, Muskogee, OK


November 10, 2012

As stress of holidays approach, MPL offers books to help relax

— This is the time of the year when things start getting a little hectic. Everyone knows the holidays are coming and some are anxiously awaiting the days while others are dreading the shopping frenzy. It’s time to step away from all the stress and settle down with a good read provided by the Muskogee Public Library.

For the younger readers, try “Brownie & Pearl See the Sights” by Cynthia Rylant. Brownie and her cat Pearl are off on a trip downtown. They visit the shops and do some shopping and end up in their favorite, “The Cupcake Shop.”

If fun is your thing, read “Diva Duck Goes to Hollywood” by Janice Levy. After traveling around the world, Diva Duck get the dance fever and is off to the bright lights of Hollywood. She is destined to be a star singing her way into the hearts of her adoring fans. Diva actually believes she is going to shine forever. Join Diva Duck as she cruises in her pink limo and paparazzi as she learns an importance less about friendship.

For those who love fairy tales, “Waking Beauty” by Leah Wilcox. If you think everyone knows how to wake a princess you have not met this prince. Someone forgot to read to this fellow and he hasn’t got a clue as to what to do! The fairies keep trying to help him out but apparently this guy has a short attention span. Will the princess have to wait another hundred years?

Middle-grade readers will enjoy “Turkey Trouble on the National Mall” by Ron Roy. KC and her friend Marshall meet and name the turkey Cloud, who has received a presidential pardon. He will get to spend the rest of his days on a farm. Oh, did I mention that KC’s stepdad is the President. KC asks him if he can get the congressmen and senators to pardon turkeys from their state as well. The President reminds KC that he cannot make anyone do anything but agrees to ask them before they adjourn for the holidays. Marshall and KC volunteer to take care of the turkeys on the National Mall. However, something happens before freedom day.

Growing up has its challenges in “Heidi Heckelbeck has a Secret” by Wanda Coven. An 8-year-old has been home-schooled and now must start second grade in public school. Heidi is worried about everything and does not want to go. On her first day at Brewster Elementary, her brother Henry has given her all kinds of advice but she is still worried. Will she make friends? What if she has trouble finding her way around? Heidi begins the day in a “merg” mood. Will her feelings change or will she reveal her secret?

Another story about starting school is “Seeing Cinderella” by Jenny Lundquist. Callie Anderson or “Polka Dot” as her classmates call her is shy and no one knows why. Her mother is a fifth-grade teacher and her dad is an industrial parts salesman who is frequently away from home. Callie writes in her journal stories about princesses who are rescued by their fairy godmothers. She wishes that hers would show up before she starts middle school. Her luck does not hold out when her mother makes an eye doctor appointment. Bad enough having freckles, but having to wear spectacles; bummer. Callie attempt to outsmart the doctor by memorizing the eye chart from the nurse’s station, but Dr. Ingram tricks her with a new chart. To make mattes worse, her new glasses won’t be ready for a while. The doctor insists she must wear this dorky pair until then. Little does Callie know, but these glasses are possessed!

One of newest additions to our collection are eBooks. They are accessible from our website by typing ebook on the online catalog textbox and clicking download eBook. In “Behind the Bookcase” by Mark Steensland, the children are visiting the home of their deceased grandmother that was inherited by their mother.

The plan is to fix the house and sell it to put money away for Sarah’s college fund. The house is dank and dark and they are certain that it is haunted. The walls are not really walls, but bookshelves and Sarah wants to box up all the books to take home. In a room upstairs Sarah discovers an unfinished letter from her grandmother, expressing her desire for Sarah to come for a visit. It seemed as if something was happening and she needed Sarah’s help to figure out what or who was behind the bookcase.

To really get lost in a book read “Who Could that be at this Hour?” Written by Lemony Snicket, this book takes you on his adventure where he keeps asking all the wrong questions. Snicket, just finishing the sixth grade, is waiting on a train at a tea shop with his parents when a mysterious lady drops a note in his lap asking him to meet in the alley behind the bathroom. This book is rather like “Through the Looking Glass,” but has enough mysterious people and places to make this a real page turner.

So when your energy has been zapped and you don’t quite feel like a nap, why not open up a good book , ebook or playaway audio device to relax, reflect and rejuvenate. We have them all to change your mood at the Muskogee Public Library.

Liz Hanley is head of youth services at the Muskogee Public Library.

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