(if you don’t know, ask a librarian)

If so, join the RED DOT CLUB at the Downtown Children’s Library.  Read one title from the list below to officially be in the club.  Read five to get invited to the party in the Spring.  Read more to enter to win the grand prize…Librarian for a Day at the Downtown Children’s Library!  Call the library at 232-3812 for more information.

Horton Halfpott, or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor, or, The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset by Tom Angleberger – Horton, an upstanding kitchen boy in a castle in nineteenth-century England, becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding a series of thefts, which is also connected to the pursuit of a very eligible and wealthy young lady’s affections.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger – Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate – When Jackson and his family face living in their minivan, Jackson’s imaginary cat Crenshaw returns to help him.
Floors by Patrick Carman – Ten-year-old Leo’s future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes leads Leo to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances.
Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo – Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
The Spider Ring by Andrew Harwell – Inheriting a spider-shaped ring from her grandmother, Maria discovers her very useful ability to communicate with and control spiders before catching the attention of the magic-hungry Black Widow.
Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (or any Heroes in Training book) by Joan Holub – When ten-year-old Zeus is kidnapped, he discovers he can defend himself with a magical thunderbolt.
The Young Healer by Frank M. McMillan – Feather Anderson discovers her Lakota heritage with her grandfather and in doing so follows in his footsteps of becoming a medicine healer.
Fairest of All (or any Whatever After book) by Sarah Mlynowski – After moving to a new house, ten-year-old Abby and her younger brother Jonah discover an antique mirror that transports them into the Snow White fairy tale.
Last-But-Not-Least Lola: Going Green by Christine Pakkala – Lola Zuckerman hates being last for everything. If only she were Lola Adams or Lola Appleby or anything but Z for Zuckerman. And she is having a particularly hard time right now. Her best friend Amanda Anderson is now her ex-best friend. Her grandparents have moved back to Texas, and her mother is launching a new career. Why is everything always changing?  How can Lola, who is always last, prove that she’s not least?
Mariella Mystery Investigates the Mystery of the Cursed Poodle (or any Mariella Mystery book) by Kate Pankhurst – For a school project about the Puddleford Museum, Mariella and her Mystery Girls decide to investigate the tale that the stuffed remains of the museum’s founder’s dog carry a curse, and that anyone who harms it will have bad luck.
Field Trip by Gary Paulsen – Ben and his twin classmates, Charlotte and Jacob, are missing a school field trip so Ben’s father takes them, his new apprentice Brig, and the dogs on an adventure during which Ben manages to try out for a hockey academy against his parents’ wishes and the twins turn the road trip into a learning experience.
Sasquatch Escape (or any Imaginary Veterinary) by Suzanne Selfors – Spending the summer in his grandfather’s rundown town, ten-year-old Ben meets an adventurous local girl and together they learn that the town’s veterinarian runs a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.
Ellray Jakes Is Not a Chicken! (or any Ellray Jakes book) by Sally Warner – Eight-year-old EllRay’s father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.
Honey by Sarah Weeks – When she suspects that her father has a girlfriend, Melody and her best friend are determined to figure out who it is and why it is a secret.