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Who would leave a world-famous pie recipe to a cat?

When Alice's Aunt Polly, The Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous piecrust recipe.  Or does she?  In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo...and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat.  Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it's making them pie-crazy.  It is up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship.  Family.  And the pleasure of doing something for the right reason.

Join us on Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 in the evening to discuss this entertaining novel and enjoy some pie.

Register at the youth desk and pick up a copy of the book.  Or call the youth desk at 886-6335, or email us at

Posted by: Jahnke
on November 23, 2013

"Ida B," Mama said to me on one of those days that start right and just keep heading toward perfect until you go to sleep," when you're done with the dishes, you can go play.  Daddy and I are going to be working until dinner."

"Yes, ma'am," I said back, but I said it like this,"Yes, MAY-uhm!" because I couldn't wait to get on with my business.  I could already hear the brook calling to me through the back door screen.  "C'mon out and play, Ida B.  Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up."  I had three places I wanted to visit, six things I wanted to make, and two conversations I hoped to have before dinnertime.

Mama was washing, Daddy was drying, and I was putting away the dishes from lunch.  And I knew the moment I set the last pan in its place, I was free.  But the way those two were chatting and laughing and acting like we had till next week to finish up, I could see it was going to be a while.

My insides started itching and my feet started hopping, one then the other, because they were ten minutes past being ready to go.  So I decided to speed things up a bit.

Daddy'd hand me a dish, I'd sprint to the cupboard and put it away, race back again, and put my hand out for the next one, with my right foot tap, tap, tapping the seconds that were ticking by.

"Hold your horses, Ida B," Daddy told me.  "There's plenty of time to do whatever you're planning."  And he passed me a plate, slow and easy.

Well, that stopped me in my tracks.  Because what Daddy said might have seemed all right to him, but it was sitting about two miles beyond wrong with me.  I wasn't going to be able to put away another tiny teaspoon till I set things straight.

"Daddy," I said, and I waited till he was looking at me before I went on.

"Yes, Ida B," he answered, turning toward me.

And staring right into his eyeballs I told him, "There is never enought time for fun."  (Katherine Hannigan). 

Read this excellent book, and then join us for the discussion and some snacks on Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 until 7:30.

Copies of the book are available at the youth desk.  Stop in to register and pick up a book.

Posted by: Jahnke
on October 29, 2013

Abilene Tucker arrives in Manifest, Kansas in 1936 at the height of The Great Depression.  Her mother has died, and her father, Gideon Tucker, grew up in Manifest.  When he gets a job in another part of the country, he sends Abilene to Manifest to stay with his old friend, Shady Howard. Abilene soon explores the town and gets to know the people of Manifest.  She also finds a box of treasures under the floor boards of her bedroom.  Abilene sets out to find out who they belonged to.  Were they her father's from his childhood?  And if so, where and how did he get them?  Abilene sets out to find the answers, and along the way, she finds out the story of her father's life in Manifest.  Abilene also tries to unravel the mystery of a treasure map and a spy known as "The Rattler."  Will she find the answers?

Join us on Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 in evening to discuss Abilene's adventures and enjoy some snacks.

Posted by: Jahnke
on October 01, 2013



Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life.  Which is nearly impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability.  She has spent years trying to teach David the rules from " a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"--- in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors.

But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of-friend, and Kristi, the potential next-door friend she has always wished for; it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Filled with humor and warmth, Cynthia Lord's debut novel takes a candid and sensitive look at feeling different and finding acceptance--beyond the rules.


Posted by: Jahnke
on September 10, 2013

Meet the Moffats.  There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and---most days at least---the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house...sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; And Rufus, who may be the littlest but always gets in the biggest trouble.

Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun.  Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the entire town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess.  And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure.

Join the fun on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 to discuss the Moffats adventures and have some snacks.

Register via email at or call 886-6335.  Stop at the youth desk to pick up a copy of the book.

Posted by: Jahnke
on August 02, 2013


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