Jul. 20, 2014 at 3:24pm CHILL With a TRILLer

Adult Summer Reading is going gangbusters. This week we have some new thrillers to suggest.

Jul. 17, 2014 at 1:03pm Stories at South Hill Mall

If you enjoy stories, join us at South Hill Mall for Family Storytime at 11am each Thursday through August 28. We'll be by the fireplace in the Food Court.  You can listen to an old favorite, or discover a new one.  See you there! Read more...

Jul. 16, 2014 at 9:49am Where Kids and Grown-up Have Fun with Science and Technology

Learning more about the science and study of celestial objects, space, and the physical universe is even easier to do at the Puyallup Public Library.  The children’s librarians are now members of NASA’s Space Place community.  As members, the librarians receive a small display about various space topics once every three to four months.  This display is put up in the children’s non-fiction area at the end of a shelf (only a few steps from J 520, the Dewey Decimal Number for astronomy!). 


A new display about infrared radiation and the Herschel Space Observatory just went up.  This display is packed full of information and pictures.  The display that just went down was about the art and beauty of space photography.  I invite you to come take a look at this new display in the children’s area of the library.


To learn more about space and astronomy I encourage you to take a look at the Space Place website at SpacePlace.NASA.gov.  This website is full of activities and information for children as well as parents.  Explore fun facts, games, puzzles, coloring sheets, videos, photos, and so much more.  Then, don’t forget to check out some books or videos on the topic.  Your library has plenty for you to look at about our solar system and beyond.  You will be seeing stars in your eyes!


Jul. 12, 2014 at 4:16pm Animal Sounds -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week!

What does the fox say?  Or the pig?  Or the owl?  Or even the cricket?  Animal noises are all around us.  Take a seat in the park or even your own backyard, I bet you can hear the sounds of animals.  What does a bee in a flower sound like?  Is that the call of a bird?  Just like us people, animals use sounds to communicate.  Sometimes we don’t know what the animals are telling us… but sometimes we do!

When young children listen to and then make different animal sounds, they are actually learning phonological awareness.  These young people are learning to play with the sounds of our language.  Our spoken language is full of sounds that children need to learn about and to identify.  Introducing children to the noises that animals make is a fun way to discover the rich variety of sounds in our everyday world.

Explore animal noises with these fun books:

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming (jj FLEMING)

Good Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins (jj HUTCHIN)

Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel (jj LOBEL)

Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade (jj HO)

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (jj MARTIN)

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (jj CARLE)


Jul. 10, 2014 at 5:17pm Armchair Travel Suggestions

Don't melt in the heat! Let's do a little traveling with these summer reading suggestions: Read more...

Jul. 2, 2014 at 3:35pm Super Suggestions

Literary Elements-the Adult Summer Reading Program started on June 16th and we are looking forward to a summer of delicious reads. Each week we will offer some reading suggestions from different genres to add to your summertime reading list.

First up is historical fiction. Rich stories set in the past have always been a favorite of mine and here are a few titles set in America’s past that I can highly recommend:


Jun. 26, 2014 at 2:29pm Get your reluctant reader reading!

Summer reading time is in full swing here at the library.  Some children have no problem finding a book and sitting down to the business of reading.  Other children need to be persuaded to read something, anything.  If you are the parent or caregiver of one of these reluctant readers (I know I am), then here are some helpful hints to get reading: 

-          Set up a special time just for reading with them.  Time to read can be found in any busy schedule.  Carve it out.  Schedule it if you need to.  Just before bedtime is always popular.  How about while dinner is cooking?  Or right after eating a meal?  Let your child read aloud in the car while you drive.  It doesn’t need to be overly long.  Most importantly, when the time is set up, don’t skip out on it.   

-          Have them read out loud to you.  Some kiddos will avoid reading because they think they are no good at it.  Find out by listening!

-          Make them feel safe and not judged.  Set ground rules if you need to.  (For example, the words “It’s too hard,” should not be allowed during reading time.)  Let your struggling readers know that you didn’t know all the words when you were young.  Confide that there are still words that you don’t know.

-          Use books that are fun, this is summer after all!  Pick books your child wants to read, not what you want.  Something that you once loved as a young person may have no appeal to a child in today’s world.  Explore a topic that interests your child.  Think about non-fiction books.  Learn something new together. 

-          Encourage your child to pick one book at a time to read in your reading session.  Make it special for the two of you to share together.  Use cliffhangers to get them excited for the next session.  Let them choose other books to read outside of your reading session if they are catching the reading bug.

Your library is full of many exciting and interesting books.  If you need help finding a book, do not hesitate to ask for help.  We are always happy to talk about books!


Jun. 13, 2014 at 1:18pm Happy Father's Day!!!

OK- The countdown is on! What to get for your one-of-kind dad for Father’s Day this Sunday? Let’s face it. Our dads really don’t want another shaving kit or tie. In fact many dads will just want to watch the Spurs-Heat game or catch a World Cup match this Sunday. After the games are over, why don’t you give your dad the one gift that never fails…LAUGHTER! Here are some good books and movies to share with dad on his special day:


May. 27, 2014 at 12:14pm Summer Reading 2014 is Coming Soon!

Now that it feels like summer is on the way, we've been getting questions about our Summer Reading Program.  Never fear, it's almost here!   This year, we have something new:  you'll be able to sign up online, and keep track of your reading online, too!  And remember, we have Summer Reading Programs for all ages.  The kids program goes up to about 6th grade, or around 12 years old, and it even includes those too young to read by themselves, as long as someone reads to them.  There's a teen program and an adult program, too.  The program begins June 16th,  and we have lots of fun activities planned. Signup starts June 2nd, so you can get a head start on your reading.  See you at the library! Read more...

May. 9, 2014 at 5:44pm Happy Mother's Day!!!

There’s more to Mother’s Day than a bouquet of flowers or breakfast in bed…..Here are some great books for moms everywhere:

Glitter and Glue (Ballantine Books, 2014) by Kelly Corrigan. Corrigan recalls her mother saying, “Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue.” and this line comes full circle in the author’s experience in a moving and entertaining memoir.

Mom Needs Chocolate: Hugs, humor and hope for Surviving Motherhood (Regal, 2009) by Debora Coty. Get ready to laugh out loud as Coty offers outrageously funny stories and tips for those run down by the diaper-by-diaper day of the endlessly exhausted young “mom”.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Little, Brown & Company, 2012) by Maria Semple. Did you miss this popular, bestselling book when it came out? If you’re a mom looking for a little escape and a hilarious satire about life in the suburbs, Bernadette is for you.

Mom & Me & Mom (Random House, 2013) by Maya Angelou. The prize winning author offers an account of healing and love in her memoir of rebuilding a relationship with her mother after a 10 year absence.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (HarperCollins 1996) by Jaime Lee Curtis. Illustration: Laura Cornell. Yes, it’s a children’s book but it’s actually just as entertaining for adults. Tell Me Again… has become a classic and it offers a charming and joyful celebration of adoption, babies and family. Cornell’s funny and whimsical illustrations provide a perfect complement to the author’s humor.

Three Weeks With Lady X (Avon, 2014) by Eloisa James. This is the perfect selection for the moms who receive the gift of a few hours to themselves on Sunday. If historical romance is your guilty pleasure, you cannot do better than Eloisa James. Sizzling romance, appealing characters and a great plot are the author’s hallmarks and this book doesn’t disappoint.