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SPARK a Reaction

SPARK  a Reaction….the summer reading program for kids finishing 5th grade and up.  Registration begins June 23th and the program runs until August 8th.  Participate in the reading incentive program SPARK  a Reaction and you can win prizes for reading, writing book reviews and volunteering.  There will be craft programs, an afterhour Mad Scientist Party , book clubs, filmmaking, GarageBand and much more……  Pick up a flyer at the Main Library or Hilton Branch and register for programs.

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You can now borrow video games from the Hilton Branch! Games are available for WiiXBox 360 and Playstation 3 systems.  More games will be on the way soon!

  • Patrons under 18 years require a signed permission slip to check out video games
  • 7 day loan period
  • 1 video game limit
  • Reserves allowed
  • No renewals
  • $1 per day fee for late returns

Have video game suggestions? Let us know @
We are currently collecting games that have the following ESRB ratings:

  • E (Everyone)
  • E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
  • T (Teen)

Thank you to the Friends of the Maplewood Library for providing the funding to start our video game collection!

    • Hilton Open Computer Lab/Maker Space

      Monday, August 4

      10:00 am

      Maplewood Library is happy to announce the opening of our new MakerSpace at Hilton Branch, a place for innovation, creativity and discovery.  The MakerSpace will have open, drop-in hours from July 7 to August 5 on Mondays 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and Tuesdays 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

      Patrons can use Rhino 3D software to build a model, print an object on our 3D printer or use our new color printer.  Our monitors will be happy to assist you with Rhino 3D and run your 3D prints!  Get more info on Lab procedures and policies at



Quick Reviews from You!

reading under the radarHere are the first of the reviews we have received as part of the Summer Reading Program. The books are rated by mustaches this summer. Five mustaches is the highest rating on our review form.

Apothecary by Maile Melou
Reviewer: Cloey, 12
Mustaches Given: 4
I gave this book 4 mustaches, because it was really intriguing and got me hooked. I also liked that it was a mixture of realistic fiction and fantasy.

Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler
Reviewer: Julia , 11
Mustaches Given: 4
I love the whole Emily Windsnap series, becase Liz Kessler uses so much detail, it makes you feel like you are actually with Emily Windsnap.

Girls by Michelle Roehm McCann & Amelie Welden
Reviewer: Alice, 11
Mustaches Given: 5
It was a great book, because it teaches about different girls and what they have done to help their community.

Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Reviewer: Cloey, 12
Mustaches Given: 5
I gave this book this book 5 mustaches, because it was really inspirational and it really spoke to me and touched my heart.

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Fruits Basket

By Natsuki Takaya

Graphic Novel – This book deserves 5 stars.  This book is about a girl named Tohru Honda who finds a family cursed by the Zodiac.  If I could give this book another title, it would be Zodiac’s Curse.  The important characters in this book are Tohru Honda, Yuki Sohma, Kyo Sohma, Snigure Sohma, Kagura Sohma, Ou Hana and the Yuki fan club girls plus Tohru’s cousins and grandpa.  If I could smack any of the characters in this book upside the head, it would be Kyo, because he hurts Tohru in the beginning. I would also smack the Yuki Fan Club girls, because they tease Tohru too.   Tohru is my favorite character in the book, because her parents passed away and she still is happy.  I’m not sure if I would recommend this book to a friend, because most people don’t like anime.  Sad, but true.  I also watched the series on television.  It is pretty good.  I like the episode when Tohru’s friends come over to the Sohma house.  Review by Tara Brown

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