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First Chapters: Ivy + Bean

Ivy + Bean Doomed to Dance book cover

First Chapters is designed for beginning chapter book readers.  Call 330-259-3394 to listen to one of our librarians read the beginning of a chapter book.  You can then borrow the book from Hoopla or Curbside Pickup to finish reading it.  There will be a new book every Monday throughout Summer Discovery. 

The First Chapters book for the week of June 15-21 is Ivy + Bean Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows. This is book number 6 in the series. The first chapter of the book is called Ballet or BustBest friends Ivy and Bean are inspired to take ballet lessons after looking through a ballet book that Ivy’s grandma sent her. Of course, ballet is not what the best friends expected and they scheme to find a way to quit.

The Take and Make craft for this week is a crab.  Please call the library at 330-2593399 to request Ivy + Bean books and craft materials from curbside service.

The following titles are available as eBooks through our website or through Hoopla:

Ivy and Bean #1

Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go #2

Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record #3

Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter #4

Ivy and Bean: Bound to be Bad #5

Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance #6

Ivy and Bean What’s the Big Idea? #7

Ivy and Bean No News is Good News #8

Ivy and Bean Make the Rules #9

Ivy and Bean Take the Case #10

Ivy and Bean One Big Happy Family #11

Ivy and Bean Bundle, Books 1-3

Take and Make Craft: Crab

Call 330-259-3399 to request a Take and Make craft through curbside pickup.

Supplies in Take and Make kit: a blue piece of construction paper, 1 big orange circle, 4 small orange circles, and sticker eyes. 

craft supplies

Supplies you need from home: glue stick or glue bottle and a black crayon or marker.  

craft supplies

Step 1: Fold the 5 orange circles in half. 

orange circles folded in half

Step 2: Glue the folded 5 orange circles to the blue sheet of construction paper. 

Step 3: Draw a set of legs.  Draw a line using the black crayon or marker from the body to the claws.  Attach the sticker eyes and draw a line from the body to the eyes. 

I hope you enjoy this week’s book and craft!  Check back every Monday throughout Summer Discovery to see what’s new. 


Nikki is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She enjoys reading fairytale retellings, historical fiction, and mysteries. Nikki has an obsession with iced tea and the British Royal Family. Her favorite “child” is her Lab, Scout.