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High Lexile (1000+) nonfiction: Fine Arts, Machines, Making Stuff

Cutters, Carvers and the Cathedral Ancona, George 1000 NC
Animals in ArtCome look with me : animals in art Blizzard, Gladys 1000
Panama CanalThe Panama Canal DuTemple, Lesley 1000
Professor Cook’s dynamite dinnersProfessor Cook's dynamite dinners Brash, Lorna 1000
You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Brooklyn Bridge! An Enormous Project that Seemed ImpossibleYou wouldn't want to work on the Brooklyn Bridge! : an enormous project that seemed impossible Ratliff, Thomas 1010 IG
Professor Cook’s smashing snacksProfessor Cook's smashing snacks Brash, Lorna 1010
Food and Recipes of MexicoFood and recipes of Mexico Beatty, Theresa 1010
Flush! Treating WastewaterFlush! : treating wastewater Coombs, Karen Mueller 1020
Dance for Fun!Dance for fun! Craig Quijada, Balinda 1030 IG
CRAFTS for Pampering YourselfCRAFTS for Pampering Yourself Blake, Susannah 1030 IG
Pantheon, TheThe Pantheon DuTemple, Lesley 1030
Paul CezannePaul Cézanne Harris, Nathaniel 1030
CRAFTS for Revamping Your RoomCRAFTS for Revamping Your Room Blake, Susannah 1040 IG
X-ray Picture Book of Big buildings of the Ancient World  Jessop, Joanne 1040
African American Quilting African American quilting : the warmth of tradition Wilson, Sule Greg 1040
Subway: the story of tunnels, tubes and tracksSubway : the story of tunnels, tubes, and tracks Brimner, larry Dane 1040
On the Shuttle: Eight Days in Space On the shuttle : eight days in space Bondar, Barbara 1050
Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen The amazing paper cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen Brust, Beth Wagner 1060
Shakespeare: His Work and His WorldShakespeare : his work and his world Rosen, Michael 1060
Channel Tunnel, The The Channel Tunnel Donovan, Sandy 1060
My Indoor Garden My indoor garden Lerner, Carol 1070
Cooking the Austrian Way   Hughes, Helga 1070
Cooking the Australian Way   Germaine, Elizabeth 1070
Transformed: How Everyday Things are Made Transformed : how everyday things are made Slavin, Jim 1080 IG
Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal DuTemple, Lesley 1100
New York Subways The New York subways DuTemple, Lesley 1100

Brooklyn Bridge 

The Brooklyn Bridge

Curlee, Lynn 1160
Hi-tech Clothes Hi-tech clothes Spilsbury, Richard 1180
Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American ArtistsWake up our souls : a celebration of Black American artists Bolden, Tonya 1190
Skyscraper Skyscraper Curlee, Lynn 1200
Gateway Arch The Gateway Arch Doherty, Craig 1200
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On this day in history: August 6

On August 6, 1928, Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the latter part of the 20th century, is born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A frail and diminutive man with a shock of silver-blond hair, Warhol was a major pioneer of the pop art movement of the 1960s but later outgrew that role to become a cultural icon.

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To learn more about Andy Warhol and his art, check out these books:



Fabulous : a portrait of Andy Warhol

Fabulous : a portrait of Andy Warhol  by Bonnie Christensen


Uncle Andy's

Uncle Andy’s by James Warhola





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April Art Fest

Stop by the library during the month of April to enjoy artwork and quilts from members of our community, including library staff members!

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Multiplication Makes Art

Artist Stefanie Posavec creates beautiful art out of words, sentences and even multiplication.  She gives each number a special shape and color, then does very long multiplication problems with them to create beautiful patterns.  Here’s one example:

multiplication art

Check out more examples of turning math into art on her website, and then check out this book turning art into math…

Math-terpieces : the art of problem-solving by by Greg TangMath-terpieces : the art of problem-solving
A series of rhymes about artists and their works introduces counting and grouping numbers, as well as such artistic styles as cubism, pointillism, and surrealism.
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On this day in history…December 12

On December 12, 1913, two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Mona Lisa is recovered inside Italian waiter Vincenzo Peruggia’s hotel room in Florence. Peruggia had previously worked at the Louvre and had participated in the heist with a group of accomplices dressed as Louvre janitors on the morning of August 21, 1911.

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The Mona Lisa Caper by Rick JacobsonThe Mona Lisa caper

The Mona Lisa Caper is based on true events that began to unfold on Monday, August 21, 1911, when Vincenzo Perugia shocked the world by stealing the most famous of the many treasures in the Louvre. Though Vincenzo was a thief, he meant well. He simply wanted to return the painting to the Italian people in the mistaken belief that it had been stolen from them. Eventually, inevitably, Vincenzo was captured in Florence and put on trial. Italians gave him their hearts for his patriotism. In fact, he received so much food, wine, clothing, and furniture, that he had to be moved to a larger cell! Throughout Rick Jacobson’s lively text, Mona Lisa herself narrates the story of her trip back to the city of her creation. The playful art Rick has painted along with his wife, Laura Fernandez, heightens the fun. Not only is it Keystone-Cops funny, it is a sound introduction to the painting that continues to delight, amaze, and mystify hundreds of years after Leonardo da Vinci’s death. 

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