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  • Pass it on : African-American poetry for children
    Floyd Cooper

    The award-winning author-illustrator, widely lauded for his evocative and luminous paintings depicting the African American experience, died on Friday, July 16, after being ill with cancer. He was 65. His book, "Max and the Tag-Along Moon", was selected as one of our Companion Books for the 2019 One Book, One Philadelphia program.

  • MOVE Bombing

    This list accompanies Episode 10 from Season 1 of Story Search from Special Collections, a podcast series exploring stories based on, inspired by, or connected to material artifacts. | https://anchor.fm/freelibraryofphiladelphia/episodes/S1-Episode-10-MOVE-Bombing-e136o41


  • Casino Royale
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Action. Adventure. Fast-Paced. Smooth Acting. Thriller. Violence.  Good Plot.

    I think this was the best 007 James Bond movie.  Daniel Craig does an awesome job as Bond.  He is smooth and appealing. The storyline is believable which makes the film easier to watch and enjoy. With lots of twist and turns this is really a great film. 

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Jul 21, 2021

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  • Hard-boiled bugs for breakfast and other tasty… by Prelutsky, Jack.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    Jack Prelutsky doesn't fail to entertain with this humorous new collection of poetry. Laugh and learn with Prelutsky's whimsical wordplay. Enjoy the accompanying illustrations by Ruth Chan. "Figure 8" is especially well crafted, it reminds me of "The Song That Doesn't End" which, as kids, my siblings and I delighted in singing, with the added bonus of simultaneously annoying anyone not partaking in the silliness. And Chan's picture of the sneezing bees in "Above the Meadow" really gave me a good chuckle, it's exactly how I'd imagine sneezing bees would look. I'd recommend this goofy volume of poetry to kids, teachers, librarians, basically anyone with a penchant for the ridiculous!

    Reviewed by Megan M on Jul 20, 2021

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  • Brick Mansions
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Action-Packed. Adventure. Crime. Fast-Paced. Good Actors.

    Paul Walker showed great energy and clever moves in this last motion picture before his untimely death. He was a very good actor and always interesting to watch. All of the supporting actors were good as well. The film starts off with action and end with action. The gun battles and fist fights are intense and powerful, but, they were a little to phony. With no foul language or overpowering sex scenes ..this film was enjoyable..

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Jul 19, 2021

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  • S.W.A.T.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Action.  Adventure.  Violence.   Fast pace. Tense Moments.  Exciting Chases.  Great acting.  Great actors.  Funny lines. 


    Good film from start to finish. This film is full of action. If you turn your head you're sure to miss something. Samuel L. Jackson is awesome as usual.  LL COOL J is not bad either... i love these two guys. Lots of very good actors.  Some lines that will make you laugh....

    ("You got a driver's license..uh,  I have a library card.. ok that'll do". "You cheating on your wife with junk food").   I recommend this film to anyone who likes good guys versus bad guys action movies. I enjoyed this movie.... P.S. don't miss the glimpse of the late Alex Trebek"s Hollywood Star.

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Jul 15, 2021

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  • A quiet place
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
    I've never watched a movie with barely no dialogue and was intrigued throughout the whole movie. This is one of the best suspenseful movies I've ever seen. A Quiet Place was way way better than Bird Box and other similar movies. I can't wait to see the sequel. This movie is a must see!!!

    Reviewed by Ashley B on Jul 8, 2021

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  • Camp by Miller, Kayla.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
    It's summer and Olive can't wait to go to Camp Acorn Lake with her best friend Willow. It's a sleepover camp, and there are so many fun activities for Olive and Willow to try. Once they arrive, Olive is ready to dive right into the camp experience. She's great at sports, loves her cabin & camp food, and easily makes lots of new friends. Willow, however, is a different story. She is feeling homesick, and makes every attempt to keep Olive from spending time with her new friends. She even sabotages the Rube Goldberg Machine that Olive and her friends put a lot of effort into! Is Olive and Willow's friendship over? Or can they figure things out? This book is the perfect summer read for a 3rd to 5th grader, especially if they're headed to camp for the first time. And for those who enjoy Camp, find out how Olive deals with being forgotten and left out by her friends in Click.

    Reviewed by Megan M on Jul 8, 2021

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