This Week @ MPL


Book-to-Movie adaptations

Several new films for 2018-2019 draw their inspiration from children’s books.  It’s always fun to watch a film after reading the book to see how they compare, or to watch one set in the universe of a popular series, like J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

The House with a Clock in its Walls is the film adaptation of the book by the same name.  It was written by John Bellairs, who wrote several fantasy and gothic mystery novels for young people.  It’ll be released September 20, 2018.

A new, modern take on Little Women will be out on September 28, 2018 based on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  You can watch the trailer here.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is a sequel to 2015’s Goosebumps and is inspired by R.L. Stine’s popular book series.  It will be out October 12, 2018, just in time for Halloween.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set for release November 16, 2018.  It’s the followup to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a spinoff of the Harry Potter Series by Rowling.

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Mary Poppins Returns is the much anticipated sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic Mary Poppins and is based on the book series by P.L. Travers.  It’ll be out December 19, 2018.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World based on the series by Cressida Cowell is coming out March 1, 2019.  This is the third installment of the story of Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless.

The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle based on the classic The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting will be out April 12, 2019.

The Artemis Fowl movie finally has a release date.  It is based on the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.  There isn’t too much info available yet, but a release date of September 19, 2019, has been set.

What are your favorite children’s book adaptations?  In addition to the Harry Potter series (of course), my favorites are Matilda by Roald Dahl and Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Miss Tess

Exploratorium Returns!


Exploratorium is back!  We are so excited to start this program back up.  If you are looking for a hands-on opportunity for your child to explore science experiments, math puzzles, art and building projects and different types of technology, come see us from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting September 12th!  You come pop in anytime that works for you and your kindergarten through fifth grader.  There are new themes each week.


We are kicking off Exploratorium this year in a big way!  The Putnam Science Museum will be here to explore robots!


I am not a robot – are you?

Hope to see you there!

10 Books on Starting School

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It’s September and that means everyone has started back to school. For little ones, this can be a tricky time that leads to lots of worry and what-ifs. These picture books (and 1 chapter book) are all great ways to guide them through this transition.



I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child – Charlie and Lola books are so much fun. Lola is sure that she is too small to start school, but her brother Charlie patiently convinces her with all sorts of funny reasons on why she needs to go.



Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker – Izzy finds lots of things that “wow” her on her first day of school.



Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton – Splat is nervous about his first day at cat school, but it goes better than expected.



The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – Chester Raccoon is nervous about his first day of school, until his mother tells him a story that reassures him.



Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman – Chu, the sneezy panda is heading off to school for the first time. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice and wonders what will happen there.



Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin – Of course we can’t forget Pete! Pete’s all ready for school: he’s got his red high-tops, his backpack, his lunch box, and his red guitar. There are a lot of new things during his day, but he doesn’t worry and just keeps singing his song.



Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park – This is a beginner chapter book and not a picture book, but Junie B. is great for reading aloud! Junie B. describes her first day of kindergarten and what happens when she decides not to take the bus home like she’s supposed to.



School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary, and even the school itself is a little nervous.



Sumi’s First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak – After Sumi’s first day of school, she decides it is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.



Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes – Wemberly is a little mouse and she is quite the worrier. Starting nursery school brings a whole list of new worries, but she faces her fears on her first day.


Miss Jessica