone who contradicts your grumpy mood? This is a charmingly illustrated book that will make the whole family giggle.
"Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor,GÇ¥ by Jon Scieszka (pronounced "ShezkaGÇ¥), is a fun, new chapter book. The story follows Frank Einstein as he tinkers with robotics for the upcoming Midville Science Prize. With the help of some quirky characters, like Grampa Al and sidekick Watson, Frank Einstein faces challenges that put his inventiveness to the test. This is the first in a series that combines science and humor and is a sure bet for young readers.
Here's a story that every family should read together. "What the World Eats,GÇ¥ by Peter Menzel, is a stunning look at families from around the world and their food for one week. The photographs are fantastic and tell much of the story on their own. However, the stories about each family are so satisfying and fascinating that you'll want to know more. I can't recommend this book highly enough. The material presented will likely spawn great conversation; older children (and their families) may be the most suitable readers, as the content is complex.
I am always happy to suggest titles to you and your family depending on what you like to read. I look forward to seeing you at the library!
Shannon Dye is a librarian at the Monroe Library.


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