JMRL Summer Challenge – Read a Mystery

RAFridays Teen Mysteries

Have you taken the JMRL Summer Challenge yet? One of the June Challenges is “Read a Mystery.” As you decide what to read this weekend, here are some suggestions of books you could use to fill that challenge.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Cassie has a knack for reading people. It makes her a natural at profiling. When she is recruited by the FBI, she finds herself part of a group of teens with unusual gifts similar to hers, investigating old, unsolved murders. Soon it becomes clear that there is a new killer on the loose and the danger is much closer than Cassie ever imagined. The descriptions of the murders from inside the killer’s head are not for the faint of heart.

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Sherlock Holmes’ niece and Bram Stoker’s sister team up in an effort to solve the mysterious disappearances of some of English society’s most prominent young women. Can they save the missing girls before they become victims themselves? This book is a mystery set in Victorian England with some supernatural elements.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Tandy Angel was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects in their murder except Tandy and her three siblings. All of the children bear scars from being raised in a pressure cooker by parents who demanded absolute perfection. Who knows what they are capable of. Tandy only knows that she doesn’t trust anyone – maybe not even herself.

Jackaby by William Ritter
Jackaby is a sleuth whose skills rival Sherlock Holmes’, but with the added ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail Rook is Watson to Jackaby’s Holmes as they race to solve a series of murders that Jackaby believes were committed by a nonhuman creature. This is another great book if you like a little of the supernatural mixed with your mystery.

Visit the JMRL Reads wiki for more suggestions: Mystery Booklists

Learn more about the JMRL Summer Challenge at Read For the Win. You can pick up your June Challenge sheet at any JMRL location or download and print it yourself: English |  Spanish

Weekend Reading – Making and Tinkering

RAFridays - Making

May is National Inventors Month. Here are some resources from the library that may help inspire your inner Maker.

Make: Technology On Your Own Time
Make is a magazine published every other month by the Maker Shed. Each issue is filled with a variety of fun and practical projects you can try at home, from a Cigar Box Guitar to a Video Camera Stabilizer, plus the latest updates on new DIY technology.

The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson
Over 150 creative Makers and Tinkerers take you behind the scenes in their workshops where technology and science meet art. Each section includes simple projects you can do at home, from light up LED cards to simple automatons from foam sheets and skewers.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley
Encourage the natural tinkerer in your child with these playful experiments. Hands-on activities encourage their curiosity and creative thinking. These easy-to-implement projects focus on the process rather than the product.

The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers by Mark Hatch
Learn more about the growing Maker Movement from a cofounder of one of the first makerspaces. Find out how this movement encourages people to create and innovate.

If you would like more resources about Making and Tinkering, check out JMRL’s Making-Tinkering shelf on Goodreads.

Star Light, Star Bright

Spring Astronomy Week is May 9 to 16 and is a great time to learn more about the stars. These free apps and websites can help you get started exploring the universe.


Includes over 14,000 images, links to NASA videos on demand, and the latest news and feature stories. Follow current NASA missions or download amazing photos for backgrounds or wallpaper. And much more!
(iOS, Android)

Space images appSpace Images by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology

Because you can never have enough incredible photos from outer space. The images are available for download and use as background and wallpaper on your device.
(iOS, Android)

Night Sky LiteNight Sky Lite by iCandi Apps

With this app, you can simply point your phone at the sky to identify stars, planets, and constellations. In addition to an immersive Sky View, the app includes a 3D Earth View, World Traveler Mode, and stargazing graphs with updates on local stargazing conditions. It can also help you connect with other stargazers and astronomers to shares tips and observations.
(iOS, Android)

Galaxy ZooGalaxy Zoo, a Zooniverse Project

Galaxy Zoo lets you be part of a real scientific study of galaxies. It is a citizen science project sponsored by Zooniverse. Since 2007, thousands of ordinary people have logged on to the website, or used the app to submit millions of classifications based on pictures of galaxies. Data collected by Galaxy Zoo has contributed to more than 40 professional publications. You, too, can be part this real-life science project!
(iOS, Android)