April 8, 2016

Loch Ness Monster

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Loch Ness Monster

Everyone has heard of monsters under the bed. But what about monsters in the lake? Some people believe that a real monster (affectionately named Nessie) inhabits the lake called Loch Ness in Scotland.

The legend of the Lock Ness Monster dates back to the 6th century, when an Irish Monk, Saint Columba, encountered a vicious creature in the River Ness. Reports described the monster with a large body and long narrow neck. Since these early encounters, other people have claimed to see the Lock Ness Monster. The most famous is Dr. Robert Wilson, who captured a photograph of the monster’s head and neck.

Over the years, many teams have visited Loch Ness to try to discover the monster. In the 1930s, a group of 20 men watched the lake with binoculars for five weeks. Recently, more technologically savvy methods have been used, including sonar and satellite tracking .

Not everyone believes the pictures and reported sightings of the Loch Ness monster. Some believe Dr. Wilson’s photo is not the Loch Ness monster, but the head of an elephant . Some sightings are probably optical illusions. Other people believe the reports are just hoaxes.

Even though there is no proof that Nessie exists, many people continue to believe in the Loch Ness Monster. What do YOU think? Is she fact or fiction?

April 7, 2016

Children's Choice Book Awards

Posted by at 12:39 pm in Kid Power | Permalink

childrens choice book awardsVoting for the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards is now open!

The Children’s Book Council and Every Child A Reader launched the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards program in 2008 to provide YOU a chance to voice your opinions about the books you love. It’s the only national book awards program where the winning titles are chosen by kids and teens!

Voting is open until April 25!

April 7, 2016

What Kind of Dog Breed Should You Get?

Posted by at 1:56 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

Dog LibrarianWhat Kind of Dog Breed Should You Get?

Congratulations! Your parents finally agreed to let you get a dog! Now, it’s time to pick out the right pooch for your personality! Need help finding the right dog for you? Are you . . .

Athletic?
Some dogs like Jack Russell Terriers and Boxers want to run and play ALL THE TIME! They make great pets for people who like to stay active! Just make sure they’re not too hyperactive for you!

In a Tight Spot?
Do you live in an apartment or smaller home?  Breeds like Pugs or Bulldogs don’t need a lot of space. They love to spend most of the day curled up in a comfy chair or snuggled up on your lap. You’ll still need to take them on walks every day though, because all dogs, no matter how lazy, need SOME exercise.

Allergic to Dog Hair?
Certain breeds might work better for people with allergies. The American Hairless Terrier doesn’t have any hair. You can’t be allergic to hair that doesn’t exist! Shorter-haired dogs like Border Terriers or Cockapoos might be options as well. FYI: If you think you’re allergic to dogs, see an allergist BEFORE adopting a new pet!

Brainy?
Want a smart dog? Get a Labrador or Golden Retriever! Both breeds are intelligent and easy to train. Plus, you can amaze your friends with all the cool tricks your dog knows. Too bad they’ll never be smart enough to do your homework.

Not Picky?
How about a mixed breed from the local pound? It’ll love you forever for coming to its rescue! Plus, if you adopt an older dog, it may already be house trained. That’s a lot less mess you’ll have to clean up!

April 6, 2016

Strange Foods From Around The World

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Strange Foods From Around The World

The next time your parents try to make you eat your Brussels sprouts, you might want to consider yourself lucky. There are many foods around the globe that are much stranger. Some of these foods are even served alive! Yep, that’s right – as in moving on your plate.

In Korea, a popular dish called Sannakji is guaranteed to make any picky eater squirm. The steps to prepare this street cart food are simple. Take a small, live octopus, cut it into pieces, drizzle with a mild sauce, and serve while it’s still wiggling on the plate. Obviously, this is not for the faint of heart.

A food called Balut out of the Philippines isn’t much better, although it is cooked. This celebrated delicacy is prepared by leaving a duck or chicken egg in the sun for a few days until the embryo grows into a partially formed animal. The egg is then boiled and often seasoned with chili, garlic, vinegar, and/or salt. And if the description wasn’t enough to swear it off forever, the dish’s nicknames include “Treats with Feet” or “Eggs with Legs.”

If chowing down on legs and feet isn’t your thing, maybe you’d enjoy some sheep’s stomach. The Scots are famous for a savory pudding called Haggis, which contains sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs. It’s then minced with onion, oatmeal, spices, and salt and encased in the sheep’s actual stomach. The concoction simmers for approximately three hours and is then served.

If you thought your international options couldn’t get any weirder, you are wrong. You’ll find a wide variety of fried bugs including fried grasshopper and fried spiders available in Japan, Mexico, and other countries.

Okay, who’s hungry? No one. Well, that’s to be expected. Take the Weird Food Would You Rather Quiz and tell us in the Comments about the strangest food YOU have ever eaten.

April 5, 2016

Selena Gomez Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:41 am in Movies & TV, Music, Trivia | Permalink

Selena GomezSelena Gomez Trivia Quiz

Selena Gomez is what show business calls a “triple threat.” She can sing, dance, and act. Along with her acting success, she has an awesome musical career as well. But there are a few things about Selena that you might NOT know. Take this trivia quiz to learn a few interesting facts about the beautiful starlet.

  1. In the hit show Wizards of Waverly Place, what was the name of Selena’s character? A) Alex B) Sandy C) Max D) Theresa
  2. Which of these is NOT the name of a movie in which Selena stars? A) Monte Carlo B) Princess Protection Program C) Ramona and Beezus D) High School Musical
  3. Selena played a character named Mikayla on which other popular TV show? A) The Suite Life on Deck B) Hannah Montana C) iCarly D) Victorious
  4. On which children’s show did Selena get her big break? A) Blue’s Clues B) The Wiggles C) Yo Gabba Gabba D) Barney & Friends
  5. In which U.S. state was Selena born? A) Illinois B) New York C) Texas D) California
  6. True or False? Selena is of Mexican and Italian heritage.
  7. Selena’s birthday is in which month? A) July B) June C) April D) December
  8. True or False? Selena was the youngest UNICEF Ambassador.
  9. Selena’s ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber planned a romantic date for the two of them at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, during which he screened which of these classic movies? A) Grease B) Titanic C) The Wizard of Oz D) Clueless
  10. Which pop star gave Selena the song “Rock God”? A) Rihanna B) Pink C) Katy Perry D) Taylor Swift

Read on for the answers . . .  Continue reading

April 2, 2016

Most Powerful Greek Gods and Goddesses

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Most Powerful Greek Gods and Goddesses

Take the trivia quiz  to see how well you know Greek mythology.

  1. Perseus, the famous slayer of Medusa, was the son of a mortal woman and which god? A) Poseidon B) Zeus C) Apollo D) Hermes
  2. Which god is known for his super-fast speed? A) Hermes B) Poseidon C) Zeus D) Apollo
  3. Which god is the twin sister of Artemis? A) Poseidon B) Zeus C) Apollo D) Aphrodite
  4. Zeus and the Olympians defeated which of these groups to gain their power? A) The Titans B) The Heroes C) Mortals D) The Argonauts
  5. This Greek warrior died when he was shot in the foot by an arrow: A) Heracles B) Perseus C) Achilles D) Paris
  6. Although known as Helen of Troy, Helen was originally from this Greek city: A) Athens B) Sparta C) Thebes D) Argos
  7. Most known by his Latin name Hercules, this Greek warrior famously slayed the nine-headed Hydra. A) Hermes B) Apollo C) Heracles D) Icarus
  8. This friendly Titan was a supporter of humans, giving them the ability to make fire: A) Prometheus B) Cronos C) Atlas D) Lapetus
  9. These fierce creatures enchanted passing sailors with their songs, causing them to shipwreck: A) Sphinxes B) Nymphs C) Gorgons D) Sirens

Read on for the answers. . . Continue reading

April 1, 2016

Knock-Knock Jokes

Posted by at 1:11 am in Games, Trivia | Permalink

How well do you know knock-knock joke punch lines? Pick your favorite punch line for the knock-knock jokes below!

1. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Boo. Boo who?

  • A) It’s just a joke. Don’t cry.
  • B) Boo is a weird name.
  • C) Ahhh! Don’t scare me like that.
  • D) Ghosts can’t talk.

2. Knock, knock! Who’s there? The interrupting cow. The interrupt—

  • A) I’m lactose intolerant.
  • B) Want some milk?
  • C) Moooooo!!!!!
  • D) I’m 2% sure I don’t want to come in.

3. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Atch. Atch who?

  • A) I don’t know.
  • B) I can’t hear you.
  • C) Do you know an allergist?
  • D) Bless you.

4. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Aisle of. Aisle of who?

  • A) Love is in the air!
  • B) I love you too!
  • C) Hey, Gilligan.
  • D) I just got back from vacation.

5. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Myth. Myth who?

  • A) Myth busted.
  • B) Miss you too.
  • C) Don’t you mean legend?
  • D) It’s Mrs., actually.

6. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Pigs say. Pigs say who?

  • A) No. Pigs say, “Oink!”
  • B) This little piggy went to market.
  • C) Open up. It’s bacon out here.
  • D) Don’t be such a hog.

7. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Banana. Knock-knock! Who’s there? Banana. Knock-knock! Who’s there? Orange.

  • A) Bananas contain potassium.
  • B) Orange doesn’t make any sense.
  • C) Aren’t you glad I didn’t say banana?
  • D) Orange you glad to be alive?

8. Knock, knock! Who’s there? The FBI. The FBI who?

  • A) That’s classified.
  • B) You wouldn’t understand anyway.
  • C) Don’t tell anyone you saw us.
  • D) Don’t you mean the CIA?

9. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Colleen. Colleen who?

  • A) Go away.
  • B) Go ca-lean up your room.
  • C) Who called Colleen?
  • D) Colleen is looking lean.

10. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Tank. Tank who?

  • A) Who ordered the fish tank?
  • B) Tank to the hand.
  • C) Did you order a tank?
  • D) You’re welcome.

Tell us  your favorite knock-knock jokes in the Comments!

March 31, 2016

April Fools' Day Jokes

Posted by at 12:52 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

april foolApril Fools’ Day Jokes

Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day and your Writing Prompt is to come up with the best April Fools’ joke ever. It can be a prank you pulled on someone, or that someone has pulled on you. Or it can be a prank you dreamed up, but might not ever actually do to anyone.

Leave your best April Fools’ Day pranks in the Comments, and have a fun-filled day of mayhem and foolery!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

March 31, 2016

What to Expect at the Orthodontist

Posted by at 1:29 am in News | Permalink

bracesWhat to Expect At the Orthodontist

What is an orthodontist? An orthodontist is just a kind of dentist who specializes in making teeth straight, and ensuring your jaw is properly aligned. It’s where people who have braces or retainers go. But if you haven’t been to one, you might wonder what else goes on at the orthodontist. Here’s what to expect when you visit one.

He or She Will Ask You Easy Questions
Your first appointment will most likely involve a bunch of questions about your teeth and your jaw. They’ll be pretty easy to answer. Some examples might be, “Does your jaw make a popping noise when you open and shut your mouth?” Or, “Do you snore at night?” These questions will help your orthodontist determine what kind of treatment you will need to make sure your teeth and jaw are working properly.

X-Rays and Molds Will Be Taken
A technician at your orthodontist’s office will probably take some x-rays and make a mold of your mouth. To make the mold, your technician will ask you to bite down on a dental tray filled with a gooey substance. The process might be slightly uncomfortable, but shouldn’t hurt at all. Both x-rays and molds will help determine what kind of care you need: braces, retainer, or maybe nothing.

A Plan Will Be Devised
The x-rays and molds should give a clear picture of what’s happening inside your mouth. Then, the orthodontist can formulate a plan to change anything that will cause you a problem now or in the future. There are more reasons to fix your teeth other than just having a pretty smile. Did you know that overlapping teeth could cause future tooth decay and cause more cavities in the long run? Yep. Braces might not seem that awesome right now, but they could save you some problems in the future!

So go bravely to your first orthodontist appointment and get it over with!

“Braces” Flickr photo by monica y garza

March 30, 2016

Books About Bullying

Posted by at 11:15 am in Reads | Permalink

Survival Guide to BullyingBooks About Bullying

Being bullied is the worst. If you are being bullied right now, please try these tips and tell a grown-up what you are going through. Definitely do not suffer alone! I wish for a world where no one ever has to feel bullied, but here are some books to help you relate.

The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock
for ages 10 and up
Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. Along the way, the author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days. From inspiring “roems” (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future.

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
for ages 8-12

This is a powerful story of a unique friendship between a troubled, over-sized boy and the tiny, physically challenged genius who proves that courage comes in all sizes. This simple yet timeless story explores many themes

The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt
for ages 8-12

When Danny Shine (rhymes with “whine”) finds out he’s on the infamous Loser List in the girls’ bathroom, his mission to erase it lands him in detention. That fateful afternoon, the school’s bullies (who live in detention) discover that Danny can draw. Suddenly he’s not a target anymore—he’s a “bad boy”! Supplying tattoos and graffiti for the bullies is great, until Danny is unwittingly drawn into a crime. His new friends took a comic from Danny’s favorite store, and now Danny has to steal it back, return it, and break off with the bullies—before he goes from dork to delinquent. See also the other books in the Loser List series.

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
for ages 8-12

Zulaikha hopes for peace now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her—“Inshallah,” God willing. Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. And the Americans come to her village, promising not just new opportunities and dangers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha—but can she dare to hope they’ll come true?

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
for ages 8-12

Entering seventh grade is no big deal for Marley Sandelski: Same old boring classes, same old boring life. The only thing he has to look forward to is the upcoming Star Trek convention. But when he inadvertently draws the attention of Digger Ronster, the biggest bully in school, his life officially moves from boring to far too dramatic . . . from invisible to center stage.

Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine
for ages 10-14

National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine delivers a powerful story of family, friendship, and race relations in the South. Life will never be the same for Red Porter. He’s a kid growing up around black car grease, white fence paint, and the backward attitudes of the folks who live in his hometown, Rocky Gap, Virginia. Red’s daddy, his idol, has just died, leaving Red and Mama with some hard decisions and a whole lot of doubt. Should they sell the Porter family business, a gas station, repair shop, and convenience store rolled into one, where the slogan—“Porter’s: We Fix it Right!”—has been shouting the family’s pride for as long as anyone can remember? With Daddy gone, everything’s different. Through his friendship with Thomas, Beau, and Miss Georgia, Red starts to see there’s a lot more than car motors and rusty fenders that need fixing in his world. When Red discovers the injustices that have been happening in Rocky Gap since before he was born, he’s faced with unsettling questions about his family’s legacy.