The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine


To say that Mark Twain has published a new book seems a bit odd since he has been dead for more than a century.  But last month, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine hit books shelves everywhere. It is a children’s book that was written in collaboration with Philip and Erin Stead, the couple who brought us the Caldecott Award winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Recently 16 pages of notes, hand written by Twain, were discovered in an archive in Berkley, California. According to the scholars at Berkley, the story was one that Twain made up and told to his daughters as a bedtime story in 1879 and has never been published until now.  The Steads were asked to take these notes and create a children’s book. They have written the book as if the notes were a story told to them by a friend.

To find out more about this, read a full article and interview with npr HERE.


Tech Tuesday: Chilton Library

There are many online resources available to you through the library. Today on Tech Tuesday, we are highlighting one of our more popular online resources, Chilton. Chilton’s authoritative automotive repair database covers the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years. This program is a great help if you are going to be tackling some automotive repairs or maintenance yourself. Through Chilton you can access:


  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • A print button which allows you to easily print out what is needed.

To access Chilton, you will need your 5 digit WSPL card number (beginging with #9).

Click on the link below to learn more. Enjoy!




The Week at WSPL

The Week of October 16

Welcome to another week of This Week at WSPL! Every Monday we will be letting you know about upcoming library events, new books and other items hitting our shelves, and any other important information that you, our patrons, might find helpful!

Upcoming Library Events

Wednesday, October 18th: Preschool Story Time with Carol @ 10:30 a.m. (every Wed.)

Thursday, October 19th: Library Closed (State Library Conference)

Friday, October 20th:  Toddler Story Time with Megan @ 10:30-11:00 (every Friday)

Wednesday, October 25th: Early Out Movie at the Library: Scooby Doo & the Goblin King

New Items:

Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads review.



Shattered by Allison Brennan

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie 

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

The Right Time by Danielle Steel 

For the Birds by Denise Grover Swank



Ribbon Embroidery by Natalie Bellanger-Clement

Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderon



Broken Pride (Bravelands #1) by Erin Hunter

Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps by Jarrett Krosoczka

The Lost Expedition (Poptropica #2) by Mitch Krpata 

Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson

Big Nate: What’s a Little Noogie Between Friends? by Lincoln Peirce

Stick Dog Chases a Pizza (#3)  by Tom Watson



There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann

No More Noisy Nights by Holly L. Niner



Vive La Paris by Esme’ Raji Codell



Want a little quite time? Come to WSPL and work on our community puzzle or find a partner and play chess or checkers!


Our library book sale is still happening! $1 for a bag of books! Lots of great titles!


Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

The pumpkins have arrived at the library and they are everywhere! We are officially ready for the pumpkin decorating event this Saturday, October 15th at 10:30 a.m. at  WSPL! This event is FREE! We will be decorating no-carve pumpkins. You can then display your pumpkin at the library for the next week as part of our pumpkin contest. Voting will be done online and 2 winners will receive a Halloween prize! Call or stop in the WSPL if you have any questions!


2017 National Book Award Finalist

Here at WSPL, we like to keep up with the latest books and find out what titles might be the next best sellers. Last week the National Book Foundation announced their finalist for the 2017 National Book Awards. There are four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Each category has 5 finalist and the winners will be announced November 15, 2017.  But for now, if you’d like some book recommendations, this would be a great resources. For more information, click HERE.

Here Are The Finalists For The 2017 National Book Awards

It began with more than 1,500 books.

With all the works submitted by publishers, the judges for this year’s National Book Awards have had their hands (and bookshelves) full the past few months. But that daunting number of contenders winnowed further Wednesday, as the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for its literary prize — just five works each in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature.

You can find those shortlists below, paired with links to NPR’s previous coverage for readers to get to know those nominees better.

For now, at least, there are two winners whose names we won’t have to wait on: Annie Proulx, who has already won a National Book Award for The Shipping News, will be honored this year with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the NBF’s version of a lifetime achievement award. And Dick Robinson, president and CEO of Scholastic, will be receiving the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

The rest of this year’s winners will be announced on Nov. 15 in New York City.

To read the full article and see the finalist, click HERE.

Toddler Story Time

We had our very first Toddler Story Time last week! With lots of stories, songs, and giggles, it was a blast! After we’ve read a few stories and sang a couple of songs, it is time for the sensory stations, where little ones can master some hand eye coordination skills and have fun while they’re at it. We will be adding new elements as we go along with some musical instruments and fun interactive songs. Bring your little ones and check it out every Friday at 10:30 a.m.





The Big Read

On October 12, the Big Library Read will return to connect millions of library users around the globe as the world’s largest digital book club once again takes place. This time around, we’ll be reading The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, a YA mystery surrounding a young girl who finds herself in the middle of a missing person’s investigation. Join us as we see the world through Hawthorne’s sarcastic view point as she both can’t understand why Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is a such a big deal while also becoming obsessed with Lizzie herself. Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn’s quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.

hundred lies lizzie lovettWe’re excited to announce that not only will the eBook of this title be available from October 12-26 without any wait lists or holds, but readers will also be able to borrow the audiobook as well. Visit our Big Library Read website for more information about the book discussion guides and promotional materials. During the event, you’ll also find our Professional Book Nerds podcast interview with Chelsea as well as our live discussion board so readers can interact with each other and the author herself! You’ll love the rich world and characters that Chelsea has built in The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett.

About the Big Library Read

The Big Library Read program is open to all OverDrive library and school partners worldwide. The title will automatically be added to your digital collection at the start of the program(*). To borrow the BLR title, your users will simply log in to your digital collection and the eBook will be prominently displayed on your OverDrive-powered website and discoverable through the digital library catalog.

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Tech Tuesday

Protecting your privacy online is something we all should be concerned about. If you need convincing just talk to someone who has had their identity stolen online or their social media account hacked. It can wreak havoc upon your life. We also need to be concerned about making sure our children’s privacy is protected online. This might be a little tougher if they are older but Common Sense Media has some tips for parents. Check out their complete post HERE. 

How can I make sure my kid’s privacy is protected when her teacher is using digital tools for teaching?

With more schools using digital tools such as apps, websites, Web-based games, and online curricula to teach and track performance, it’s important to consider what kind of personal information these tools are collecting, who has access to student data (inside and outside the school), and how it’s protected and secured.

Learning tools such as websites, apps, and games should collect only the information they need to accomplish their educational purposes. And whatever personal information is collected should be kept private and protected from unauthorized access (such as hackers and data brokers snooping for personal information). If teachers ask kids to use specific websites that they must log in to as part of an ongoing teaching tool, there are a few simple things parents can check:

Find out how secure the site is. Does the URL begin with “https”? The “s” on the end of “http” means there’s an extra layer of security on the website. Make sure that “s” is there both before and after your kid logs into the site.

Do a password check. Pretend your kid has forgotten his or her password. Does the site display the password or email it to him or her? If so, the password is not securely protected.

Check sharing settings. If kids are creating websites, sending messages, or creating other shareable content online, make sure the privacy settings are correct. Kids (and teachers) might be sharing more than they think. You can test this by pasting your kid’s website URL into a new browser to test what it looks like to the public.

Many digital tools that schools use do more than teach kids — they also track performance. This can be a great tool for teachers who can use this information to support or challenge kids who need it and to create a more personalized lesson for each kid.

But it’s important to make sure teachers and administrators have a plan for how to use, store, and eventually destroy the data they collect. Not all schools have figured this out yet, and until enough legal protections are in place for students, it’s a good idea to be aware of the basics you should expect from your school:

  • Personal information should be used only for educational purposes. Ask if it’s really necessary for a student to include details such as their full name and age.
  • Personal information or online activity should not be used to target advertising to students or families.
  • Schools and education technology providers should have appropriate data-security policies, including those related to how they store and destroy student data.

Use these basics to ask your kid’s teacher or principal what your school’s policy is on the collection and protection of your child’s personal information.

For more information, check out Student Data Principles.

Also, join Common Sense Kids Action in standing up for student privacy.

Common Sense Media