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Children's Bookshelf - August 2019

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Gone Camping
by Christine Ruocco

Summer is almost over, and soon we will be left with memories of beach trips, vacations and camping. For many kids, going to camp is the best part of the summer, where they learn new skills, make new friends and create lasting memories. These wonderful books are filled with adventure, mysteries and marshmallows, and will remind your kids of all the fun they had this summer.


You still have time to contact your nearest public library to find out if you can sign up for the summer reading program, A Universe of Stories. With free events and prizes, the summer reading program will encourage your child to read and help establish a love of books.

Spy Camp

by Stuart Gibbs

Middle-schooler Ben is just trying to have a nice relaxing summer after spending the previous year at a super-secret spy school. But spies don’t get time off, and Ben soon finds himself forced to go to spy camp, where he has to help defeat an enemy spy organization, SPYDER. The Spy School books are a wildly popular series that your child will love.  

Summer Camp Science Mysteries
by Lynda Beauregard

The Camp Dakota campers can’t seem to enjoy their summer without having to deal with zombies, thieves and werewolves. This fascinating Graphic Novel series is not only full of adventure and mystery, but it will also teach your kids about scientific topics such as matter, astronomy and gravity. And as a bonus, each book has fun experiments that the whole family can enjoy. 

Cece Loves Science and Adventure
by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes


Cece, her mom and their Adventure Girl troop members get stuck in a storm during a hike and have to figure out how to get back to their camping site safely! This fun STEM-themed picture book is beautifully illustrated, and will teach your kids about teamwork, science and nature.

Silver Meadows Summer
by Emma Otheguy


In this touching chapter book, 11-year-old Carolina and her family are forced to move from their home in Puerto Rico to her aunt’s house in New York. As if that isn’t bad enough, Carolina has to spend the whole summer at Silver Meadows Camp, where her bossy cousin Gabriela reigns over the campers. As summer goes on, Carolina makes a new friend, Jennifer, and together they start to enjoy their experience at camp — that is until the future of Silver Meadows is threatened and Carolina has to find a way to save it.

by Noelle Stevenson


This award-winning Young Adult Graphic Novel series is full of magic, mystery and girl power. The ladies of Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp keep getting caught in the middle of magical quests full of supernatural events and mystical creatures. Can they ever have a normal day at camp? Or will they keep having to save each other from raptors, river monsters and Greek gorgons? This is a great series that your middle and high schoolers will love.

The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird
by Kim Smith


This picture book will entertain both parents and kids alike! Best friends Dana Scully and Fox Mulder are camping in the backyard and having a great time, until they start hearing strange sounds and seeing odd lights and shadows. Soon, their sleepover turns into a full blown alien hunt!

Summer Events at the Silas Bronson Library

  • Build a LEGO® Space Universe!, Monday, August 12 at 5 p.m. Come create your own world with LEGOs!

  • Puffy Paint Universe, Tuesday, August 13 at 2 p.m. Make an awesome puffy paint creation during this fun program.

  • Bronson Bookworms, Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. Join us in this fun book club for kids, ages 9-12. Contact the library to find out the book of the month.

  • Let’s Go LEGO, Monday, August 26 at 6 p.m. If you love LEGOs you’ll love this fun club for children, ages 6-12.

  • Coding Club for Kids, Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Children of all ages can come and learn how to code.

  • Gaming Club, Wednesdays, August 7 and 21 at 4 p.m. Join us for video games, Yu-Gi-Oh! board games and more in our Gaming Club. All ages welcome. *Games may contain mature content.*

  • Learn to Play Chess, Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Learn how to play this fun game with chess experts. For all ages.

  • Roblox Club, Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Roblox players can access games created by other users or create games themselves. Ages 5-14.


If you are interested in more programs at Silas Bronson please visit bronsonlibrary.org/kidprograms. Silas Bronson Library is located at 267 Grand Street in Waterbury. For more information, call 203-574-8200.


Christine Ruocco is a Youth Services Librarian at Silas Bronson Library.