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One thing that sets Angela Addington apart from many other writers is her sincere interest in people’s stories.  There’s a sense that she loves her work because it brings her into contact with so many fascinating people!  When Angela reviews one of my clients’ CDs, for example, more often than not she becomes curious about the artist behind the music and is inspired to “go the extra mile” by pursuing an interview.   Angela’s lucky readers learn not only about the music, but also about what went into creating that music.   In my experience, it is rare to encounter a writer with such dedication to telling the whole story.  Angela’s thoroughness and professionalism are to be admired.  What’s more, she’s a joy to work with:  good humored, organized, accurate, and, best of all, great fun.   I recommend Angela Addington without hesitation and only wish I could clone her!
– Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, Owner, Waldmania Public Relations

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  • Holiday Gift Guide:  Marbelocity Make Kits

    Holiday Gift Guide: Marbelocity Make Kits

    Have a future engineer or architect in the house?  Why not consider a maker kit this holiday season.  Marbelocity has amazing kits where kids can build a mini skate park, coaster, and so much more.  One of our favorites is the Mini Skate Park Maker Kit.

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    The satisfaction and pride of making your own kinetic sculpture!

    Tinkineer’s Marbleocity introduces children to engineering principles and physics concepts with dynamic hands-on STEM model kits made of precision-cut wood in the USA. Each kit includes easy-to-follow assembly instructions in a graphic novel that features the Tinkineer characters. The comic introduces a physics concept or engineering mechanism that is the focal point of the model, all in a fun and engaging way! The result is an awesome kinetic sculpture and some new physics and engineering insight!

    A cool, fun, working marble run to play with!

    The Mini Skate Park is full action, like a rail slide, stair descent and jump—so once you build your coaster, you can run marbles through it! Just turn the crank to start the action!  Engineering principles and physics concepts engage young minds, so it’s a unique and playful learning experience for beginner and experienced Makers alike! No special tools required; only household white glue (not included) is needed! The activity lasts an hour or two because of all the different building steps and waiting for glue to dry, so it’s long-lasting fun!

  • Book A Day:  Ninja Claus!

    Book A Day: Ninja Claus!

    For the month of December, we will be featuring (at least) a book a day leading up to Christmas.  Start a Christmas tradition of reading a new book each day this month until Christmas Eve.  You can get books from the library or pick up new ones to add to your home library while you are out shopping for the holidays.  Our books will range from board books for infants and toddlers, to chapter books for teens, to craft books for the holidays to books for adults.  Let us know if you pick up one either at a bookstore or the library and what you think about it.

    To check out a full list of books from our Book a Day December 2017, click here.

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    ninja claus
    The very first book in this series was a huge hit and this one is so well done, it is certain to be just as big if not bigger. Ninjas are the coolest, and this book gets the little-kid fantasy of being a ninja just right. the story of the child who wants to stay up to see Santa Claus is perennial favorite and sure to hit home with many young readers.

    A young ninja has waited all year for Christmas Eve. He puts his skills to the test in the pursuit of one goal―to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. But does Santa have some super-special ninja tricks of his own?

    “Chung (Ninja!, 2014) returns with a second comic-book-style tale about lovable, freckled-faced ninja Maxwell. . . .A clever, laugh-out-loud story.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    In this third book in the Ninja! series, Maxwell pits his ninja skills against Santa Claus.

  • Book A Day:  Meet Ludwig

    Book A Day: Meet Ludwig

    For the month of December, we will be featuring (at least) a book a day leading up to Christmas.  Start a Christmas tradition of reading a new book each day this month until Christmas Eve.  You can get books from the library or pick up new ones to add to your home library while you are out shopping for the holidays.  Our books will range from board books for infants and toddlers, to chapter books for teens, to craft books for the holidays to books for adults.  Let us know if you pick up one either at a bookstore or the library and what you think about it.

    To check out a full list of books from our Book a Day December 2017, click here.

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    Looking for a different type of adventure during storytime? Pick up one of these 3D books! Ludwig is a lovable dog that has amazing adventures in space and underwater. Inventive and Interactive and perfect for the reluctant reader. Ludwig shows children that a journey anywhere is possible!

    Ludwig the Space Dog
    ludwig the space dogLudwig is a small dog who lives in a book with his friends. Everything in their world is made of paper. Ludwig loves to read about different galaxies and planets, but how can he ever leave his book world to see the real universe? He tries everything he can think of to fly away and go exploring, but nothing works. And then something from another dimension crashes onto Ludwig’s page . . . Put on your 3D glasses and watch the world of Ludwig and his friends – both close to home and far away – come alive.


    ludwig the sea dogLudwig the Sea Dog
    Ludwig and friends live in a world of books. One day, a postcard arrives; Ludwig’s friend, Peter the penguin, has a broken submarine and needs Ludwig’s help – under the sea. How can a dog who lives in a book explore the underwater world? Maybe with a bit of fairy tale magic and some help from his friends.This is the second 3D picture book from the author of Ludwig the Space Dog. Get ready for an adventure in another dimension.

  • Holiday Gift Guide:  Personalized Gifts

    Holiday Gift Guide: Personalized Gifts

    blue_laundry_webThis time of year, we are always on the lookout for unique gifts.  What better way to have something be unique than to personalize it.  I’ve got a teenager at home now, that will be off to college next year.  The items are starting to amass for the dorm and for living away from home for the first time.

    Peppermint Twist was at the top of my shopping list this year to add to those college necessities.  My daughter will now go off to college in style with a monogrammed laundry bag that is made so well, it will last her well into grad school.  The patterns are nice, upscale and the materials of the highest quality.  The monograms look spectacular and put a nice touch on the bag.

    Laundry bags can be used for all sorts of things….not just laundry..use as an overnight bag (holds pillow & sleeping bag), sports bag for bats & stuff, etc…the list goes on and on!

    santa_sackTo add a little fun and whimsy under our tree, I also got a personalized gift bag for Hannah.  These are just too adorable not to get one for every member of the family.

    Custom Santa Sack personalized with your child’s name. Imagine this wonderful oversized Santa Sack bag under your Christmas tree on Christmas morning!  These Santa Sacks are wonderful for oversized gifts that are difficult to wrap.  Or, if you are traveling to a loved ones house (For instance Grandma and Grandpas house) and you need a way to have all of your gifts together for your kiddos…need I say more?

    While you are on Peppermint Twist shopping, don’t forget Fido.  They have raincoats for dogs, which are perfect for winter snow too!  This adorable dog raincoat will keep your pooch warm and dry on those rainy spring days!  Now you an go for a walk and not worry about all of the wet fur!  It even has a hood to keep their ears warm and dry!  Personalize your dog rain coat with your pets name.
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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Doctor Who Fluxx

    Holiday Gift Guide: Doctor Who Fluxx

    doctor who fluxxI love putting fun little things in my daughter’s stocking.  No more candy, but fun things that are just too small to wrap and put under the tree.  With her going off to college next year, I am thinking of things she can do for boredom busters to to let off some steam from the stress of classes.

    This year, she will be finding Doctor Who Fluxx in her stocking!  This is a fun card game of ever-changing doctors.  If you or your child are fans of this fun show, then this is a must have for your game night!

    Our thoughts about the game:   It could be super fast or take some time, it depends on how the cards go. The goals changes quickly.  Such a fun use of Keepers (the first 12 Doctors, The Sonic Screwdriver) and Creepers (Cybermen and The Master).

    Doctor Who Flux takes Flux through Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Join with various regenerations of the Doctor, some sompanions, Gallifreyan tech, and K-9 (but beware of Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, and the Master) and play the most ever-changings, timey-wimey version of Flux ever created. Doctor Who Flux: you’ll play it time after time after time after time.

    Looney Labs makes other great versions of this game.  Check these out:  Batman, Star Trek, Drinking, Chemistry!

     

  • Book A Day:  Mickey’s Christmas Storybook Treasury

    Book A Day: Mickey’s Christmas Storybook Treasury

    For the month of December, we will be featuring (at least) a book a day leading up to Christmas.  Start a Christmas tradition of reading a new book each day this month until Christmas Eve.  You can get books from the library or pick up new ones to add to your home library while you are out shopping for the holidays.  Our books will range from board books for infants and toddlers, to chapter books for teens, to craft books for the holidays to books for adults.  Let us know if you pick up one either at a bookstore or the library and what you think about it.

    To check out a full list of books from our Book a Day December 2017, click here.

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    mickey's christmasCelebrate the spirit of the season with MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS STORYBOOK TREASURY, a collectible Mickey & Friends volume featuring four beautifully illustrated Christmas stories: “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s Christmas Wish,” “Donald’s Christmas Tree,” and “The Gift of the Magi.” Bring home the timeless appeal of Disney storytelling and experience the magic again and again!