A Day for Romance!
Saturday is Valentine’s Day and we’ve got some great romantic reads for everyone. We are starting with two classics, then adding one title for humor, another for joy, and finally, moving breathlessly to some hotter suggestions.
Toys - Miss Carol's theme of the week
Toys can take many shapes. They can be the well loved stuffed animals of our childhood, Lego building blocks, or even paper airplanes. As we grow up, toys can be the gadgets we use on a daily basis or the tools of our favorite hobby. Enjoy these fun books that feature the toys most children play with.
Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas (jj BEAUMON)
I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge (jj FUGE)
I Love You Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark (jj CLARK)
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (jj WILLEMS)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (jj 3-4 DICAMIL and TKBK CD CHILD j DICAMIL and Downloadable Ebook)
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis (jj PORTIS)
Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora (jj ISADORA)
The Saucepan Game by Jan Ormerod (jj ORMEROD)
Too Many Toys by David Shannon (jj SHANNON)
Toy Dance Party: Being the Further Adventures of Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo, and a Hopeful Round Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins (jj 3-4 JENKINS)
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco (jj BIANCO)
Wrapping Paper Romp by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas (jj bb WRAPPIN)
Miss Carol's Favorite Book Finds of 2014
It is the end of 2014. What a great time for Miss Carol, our children's librarian, to share her favorite children's books of 2014. Follow this link
to her favorite picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction book finds of the past year. What do you think of these great books?
Brrrr-- It's cold outside! But we're still having fun at the library. There's one more week of storytime, and then we'll take a break. Don't worry, though, we still have some fun planned. How about celebrating National Cookie Day at the library? On Thursday, December 4th at 4pm you can let loose your inner Cookie Monster! The whole family can enjoy a story and frost a cookie. Then make decorative paper fortune cookies with custom-made fortunes perfect for gift-giving!
Star in the Night Sky -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week
The night sky is full of marvelous sights. Share these sights with the children in your life. Point out how the clouds drift past the moon. Try to find the Big Dipper. Sing the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” together. Does your family have a special tradition that involves the moon or the stars in the sky? If not, why not create one? Talking about and learning about the world around us is a wonderful way for children to learn about their place on the planet and even in their own family or community.
Library books and DVDs to share with your children:
All About Stars (DVD CHILD 523.8 ALL ABO STARS)
Astronaut Piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox (jj FOX)
Constellations: A Glow-In-the-Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki (j 523.8 SASAKI)
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (jj JEFFERS)
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle (jj CARLE)
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats (jj KEATS)
Spacetrekkers: Explore Planets, Stars, Comets, and More (DVD CHILD 520 WAY COO SPACETR)
Spacey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg (j 818 HALL)
There’s a Great Bear in the Sky and Other Facts About Stars by Helen Taylor (j 523.8 TAYLOR)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jane Cabrera (jj CABRERA)
Community Helpers -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week
You see them everywhere in our community. These people keep you safe, deliver your mail, bake your bread, pick up your trash, help you feel healthy, drive our buses, and even help you find books in the library. Learning about community helpers is a great way for young children to learn about the world they live in.
Teaching young children about community workers is also important for those rare emergency situations. Children need to know that a stranger in a weird uniform who is coaxing them out of a burning building is a safe person to follow. Children need to know who to go to if they become lost in the library or store. We want our children to be prepared with an understanding that it takes a whole lot of people, our community, to make our town the great place it is!
Please come to preschool storytime on Friday, October 24 at 10 am for a chance to meet an important “superhero” community helper, a police officer! An officer from the Puyallup police department will be on hand to read stories to the children and talk about Halloween safety. This is a great opportunity to shake hands with and ask questions of one community helper.
Want to explore other community helpers with books? Then check out these great children’s books:
Crafts for Kids Who are Learning About Community Workers by Kathy Ross (j 745.5 ROSS)
Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman (j 331.7 KALMAN)
Quinito’s Nieghborhood/El Vecinadorio de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano, illustrated by Jose Ramírez
Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins (jj MARKES)
The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas (jj KARAS)
When I Grow Up… by Heidi Goennel (jj GOENNEL)
When Poppy and Max Grow Up by Lindsey Gardiner (jj GARDINER)
Whose Gadgets Are These? by Amanda Doering Tourville (j 617.6 TOURVIL)
The World Around Us (Based on Timothy Goes to School and Other Stories) by Rosemary Wells (jj WELLS)
Storytime Is Back!
Yesterday was so much fun at Preschool Storytime! Our theme was "green" so we had stories about a green caterpillar, a green hummingbird... even a green monster (Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley). The kids were adorable as they chanted "Go Away" to make the monster disappear, bit by bit. Then they made their own green monsters. They made happy monsters, and scary monsters, and huggy monsters.. lots of variety, and lots of fun.
Creativity and stories go hand in hand, and storytime is a great place for kids to get ready for school, and practice skills that will help them with reading, social skills, group experience and more.
We have toddler storytime, preschool storytime... and Lego storytime for families. You can find out more by clicking HERE.
And we will have a special Halloween safety Preschool Storytime on October 24th, with a visitor from the Puyallup Police Department.
Learn English / Aprenda Ingles
As part of our Strategic Plan the Puyallup Public Library strives to be a ‘Doorway to the World’, by promoting literacy and responding to the diverse needs of the community.
One of the ways we support these objectives is by offering a variety of materials and resources to assist foreign language speakers in their quest to master the English language. Located on the first floor of the library is our English Language Learning collection which consists of books, CD’s and DVDs to assist in that process. The Mango Language database, which is available 24 hours a day from our website’s ‘Catalog and More’ tab, offers training modules in 17 different languages for English language learning.
In addition we are hosting an ELL class offered by Bates Technical College on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11:30. Registration is easy, just show up to any class. The $25.00 fee can be waived for qualifying students. All questions about these classes can be directed to Antonia at Bates Technical College (253) 604-0003.
Welcome September with Seasonal Books
If you do a Google search for September holidays, you find many strange and interesting holidays celebrated this month. Here are some children’s books and other materials to help you celebrate the month of departing summer.
Math at bedtime? Sure! Why not!?
For many parents, reading a book at bedtime with their child is a no brainer. There are so many good reasons to do this. It builds vocabulary, strengthens critical thinking skills, sparks imagination, and gives your kiddos a little one-on-one time. So of course, this means the same could be said of doing a little math at bedtime, right? The good people at Bedtime Math agree with me. They have a whole webpage devoted to making kids “love math like playtime or dessert.” I downloaded their app onto my iphone. My son and I use it whenever we have to wait (doctor’s office, restaurant, get to soccer practice a little early, etc.). We learn a little something on the topic of the day and then solve a few math problems around it. The math problems are divided into three different levels. At age 8, he can easily work through the first two levels. We are now working on the third and hardest level.
I encourage all the parents out there to think about incorporating a little more mathematics into your everyday life, bedtime or otherwise. Need some ideas? Then take a look at the Bedtime Math website or check out one of their books. Happy calculating!
Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)
Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)