News from Youth Services Category: Wordy Wednesday

Be Our Pen Pal

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We would love to hear from you! Email us at to get some letter writing practice, share stories, and ask us questions. Ask Youth staff for a book recommendation, or about their favorite school subject, color, dessert, animal, or anything that you would like to know. Share a story you read or even one that you wrote! Tell us a joke or attach a picture that you drew.

Send emails to Youth Services at and we’ll respond within a day or two. We love to hear from everyone and see what you have been up to!

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Dork Diaries Podcast

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Whether you’re already a fan of Dork Diaries or have not read them yet, you are in for a treat with the new Dork Diaries podcast, starring award-winning actress Jenni Barber, produced in partnership with Simon & Schuster Audio.

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting 8th grade in a new school—and her very first diary. An animated cast of characters hilariously performs Nikki’s Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life. In 15 episodes adapted from Rachel Renée Russell’s bestselling series, this podcast offers family entertainment for longtime fans and those meeting Nikki for the first time. New episodes available on Mondays and Fridays.

Find more fun on the Dork Diaries website, with printables for word games, creating your own dork diary, and much more. Books in the Dork Diaries series, as well as Renée Russell’s other series, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, are available to read or listen to on Overdrive and Hoopla!

Go to this page for more great podcasts for kids.

Magic Tree House Home Adventures

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Join Jack and Annie on exciting adventures with animals in strange lands, battling warriors across time, or playing alongside famous sports heroes. Magic Tree House Home Adventures will run from April 27 to May 22. Each week you’ll find new activity packs with crafts, family trivia, recipes, writing prompts, and more.

The author herself, Mary Pope Osborne, will also join in the fun by reading from her books and answering questions from readers! She said that these weekly adventures are “my way of connecting with readers, parents, and educators during this challenging time. Random House and I have worked together to create fun, new ways to learn and play with Jack and Annie. I’ve always loved hearing from my readers and can’t wait to interact with them in this brand-new way.”

This week she reads from the very first Magic Tree House book, Dinosaurs Before Dark.

Check out the audiobooks and e-books in English and Spanish with your MPPL card on Overdrive or with the Libby app.

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