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May 2, 2019
Summer Reading Sneak Peek, Recommended Fantasy Books, and May Programs

Summer Reading starts Saturday, June 8! There will be programs Monday through Thursday, including performances on Tuesday afternoons. Check below for a more detailed overview of the reading challenges and the performances.

I often get asked to recommend books for kids in 5th - 6th grade who like 'fantasy.' I've pulled together a list of fantasy novels that I recommend most often. 

Our programs in May are going to be fun: making a photo frame, Building Club, watching The Lego Movie 2, and making clothespin animals. I'm looking forward to the clothespin animals in particular!

As always, please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or requests.

A Photo and a Frame
Building Club
The Lego Movie 2
Clothespin Animals

Story Time with Molly
Story Time with Eliya
Stay and Play

Performances on the Patio

Middle School Book Club
Dungeons and Dragons

Fantasy Novels
A Photo and a Frame
Wednesday, May 8, Edgewater Room
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

We’ll take your picture and help you make a frame. Perfect for kids 4+, but all children and their caretakers are welcome. 

Don’t forget about Mother’s Day! 

Building Club: Legos, Magna-Tiles, and More!
Wednesday, May 15, Edgewater Room
3:30-4:30 p.m.

We've got bins of Legos and Magna-tiles. What can you make? For children 3+ years old and their caregivers.
Wednesday, May 22, Edgewater Room
3:00 p.m.

The Lego Move 2 (2019, PG, 107 min., ©Warner Bros.) reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. The adventure will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

Children and their caretakers are invited to this free movie screening. We'll have lots of popcorn to share!
Clothespin Animals
Wednesday, May 29, Edgewater Room
Between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Make animals that can stand on their own! We did the project in the fall of 2017, and it was one of my favorites. Check out the photos! 

Perfect for kids 4+, but all children and their caretakers are welcome.
Summer Reading
We'll have programs Monday-Thursday afternoons for seven weeks, plus reading challenges for kids and middle schoolers.

To get you excited, here's the list of Tuesday performers:

Performances start at 3:30 p.m.

June 11: Silly Circus Show!
Join Bri Crabtree on a silly circus adventure: juggling, magic, illusion, and vaudeville.   

June 18: Magician Spencer Gray Back by popular demand!
Magic, jokes, mystery, and audience participation!

June 25: Jelly Jam Time
Creative puppetry and stories. Charming and imaginative!

July 2: Coventry & Kaluza
Hula hoops, acrobatics, and laughs.

July 9: Wildcare
A Marin-based animal rescue organization. They'll bring three animals for us to learn about.

July 17: Brian Scott, Magician
Magic & laughs. Sure to dazzle!

July 24: Bubbles! and a Picnic
Back by pop(!)ular demand: join Michael Ashe, the San Francisco Bubble Man, for an effervescent afternoon. Plus, our annual Summer Picnic. Bring a blanket to sit on and snacks. We’ll provide thematic snacks: popcorn and popsicles.
Story Time with Molly
Mondays, Edgewater Room
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Join us for stories, finger plays, and songs. For children 3 and under and their caregivers.
Story Time with Eliya
Wednesdays, Edgewater Room
9:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Join us for stories, finger plays, and songs! For children 3 and under and their caregivers.
Stay and Play
Wednesdays, Edgewater Room
10:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to 'stay and play' after the Sausalito Library's 9:40 a.m. story time. Preschool teacher Eliya will be there with blocks, stuffed animals, shaky eggs, and more. Join us!
Middle School Book Club

** The Middle School Book Club is currently full except for kids who are already members. If you have questions or would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Erin.**
Dungeons & Dragons
The game has begun! Contact Tula at for more information.
Fantasy Novels for 5th-6th Graders

In my experience, most kids start articulating genre preferences at the end of 4th grade. By that age kids are experienced enough readers that they feel empowered to take some control of their reading experience.

Fantasy novels are very appealing. They are fast-paced with clear, dramatic plots. The characters have strong personalities. The imagined worlds are compelling and more exciting than our regular world (when the novel is well-written!). And, at the same time, they are driven by realistic challenges and emotions: bravery, compassion, friendship, trust, the unknown.

I've read most of the novels on this list. To highlight just a few:

The Ruins of Gorlan is dark and mysterious. I remember being unsettled and even frightened by this book.

Regular life--making friends, struggling with her mother--is a big part of Aru Shah, in addition to trying to save time and conquer a demon.

Magyk is set in an imaginary version of Medieval England. It is definitely ominous with real bad guys, but the family is warm and loving, which gives the whole book a more gentle tone than something like The Ruins of Gorlan.

Dragonet Prophecy is fast-paced and violent. The battles are fierce!

The Blue Sword is one of my favorite books from childhood. The invented world is interesting, consistent, and complex. The plot is very dramatic with epic battles and surprising alliances. The main character, Aerin, is a perfect hero: discontent and insecure at the novel's beginning, she eventually becomes powerful while still being modest and admirable. It is one of the few fantasy novels to win a Newbery Medal.
Fantasy Novels
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