Oh, the Thinks You Can Think

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

The Journey by Francesca Sanna is the culmination of interviews the author collected at a refugee camp and is their combined story. This beautifully illustrated book tells the tale of one family as they are forced to flee their home and travel through forests, wade rivers, clamber over walls, and sail across the sea to find a safe place to live. The illustrations are surreal and mysterious, balancing the reader between both the real and the fantastic. While the illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful, the content is scary, inspiring, heartbreaking, and remains precipitously balanced between hope and fear. Pairing the two in this manner allows Sanna to delve into a difficult topic, without becoming too dark for the young readers it is meant to reach. Overall, Sanna offers no answers, she has merely opened a door, and leaves the floor open for conversation and imagination.

Radical Fun Project: More Stop Motion Animation!


Stop Motion is a magic filming technique that makes inanimate objects look like they are moving all by themselves. All it takes is a simple iPad app and some playdough to make a Stop Motion masterpiece.

Kids at this month's Radical Fun program got creative with playdough and other materials in order to make their own Stop motion animation videos. It's so simple you can even make your own stop motion videos at home! If you've miss out on our previous Stop Motion blog post, click here for instructions on how to create your own Stop Motion animation. 

Check out some of the awesome Stop Motion videos our Radical Fun kids made on November 9th and November 17th!


Cast Your Vote!

Vote for your favorite book!Election Day is less than a week away! While you do have to be 18 to be eligible to vote for one of the United States presidential candidates and submit an official ballot on November 8 – there are a number of fun ways to involve kids in the election process. Tops on the list is stopping into the children’s section of the Main Library and picking up a ballot for “President of the Library.” We have two candidates: Pigeon – as in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems. And Pete the Cat – as in Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin.

Spooktacular October Reads for Younger Elementary

Fall is a great time to curl up with a spooky read. These books are just slightly spooky, but have major laughs so they are perfect for younger elementary kids who like to be just a little bit scared.

The Phantom of the Theater (Creepella Von Cacklefur series) by Geronimo Stilton

Mischief is afoot at the Royal Mousetropolitan Theater! World famous opera singer Violetta von Cacklefur is ready to enchant the residents of Mysterious Valley with her one-of-a-kind high notes. But the vengeful phantom of the theater threatens to ruin the show when he steals Violetta’s high notes. Now Creepella and Geronimo must venture through the spooky theater and find the phantom or it’s curtains on Violetta’s career. If you are a fan of Geronimo Stilton and his enchanting friend Creepella von Cacklefur, this spooky mystery is a must-read!

Spooktacular October Reads for Older Elementary

The cool, crisp autumn air usually means one thing to us book lovers: it’s time to curl up with a spooky read. Here are some great, spine-tingling upper elementary reads to get you through the month.



The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud


Fifty years ago, ghosts, poltergeists, and spirits of all manner started popping up all over England. This was only the start of the Problem. As it turns out, talented young people with psychic sensitivities were the only ones capable of detecting these spirits and keeping them in check.


Radical Fun Project: Stop Motion

Great things can happen when you combine iPads and LEGOs! Monroe County kids participated in our Radical Fun program and used these tools to create their own stop motion animation films.

Stop Motion is a magic filming technique that makes inanimate objects look like they are moving all by themselves. It's so simple, you can even make your own stop motion films at home!

What You'll Need:

  • Smartphone or Tablet with Stop Motion app (We used Stop Motion Studio--it's free!)

  • Something to prop your Smartphone or Tablet up

  • LEGOs, Dolls, Action Figures--almost anything can be an 'actor' in your film!

What to Do: